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Old 09-18-2014, 01:19 PM
 
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Barbers Hill ISD is a bit of a hidden gem. Its schools are all well regarded, but its still got a small town vibe. If you are interested in big time 6A sports, pick Katy. Otherwise Barbers Hill is worth a closer look.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Katy
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Barbers Hill ISD is a bit of a hidden gem. Its schools are all well regarded, but its still got a small town vibe. If you are interested in big time 6A sports, pick Katy. Otherwise Barbers Hill is worth a closer look.
Thanks Houston parent!
Any comments/views on how hurricanes impact life in general in that area?
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake
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Friendswood is great I agree. Finding a place on a decent size piece of property not within a subdivision could be tough. Probably less difficult in Alvin to find large property on its own which is relatively close depending on where in Alvin you are but overall Alvin is not comparable to Friendswood in my opinion. mind a question? what is decent size is to you. up to an acre? or more than an acre?
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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"Any comments/views on how hurricanes impact life in general in that area?"

You should probably ensure that your house has appropriate windstorm bracing and have plywood or metal covers stored in your garage to cover your windows in the event of a hurricane. You might need to board up and evacuate once or twice a decade. Its not like living on Galveston Island or something. Be aware that the flood maps are being revised, so you should look at the proposed maps that are being reviewed. Some areas have increased flood plains due to storm surges (especially waterfront areas, along bayous, etc.).
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:54 AM
 
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Keep in mind Barber's Hill is a lot more rural than Katy or Friendswood complete with the attitudes, prejudices and politics of almost exclusively white, Christian, small-town Texas.
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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Whoa Mandres...are you speaking from personal experience?
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Katy
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"Any comments/views on how hurricanes impact life in general in that area?"

You should probably ensure that your house has appropriate windstorm bracing and have plywood or metal covers stored in your garage to cover your windows in the event of a hurricane. You might need to board up and evacuate once or twice a decade. Its not like living on Galveston Island or something. Be aware that the flood maps are being revised, so you should look at the proposed maps that are being reviewed. Some areas have increased flood plains due to storm surges (especially waterfront areas, along bayous, etc.).
Thank you Houston Parent.
That is helpful advice.
DrD
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Keep in mind Barber's Hill is a lot more rural than Katy or Friendswood complete with the attitudes, prejudices and politics of almost exclusively white, Christian, small-town Texas.
It's probably the west-most, Cajun heavy part of the US there.

Actually had a discussion w/ a neighbor about this the other day. There is a lot of money in pockets there, schools are good, etc, but if you're not from there you probably won't want to live there.

(BTW Friendswood ISD is ''whiter'' than Barbers Hill ISD according to the Texas Tribune.)
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Katy
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Keep in mind Barber's Hill is a lot more rural than Katy or Friendswood complete with the attitudes, prejudices and politics of almost exclusively white, Christian, small-town Texas.
Uh Oh!
If that is true, then... I will look elsewhere!
Thanks!
DrD
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Katy
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It's probably the west-most, Cajun heavy part of the US there.

Actually had a discussion w/ a neighbor about this the other day. There is a lot of money in pockets there, schools are good, etc, but if you're not from there you probably won't want to live there.

(BTW Friendswood ISD is ''whiter'' than Barbers Hill ISD according to the Texas Tribune.)
Interesting info!
Thanks tstone!
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