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Old 01-05-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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Chris,
I like the park and ride option, and would be open to that if it were reasonably safe.

No kids, but planning on kids. Schools are a thought, but it would be at least 6 years before we would have little ones starting school, and by then, who knows....

I think I might be hoping for a lot. In San Antonio, $115,000-$135,000 gets ya a nice, new construction, decent upgrades, 1,500-1,3\800 square foot house in a decent neighborhood with good schools. Anyway, I knew it would be more in Houston, but I started getting really excited when I saw lots of great looking homes for around $150K in the "burbs," like Katy... however, my excitement was short lived when I realized the 20 miles doesn't translate to 20 minutes.

Long commute= books on tape. LOL

You guys are so helpful! Thank you!
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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Yonkers, I'm not opposed to the NE side, I would just RATHER the NW side cuz we have friends and family on that side of town... and DON'T Tease me.... but I am afraid of hurricanes and wanted to be as far west as possible...haha.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Do you have kids? Are you okay with a house that needs work? These things will factor in too. If being close in is a real priority, you also have to have a certain degree of urban pioneering spirit at that price point. I'm not saying you go into areas where you are taking your life in your hands or anything, but ones with promise that are still in transition and still have their scruffy factor.

It can be done, just not the whole enchilada of close in, good schools, no transitional neighborhood ick factor, etc., for $160,000. There would be compromises involved.
This!

Compromise is one of the most important factors. Period. Kids, good schools, SPACE, and pristine neighborhoods will push you out of ANY major city real fast. What people don't realize is that many cities' bad neighborhoods (particularly in the NE) are gentrified or gentrifying, typically because compromise is the nature of a dense area.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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I-10 is much better than 290 - but I can't think of a neighborhood along I-10 for a 30 minute commute at $160K. Even a small house in Oak Forest will be a total re-do in that price range. Modster suggested Lawndale - that is the best I can think of - and I believe the neighborhood will be a value in the next few years.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Also Idylwood and Eastwood
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Spring Branch is possible at 160k. Look in Spring Shadows. There are several 2000 sqft homes in the 160's. It's north of I-10 & East of Beltway 8. The schools on that side aren't great, but are getting better every year. As memorial gets too pricey, young families are moving in across the freeway & the future looks bright!
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Binglewood again. And Royal Oaks in 77080. I think Spring Branch's Royal Oaks location is going to see a big up trend with a street shot up Gessner to MCM and everything new that's going in.

Spring Shadows is already pumping over 200 on the more desirable streets. I was amazed.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Houston area
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Binglewood again. And Royal Oaks in 77080. I think Spring Branch's Royal Oaks location is going to see a big up trend with a street shot up Gessner to MCM and everything new that's going in.

Spring Shadows is already pumping over 200 on the more desirable streets. I was amazed.
Yep. That whole area is exploding. Crazy.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Binglewood again. And Royal Oaks in 77080. I think Spring Branch's Royal Oaks location is going to see a big up trend with a street shot up Gessner to MCM and everything new that's going in.

Spring Shadows is already pumping over 200 on the more desirable streets. I was amazed.
Believe it or not - it is considered close in. My inlaws bought in Binglewood when it was new and it was considered in the boonies back then.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Houston Inner Loop
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Use the Metro Shuttle/ HOV and park your car. Problem solved but it will still take about 45 minutes or so each way.
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