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Old 07-30-2018, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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^^ Thanks for sharing more about your motivations for relocating. I can certainly appreciate your desire to seek a city with additional diversity. I hope you can find a good spot to land here in Houston.

Again, since I'm not that all familiar with the areas you are looking in (I live in the Clear Lake area between Houston and Galveston), I'll leave it for others to make more specific suggestions.
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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What area of Lake Houston are you looking? When you say cheap it makes me think you are maybe looking at Huffman on the east side. Thats not really Houston at all and a heck of a painful commute to your work location. Houses on the lake in Kingwood are pricier although be aware that most of those houses flooded during Harvey. You also have Atascocita which is mid priced but maybe doesnt have the best schools. Keep in mind that 1960 through that area is a traffic nightmare.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:23 AM
 
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What area of Lake Houston are you looking? When you say cheap it makes me think you are maybe looking at Huffman on the east side. Thats not really Houston at all and a heck of a painful commute to your work location. Houses on the lake in Kingwood are pricier although be aware that most of those houses flooded during Harvey. You also have Atascocita which is mid priced but maybe doesnt have the best schools. Keep in mind that 1960 through that area is a traffic nightmare.


Yes my Grandpa lived in Humble (Atascocita) area north of 1960 and I hated the commute down to 59. Now 59 into downtown wasn't that bad with traffic, just a lot of gas.

My concern is the safety of the homes. Are the homes on the west side of the lake ok? Do they get broken into a lot? I will look up some impact maps of the hurricane and if anyone has a map or link of the flood areas they would like to share would be great as well.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:39 AM
 
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Since you have some varied ideas for where to live, I would seriously think about renting for a year. I know it doesn't get you settled, but there's a HIGH likelihood you will find the perfect place after more exploration. And you really need to be local for this to happen. Rent a 2 bedroom house or townhouse around the Heights (so I-10 between 610 West and downtown), something central for your job and excursions, and use the weekends to drive to other areas.

It would be a shame to buy a house based on a few visits, and then suffer with it for years until you can sell (home appreciation in Houston isn't guaranteed, especially in the suburbs).
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:53 AM
 
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Since you have some varied ideas for where to live, I would seriously think about renting for a year. I know it doesn't get you settled, but there's a HIGH likelihood you will find the perfect place after more exploration. And you really need to be local for this to happen. Rent a 2 bedroom house or townhouse around the Heights (so I-10 between 610 West and downtown), something central for your job and excursions, and use the weekends to drive to other areas.

It would be a shame to buy a house based on a few visits, and then suffer with it for years until you can sell (home appreciation in Houston isn't guaranteed, especially in the suburbs).
Speaking of... Homes outside the loop appreciate slower than homes inside the loop? If so, I'm just curious as to how since "downtown" isn't really a desired location by many locals. When I visit downtown houston it seems to be mostly businesses and not really a lot of high-rise living. I was scared to buy one of the as I call them "tall homes" I see in the loop with the basement the only thing on the lower level. First they aren't that attractive to the high, probably can only fit two cars and or one truck in most of those things and they have little to no yard space. All of those things most texans put high appreciation value in. What are your and anyone's thoughts on those "tall houses"?
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:32 PM
 
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Speaking of... Homes outside the loop appreciate slower than homes inside the loop? If so, I'm just curious as to how since "downtown" isn't really a desired location by many locals. When I visit downtown houston it seems to be mostly businesses and not really a lot of high-rise living. I was scared to buy one of the as I call them "tall homes" I see in the loop with the basement the only thing on the lower level. First they aren't that attractive to the high, probably can only fit two cars and or one truck in most of those things and they have little to no yard space. All of those things most texans put high appreciation value in. What are your and anyone's thoughts on those "tall houses"?
Downtown isn't really the "center" of Houston (and why you notice it so quickly drops off to the east). The center developed west of it, and so proximity to downtown to west of the Galleria is really considered to be the sweet spot if you want to be close to most everything. This is because downtown has historically been business-focused, though that's changing. Rice Village, the Heights, Montrose, Uptown/Galleria--THOSE are the "play" areas.

Since Houston has no real barriers to building, the suburbs are always competing against new construction, which many (most) people deem more desirable. Inside the loop (west of downtown), and along the west loop (Galleria area, Memorial, Bellaire) land is at a premium and prices are higher, and appreciation is stronger. Some of the best schools are there.

3-story homes are the standard in many areas, and have become very accepted. They aren't for everyone, though! They are more of a pain when you have little kids (stairs, lack of yard space), but for most people they are the affordable way to stay in town.

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Old 07-31-2018, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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This is a snarky but somewhat accurate take on the different areas of Houston:

https://goo.gl/images/ojgwh9
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:43 PM
 
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This is a snarky but somewhat accurate take on the different areas of Houston:

https://goo.gl/images/ojgwh9
These Judgmental maps crack me up because as you state above, they are usually pretty accurate.

And I say that as someone who's proud to be currently living among the astronauts and their sycophants and previously with other pretentious white people who like trains (though back when it wasn't quite as pretentious) and grew up as a Jew in the Used to be Jewish suburbs now barrio...
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