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Old 01-24-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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There are still some houses on big acreage in Katy close to I-10. Fulshear would also be my next suggestion. I live out that way, so I know that it's available. Pearland really got womped in the last hurricane. I knew several people that had roof/rain water damage.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: plano
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Another option with a longer commute destined to improve with 290 road improvements is in the Cypress area up North of Fairfield community. The pending Grand Parkway might make country living in this area more challenging to find.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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Another option with a longer commute destined to improve with 290 road improvements is in the Cypress area up North of Fairfield community. The pending Grand Parkway might make country living in this area more challenging to find.
That area will be a traffic nightmare for the next 3 yrs not a good idea
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:13 PM
 
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I was going to suggest the older, non sub Katy too. Big caveat. If you're working right in the city of Houston...major time and major headaches commuting though.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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If you drive an 30 - 35 miles and an hour or so from the city. Fairfax, or even Vienna, you can reach in those 1 acre or more, non-HOA, semirural properties in western to northern Loudoun (north of Leesburg), western or far southern Prince William , or even the near parts of Fauquier.

But if you drive the same distance/time from the Galleria area, you will still be in the Houston burbs.

The point is that Houston is much more spread out than NOVA, so you most likely will need to go much further out to find that "western end" country property and lifestyle.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Houston housing gets a reputation for being cheap due to the numerous suburbs with endless tract homes. This is where you can buy a 4,000sf home for $150K. But, this is not what you're looking for. It's going to be very tough to find what you're looking for for $300-400K.
Sadly, I'm starting to realize that. But there got to be a way.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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How far are you willing to commute? Look into Brookshire, just west of Katy. That's pretty country.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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Take a look south of Houston around Alvin, Tx which is more rural than most Houston. Also take a look out west around Fulshear Tx, which you can access the Galleria area via west park tollway. It is a tollway so factor in those costs to your affordable equation. Also be aware that Fulshear areas now rural wont be for long as the Energy Corridor is pushing growth and large subdivisions out that direction more so than around Alvin. Good luck
Thanks! I saw a few options around Katy/Richmond/Fulshear which seems like a decent compromise and with some flexiblity in working hours, commute should be managable. Alvin appears a bit futher - is traffic better, worse or the same as Katy?

I also prefer Katy over Alvin for higher elevation - the whole hurricane thing is freaking me out. Or am I being silly about that?

I also have a question regarding your comment that Fulshear area won't stay rural for much longer. If I find a house in a semi-rural neigborhood on a 1+ acre surrounded by a few of the same, even if they later build developments all around it, it shouldn't change anything for me, should it? Or are you saying that developers try to buy out these semi-rural neighborhoods and build subdivisions instead?
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:49 PM
 
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Don't forget to look in old Katy. I love it here!
How are demographis in Katy/Richmond/Fulshear area? Schools, crime rates, ethnic breakdowns, access to shopping and other amenities?
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Bellville would be a long commute, but many people do it.
How much further/longer is it?
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