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Old 01-19-2009, 11:25 PM
 
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I have been to Fort Meyers, FL, a few times, and I have been looking Houstonthough the eyes of Google Map's "street view" technology, and it sort of reminds me of Fort Meyers. I am getting close to making a decision whether to stay in Denver, or move to Houston. The houses in my price range arespectacular compared to what it gets me in Denver. I loved Fort Meyers,and so it would be a bonus if Houston and SW Florida were similar inmany ways. Thanks for your input. ps.. yes, I know visiting first would be best, but I have pets to attend to,and nobody to take care of them in my absence. I am relying on my remote research, thanks.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:26 AM
 
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The houses in my price range arespectacular compared to what it gets me in Denver. I loved Fort Meyers,and so it would be a bonus if Houston and SW Florida were similar inmany ways.
I lived in Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Gainesville, and visited Fort Myers a few times back in the late 90's.
I'm not a houstonian, but because of work, I've been living in houston for the last 4 months, and I'm not of the opinion that houston and fort myers are similar. There are some nice parts in the houston area, but I'm not impressed by this city.
Good things about Houston---gas is cheap, housing is cheap (although I'm told property taxes are higher than normal), plenty of ethnic food, and of course, texans are very nice and polite people. I'm sure there are other pluses, but in terms of city aesthetics, I would prefer fort myers. One thing I have noticed driving in houston is that the roads are not well kept, and you can go for a bumpy ride, even in the nice parts of the city.
I have also visited Denver several times, and as I love mountains, I would favor Denver over Houston, but if a person doesn't care for mountains, Houston might be just fine for them.
The question to you is---what is it that you loved about fort myers or denver that you want to find in Houston?
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:45 AM
 
Location: California
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Weather is close...heat and humidity....but if your looking for the blue water and sands of Fl., Houston is not the place. Houston itself is a much larger metropolis and much more congested. If your span out to the outskirts, you'll find it a bit more like Ft. Meyers. If you can pinpoint a section or city your looking out, we may be able to guide you more.
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I have been to Fort Meyers, FL, a few times, and I have been looking Houstonthough the eyes of Google Map's "street view" technology, and it sort of reminds me of Fort Meyers. I am getting close to making a decision whether to stay in Denver, or move to Houston. The houses in my price range arespectacular compared to what it gets me in Denver. I loved Fort Meyers,and so it would be a bonus if Houston and SW Florida were similar inmany ways. Thanks for your input. ps.. yes, I know visiting first would be best, but I have pets to attend to,and nobody to take care of them in my absence. I am relying on my remote research, thanks.
I practically grew up between Houston and Ft. Myers/Naples. The only similarity would be in weather. Aesthetically, though, no. However, the people in Houston are far friendlier. Housing prices in Houston are cheaper.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I've said it before on this board & I'll say it again.

If you took Los Angeles, New Orleans, & Atlanta then rolled them into one city you would get Houston.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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wow three of my least favorite places all wrapped up into one place, that is very discouraging, but I appreciate your candidness.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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wow three of my least favorite places all wrapped up into one place, that is very discouraging, but I appreciate your candidness.
I think Houston contains more of the good qualities of these places than the bad qualities. Why exactly are these cities your least favorite places?

Houston is so different depending on the area. Memorial is not like Montrose is not like the Heights is not like Cypress is not like Mission Bend is not like Sugar Land is not like Clear Lake. Each area has different kinds of people, a different kind of feel, even different kinds of trees and landscape. That's why people often say Houston is like several different cities.

As far as the Florida question - I've never really thought of it that way, but could see why some people would. You can get that coastal feel in the Clear Lake/Bay Area of Houston. The ocean water is not as clear, however.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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Most of houston feels like an unstable city, that can turn into a ghost time anytime. Is Fort Myers like that?

Houston is like
Los Angeles = "Vietnamese and Latino third world crap"
New Orleans = "Rural swamp settlers 'big easy' crap"
Atlanta = "Fabulous African-American 'lifestyle' crap" (trying to 'upgrade' from the rural swamp thing)
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Don't listen to this guy he has had a chip on his shoulder since day one.

Houston is like
Los Angeles = "Diversity, Palm Trees, Arts"
New Orleans = "Cajun Culture, Spanish Moss, Bayous"
Atlanta = "Pine Trees, Southern Charm"
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Don't listen to this guy he has had a chip on his shoulder since day one.

Houston is like
Los Angeles = "Diversity, Palm Trees, Arts"
New Orleans = "Cajun Culture, Spanish Moss, Bayous"
Atlanta = "Pine Trees, Southern Charm"
Having spent just vacations in Ft. Meyers, Naples, etc. and now just living in Houston for a few months, I see the same similarities mentioned above. You won't find beautiful beaches...but you won't find the "touristy" stuff (that I disliked in Florida). Houston is a little "blue collar" in many parts, "ghetto" in many parts, "metroplitan" in many parts, "family friendly" in many parts...and super friendly EVERYWHERE. Well, excluding a few members of this board. (teehee)
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