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Old 08-18-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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So the Mrs. and I visited some communities in NWest Houston this weekend and we have narrowed down our options to these 3 places. For those of you who know the area, what are the pros and cons of each place? We found that at all three communities, the sales agents are willing to give away the farm for us to make an offer. Copper Lakes, in particular, offered a $20,000 pool package if we wanted an inventory home. We're looking at inventory homes in the price range of $270 to $300,000 as we need to relocate in the next 30 to 45 days.

Our thoughts...

Bridgeland - very nice mini-Woodlands type of community. The drive from the entrance of the community to the actual home(s) we liked is around 7 minutes. We found, for the money, Bridgeland is the most expensive. On the other hand, the community master plan is amazing. My commute time (to 34th St off the NW FWY) would be around 30 to 40 minutes. The houses are gorgeous and the one we really liked had privacy with a lake-front view.

Cypress Creek Lakes - we can get almost 1,000 square feet more for the same price in Bridgeland. We were concerned about the homes being on top of one another in this community, but the price is very inviting.

Copper Lakes - we looked at some very nice inventory homes from Partners in Building and they will throw in a pool package if we go with one of thier inventory models. Again, our concern was the homes being very close to one another in this community.

In terms of re-sale value, what are your opinions on these 3 places, as well as the pluses and minuses of each?
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Katy
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Well you have three great choices. Do you haven children in school?

I like Cypress Creek Lakes as an alternative to Bridgeland, but I also like how Copper Lakes is in an area that is close to build-out. There are lots of trees around the Copper Lakes area, that are nice. Parts of Bridgeland, the homes are "on top of one another", I assume each section is different.

You will be great in either of the three communities. My guess is that Copper Lakes would have a better resale in the near future (next few years) because of build-out. However, either of the three will be about the same. Bridgeland has many more years until its finished.
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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All three are great choices. With that said, I think Bridgeland has the most upside potential. It has a great plan and will be adding spectacular amenities in the years to come. I agree with CHarris in that you don't seem to get as big of a lot for your money as you do across the street in Cypress Creek Lakes, it does make for a nice alternative. Still, Bridgeland has the trails, and the experienced master-planning and the macro-planning that is all going to come together in a nice package. Within 10 years or so, that area will be ground-zero for cool retail in Cypress, just as The Woodlands has developed into for far North Houston.

There are so many nice neighborhoods in Cypress. Don't limit yourself to the South side of 290, there dozens of awesome wooded neighborhoods on the Northside of 290 as well.

If you'd like more info on Cypress area neighborhoods, check out my Cypress photos.
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Old 08-19-2007, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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PennsylTexan,

I couldn't help but notice your forum name. I take it you are moving from PA to Texas? I'm considering moving from Erie, PA to Houston once I graduate from College. Are you moving because of a better job market or something else? Do you have any info about Houston that could be of use to a fellow Pennsylvanian?
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:09 AM
 
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My wife landed a great promotion with her company and her company said she can be based anywhere out of Texas. All of our research (schools, job oppportunities, housing, cost of living, things to do, etc.) led us to Houston. I have this forum to be a great information resource!

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PennsylTexan,

I couldn't help but notice your forum name. I take it you are moving from PA to Texas? I'm considering moving from Erie, PA to Houston once I graduate from College. Are you moving because of a better job market or something else? Do you have any info about Houston that could be of use to a fellow Pennsylvanian?
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:33 PM
 
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not really a contest Bridgeland is definitely the best if you can afford to live there. The appreciation on these homes is going to be amazing. I was looking for about 3700 sqft over there and found it in the same range as Cypress Creek Lakes. I am going next week to buy a 3700sqft home there for only 250k with Hallmark....tough to beat that price per square foot anywhere much less in Bridgeland
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:15 PM
 
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I was looking at the same subdivisions you mentioned a couple months ago. Our realtor told us to stay away from Copper Lakes because of the schools. She really had me do my homework and I found Bridgeland, Blackhorse Ranch, Fairfield and the subdivisions closer to those had better schools. I was bummed at first because I really liked some of the houses in Copper Lakes and it was closer to some of our family. The decision is one that was extremely hard and we didn't have a lot of time to make it. We were rushed big time. We also looked at Towne Lakes which we liked a lot until we realized the area behind the lots we liked the most was an unknown. It wasn't included in Towne Lakes... so it could have been developed into anything. So, we went the safer route.
Good luck and take your time!
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:23 AM
 
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Drove through there and other new parts of Cypress today and was really impressed with several areas. I really like Bridgeland, the plan is terrific and they are doing an awesome job using and enhancing the landscape. The homes are very nice and cozy looking.


One of the many nice lakes overlooking a Preserve in Bridgeland


180 degree turn-around shot from the above pic


Across this lake you can see the Bridgeland Visitors center and recreation area on the right and the huge new Cypress Ranch High School under construction


Road to tomorrow in Bridgeland...this road is currently being extended towards new villages in Bridgleand

Across Fry Rd. over in Cypress Creek Lakes I was impressed with the generous lot size, wide streets and large homes. It's very nice as well. Great for buyers who value their space.


Large old oak trees in front of the Cypress Creek Lakes Recreation Area


One of the many lakes in Cypress Creek Lakes


Another pretty lake in Cypress Creek Lakes

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Old 08-21-2007, 12:31 AM
 
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RE: Copper Lakes

Star97137 your realtor probably didn't know about next year's rezone of Langham Creek HS which will significantly improve that school's profile as most of the lower end neighborhoods that were zoned to it are being re-zoned to the new Cypress Lakes HS, Langham replaces those with a number of higher-end neighborhoods near Copper Lakes.

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Old 08-21-2007, 12:49 AM
 
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Other Areas I like...

I also toured some of the areas off Mueschke Rd. on the North side of 290, specifically Leyland Shores, Lakes of Fairhaven and Saddle Ridge Estates.

Very nice. VERRRY nice.

Saddle Ridge is awesome, huge custom home set on several acreas each, surrounded by white fences set upon a backdrop of large old trees.


Horse stables, etc in Saddle Ridge

Lakes of Fairhaven sits directly behind Fairfield and right next to the neighborhood (Saddle Ridge) pictured above. I had no idea how pretty it was back there on Mason Rd near Schiel Rd, but it is really nice. They're building a lot of nice custom homes back there. Huge trees, oaks, sycamores, pines, you name it.

Unfortunately, some of those pics didn't turn out right as I'm just getting acquainted with my new camera.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/longwood/?saved=1 (broken link)

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