I have been in East Texas just outside Tyler for about two years now and the wife and I are not sure we want to spend our golden years here. Smith County is beautiful and the people are great but East Texas is short on a lot of big city amenities because there are no big cities here. The two hour drive to the Metroplex for variety in dining and shopping is getting a bit old and we have gone through the three health care organizations in Tyler with less than satisfactory experiences. I am looking for an area that would put us about 30-40 minutes outside of Dallas that is not in the process of being paved over to make room for new houses on 5,000 sale ft lots. I see Ellis County or the outskirts of Waxahachie as a possibility since it seems to meet most of our criteria. Will be looking for a smaller lot to make my life easier but would still like .75 to 1.5 acres and preferably outside any city limits. Any thoughts on this area or other similar areas that are not going through explosive growth?