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Old 04-22-2009, 08:41 PM
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I have read posts about moving to the area generally described as Westchase. Some of the posts are positive and others negative. Several posts mention the amount of crime in the area. A few that are from a few years ago mention Hurricane Katrina evacuees moving into apartments in the area and noticing a spike in crime. As of the time of writing this post, it is April, 2009. Are there still Katrina evacuees in this area? Is the crime rate still high? Which areas are better than others?

I will be looking to live in an apartment in Westchase and noticed several on Richmond near S. Gessner. Some apartments are more run down and others are more up to date and better kept. Are there any specific apartment complexes that anyone can recommend?
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:47 PM
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I don't think you will have anything to worry about living in that area. crime is crime no matter who is committing it and it happens all over the city and not just Westchase. If your looking for the illusion of safety I would go with one of the gated communities in the burbs. You still have to deal with crime but at least you'll think your safe as you drive through those gates.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:08 PM
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I suggest heading a bit West of Westchase and looking at the newer Apartments on Eldrige in the Energy Corridor. I'm not a fan of Weschase, but take a look at the crime map and see if you are comfortable with the apartments in the area. Yes, there are still some remaining Katrina folks around.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:59 PM
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I would also call the Westside Police Division and ask them about the particular area.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:47 AM
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Richmond and Gessner ..... I would suggest not living South of Westehimer in that area. There is a new loft style apartment complex on Gessner between briar Forest and Westheimer that loooks nice and that is a better.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:52 AM
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I like the Eldridge area better for Apartments too. Newer, good grocery store and a couple nice places to eat,and close to the Terry Hershey Park Access.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:53 AM
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Eldridge area might be better/pretty, but its pretty crowded over there and traffic is very bad. I am in Westchase outside the belt on Westheimer. I like this part because I have Randall's, Whole Food, H-E-B, and Walmart all within 2 blocks. I have nice places to eat, and its very easy to access the Beltway (1 mile away) and I can get to the WP Tollway in less than 5 minutes. As you can tell I prefer convience over pretty. The complex is a luxury complex, and I love the attached garage, just dont like the price, but you get what you pay for.
If I was to move to the Energy Corridor, I would have to move close to I-10 just to have fast access to a highway. And not spend the majority of my commute in local traffic.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by looking_to_move999 View Post
Are there still Katrina evacuees in this area? Is the crime rate still high? Which areas are better than others?
They are residents of Houston now, they've been here 2005 no more evacuees because the pay into the city use city services, and most New Orleans(Louisiana people) are spread among the entire city (south to north and places in between), thousands of Louisiana plates all on the roads.

There are good places to stay in Westchase, the best thing is to talk with management of the place your interested and just do some research and driving around where you want to live, you get a better feel and make a wise decision.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:50 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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It's 2009. Can we still blame Katrina for crime? When are we going to let that go?
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:59 AM
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Anywhere there are huge collections of low to mid priced apartments: there will be more crime. Its not one group or another, its the dense population of lowcost housing that drives crime rates up.

When they publish the hotspot crime maps of Houston from time to time, there are always hotbeds of criminal activity in the areas with thousands of apartment units. The Greenspoint area is a good example of a historically good part of town (early 80s) being devalued and destroyed by the introduction of tens of thousands of low priced apartment units.
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