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Old 05-23-2011, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Grammercy, NY
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Do you have kids? If not, and you want to be even further in than inside the beltway (like inside the loop) then I'd agree with the Museum District recommendation as well as Montrose, the West Gray area (between Montrose and Shepherd, West Dallas and Westheimer). There are also a lot of townhomes up around Memorial Park.
No, no kids, unless you count the four legged monster who thinks she's a child. I should have clarified... inside the loop was what I meant to say in my original post. Areas outside would be fine as long as the commute doesn't get out of hand.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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Inside the loop, well established neighborhood with a big lawn for $550-600 is tough. Between the beltway and the loop, maybe, but don't know much about those areas as I am an inside-the-loop type.

You can get patches of space, though. Last time we lived in Houston we were in a townhome in the West Gray area. We actually had a swimming pool (not a huge one mind you) in our back yard. There was a enough space for cooking and sitting out, for my wife to plant a bit of a garden, etc. All depends on the place. We had about 2900 sq feet in a townhome we really liked in a neighborhood which was nice enough for us, and paid $415k. We'd go into the same area this time except that we have kids now and the public school there was awful. Would rather sink the $20k per kid for private school in a house in West U. and send them to West U. elementary.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:18 AM
 
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Try 77025 in your Har.com search; I think that will pull up some neighborhoods on the south side of the inner loop that should be in your price range.
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Grammercy, NY
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Inside the loop, well established neighborhood with a big lawn for $550-600 is tough. Between the beltway and the loop, maybe, but don't know much about those areas as I am an inside-the-loop type.

You can get patches of space, though. Last time we lived in Houston we were in a townhome in the West Gray area. We actually had a swimming pool (not a huge one mind you) in our back yard. There was a enough space for cooking and sitting out, for my wife to plant a bit of a garden, etc. All depends on the place. We had about 2900 sq feet in a townhome we really liked in a neighborhood which was nice enough for us, and paid $415k. We'd go into the same area this time except that we have kids now and the public school there was awful. Would rather sink the $20k per kid for private school in a house in West U. and send them to West U. elementary.
Except for the townhouse, that sounds a lot like what we're looking for. A lawn big enough for the dog and if it happened, a pool would be ideal. I don't think either of us wants to spend all weekend tending to a huge lawn. Most of the houses in my initial search just seemed to have truly tiny 'yards'. I've since seen a few that aren't bad. It definitely looks like we'll have to adjust our budget unless we get lucky.

Thanks for the input, btw. It's greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas, USA (Houston)
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ALL Realtors should be GLBT friendly. The National Association of Realtors has added sexual orientation as a protected class in Article 10 of the Realtors Code of Ethics.

The Houston Association of Realtors is the best in the world and has given its members, and the general public, a wealth of tools to find the right home in the right neighborhood.

After finding a Realtor that you feel comfortable with, ask them to setup a client gateway to assist you in locating your next house. It's basically your own website that allows you to manage potential properties by YES/NO/MAYBE.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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try briargrove and briargrove park. also there are some great homes around gessner and memorial, not sure if that is considered the "memorial" area. Zoned to great schools. Stay clear of Westbury and Willowbend (sorry!) and closer towards meyerland/bellaire if you looking in southwest houston.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:38 AM
 
Location: Grammercy, NY
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ALL Realtors should be GLBT friendly. The National Association of Realtors has added sexual orientation as a protected class in Article 10 of the Realtors Code of Ethics.

The Houston Association of Realtors is the best in the world and has given its members, and the general public, a wealth of tools to find the right home in the right neighborhood.

After finding a Realtor that you feel comfortable with, ask them to setup a client gateway to assist you in locating your next house. It's basically your own website that allows you to manage potential properties by YES/NO/MAYBE.
All probably should... but not everyone is. I have played around a bit on har but the best data in the world isn't necessarily a good substitute for first hand knowledge. Thanks for the info on the client gateway. I'll keep that in mind. Is that something only an Realtor can set up or is that a tool on har?
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Grammercy, NY
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try briargrove and briargrove park. also there are some great homes around gessner and memorial, not sure if that is considered the "memorial" area. Zoned to great schools. Stay clear of Westbury and Willowbend (sorry!) and closer towards meyerland/bellaire if you looking in southwest houston.
Thanks. I'm not sure where a couple of those are, so I'll check them out. Trying to keep my commute to downtown less than 20 is looking like it will be a challenge. Has anyone ever compared their drive time to the time Google Maps says it will take? I'm just wondering how close they are for the area.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas, USA (Houston)
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All probably should... but not everyone is. I have played around a bit on har but the best data in the world isn't necessarily a good substitute for first hand knowledge. Thanks for the info on the client gateway. I'll keep that in mind. Is that something only an Realtor can set up or is that a tool on har?
Only a Realtor can create that for you. It's pretty helpful to have new listings show up in your inbox every morning that you can manage.

Google Maps is fairly accurate. However, the weather, time of day, wrecks, etc... Can change everything fairly quickly.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Grammercy, NY
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Only a Realtor can create that for you. It's pretty helpful to have new listings show up in your inbox every morning that you can manage.

Google Maps is fairly accurate. However, the weather, time of day, wrecks, etc... Can change everything fairly quickly.
Agreed... real world limitations aside it's pretty close here as well.
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