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Old 12-08-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Mo
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I currently have the opportunity to relocate for work, so I’m thinking of taking advantage of it and moving to Houston. I’m starting to research potential places to live but there are a lot of neighborhoods to choose from. Can someone give some advice on these areas and help narrow this list down (list was taken from the Houston visitor site).



Chinatown
Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston
Downtown
]EaDo/East End
Galleria/Uptown
Galveston
Greenspoint/IAH
Houston Heights
Medical Center/Reliant Park
Memorial Park/Washington Corridor
Memorial/Energy Corridor
Midtown
Montrose
Museum District
River Oaks
Hobby Airport/Third-Ward
Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza
West University/Rice Village


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I have been to Texas numerous times but never made it to Houston. I’ve been to Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. Out of those 3 Austin would be my favorite. I’ve lived in St. Louis all my life except for undergrad, but just recently finished my MBA, and taking on a bigger opportunity.

I really don’t want more than a 30 min commute. Company zip code is 77029 (Looking at the map its close to where 610 and 10 meet).
Looking to rent for now, this relocation could be 1 year or I could end up staying. Budget is around 1200 but also depends on amenities and other things that are included. Willing to increase if I really like the place.

I’m 26 and single so I would like to be around people my age with a diverse crowd. I do like to go out to bars and have fun so I would like to be close to some entertainment, but don’t mind a short drive/cab ride if I have to.



Thanks in advance for any help

Last edited by CJames9; 12-08-2012 at 10:24 PM..
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Chinatown
Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston
Downtown (No)
]EaDo/East End
Galleria/Uptown
Galveston (No)
Greenspoint/IAH (No)
Houston Heights
Medical Center/Reliant Park
Memorial Park/Washington Corridor
Memorial/Energy Corridor
Midtown
Montrose
Museum District
River Oaks
Hobby Airport/Third-Ward (No)
Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza
West University/Rice Village
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:49 PM
 
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For 1200 you can rent a house if you would could increase your budget to 1400 or 1500 you could rent a nice 2-2 or even a 3-2 house
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Mo
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Any opinions on Midtown, Montrose, and Memorial Park. How would you describe each area?
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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I'd recommend EaDo.

Lots of new stuff happening over there and it's still affordable... although probably not for long.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Houston
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West End is close to where you are talking about work. It is the Shepherd/Washington area. There are some reasonable new builds here. This area is being gentrified and in some parts they are just moving into the older homes and renovating, but there is a lot of new-build townhouses here. In some parts closer to I-10, you will have more riff raff running around but if you are smart i.e. lock your front door, keep your garage shut and lock your car, you will be fine. It is a popular neighborhood for professional singles and there is a ton of restaurant and bar life on Washington.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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You said you like bars, diversity, close to work. I would think you'd like living in upper Kirby area, by memorial park (Washington) and montrose/midtown. All those neighborhoods blend into one another and so you really have access to all they have to offer, you should just find a good nice place that fit into your budget. If you like outdoor excercise, then I think Memorial park/Washington has a slight advantage in that they're within walking distance to a lot of bars and to the park, and to work.

Chinatown - i dont see why anyone would want to live there unless you need to go there alot
Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston-too far fr work
Downtown - good, can be kinda dead at night relative midtown and washington
]EaDo/East End - kinda far from work
Galleria/Uptown-nice, good, but i see slightly older crowd in the restaurants there
Galveston- not houston
Greenspoint/IAH-blah
Houston Heights-
Medical Center/Reliant Park-kinda far fr work, less bars
Memorial Park/Washington Corridor-seems like best fit
Memorial/Energy Corridor-nice but less 20somehting crowd that other places on this list
Midtown - many young people seem to like this area, not my favorite area although there are some nice blocks there. Overall, still too dodgy and grimy for me.
Montrose - Pretty nice overall, meets most of your criteria
Museum District -
River Oaks-
Hobby Airport/Third-Ward -
Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza-Yes
West University/Rice Village
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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Lyndale Park
Iylewood
Montrose
Rice Military
6th ward is not that bad really
Willowbend & Westbury quite family neighborhood just outside the loop on the south west side close to everything

I recommend these areas if you looking to rent a 2-2 house for $1200 to $1500
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:07 PM
 
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Ooops, I read too quickly, you said zip 77029, I read as 77027, on the other side of 610.
In that case, I think east end of Washington, downtown, east side of Heights, south Med center (take 610). I'm not sure about commute times but I know it's a brute going thru downtown during rush hour.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Houston area
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Based on your age and work location, here's what I would recommend from your list.


EaDo/East End
Galleria/Uptown *Your budget might be too low
Houston Heights
Memorial Park/Washington Corridor
Midtown
Montrose
Museum District
River Oaks *Your budget might be too low
Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza
West University/Rice Village *Your budget might be too low
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