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Old 01-10-2008, 07:25 PM
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Hey all, I work at Marathon Oil near the Galleria and I am looking for a house. I currently live free, but I need to move out before 2009. I am looking for a contemporary home, or something I can work with.

I have a budget of $200k.

I would love to live inside the 610 loop, but inside the beltway will do. I am 26yrs old and I'm looking for a real stylish house with real open living spaces and high ceilings. I am also looking at Pearland. I love one story houses. I will look at houses outside of houses if its a great deal on a great house. Something close to work would be cool too, but I know location price is a factor.

I am new to house shopping and am not sure what to look for value wise. I know granite countertops and wood floors up the value of a house, but thats about it.

Help a fellow young Houston please! Thank you!
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:55 PM
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You might try an area like Shepherd Forest (610 North at Shepherd) adjacent to Garden Oaks neighborhood. It has nice 1950's style homes. If you like neat architecture, you might also try Glenbrook Valley (610 South and I45) though the really cool places will stretch the budget a bit.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:27 PM
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Close in contemporaries are pretty much limited to townhomes. Mid-century moderns under $200k can be found in a few relatively close in places. (btw granite counters are considered inappropriate in MCM houses)

Robindell, off North Braeswood, has a number of modest mods. Braes Timbers just beyond has a few too.

Maplewood and Braeburn Valley has a few scattered through. You can also go due west to Tanglewilde. Walnut Bend sometimes has some mods, Olympia was the Parade of Homes street in 1960, but usually they are over $200k I think. They are scattered through Westbury with the best examples along Warm Springs where they were originally built for the 1959 Parade of Homes. Ones like this:


The Parade of Homes was held in Briarmeadow in '57, and there are some there but usually over $200k unless they face Richmond Ave. Memorial Bend is way over that price point.

Heading east, as stated before, you can always find them in Glenbrook Valley: http://www.glenbrookvalley.com/index.php?pageId=181786

as well as Meadowcreek Village. http://www.meadowcreekvillage.org/aboutmv.htm
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:06 AM
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We have van pools all around Houston so living close to work is not really a big issue. It would be nice, but not a must have.

I like Shadow Creek Ranch, from the little I have seen on the internet and 288 may be the least congested highway in Houston.

I guess forgot the Contemporary issue, as I probably won't be able to afford one on a $200k budget. I'm just looking for a house with open living spaces, high ceilings, and long arches.

Thanks again for the help everyone.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:23 AM
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If you look for some neighborhoods that were built from 1975-1985 in parts of Houston, there were many that had a slew of contemporary housing, as it was a popular style during that era.

Heck, Houston has lots of neighborhoods filled with 80% Tudor, 10% ranch, 10% contemporary.

If I was buying an older house, I would probably shoot for a stylistic contemporary house as well. Many of these defeat the biggest problems of houses built in that era that stem from small spaces and low ceilings. Many of these contemporary houses have very tall ceilings and relatively open spaces that lend itself for a more modern feel even today.

I know in the area where I live (Spring/Klein) neighborhoods like Memorial Northest and Spring Creek Forest/Oaks have a bunch of these homes sitting in the price range you are looking for.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:40 AM
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Check out Willow Bend Westbury & Maple Wood area on the south west side close to the loop nice area low crime close to everything & in your price range
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