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Old 04-09-2012, 03:55 PM
 
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I was recently offered a job by Highway 290 and Barker Cypress. The Cypress area is nice but is pretty far from most of my family and friends that live in the West/southwest area of Houston. I was looking at apartments close to the beltway and interstate 10 and also the Eldridge and Interstate 10 area but wanted some input on the commute. The route I would be taking would either be Eldridge or the beltway all the way to 290 and the hours would probably be during rush hour. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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Do you want to be inner west or outer? If you want an urban area, I'd look at the TC Jester between 610 and 11th, lots of decent apartments that aren't overpriced, great hike and bike trails, close to the washington corridor for nightlife and a not too bad anti commute in the morning going out 290.

Outer West, I'd suggest Eldridge for an apartment if you have money (it's the energy corridor between 10 and westheimer, nice places but some charge practically inner loop prices because they can get it).

Also, along I-ten near Hwy. 6 there are ok apartments that wouldn't be too far from work going up 6, but lots of traffic lights. There's also not too much out there for the younger crowd. That's why I always loved TC Jester area.

The beltway gets pretty bad traffic both ways in the morning. I tried it once to see if I could live in NW Houston and work in SW and it just wasn't worth it. It was like paying for parking, in my experience.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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I would look at city center area!
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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Do you want to be inner west or outer? If you want an urban area, I'd look at the TC Jester between 610 and 11th, lots of decent apartments that aren't overpriced, great hike and bike trails, close to the washington corridor for nightlife and a not too bad anti commute in the morning going out 290.

Outer West, I'd suggest Eldridge for an apartment if you have money (it's the energy corridor between 10 and westheimer, nice places but some charge practically inner loop prices because they can get it).

Also, along I-ten near Hwy. 6 there are ok apartments that wouldn't be too far from work going up 6, but lots of traffic lights. There's also not too much out there for the younger crowd. That's why I always loved TC Jester area.

The beltway gets pretty bad traffic both ways in the morning. I tried it once to see if I could live in NW Houston and work in SW and it just wasn't worth it. It was like paying for parking, in my experience.
Thanks for the helpful information! I really like the area between Eldridge and the beltway just on the south side of interstate 10. How bad would you say the traffic is going north on the beltway to 290 from interstate 10? Also, do you have any idea how bad the traffic is on Eldridge if I am taking it from interstate 10 to 290? I'm assuming they're both against traffic but they still might be pretty bad. How would you say the traffic is taking 290 north in the morning and taking it south for afternoon/night? I've seen it become a standstill during rush hour times but it is usually when I am traveling with traffic.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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I would look at city center area!
That's one of the areas I was looking at! Just worried about the traffic on the beltway.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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Beltway traffic usually flows well- its 290 that'll get ya but you'll have a reverse-ish commute which will ease the pain.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:10 PM
 
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The apartments in the Energy Corridor can be kind of expensive. You might want to check out the Westchase area. The commute to Cypress will take you about 30 minutes.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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The apartments in the Energy Corridor can be kind of expensive. You might want to check out the Westchase area. The commute to Cypress will take you about 30 minutes.
Yeah, Westchase is cheaper. The Energy corridor has inflated rents because of all the young engineers in the area and british transplants plus great park/trail system and less crime. but it would add a little to the commute, going closer to hwy 6 (example, marquis briar forest on briar forest at six is way cheaper than a mile east on briar forest and eldridge).

I'd say the commute up to 290 from the area would be 20 minutes or so from hwy 6 and briar forest, but all the stop lights would bug me.

Another option, some decent apartments right north of briar forest and dairy-ashford along the trail system. Dairy-Ashford goes straight up, passes ten and curves to hit eldridge. I liked the places right there.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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Thanks for all the help guys! Okay so I'm looking at a 20 minute commute to Barker Cypress and 290 from the Westchase area, but what if I take Eldridge all the way from Interstate 10 to Barker Cypress and 290? I'm just trying to see if I can avoid the tolls.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:54 PM
 
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Even Eldridge at 10 is a long drive to Barker Cypress at 290. 290 from 10 is like a V, so you're going further north the further out you get. At rush hour you're going to see heavy traffic on 10 and 290. I would look at Eldridge and Dairy Ashford right there near 10 or maybe further west in Katy like north Fry.
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