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Old 07-05-2009, 11:17 PM
 
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Hi, I'm relocating to the Houston area for work. I'll be working out of Katy and am considering renting in town(Cinco Ranch/Platinum West as possibilties?) or doing a reverse commute into Katy.

I'm 28, single and would like for my ideal living situation to be somewhat accessible to coffee shops, restaurants/eateries, etc. I'm not talking about East Village, NY or Height Street in SF. BTW, I didn't like the traffic in the Galleria area. I just don't want an apartment complex next to apartment complex next to yet another resort style apartment complex.

Here's where I'd love some help. What are the commute times if I choose to live east of Katy? For starters, let's say in the Memorial area. Has anyone tried the reverse commute to Katy? What worked for you? With what I've mentioned, are there any other good areas to live near with a tolerable commute time? Thanks.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:25 PM
 
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IMO, if you are young and single, I would choose the reverse commute. I worked at the "border" of Houston and Katy for several years (late 1990s / early 2000s) when I was single. I always chose to live more in town. Inside the 610 loop, east of the Galleria has several neat coffee shops, etc. IMO, Katy has a lot of families with children, which is a great thing. However, if you are single and want to meet other young singles, it would be easier to meet other singles in town. With the I-10 Freeway newly expanded, the reverse commute times will be even quicker. =)
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:29 PM
 
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Oh, and if you would live inside the 610 Loop, east of the Galleria, you could get right on I-10 at Shepherd (or another street) and take I-10 straight out to the Katy area. Then, you could avoid the traffic in the Galleria area.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:36 PM
 
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what neighborhood would that be considered?
i don't want to get into the outter/inner loop discussion, but is there anything just outside of the loop that's possibly north of 10, either inner or outter??
I really want to avoid a commute of more than 30min.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:42 PM
 
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Yes, I would say 30 minutes at the most. However, maybe someone on the forum, who reverse commutes now, would be able to confirm for sure.

I reverse commuted from Westheimer/Beltway 8 area last year to the Houston/Katy border and it took 15 minutes (taking Beltway 8 at Westheimer - with EZTag - to I-10 West and exiting Park 10).
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:51 PM
 
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Hi, I'm relocating to the Houston area for work. I'll be working out of Katy and am considering renting in town(Cinco Ranch/Platinum West as possibilties?) or doing a reverse commute into Katy.

I'm 28, single and would like for my ideal living situation to be somewhat accessible to coffee shops, restaurants/eateries, etc. I'm not talking about East Village, NY or Height Street in SF. BTW, I didn't like the traffic in the Galleria area. I just don't want an apartment complex next to apartment complex next to yet another resort style apartment complex.

Here's where I'd love some help. What are the commute times if I choose to live east of Katy? For starters, let's say in the Memorial area. Has anyone tried the reverse commute to Katy? What worked for you? With what I've mentioned, are there any other good areas to live near with a tolerable commute time? Thanks.
I would look into areas around I10 and Beltway 8.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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Rice Military is easy access to 10 and would most likely be under 30 mins
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:02 AM
 
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I second Rice Military, or the Heights Takes me 20 min in the morning from near downtown to Hwy 6.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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I would add a third vote for Rice Military. I think it suits what you are looking for. My brother lives on N side of I-10 (Timbergrove) and does the reverse commute. The Katy Freeway is slightly more congested on the reverse than others but not too bad. It takes him about 25 minutes to Hwy 6 @ I-10.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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Hey, thanks everyone for all your input.
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