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Old 03-28-2017, 09:36 AM
 
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Good mornin all. I'm hopefully going to be moving to Houston to work at Houston Baptist University in a few months. My wife and I would love a nice safe neighborhood for our little family. I've been looking at several neighborhoods such as Katy, Sugar Land, etc...We're a young family but we like to get out and explore. We like going out to movies, concerts and restaurants. I plan on going to Astros and Texans games. I'm coming from a college football town so I'll probably go to Rice and UH games

We would love to have a good size yard...even maybe an acre or more land. Obviously I don't want to be too far out of town. I'd like to stay within 30-40 min drive of the HBU campus.

Am I out of luck? Can any of you give me suggestions for the parts of town where I should focus my house shopping?
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Old 03-28-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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Also...give me some honest feed back on the Texas beaches. Are there any nice beaches near Houston? If you wanted to take a weekend beach trip, which beach would you choose?
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Old 03-28-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Keep in mind that Katy and SugarLand are not Houston neighborhoods but suburban towns that are a long drive from your work although SL isn't too bad from HBU location. What's your housing budget? Beaches are very mediocre.
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Old 03-28-2017, 09:41 AM
 
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Sugarland may be your best bet if you're wanting a suburb and good schools for the kids. To get more land, you'd probably have to go further out.

Beaches are OK. Water isn't blue and typically not a shiny green either. Better beaches around here are the ones where you'd need to pay in galveston, or crystal beach in Bolivar. Weekend trip would probably be Chorpus Christi/South Padre.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Greater Inwood
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As for the beaches the closer ones are ehh okay! no blue waters as others said....... If you are looking for pretty beaches go further down towards corpus christi or south padre..... If you are looking for a close social beach I say galveston because it has restaurants and pleasure pier amusement park on the beach.... If you want a closer beach that is a tad bit better looking than galveston i suggest surfside however not many restaurants and no amusement park but it does have a playground
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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Housing budget will probably be in the mid-$200K range. Then again, there's a good chance we'll rent at first until we find some neighborhoods we like.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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From what I've seen, I like Sugar Land better than Katy,
BTW, Sugar Land has a minor league baseball team
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Foster, TX
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Housing budget will probably be in the mid-$200K range. Then again, there's a good chance we'll rent at first until we find some neighborhoods we like.
As many posters here will quickly tell you, mid $200k (Affordable) + good schools + acreage (or up to an acre) + desirable commute to HBU isn't going to happen. You can have 2, maybe 3 of those with that price point.

Good Schools + Acreage + Affordable = Needville. Smaller conservative district out on farmland that people are beginning to realize is a pretty great school district. Drawback: Commute, lack of nearby ammenities

Good Schools + Acreage + Commute = Richmond, Fulshear (and the commute still won't be the best.) Drawback(s): Commute, Price point. You're looking at either a very old fixer-upper home or a $500k+ home.

Good Schools + Commute + Afforable = Richmond, Fulshear, old Sugar Land, Greatwood, New Territory. Drawbacks: Smaller/older homes, no acreage.

Don't really have knowledge on areas that are affordable, near HBU, with/without good schools - someone with knowledge about real estate inside the Beltway can better speak to that.

This is all assuming you wanted to be along the 59 corridor.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Foster, TX
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Also...give me some honest feed back on the Texas beaches. Are there any nice beaches near Houston? If you wanted to take a weekend beach trip, which beach would you choose?
Galveston has more attractions/restaurants. As you travel south to Crystal Beach, it gets more "beachy" and less congested.

Personally I like Surfside beach, which is even farther south and even less congested. We take the back way (36 South from 59 in Rosenberg) for a more scenic, less congested drive.

The beaches are okay - not great, especially if you have been to places like Destin Florida, South Padre Island, Hawaii etc.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:46 PM
 
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Bryan Beach at Freeport, two weeks ago. Its an hour southwest of Sugar Land.....you can go to the beach here more or less any month of the year. Even in January, on a warm day, the water is warm enough for wading
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