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Old 01-16-2017, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Mo City, TX
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Houston in a nut shell. If it's cheap it's not going to be good, if it's good it's not going to be cheap. At 38k per year you will have to be extra careful since commuting costs (gas, tolls, wear and tear of your car )will eat away at your monthly budget.
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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You can look at houses for sale on Texas Real Estate - 151,586 Homes for Sale and Rent- HAR.com that's what everyone uses here. Houses in the area you referenced are fairly expensive. 400k+ for anything really maybe 350k for a townhouse next to a railroad track.
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Willis, Texas
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Not sure where in Houston your job will be located, but if you can afford to travel a little further north you will enjoy the Lake Conroe/ Montgomery area. It is hard to find acreage neighborhoods with affordable housing, but life here is much slower and quieter, but you still have the city amenities of The Woodlands area.
It can be a one hour drive depending on where you are in Houston and how far north you travel to live also. Lake Conroe is around for skiing, fishing, boating. Sam Houston National Forest is close for hiking and biking. The Woodlands is also nearby for outdoor concerts, shopping, tons of dining options, kayaking, etc. Good luck
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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OP said job is near 620/290 interchange so living near Lake Conroe would be madness. May as well stay inCalifornia and commute from there.
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:11 AM
 
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Right where the 610 and 290 split said OP.........not really a spot anywhere near horse country. I would look towards Cypress as a place to live.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:53 AM
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Actually, there are areas inside the northwest beltway that can be described as semi-rural with cattle grazing and horse boarding.
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Old 01-17-2017, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Katy,TX.
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I would start my search in Waller county for a reverse commute jmho
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:54 PM
 
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I have a possible job in Houston at around 38k a year and my husband will either find a job when we move or his company may allow him to work remote. What are the pros and cons? We currently live in San Diego, CA and HATE it. It was great in our early 20's in college but now that we would like to think about buying a house we just can't stand all the people and how overpriced everything is and we don't even live in the city center. We grew up in a city of about 50k and would like something similar. We are outdoorsy and I have a horse that would come with us. We would love to buy a home with some land in the next 5 years.

Things to consider? Advice? I'm open to it all. What about raising kids in 5 years?
If you're outdoorsy you will find Houston challenging. It is so huge. It takes freaking forever to get to nature. You could live way out, but then why bother living "in Houston?"
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Old 01-18-2017, 02:48 PM
 
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That's good to know.

So what else can people tell me about the area?
PROS: HOUSTON has great food, good nightlife, lots of shopping, musuems, sports, lots of green space in the 610 loop, extremely diverse, very modern look, nice freeways , only an hour from the beach, always something going on concerts festivals etc. Housing is pretty decent , about 4-5 hours from 4 major metropolitan areas .Also alot of people are friendly ,but there are some rude people as well probably translplants. Also Houston has some very nice suburbs including The woodlands , katy, Sugarland etc.

CONS : flooding can be a pretty bad occurrance there. You will not believe how hard it can rain in htown compared to anything in California. (2) bugs in the summer and late spring and early fall can be pretty bad especially after rain.(3) humidity can be insane but everything is air conditioned and you can plan around the heat.(4) HOUSTON IS SUPER HUGE SO IT takes a while to get alot of places just like LA. (5) not many walkable neighborhoods therefore you don't see many people out walking unless you're downtown during a weekday. (6) the freeways are some of the best I've seen but the ROADS AND SIDEWALKS ARE A COMPLETE MESS ! (7) Crime can be an issue but that's every major city so just be smart and don't be a crime of opportunity. (8) BAD AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS! ROAD RAGE IS common here so just ignore the aggressive drivers .

CONCLUSION : I say give it a shot. Visit for a week or so and see if it fits you. HOUSTON IS A GREAT CITY in its on way. IT'S VERY UP AND COMING , and there is always something new coming to Houston and the cranes that dot the skyline are prime examples . I know this was long but hope it helped !
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:47 PM
 
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I have been researching Houston for a move from Atlanta after realizing Southern California is a bit out of my budget at the moment. I will be visiting and exploring Houston soon, but the flooding problems have me a little nervous. I would like to live in the northern suburbs of the city. Maybe somewhere in Montgomery County. The cost of living is similar to Atlanta, but seems to have much more to offer.
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