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Old 07-29-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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My wife, three year old daughter, and I moved to Houston about a year ago. We are love with our new city! Currently we are renting an apartment inside the loop, but we hope to purchase a home soon. Although I know we will not be able to afford anything in the area we're currently in, we still want to stay as close to the core of Houston as possible. What is your impression of west Houston, specifically immediately west of the beltway and north of the Katy Freeway? We found several "vertical living" neighborhoods in that area. For example, Upland Reserve and Upland Lakes. Specifically, I would like to know your opinions on the following:

1-Do you feel it's safe and an area a child can be raised in easily?
2-How are the schools? Sherwood Elementary, Spring Forest Middle, and Stratford High
3-Easily accessible to grocery stores?
4-Although I know that specific area did not flood during Harvey, have you had bad experiences with flooding in that area before Harvey?

Thank you for your input.
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:23 AM
 
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What’s your budget?
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Old Yesterday, 02:41 PM
 
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My wife, three year old daughter, and I moved to Houston about a year ago. We are love with our new city! Currently we are renting an apartment inside the loop, but we hope to purchase a home soon. Although I know we will not be able to afford anything in the area we're currently in, we still want to stay as close to the core of Houston as possible. What is your impression of west Houston, specifically immediately west of the beltway and north of the Katy Freeway? We found several "vertical living" neighborhoods in that area. For example, Upland Reserve and Upland Lakes. Specifically, I would like to know your opinions on the following:

1-Do you feel it's safe and an area a child can be raised in easily?
2-How are the schools? Sherwood Elementary, Spring Forest Middle, and Stratford High
3-Easily accessible to grocery stores?
4-Although I know that specific area did not flood during Harvey, have you had bad experiences with flooding in that area before Harvey?

Thank you for your input.
Bumping this thread

Curious on Spring Forest Middle and Stratford High opinions.

We are looking in Nottingham West neighborhood and surrounding areas. Getting into Memorial Middle seems to generally get just outside of our budget
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Old Yesterday, 03:11 PM
 
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My wife, three year old daughter, and I moved to Houston about a year ago. We are love with our new city! Currently we are renting an apartment inside the loop, but we hope to purchase a home soon. Although I know we will not be able to afford anything in the area we're currently in, we still want to stay as close to the core of Houston as possible. What is your impression of west Houston, specifically immediately west of the beltway and north of the Katy Freeway? We found several "vertical living" neighborhoods in that area. For example, Upland Reserve and Upland Lakes. Specifically, I would like to know your opinions on the following:

1-Do you feel it's safe and an area a child can be raised in easily?
2-How are the schools? Sherwood Elementary, Spring Forest Middle, and Stratford High
3-Easily accessible to grocery stores?
4-Although I know that specific area did not flood during Harvey, have you had bad experiences with flooding in that area before Harvey?

Thank you for your input.
1. It's not the safest or best area for raising kids. The area is more industrial or commercial than residential. Have you driven through it? There are basically no sidewalks in the area and I wouldn't walk on the side of these narrow roads myself, let along letting my kids do it. If you can afford Upland Reserve you can probably find something nicer in one of the suburbs.

2. They are all B+ to B- schools. Some people are fine with that, some aren't. The biggest turn off for some about the Elem and Middle schools is the demographics. Drive around the area behind these schools and you'll find a lot of lower end apartment buildings catering mostly to working class Hispanics. That's a deal breaker for many, but you might be fine with it given your budget and other concerns.

3. There is a nearby Walmart but it doesn't look that safe to visit at night. Other than that you need to drive a bit to go to the nicer supermarkets.

4. The area did not flood, but it is still too close to the reservoirs for my comfort.

If I were a single professional who want to buy a nice pad for socializing then this area might be fine, but I wouldn't want to raise a family here. I would go further west.
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Old Yesterday, 03:39 PM
 
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The previous poster misread your post. Nottingham West was originally developed in the late 1960s - early 1970s, I believe, with OK but mostly unspectacular homes. In the last decade, builders (one in particular) have been buying the older homes and redeveloping the lots with more modern and expensive ones.

Some folks pooh-pooh the fact that the neighborhood is adjacent to moderate-income apartments and rental condos, but I'm not aware that it causes any issues. Some also criticize the middle school (and Stratford HS as well) for being too income-diverse, but I'm not convinced that affluent professionals should be discouraged from sending their kids there.

Otherwise, it's a pretty good/great location, convenient to the Energy Corridor, CityCenter/Memorial City, and Westchase. Just so you know, entering the Katy Freeway eastbound from there is a little harrowing during certain times of day if you're not trying to get on the Beltway. I think the neighborhood gets to use the recreation club at the Kirkwood/Memorial intersection?
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Old Yesterday, 06:13 PM
 
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The previous poster misread your post. Nottingham West was originally developed in the late 1960s - early 1970s, I believe, with OK but mostly unspectacular homes. In the last decade, builders (one in particular) have been buying the older homes and redeveloping the lots with more modern and expensive ones.

Some folks pooh-pooh the fact that the neighborhood is adjacent to moderate-income apartments and rental condos, but I'm not aware that it causes any issues. Some also criticize the middle school (and Stratford HS as well) for being too income-diverse, but I'm not convinced that affluent professionals should be discouraged from sending their kids there.

Otherwise, it's a pretty good/great location, convenient to the Energy Corridor, CityCenter/Memorial City, and Westchase. Just so you know, entering the Katy Freeway eastbound from there is a little harrowing during certain times of day if you're not trying to get on the Beltway. I think the neighborhood gets to use the recreation club at the Kirkwood/Memorial intersection?
The OP wanted to focus on areas NORTH of the I-10. I'm also not trying to persuade anyone not to send kids to these ES and MS but to inform the OP.
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Old Yesterday, 08:48 PM
 
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The previous poster misread your post. Nottingham West was originally developed in the late 1960s - early 1970s, I believe, with OK but mostly unspectacular homes. In the last decade, builders (one in particular) have been buying the older homes and redeveloping the lots with more modern and expensive ones.

Some folks pooh-pooh the fact that the neighborhood is adjacent to moderate-income apartments and rental condos, but I'm not aware that it causes any issues. Some also criticize the middle school (and Stratford HS as well) for being too income-diverse, but I'm not convinced that affluent professionals should be discouraged from sending their kids there.

Otherwise, it's a pretty good/great location, convenient to the Energy Corridor, CityCenter/Memorial City, and Westchase. Just so you know, entering the Katy Freeway eastbound from there is a little harrowing during certain times of day if you're not trying to get on the Beltway. I think the neighborhood gets to use the recreation club at the Kirkwood/Memorial intersection?
All those area are south of 10
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Old Yesterday, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Houston
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All those area are south of 10
The person who bumped the thread is looking at Nottingham West.
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Old Today, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Have you looked at Cottage Grove in the loop? Should be able to afford there if you can afford that.
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Old Today, 09:25 AM
 
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The person who bumped the thread is looking at Nottingham West.
Gotcha.

TylerJ1288, please ignore everything I wrote except about the schools. Another thing to keep in mind is whether you want to resell. If the ES/MS are trending downward then that would hurt your home values, while the premium you pay to get into Rummel Creek/Memorial Middle should be safe.
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