“I only miss Disneyland and my family,” said Ms. Bailey, 41, who moved in 2017 from the Los Angeles area to Prosper, a fast-growing Dallas suburb, and now runs a business. real estate focused exclusively on bringing Californians to Texas.
During the pandemic, she said, she had only seen the trend accelerate, which gave her even more reason to stand up for life in suburban Texas. She said she built a 5,000-square-foot home near a crystal lagoon for about the selling price of her outdated 1,500-square-foot home in Southern California, and felt more accepted. for his conservative political views.
Since last year, her mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister have moved to Texas. And Ms Bailey said she has seen a flood of interest from small business owners and truck drivers who she says are being kicked out of California due to its laws and coronavirus restrictions on businesses. .
“Yes we have great weather, yeah there are great beaches,” said Ms. Bailey, originally from Orange County, Calif., But felt she couldn’t afford a relaxing quality of life in the city. its state of origin. “You feel like you never move forward.
A particular draw to Texas is that it has no state income tax, although homeowners often pay higher property taxes. The real difference tends to show up in the cost of living.
Mr. Musk, the explosive chief of Tesla and SpaceX, does not share the financial worries that have driven many people out of California. In many ways, his gesture is symbolic.
Recently, he clashed with public health officials in California over measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down production at the Tesla plant in Fremont, a city on the bay. of San Francisco. He called the restrictions to stop the spread of the virus “fascist” and wrongly predicted in March that there would be hardly any new cases in the country. at the end of April.