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Old 05-02-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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We just moved here- currently renting a place in sugarland (FBISD) Looking to buy a house-initially considered Sugarland because of the exemplary schools.. but dont think we can afford it

How are the schools in Pearland ; is there a particular school district i should be looking into. I have 2 kids One still in elementary and the 2nd going into middle school this year.

How are the property taxes in Pearland compared to Sugarland.Which are the safer neighborhoods and /or communities
I dont have family here - nor friends who would know .. so any help would be really appreciated !!!!
I work around reliant park area.. Hubby still looking
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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I am in Pearland and Pearland ISD is excellent in general. Shadow Creek Ranch is zoned to Alvin ISD and I don't like the junior high or high school, but the elementary schools on the west side of town are ok. The Fort Bend ISD schools that a few neighborhoods in SCR are zoned to are pretty bad.

The elementary schools that I think are the best in Pearland include Silverlake Elementary, Massey Ranch Elementary and Rustic Oaks Elementary. Most neighborhoods are relatively safe. I live in Southwyck. I like it. Our neighborhood is very family friendly.

Silverlake is mostly safe too. For middle schools, Silverlake feeds into Rogers which is good, but very overcrowded (Silverlake is overcrowded as well). Massey Ranch feeds into Jamison which is where my granddaughter goes now and we like it. I am not sure about the junior high, but I do like Dawson for high school.

This is the spotcrime map of Pearland, and if you click on the pictures, most of the crime is arrests on warrants, drunk driving, vehicle burglaries, criminal mischief, invalid licenses, etc. There are some thefts, but not many.

Pearland, TX Crime Map - Showing Crimes in Pearland - Crime Statistics, Alerts and Reports - Crime Stops Here

Here is Sugarland for comparison
Sugar Land, TX Crime Map - Showing Crimes in Sugar Land - Crime Statistics, Alerts and Reports - Crime Stops Here

I can't really compare the taxes because it's less here than it was in Illinois or in Louisiana all around the area.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Houston here we come!
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We are moving to Houston suburbs this summer. We originally looked at the Pearland area too, though we decided on Sugar Land. Use har.com to find best schools in the Pearland area and greatschools.org for community reviews (as suggested to me by others here). There are plenty of exemplary elementary and middle schools zoned to Pearland from what I remember. Dawson HS, though not exemplary, is a recognized school with good reviews. Good Luck
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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Since you have a middle school need now, I'd just avoid Alvin ISD. So basically, stay east of 288 and you'll be fine in terms of schools. Pearland ISD has some truly great elementaries. Property tax rates are going to be more or less the same as Sugar Land, but actual taxes will be less due to lower home values.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Sugar land blows pearland out of the water in every regard.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Pearland is in Brazoria County, so you will need that windstorm insurance.


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Old 05-02-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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Sugar land blows pearland out of the water in every regard.
While I agree, the OP did state that they don't think they can afford it. Sugar Land is getting expensive, and especially so in this market.

Pearland is no Sugar Land, but it's not a bad lower priced option. It's also a decent commute to Reliant Park where OP works. I'd just stay out of Alvin ISD.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Oh, and I forgot, Sienna Plantation might be a option that's better than Pearland, but cheaper than Sugar Land.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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We just moved here- currently renting a place in sugarland (FBISD) Looking to buy a house-initially considered Sugarland because of the exemplary schools.. but dont think we can afford it

How are the property taxes in Pearland compared to Sugarland.
Sugar Land is a lot more desirable than Pearland and home prices are higher... but if you can't afford it, you can't afford it... so Pearland is fine.
Taxes vary by each neighborhood. Generally, the brand new masterplanned communities are going to have higher taxes because they had to build all new infrastructure and the MUD tax rate is high because of this. Looking into a neighborhood that is more established is usually better from a tax standpoint.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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We've been through the same trying to decide between sugar land and Pearland. We toured both areas along with sienna plantation too, looking for a house to rent. We actually like sugar land the most, but unfortunately couldn't find a good house for rent at that time. So we settled on a nice house in a gated community in silverlake in Pearland, I think its very quite and safe. But I wouldn't live in any other part of Pearland, i think other parts are either extra crowded or not well defined yet. If you have to move to Pearland, please stick to silverlake. Good luck
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