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Old 01-03-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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If you aren't hung up on the idea of big complexes (the ones that advertise), the best thing you could do is take a drive around the Montrose and Rice Village areas and look for an apartment in a small complex (like a 4 plex or 6 unit). Alot of these are advertised by a sign in the yard and are snapped up pretty quick when found. Some are dumps but others are really nice little treasures to find. Heck my LL didn't even have to put a sign up when I left mine. I moved out a week after I gave notice (was waiting to close on house and wanted time to move) and paid for the whole last month, he rented it by word of mouth 3 days after I gave notice and refunded me the prorated rent. Lesson here is to check with some of the other folks where you will be working and they might know a little gem that is up for rent and you can snap it up quick.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:06 PM
 
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Apartments are typically really awful. I've been combing a lot of apartment rating websites and the ratings are always pretty bad. Add to that most people won't bother posting reviews unless they had a bad experience. Good reviews usually appear to be posted by owners/employees. I've had friends who have stayed in more expensive apartments and spending more doesn't seem to help much (a little but it's still bad). I hope someone will chime in with experience living in a specific place you might be looking at.

We are not in that area, but you may be able to do as we did and find a townhouse somewhere. We like our place a lot. It has a lot of the advantages of a house (our own driveway and entrance areas) while still being cheaper than a house. The walls between us and the neighbors is solid brick, so in 5 years we have never actually heard them not even once!
Thanks for the suggestions. @ TotalFat: In which area is your residence, so that I can look if that is within my commuting distance.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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If you aren't hung up on the idea of big complexes (the ones that advertise), the best thing you could do is take a drive around the Montrose and Rice Village areas and look for an apartment in a small complex (like a 4 plex or 6 unit). Alot of these are advertised by a sign in the yard and are snapped up pretty quick when found. Some are dumps but others are really nice little treasures to find. Heck my LL didn't even have to put a sign up when I left mine. I moved out a week after I gave notice (was waiting to close on house and wanted time to move) and paid for the whole last month, he rented it by word of mouth 3 days after I gave notice and refunded me the prorated rent. Lesson here is to check with some of the other folks where you will be working and they might know a little gem that is up for rent and you can snap it up quick.
I have tried contacting them, but the apartment complex they suggest have bad reviews, hence the post to get some help from other people in that area. Thanks for the suggestion. Rice village seems to be nearby, will look over that... thanks once again
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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If you'll work for MD Anderson, then you are eligible to apply to live in UT-Houston's University Housing. The El Paseo complex, the nicer of the two, is on the southern end of the TMC area and has units in the $600-$700 price range. The adjacent Recreation Center is very nice, as well. They usually have a waiting list, so you probably should contact them ASAP regarding availability in the event you are interested.
Tried contacting them, no reply. Maybe out for vacation. Will try once again. thanks
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. @ TotalFat: In which area is your residence, so that I can look if that is within my commuting distance.
I'm way out in Friendswood. There are lots of 4-plexes near Blackhawk and FM 528, with at least one for rent right now. There is a large complex of quiet townhomes on Laura Leigh, near Blackhawk. It's definitely commutable distance-wise. I worked downtown for several years. However, if you had the option, it would be preferable to be right by where you will be going every day. My area is considered the "ghetto" of Friendswood. It's all relative. People just say that because it isn't as affluent. I can't think of any specific area where you can live so cheaply, and still be in such an extremely quiet and safe neighborhood.
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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Thank a lot. Really appreciate your suggestions and information
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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My granddaughter's gs leader works for MD Anderson and lives in Pearland. Not sure that would work for you though.
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Look for a garage apartment on craigslist or har.com in the montrose,midtown heights area. You will be able to find plenty small 1 bedroom bungalows or garage apartments or even a duplex. Let me know if you want me to email them over to you in a pdf I just pulled up a bunch real quick. There are great old homes that have been converted to duplexes. They range from $650-$850
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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Thanks, but I wanted something nearby atleast for first few months.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Look for a garage apartment on craigslist or har.com in the montrose,midtown heights area. You will be able to find plenty small 1 bedroom bungalows or garage apartments or even a duplex. Let me know if you want me to email them over to you in a pdf I just pulled up a bunch real quick. There are great old homes that have been converted to duplexes. They range from $650-$850
Thank you for the suggestion. Will try har.com
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