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Old 09-06-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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Having been in Houston for 2 years and finally decide to buy a house because of new baby. Unfortunately this year has been a disaster for buyers. Anyway, right now trying to decide between the two areas mentioned above, basically comparing 77401 area with school combo CONDIT/Pershing/PinOak/BELLAIRE to 77077 area with school combo bush/westbriar/westside, also the demographic seems to be quite different, more white in 77401 and more diverse in 77077. Also wondering if it is worth to buy a townhouse in any of these two areas. Any seasoned opinion is appreciated.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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Assuming your budget is 300k+ (the buy in price for 77401), why not consider 77079 or 77055?
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Whats your budget?
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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I personally don't think townhouses are a good investment. They don't seem to appreciate much.

I've tried to like Bellaire for decades, but I just don't. Too claustrophobic, and too much street parking for me. Not to mention the randomness of house values or pricing. Chimney Rock,Bissonnet, and Bellaire streets have plenty of diversity going on, if that's what you are looking for. Yet purchasing a townhouse in Bellaire would be a safer endevor than outside the Beltway. For a house though, there are some very interesting ones outside the Beltway, and then you have that beautiful park that runs through it.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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my budget is actually no more than 350k, that is why 77079 and 77055 is tough to get in. I have been primarily looking at 77077, which is where I live right now but as everybody knows you have to be careful in this zip code. Good houses in bush district are very attractive and hard to come by this year, that is why I start to look around and also start to consider townhouses. With a new born baby, it is hard to remodel an old house while school district is important to us. I appreciate everyone's comments and would welcome more opinions on this. One more thing, we don't consider Katy or Sugarland as we don't like the commute.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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my budget is actually no more than 350k, that is why 77079 and 77055 is tough to get in. I have been primarily looking at 77077, which is where I live right now but as everybody knows you have to be careful in this zip code. Good houses in bush district are very attractive and hard to come by this year, that is why I start to look around and also start to consider townhouses. With a new born baby, it is hard to remodel an old house while school district is important to us. I appreciate everyone's comments and would welcome more opinions on this. One more thing, we don't consider Katy or Sugarland as we don't like the commute.
Look at remodeled Nottingham west (77079) houses. There were alot this spring under 350K. Otherwise, for 350k, you are looking in Briar Hills or Meadowbriar for a nice home. Parkway villages is probably out. 77401 is really out of your price range except for a few townhouses I doubt you'll be happy with If you want remodeled and the new townhouses in 77077 almost always backed to highway 6 which is a real negative.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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Go with the home in the better district/school if that's your main priority. You can always fix up your house with relative ease, but you can't do the same for the school.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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I started my search too late this year because the baby was born during the summer. When I seriously started to look, most stuff has been taken already. The left-over is either too expensive or too old in bad shape. Stuck here and don't know whether should wait for another year or continuously looking with monty-by-month renting soon (a hefty $300 price jack-up per month thanks to the rent demands!). I was told that after August the houses will be less and less and whether you can find something really depends on your luck.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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13902 Roxton Dr, Houston, TX 77077 - HAR.com

But, if you are looking for investment, anything in 77079 SBISD zoning is not going to get any cheaper. Nottingham Forest, west of Dairy Ashford, along with parts of Thornwood will now start appreciating due to the demolition of apartment complexes
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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I was told that after August the houses will be less and less and whether you can find something really depends on your luck.
Perhaps, but keep looking. Best thing to do is hook up with realtor who specializes in the neighborhood, even lives in the neighborhood. They'll know what's coming available before it hits har. I know of another house thats coming on the market just from the mums group (out of your range) and many sell via the neighborhood networks.

There may be less houses for sale now but that's no excuse to give up! It's luck AND hard work. Fortunately the realtor can do the hard work for you. Our realtor (who is in the mums group) lives in Ashford Forest where this recent listing is, it's zoned to Meadow Wood (her kids go there too). She called us about our house coming on the market the week before it was listed. PM me if you want her contact details. I don't know the realtor on this listing but he gets quite a few listings in this area.

http://search.har.com/engine/14519-Oak-Bend-Dr-Houston-77079-6517_HAR59438534.htm
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