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Old 09-12-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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So noone has mentioned Pheasant Creek Subdivision...What is the story if any??? the listing for schools just says Fort Bend ISD...
The schools according to Greatschools are actually pretty good. is there something that I should know...

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Old 09-13-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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Just like you, I went through this trouble of deciding on a n’hood 3 years before. As I was living in Houston (actually near TMC for 5 years) for a long time, I could add my own judgement on people’s opinion. IMO, for you, the best option is Meyerland provided you are ok with ‘old’ houses (constructed in the 50s). You can rent a <1500 sq.ft house for around $2000. Your dream of 12 minutes commute can be done there. Nice elementary and middle schools too.

Keep this in mind, TMC itself is pretty crowded on peak times, and the metro train runs right through the middle of medical center to add more pain to drivers (although it’s a boon for many others). Say, you are at Bellaire/Kirby intersection , it may take ANOTHER 10 minutes for you to park and get the keys off.

One thing I learned is Hwy 288 (Pearland) and Hwy 290 (Cypress) are the two freeways that is getting more and MORE crowded day-by-day mainly because of the relatively cheap housing there and hype about easy commute respectively. As others noted, Almeda, which runs parallel to 288, has lot of lights and get as crowded as 288 on peak hours. But, Hwy 90 (aka Main St) is almost like a freeway and a good option for TMC commuters from Sugar Land.

Most of Pearland is in Brazoria county, which is considered ‘coastal’ and you end up paying high for your home insurance..and also you need a flood insurance

Also, Hwy 6 is another pain. People say the lights are sync-d but you will learn that they don’t work as you expect it on peak hours. That's the main reason I ruled out Missouri City.

Then as Topaz said, people like you (and me) who really ‘waste’ their time to do their research end up in Sugar Land. Now, in Sugar Land there are many options. If traffic is your concern make sure that you live in one of the n’hoods that are close to freeways and, more importantly, easy access to freeways. Telfair is a good option (because it has direct entrance to 59, 90 and 6) but there are other options as well.

There is a Memorial Herman, (St Lukes, Methodist) in Sugar Land for you to consider..and Memorial herman location is right in the middle of Greatwood and New territory.

Hope it helps.

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Just like you, I went through this trouble of deciding on a n’hood 3 years before. As I was living in Houston (actually near TMC for 5 years) for a long time, I could add my own judgement on people’s opinion. IMO, for you, the best option is Meyerland provided you are ok with ‘old’ houses (constructed in the 50s). You can rent a <1500 sq.ft house for around $2000. Your dream of 12 minutes commute can be done there. Nice elementary and middle schools too.

Keep this in mind, TMC itself is pretty crowded on peak times, and the metro train runs right through the middle of medical center to add more pain to drivers (although it’s a boon for many others). Say, you are at Bellaire/Kirby intersection , it may take ANOTHER 10 minutes for you to park and get the keys off.

One thing I learned is Hwy 288 (Pearland) and Hwy 290 (Cypress) are the two freeways that is getting more and MORE crowded day-by-day mainly because of the relatively cheap housing there and hype about easy commute respectively. As others noted, Almeda, which runs parallel to 288, has lot of lights and get as crowded as 288 on peak hours. But, Hwy 90 (aka Main St) is almost like a freeway and a good option for TMC commuters from Sugar Land.

Most of Pearland is in Brazoria county, which is considered ‘coastal’ and you end up paying high for your home insurance..and also you need a flood insurance

Also, Hwy 6 is another pain. People say the lights are sync-d but you will learn that they don’t work as you expect it on peak hours. That's the main reason I ruled out Missouri City.

Then as Topaz said, people like you (and me) who really ‘waste’ their time to do their research end up in Sugar Land. Now, in Sugar Land there are many options. If traffic is your concern make sure that you live in one of the n’hoods that are close to freeways and, more importantly, easy access to freeways. Telfair is a good option (because it has direct entrance to 59, 90 and 6) but there are other options as well.

There is a Memorial Herman, (St Lukes, Methodist) in Sugar Land for you to consider..and Memorial herman location is right in the middle of Greatwood and New territory.

Hope it helps.
Your post is quite helpful!!! I would love to actually work in Sugar Land thereby eliminating the entire commuting issue but since the job is at TMC then I'm dealilng with the commute whether I want to or not.
I honestly believe that since I'll finally be in Texas, living MY dream I'll be content with the reality of a 30-40 commute. I'll just use my time on whatever freeway to listen to books on tape or rock the latest tunes!!!

So now my questions are related to Sugar Land subdivisions...
I have gotten much feedback regarding Telfair, New Territory and First Colony (all good!!).
Which subdivisions do I steer clear of?? I have 2 children (1st grade and 5th so schools are extremely important).

I haven't heard much pro or con about Greatwood....Any feedback would be helpful.

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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Out of the 3 I really like First Colony the best. I used to live in Fist Colony before moving in Riverstone. Telfair is new and it just looks like "trying to hard", I don't know how to describe it, out of place? New Territory is too far and I don't like that side closer with the Sugar Land airport, it feels "disconnected"

But this is just my personal opinion and is not intended to insult anyone I apologize in advance if I did just that...



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Your post is quite helpful!!! I would love to actually work in Sugar Land thereby eliminating the entire commuting issue but since the job is at TMC then I'm dealilng with the commute whether I want to or not.
I honestly believe that since I'll finally be in Texas, living MY dream I'll be content with the reality of a 30-40 commute. I'll just use my time on whatever freeway to listen to books on tape or rock the latest tunes!!!

So now my questions are related to Sugar Land subdivisions...
I have gotten much feedback regarding Telfair, New Territory and First Colony (all good!!).
Which subdivisions do I steer clear of?? I have 2 children (1st grade and 5th so schools are extremely important).

Post away....

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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I have gotten much feedback regarding Telfair, New Territory and First Colony (all good!!).
Which subdivisions do I steer clear of?? I have 2 children (1st grade and 5th so schools are extremely important).
Thats a VERY sensitive topic and a never ending debate. My advise is to rent a car when you visit Houston next time, drive around those 3 subdivisions and see what you like.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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So now my questions are related to Sugar Land subdivisions...
I have gotten much feedback regarding Telfair, New Territory and First Colony (all good!!).
Which subdivisions do I steer clear of?? I have 2 children (1st grade and 5th so schools are extremely important).

I haven't heard much pro or con about Greatwood....Any feedback would be helpful.

Post away....
I have two good friends who live in Greatwood and they both like it. On the other hand, I have friends in River Park (a neighborhood between Greatwood and New Territory) and I don't think they are as happy. River Park has even worse school re-zoning problems than the rest of us have.

Here are pictures I took of New Territory:

Pictures of New Territory in Sugar Land

More Pictures of New Territory in Sugar Land
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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I was in your situation 5 months ago.
Meyerland, Sugar Land, Energy Corridor...... we ended up buying our house in Sugar Land, New Territory east of 99.
Great choice!
A lot of parks, bike and running trails, a very nice place to raise two kids (3yrs and 18 months).
Obviously night life is ...... what is night life in Sugar Land???????? but in this period of our life we do not care much about bars and discos!
59 is pretty bad in the morning, no doubts about it, bus most important in my opinion is the access the the highway, how fast you reach the highway from your house.
Ask if you have any question.
By the way we moved to Sugar Land from Italy.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Your post is quite helpful!!! I would love to actually work in Sugar Land thereby eliminating the entire commuting issue but since the job is at TMC then I'm dealilng with the commute whether I want to or not.
I honestly believe that since I'll finally be in Texas, living MY dream I'll be content with the reality of a 30-40 commute. I'll just use my time on whatever freeway to listen to books on tape or rock the latest tunes!!!

So now my questions are related to Sugar Land subdivisions...
I have gotten much feedback regarding Telfair, New Territory and First Colony (all good!!).
Which subdivisions do I steer clear of?? I have 2 children (1st grade and 5th so schools are extremely important).

I haven't heard much pro or con about Greatwood....Any feedback would be helpful.

Post away....

It is only a 30 to 40 minute commute if you leave at 6 am. If you leave around 7 or 8 it will be more than an hour. Just FYI.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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I have two good friends who live in Greatwood and they both like it. On the other hand, I have friends in River Park (a neighborhood between Greatwood and New Territory) and I don't think they are as happy. River Park has even worse school re-zoning problems than the rest of us have.

Here are pictures I took of New Territory:

Pictures of New Territory in Sugar Land

More Pictures of New Territory in Sugar Land
the pics were wonderful!!! and yest I noticed how far New Territory is....
Guessing I'll be researching Greatwood further. and yes a drive through these neighborhoods is a MUST do when I come for my 3rd interview...
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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the pics were wonderful!!! and yest I noticed how far New Territory is....
Guessing I'll be researching Greatwood further. and yes a drive through these neighborhoods is a MUST do when I come for my 3rd interview...
greatwood is just as far
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