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Old 01-11-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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My company is moving to Houston in the next few months and I've got a few questions.

I'm a late 20-something looking for nice, young, artsy neighborhoods to live in that are fairly cheap (right now I rent a bedroom in a shared-house for $550). I'd like to continue paying what I pay now or less.

I've googled and googled and I've figured out that I'd like to live in the Heights, Midtown or Montrose. Is it possible to live alone in those areas and not pay a lot for rent? I'd like my total bills for rent to be ~$600. I'm not really wanting to get a part-time job just to live there.

My company's offices are going to be in the Memorial area, so any tips on commute times or public transportation would be a huge help.

Also: property taxes
In VA we pay taxes on damn near everything. Is Texas the same? I've tried to search for it, but have only turned up the tax office's website (which is of very little help!).

Any other help would be greatly appreciated!!

I don't have kids or pets, so I don't care about good schools or good doggy parks.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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I don't think you will find an apartment for that kind of money...maybe a roomate. But yes, those are probably the neighborhoods that you want to live. Drive to Memorial should not be too bad (reverse commuting). Public transportation has something to desire here. I can be done by bus, but be ready to wait, wait. It's better if you had your own car - get an EZ Tag.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Thats stretching it..you may be able to stay in a extended stay hotel for that but an apartment or one of the smaller complexes or garage apt but you will need to drive around and look for those types.
We have sales tax and property tax but that wont apply if you rent.
Public transport isnt that great here.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Houston area
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You could probably rent a room for $600-$700, but it will be almost impossible to have that in the areas you mentioned if you want an apartment. If you do find something, it will be in bad shape. Look into renting a room instead. A lot of newer townhomes in the Washington Ave area are 3 floors. I know that some people rent out the room on the first floor which is separate from the rest of the rooms and living areas. It gives you privacy and you'll be very close to the good parts of town.

Look on craigslist for that.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Originally Posted by s.m.3891 View Post
My company is moving to Houston in the next few months and I've got a few questions.

I'm a late 20-something looking for nice, young, artsy neighborhoods to live in that are fairly cheap (right now I rent a bedroom in a shared-house for $550). I'd like to continue paying what I pay now or less.

I've googled and googled and I've figured out that I'd like to live in the Heights, Midtown or Montrose. Is it possible to live alone in those areas and not pay a lot for rent? I'd like my total bills for rent to be ~$600. I'm not really wanting to get a part-time job just to live there.

My company's offices are going to be in the Memorial area, so any tips on commute times or public transportation would be a huge help.

Also: property taxes
In VA we pay taxes on damn near everything. Is Texas the same? I've tried to search for it, but have only turned up the tax office's website (which is of very little help!).

Any other help would be greatly appreciated!!

I don't have kids or pets, so I don't care about good schools or good doggy parks.
If you do have a car don't sell it. Houston's mass transit system is a 7 mile light rail line, a whole bunch of buses and not much else. Everybody drives (Not me so much as I don't own a car, but I live near three major bus lines and rent cars almost every weekend).

Apartments in "nice, young, artsy neighborhoods" (and there are not too many nice, young, artsy neighborhoods in Houston outside of Montrose and near Rice University) are either brand new and California-like expensive, or run-down.

Midtown might be a good bet but parts of Midtown are ghetto, and next to the ghetto (Third Ward) and you will be seeing homeless people wandering around.

Do check out the areas around Washington Avenue (considered part of the Heights) as that is a rapidly, and I mean rapidly, gentrifying street. "Old First Ward" has some historic homes near there and has kind of a funky hippie artsy feel to it. Beaver's is a local eatery near there on Sawyer Street I need to check out one of these days.

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Yep, if that's what you want to pay you can find some down-trodden Duplexes or Apts in the Montrose area. But just remember, you get what you pay for.
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