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Old 12-23-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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A friend of mine accepted a job at Bush Intercontinental Airport and she wants to know which areas are nice and within a good commute to IAH. She has children so she is also interested in the best schools.

I live in Sugar Land and she liked it here when she visited me. She asked me if there are master planned communities near IAH that are similar to where I live (New Territory), and since I never go north of Houston, I don't have any advice to give her.

What suggestions can I make as a start for her house hunting? I don't know her budget but I'd guess around $200-300K.

Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Hi Topaz - I'd tell her to look at Kingwood first. There are other places, but that's the first that comes to mind as a master-planned community in a good commuting distance from IAH. If she wants something larger with "zoning" similar to Sugar Land, The Woodlands is another option (the commute would be just a bit longer, but still not bad.)
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Groveland, FL
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Atascocita would probably be my first choice, perhaps followed by Kingwood. Spring has some nice areas as well. The Woodlands is beautiful, but I've heard that all of their regulations are a real pain.
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I don't want her to live in The Woodlands...from Sugar Land, that feels like it is as far as Dallas, practically!

What about Fall Creek or Summerwood? Some posters on here have alluded to "issues" - what type of issues do those communities have? Those neighborhoods look beautiful online, but I've never seen them in person.
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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The Woodlands would have been my choice, but Kingwood is ok too. I think Summerwood and Fall creek are to close to the BW8 high crime areas. From a friend that is a school admin that lives in the summerwood area, he even tells me that the schools are not that good in comparison to the schools in The Woodlands or Sugar Land.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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I would've said Woodlands also, with the exemplary school district. It's no farther mileage-wise than Kingwood from Sugar Land. (Check google maps.)
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Hate to break it to you :-), but if she has to live near IAH (The Woodlands or Kingwood) she WILL have to live "far" from you. Perhaps she may want to check out subdivisions off 290/West Rd and Beltway 8. Willowbridge is one subdivision for example. Not as close to IAH, but closer than being in Houston proper. She'd have to take the toll road every day though. You can take Beltway 8 from your area (U.S.59) past I-10 and past 290 then it's the 1st exit (West Rd). That's probably the halfway point :-).
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Actually, I don't think she will make her home buying choice based on where I live. That was just wishful thinking.

Her husband is job hunting downtown, but hasn't landed anything yet. Does that change anyone's answers? I didn't know that the schools were considered good in The Woodlands...I think schools are going to be a huge factor in her decision. Also safety/concerns about crime.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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If he works downtown, within the price range you mentioned, he could live in most suburbs and have good Park & Ride options/Woodlands Express bus. I believe Sugar Land folks have to drive to West Bellfort Park & Ride (Bus 269) which is in Houston so it's not as convenient. Unless Fort Bend County has other downtown bus commute options, that is what I know.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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What about Fall Creek or Summerwood? Some posters on here have alluded to "issues" - what type of issues do those communities have? Those neighborhoods look beautiful online, but I've never seen them in person.
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I think Summerwood and Fall creek are to close to the BW8 high crime areas. From a friend that is a school admin that lives in the summerwood area, he even tells me that the schools are not that good in comparison to the schools in The Woodlands or Sugar Land.
^That. Also, I don't think those are very established yet, unlike the other MPCs named.
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