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Old 10-15-2007, 09:30 AM
 
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We are getting ready to enter market for a home and trying to decide between Pearland (Hwy288/FM518) and Sugarland (Hwy59/Hwy6). I tried to come-up with pros and cons of both.
Ofcource, I would have missed something or got something incorrect. As you may infer, I am little biased toward sugarland but I would be more than happy to change that if needed.

Add your comments please.

Pearland

Pros

* Near to Downtown/Medical Center/Galleria (Easy access to these palces on non -peak hours)
* Just started booming

Cons

* 288 getting worse day by day (May take 40 minutes to downtown on peak hours)
* 288/518 area getting over crowded
* Brazoria county, meaning hefty home insurance premium (windstorm)
* Flooding in 288 when it rains heavily
* Alvin school District
* Average price of homes near 288/518 is $85 sq.ft.
* Landfill expansion issue (the news itself, irrespective of whether it expands or not)

sugarLand:

Pros :

* Established area for family living
* fortbend ISD and good established schools
* No (Few) flooding issues
* No high insurance costs (flood/windstorm)
* 59 upgrade/constructon completed till Hwy6 - Traffic not as bad as 288 or 290 or I10
* ALT 90 becoming another freeway by end of 2008 (?) and would provide alternate route to Medical Center / Downtown/ Galelria (if needed)
* Average price of homes near 59/6 is $90 sq.ft

Cons :

* Alarming crime rate (though it varies by n'hoods)
* Far from Downtown/Galleria/Medical center (Delayed access to these palces even at non-peak hours)
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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Did you consider property taxes ?
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:46 AM
 
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For the most part I don't really associate Sugar Land with high crime. Also it's not a bad commute to Downtown/Galleria/Medical center. It's a better commute than say Katy or Cy-Fair. It's probably comparable to Kingwood.
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:12 AM
 
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Thanks Premont.
Yes, it appears that the alief border of sugarland is more prone to crimes. and bout taxes, I think both Pearland and sugarland are the same since it'll be between 2.5 and 3.8 depending on the n'hood.
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