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Old 03-14-2019, 06:54 PM
 
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I'm considering moving to Houston, and really don't know much about the area.
I'm in my mid 30s, single, and grew up on I-95 living in Northern VA, NYC, CT, and Boston.


1) First big thing, do I need to live in downtown Houston to meet other young professionals?
Or, can I find things to do further out? My friend is going to live around Spring, TX, near the airport so I'd like to be in that area.

2) 2nd...for someone who loves hockey, snowboarding, and four seasons, how much of a 'shock' will Houston be, or will I get used to it?

3) 3rd...how bad is the heat and humidity? Is it worse than DC? Are the beaches on the Gulf any good? How are the lakes to cool off?
-I was in Austin in July, I liked it. Though it was hot, if you were in the shade it was fine. How does Houston compare?

4)...how much of a culture shock will I be in for, being I am from more liberal areas?
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:29 PM
 
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I'm considering moving to Houston, and really don't know much about the area.
I'm in my mid 30s, single, and grew up on I-95 living in Northern VA, NYC, CT, and Boston.


1) First big thing, do I need to live in downtown Houston to meet other young professionals?
Or, can I find things to do further out? My friend is going to live around Spring, TX, near the airport so I'd like to be in that area.

2) 2nd...for someone who loves hockey, snowboarding, and four seasons, how much of a 'shock' will Houston be, or will I get used to it?

3) 3rd...how bad is the heat and humidity? Is it worse than DC? Are the beaches on the Gulf any good? How are the lakes to cool off?
-I was in Austin in July, I liked it. Though it was hot, if you were in the shade it was fine. How does Houston compare?

4)...how much of a culture shock will I be in for, being I am from more liberal areas?
1. You probably don't need to live in downtown, but where will you be working? The commute will determine if Spring is an option, since Houston commutes are long and tedious.

2. No idea. I found it a shock but not because of sports.

3. Imo, the heat and humidity are worse than anywhere. I moved here from Chicago by way of Louisiana and Louisiana was less humid. My problem here (except for this year which was reasonably cool in the winter), is that it is hot all year round and humid all year round. I like to walk outside and can't do that here except for a few days. It is even too hot for me in the evenings. I admit that I miss Lake Michigan because I could walk distances there and I can't here. Even if the temperature is reasonable, there are fewer sidewalks and trails (note though I am in a suburb).

4. There are liberal people here, but...... I find it weird that I was asked constantly about what church I was going to attend and invited to bible studies. No one ever asked up North. Politically, there are so many who buy into the Trump stuff. I lived in NY growing up and cannot understand why anyone believes he is doing good things for the country. We did actually almost unseat Ted Cruz though with Beto O'Rourke.

In general, people here are friendly and the neighborhoods are diverse racially. My neighborhood here is less segregated than my neighborhood up north was. You may also find the lack of zoning odd depending on where you live.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:33 PM
 
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I strongly recommend that you come and visit Houston before you move in here. Preferably in August, so you can experience the weather, the beaches, the landscape, the living situation, the traffic, and what young professionals usually do and go.
It's hard to tell you how much, if at all, of climate and culture shock you would experience.

What's your plan? Job transfer? What's your budget?

Read through the many threads - lots of questions answered there. Check the forum sticky for more info.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:31 PM
 
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I'm considering moving to Houston, and really don't know much about the area.
I'm in my mid 30s, single, and grew up on I-95 living in Northern VA, NYC, CT, and Boston.


1) First big thing, do I need to live in downtown Houston to meet other young professionals?
Or, can I find things to do further out? My friend is going to live around Spring, TX, near the airport so I'd like to be in that area.

2) 2nd...for someone who loves hockey, snowboarding, and four seasons, how much of a 'shock' will Houston be, or will I get used to it?

3) 3rd...how bad is the heat and humidity? Is it worse than DC? Are the beaches on the Gulf any good? How are the lakes to cool off?
-I was in Austin in July, I liked it. Though it was hot, if you were in the shade it was fine. How does Houston compare?

4)...how much of a culture shock will I be in for, being I am from more liberal areas?
I have been in CNJ for a few months now, so I will answer as best I can:

1.) Young professionals are everywhere, but you can say Downtown Houston:Spring as is NYC:Princeton. They are there, but you won't be neck deep in them as you would in a metro area. Its going to be a bit slow and very laid back in comparison.

2.) Its up to you if you get used to it, but those things are totally out the window. Good thing you are near an airport. Honestly, though, the snowboarding is not that great here. Its just a fix until you can travel west.

3.) I hate the weather up here. I have seen the sun maybe 2 times a month. Houston humidity laughs at DC. If it was fine in the shade, then you haven't seen a real Texas summer. The beaches aren't great, but at least you don't have to pay every time you cross some imaginary line in the sand like you do on the shore. The lakes are fun.

4.) People hate Trump everywhere. You should be fine.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:03 PM
 
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I'm considering moving to Houston, and really don't know much about the area.
I'm in my mid 30s, single, and grew up on I-95 living in Northern VA, NYC, CT, and Boston.
The folks here are more than happy to let you know that this is a cheaper place to live than NYC.

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1) First big thing, do I need to live in downtown Houston to meet other young professionals?
Or, can I find things to do further out? My friend is going to live around Spring, TX, near the airport so I'd like to be in that area.
No. Just be prepared to do a lot of driving.

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2) 2nd...for someone who loves hockey, snowboarding, and four seasons, how much of a 'shock' will Houston be, or will I get used to it?
The Minnesota Wild used to have their AHL team here, but moved it to Iowa and Houston no longer has any level of hockey. There's a bar in Midtown (south of downtown) called Maple Leaf Pub, which as the name implies is a hideout for people who enjoy the world's fastest team sport. Believe it or not, back in the 1970s Gordie Howe played here with his sons Mark and Marty Howe for the Aeros of the old World Hockey Association, as he later did with the New England/Hartford Whalers.

You're a minimum of an hour drive from the nearest rolling hills, let alone a place to snowboard.

The only Four Seasons here is a hotel. The actual seasons consist of summer, almost summer and Christmas.

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3) 3rd...how bad is the heat and humidity? Is it worse than DC? Are the beaches on the Gulf any good? How are the lakes to cool off?
-I was in Austin in July, I liked it. Though it was hot, if you were in the shade it was fine. How does Houston compare?
If you've ever been to DC in the summer, then take the hottest, stickiest day or couple days you can fathom in DC. Now repeat that 100 times, basically in succession. That's summer here.

Austin is not the same. Austin sits between the coastal prairie and the desert that many northerners tend to think Texas is. It's hot in Austin, but it's a drier brand of heat. Sometimes the humidity creeps into the area and it feels like Houston when it does, but that's not a constant thing. A dry heat here isn't unheard of, but it's an anomaly. You'll notice when it happens. Shade will keep the sun from beating right down on you, but doesn't do anything about the humidity.

The beaches here are not going to impress anyone who's seen a beach before. I can understand why kids from Oklahoma come here for Spring Break because it's the closest coastline to them, but that's it. The "sand" has a consistency somewhere between sand and clay. The local Gulf waters usually have a muddy brown look to it (the result of silt mainly from the Mississippi River suspended in the water). Seaweed periodically washes up on the beaches in Galveston, sometimes in large amounts, such that it can't be entirely removed and it starts rotting and stinking. There's some good stuff down there, good history, and still some good architecture and such left. As long as you don't come expecting Rehoboth or Myrtle Beach, you might not be let down too much.

The "lakes" (e.g. Lake Houston, Lake Conroe) are manmade reservoirs, not natural lakes. That said, as they were purpose-built to be a source of drinking water for Houston and the surrounding area, the water quality is pretty good, and you might prefer it over the Gulf or bay.

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4)...how much of a culture shock will I be in for, being I am from more liberal areas?
Houston proper, for the most part, isn't going to be all that much of a change. It's a little like Austin, but with less of that Austin attitude that you either dig or you don't. Either way, you're still in Texas, and a gas station corndog would win on Election Day as long as it's on the ballot with (R) by its name.

Generally, the further you get from the city center, the more red hats you'll find.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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If you play there are several hockey leagues you can join depending on you skill level. And as mentioned the Maple leaf pub. Nicks place on Westheimer has a hockey crowd but it is a somewhat rough joint.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:13 PM
 
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Wow!
The humidity is WORSE than DC, and the beaches are bad?!
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Northwest Houston
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Wow!
The humidity is WORSE than DC, and the beaches are bad?!
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The climate here is humid more akin to what you would find in Florida than DC. Mild winters and hot summers. Some people seem to melt in the Houston summers. I would post that they are not as bad as what a lot of people would lead you to believe. I run during the summers here and find it's more or less comfortable up till mid mornings, then when dusk sets in it becomes comfortable again. The midday sun here is for mad dogs and Englishmen during the summer, but if you can find an open piece of ground with a shade tree and a breeze even the midday sun is tolerable outside.

Galveston is a local gem of a resort community. It has great architecture , the greatest collection of 19th and early 20th century Victorian houses in the state, along with some great public gatherings, like Mardi Gras and, Dickins on the Strand. It gets a lot of shade thrown at it for not having crystal clear South Sea water. The water in Galveston is murky most of the time but does clear a couple of miles offshore, sometime this blue water comes all the way to shore but mostly stays off shore. Even though this is the case in my opinion Galveston beaches still give a satisfactory beach experience.

You can check out the Beach water conditions anytime and take a video tour of Galveston here,
https://www.galveston.com/webcams/

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Old 03-17-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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Wow!
The humidity is WORSE than DC, and the beaches are bad?!
Yes. And, the beaches are NOT that close to the city. Galveston is about a 50 minute drive from Houston. It is 40 miles away. El Jardin Beach in Seabrook is a better beach, imo. It's a bit closer too - a 40 minute drive and 35 miles.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:59 AM
 
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I'm considering moving to Houston, and really don't know much about the area.
I'm in my mid 30s, single, and grew up on I-95 living in Northern VA, NYC, CT, and Boston.


1) First big thing, do I need to live in downtown Houston to meet other young professionals?
Or, can I find things to do further out? My friend is going to live around Spring, TX, near the airport so I'd like to be in that area.

2) 2nd...for someone who loves hockey, snowboarding, and four seasons, how much of a 'shock' will Houston be, or will I get used to it?

3) 3rd...how bad is the heat and humidity? Is it worse than DC? Are the beaches on the Gulf any good? How are the lakes to cool off?
-I was in Austin in July, I liked it. Though it was hot, if you were in the shade it was fine. How does Houston compare?

4)...how much of a culture shock will I be in for, being I am from more liberal areas?
1. I think you'd be bored if you go out to Spring. Stay inside or near the 610 loop so you can more easily take advantage of what Houston has to offer.

2. you'll get used to it. Many of us moved here from colder places and never look back. You can fly to Colorado for winter sports.

3. The weather can wear you down. The heat and humidity just last so much longer than you think it should... summer isn't a season, it's three seasons.

4. If you take my advice and move closer in, you won't suffer culture shock. Houston votes blue. Suburbs largely vote red, though the blue dot is starting to spread a bit.
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