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Old 06-27-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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Default Best area, schools etc close to downtown

We are looking at a potential move to Houston for work. I would like to be closer in to downtown and activities, but don't want to spend a fortune.
What are the best areas, considering school districts and safety, that are an easy commute to downtown?
Our budget is under $800k but we would rather pay much less and live stress free
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Briargrove (not Brairgrove Park), West U, Tanglewood. All good for public all the way through Middle school. Still good for High School, however opinions and tolerance levels are split on this. If you can find anything in the Eastern portion of the Memorial Villages, 77024, that's liveable for that price... you can't get much better than that anywhere in town for schooling and location.

I'd suggest Bellaire, I just don't like the stuff they build around there. Also, anything near Chimney Rock, south of 59, is just not where I would want to be

All easy drives in. Houses will be older and sometimes smaller than the communities outside the Beltway, but for a commute free life it's very nice.

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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I second 77024, Zoned to Memorial HS. you may can find an older fixer upper...
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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I agree with the memorial area--the public schools are great here. If you go west of the beltway, you will be zoned to great schools too, but for hs, some people are starting to doubt where Straford High is headed. (but the houses are a less)
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Actually Stratford is ranked 247 in the country and in the Top Tier for Houston. It's always been a good school, and recently it's starting to become even better. It has retained it's 5 status for sports. Besides, if you live east of Kirkwood you can just ask to go to Memorial and you can. No buses provided for you though.

But west of the Beltway is too far out to commute to downtown, especially when you can afford closer in.
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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For elementary only - this area has a good reputation:

Travis Elementary-HISD Vanguard School located in the Houston Heights
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:53 PM
 
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Actually Stratford is ranked 247 in the country and in the Top Tier for Houston. It's always been a good school, and recently it's starting to become even better. It has retained it's 5 status for sports. Besides, if you live east of Kirkwood you can just ask to go to Memorial and you can. No buses provided for you though.

But west of the Beltway is too far out to commute to downtown, especially when you can afford closer in.
I know Stratford is a good school--I personally am not one of those that thinks "it's going down." BUT, in the community, there is beginning to be some prejudice about the school. If it were me moving to the area, I would choose a home that was in the Rummel Creek, Memorial Middle, Stratford High zone. I think living in the "gray" area that you described is a great idea for parents because then you and your child have a choice of the two very different high schools.

My OP was in no way meant to be a slam on SHS.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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hmmm, I own in the area and have nieces and nephews in Stratford, this is the first time I've heard that the school was slipping. Actually, I've heard the reverse. That with the rezoning of Memorial a few years back, some social problems are pretty bad.

It's either an upper class area with kids from barrio type areas , or upper-middle class with kids from apartments around Tully Stadium. Either one is just as good or better than any off these exurbs schools.

But you know the whole Memorial area ...it can be very petty.

<shrug>
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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With some exceptions, you can pretty much name where you want to live with $800K and be able to send your kids to private school if need be. Some people in the city do
homeschool too.

If your kid(s) want to go to a state university (UT, A&M, UH etc.) it really doesn't matter where they go to high school. They're going to spend half their high school years being drilled with remedial TAKS crap no matter where they are, and lower performance only means it'll be easier to get automatic acceptance to a state university for finishing in the Top 10 percent of their class. That's harder to pull off in the "desirable" schools, but the rule applies to every high school in the state.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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Looks Like Clements is now the only recognized one of the 3...Maybe due to the changing demographics in the fringes of spring branch???

See below:

Clements High School
Stratford High School
Memorial High School
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