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Old 01-07-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Houston has great suburbs but I just can't move out that far...again.

I'm looking to buy a House and desperately want to stay in a more central area like possibly the Heights, Montrose, Memorial, etc. I'd like to get a decent place for about for less than 250K.

Problem is: all I've heard about central Houston schools has been mixed at best. It's usually pretty bad. I need to, at least, find a good elementary because I plan on having kids in the coming years.

Please help me out.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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I've heard Walnut Bend elementary is pretty good, and there are nice homes in Walnut Bend in your price range. Parker Elementary in Westbury is also pretty good.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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I think you still might be able to get a ranch zoned to Valley Oaks in SBISD for that amount. Pretty close in.

Walnut Bend Elem is ok, it's Revere Middle school that I would avoid.


Or 77077 zoned to Askew, Westbriar Middle and Westside High School would be a good choice.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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77018 is a great zip code - not too close, not too far and exemplary schools from time to time.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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If you live in Walnut Bend, Lakeside Estates etc. your child can go to either Walnut Bend OR Askew Elementary. There are more people sending their kids to WB these days...have magnet and GT programs now. For Jr. High, you can send your child to either Paul Revere OR Westbriar Middle. No brainer there...Westbriar. The highschool is Westside.

There are nice, updated home in your price range in that area.

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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Walnut Bend has the option of going to Westbriar instead of Paul Revere. I know a few families at WB elem and they really like it.
I have heard Oak Forest elem has come around so you might also try finding a home there. It is just outside the Heights
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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We just moved to Oak Forest from the suburbs a few months ago and chose this neighborhood for the elementary school. I just took a tour a couple of weeks ago and it's AMAZING! Basically a brand new school built in 2004, has technology lab, science lab, huge library and exemplary rated. My oldest will start K there next year. Completely thrilled with it! Can't believe more people don't know about it. Middle school and high schools are completely different stories but got 6 1/2 more years before I have to worry about that. Definitely come check it out. Also, not all of Oak Forest neighborhood is zoned to the school so make sure you look to buy in the right spot.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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Two of the most affordable choices, closest in with good elementary schools, have already been mentioned. The sections of Oak Forest zoned to Oak Forest elementary and the sections of Westbury and Parkwest zoned to Parker elementary.

In both cases you have to be sure you are zoned to the right schools as these subdivisions are large and are broken up into different elementary school zones.

Walnut Bend is very nice, but it is past the beltway so I don't know if that fits your definition of closer in.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Default great responses!

This forum is great!

Thanks for the valuable input. I'll go scout it out and repost later.

I'm new to all of this so it'll take some time...no rush.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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Default Lamar?

I do have one reply.

What about Lamar High School? I hear it's pretty good how about the middle schools and elementary schools that are associated with it.
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