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Old 11-12-2007, 01:11 PM
 
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Default Moving to Houston

Hi. My husband and I are considering a move from Salt Lake City to Houston in spring of 2008. We will be locating for his job and I'll be looking for a job in the Marketing/Advertising field.
We are currently living in a planned community in SLC with quaint older-style homes. It's a walking community with big front porches so that feel appeals to us.

I'm currently interested in the following neighborhoods.

Old Wooded Areas:
-West University
-The Heights
-Bellaire
-Meyerland
-South Main
-Third Ward
-MacGregor-Riverside
-Acres Homes
-Denver Harbor
-Idylwood

I like the above areas because of the charming houses there. We currently live in an arts and crafts bungalow and love it.

Additional areas to consider:
-The woodlands
-Sugar Land
-Pearland
-Katy
-Kingwood
-Clearlake
-Jersey Village
-Friendswood

I know this is a lot to be interested in, but maybe there are some you can steer me away from immediately. Our budget can go as high as $450k. We are planning to go there the first weekend in December and I'd love to have some neighborhoods selected to visit.
Any suggestions are welcome.
thanks!
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:43 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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First of all, Houston is huge. If you can say what area you will be working in, it would be easier to guide you. I can knock a few off your list right away specifically Denver Harbor and Acres Homes. Those areas have very high crime rates and are pretty run down right now.
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:59 PM
 
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I'm not exactly sure what area I'll be working in since I haven't begun to look for work. My husband goes on business calls to Baker Hughes and BP (both oil and gas) but I have absolutely no idea where they are located.

Thanks for helping me narrow the list. I appreciate local recommendations because there are some details you just don't get on the internet.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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Poltrackker is right. I would strongly advise you to consider the location of the house relative to the job. You have listed locations all over the city. I lived in Clear Lake for a few years. It is a nice area, but it is on the far south-east side of Houston.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Baker Hughes and BP have several locations throughout the city depending on whether it is production facility, plant, or corporate. Not much help there. Maybe a central location? If that is the case, somewhere like the Heights, Garden Oaks, Timbergrove (near north and northwest side of downtown) or Meyerland, West University, Bellaire (near SW side). Riverside has some lovely homes and so does Idylwood (both on near SE side) but are surrounded by transitional neighborhoods.

The bad part is that if you move somewhere like Kingwood or Clear Lake and end up working on the energy corridor near Katy, it is a 40+ mile commute and would take forever (well over an hour in rush hour) so work location is an absolute consideration when choosing a neighborhood. All the communities in your additional list are nice areas but the development is more modern. Homes in the Idylwood, Riverside, Heights, and Garden Oaks (and a few in West U) tend to be older and have more unique architecture. Another neighborhood with similar architecture is Glenbrook on the south side. Timber Grove and Meyerland homes are the older late 1950's through early 1970's custom homes and are roomy and nice as well.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:15 PM
 
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I love the ward areas - but you really would need sweat equity to get a house in that area up to "good?" standards.....

Heights is great- won't lose value- but lots are getting teeny.

Another area is Oak Forest or Garden Oaks. It is close to town and very neighborhoody. You know your neighbors- but not too much. Oak Forest is a very safe neighborhood - and they are building very nice, large craftsman homes(brand new) - Here is a link -I don't know if that is what you are looking for....I don't know if this link will work...

http://http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cfm?mlnum=2825974&class=1&leadid=6&sTYP E=0&backButton=Y (broken link)

But you can search HAR.com by subdivision - Garden Oaks or OAk Forest
Sounds fun - you have picked some cool areas. (Bellaire is my 3rd choice!)
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:23 PM
 
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Thank you for all the advice. It sounds like I need to either find a home and look for work nearby or find a job and look for a home nearby. Any additional advice is very appreciated.
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Default movin to houston also

Hi

I graduated last this year with my nursing degree and my husband with his accounting degree. We are moving to Houston in April 2008. We dont have any children. We are in our mid 20's and still like to go out and enjoy the nite life. We dont plan to start a family until about 2 to 3 years from now so we deifinitly would like a apartment. I looked at a few online. Can any one tell me about these?

The marquis on eldrige 4848 pin oak park drive 77081
RENAISSANCE VILLAGE 12951 BRIAR FOREST 77077
BRIAR MEADOWS 1414 S DAIRY ASHFORD 77077
PARK LAKES 9955 BUFFALO SPEEDWAY 77054
ARCH STONE 8181 FANNIN ST 77054

ARE THESE GOOD NEIGHBOR HOODS?
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