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Old 06-10-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Most days I live on Earth!
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I am planning to move to Houston in January 2010! I always wanted to live here and I am kissing New York City goodbye. I think through extensive research that I will be going to Houston. My question is: what is the best city to move into. I hear wonderful things about the west side and I believe that is the move for me. I am thinking WestChase, or Sugerland. My question is what area is closest to the action (ie: nightlife) and work but still far enough to be considered suburbs? I am looking to rent at no more than $600 monthly. Is sugarland the best place for me? Can I find a good apartment on this budget? Another question is will it be hard for me to find a good job? Currently I am making appr. 35k and I do not want to take a paycut. I work as a secretary. Any advice you can offer will be appreciated.

P.S. Advice on another town is good to, because I still have not made a firm decision on what city is best for me.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Houston is cheap but even here you aren't going to get much for under $600 a month.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I don't even think you can get a good apt that cheap out in Sugarland either......
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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Lol, I was hoping I could. I guess coming from NYC I figured I would get into a "cheap" apartment. I suppose I could swing $700 mthly, but I would prefer less than that. Thanks
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Sugarland, I think you need $1000 per month for a nice apartment, but somebody here correct me if I am incorrect.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I suspect you will get as many answers to the best place to live as there are people here. How can anyone answer that really. The best advice is to rent an extended stay hotel and explore on your free time.

Coming from a place where 400 SF flats go for $2500 a month you should have expected places cost more then $600 here. I see the majority of rents in decent safe areas starting in the $750 on up range.

Why not order one of those Apartment Rent books which might either be free or you just pay postage. They will give you an exact idea. Compared to that aweful place you live now I can say from experience that you will love it here. Yes I am well familiar with Fort Apache. Are you old enough to know the nic name of the Bronx?
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:47 PM
 
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If you work downtown I would look for a garage apartment near Rice/Montrose/ inner loop. Better commute,younger people and better rent.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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$700 minimum for any decent apartment in either the West Memorial or Sugar Land area. That would most likely be a studio. That wont include electricity, water, or cable in most cases. Obviously, they have some crappy apartments in both areas that you could possibly get into: along Briar forest on the west side and probably near the Stafford/Sugar Land border.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:21 PM
 
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Craigslist is your friend. Use it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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$700 minimum for any decent apartment in either the West Memorial or Sugar Land area. That would most likely be a studio. That wont include electricity, water, or cable in most cases. Obviously, they have some crappy apartments in both areas that you could possibly get into: along Briar forest on the west side and probably near the Stafford/Sugar Land border.
A rule of thumb is a minimum of $650 for a decent one-bedroom in the 'burbs and $750 for anything inside the Beltway.

ITL is a matter of specific location.
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