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Old 01-08-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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I've been perusing through the boards and found some great information and insight. However, I wanted to ask a more pointed question to those Houstonians. I will be relocating to Houston from the Boston area in the near future. My new job will be in the Greenspoint area (I believe that is what it's called) near IC Airport.

As I look at places to live, I believe that midtown, the heights or montrose area appears to fit best with my interests and lifestyle. (I've lived in a downtown, urban setting for the last 4 years.) However, I am wondering about commuting from those areas to Greenspoint. From what I can tell, traffic is generally a bear and I'm thinking there's no such thing as "reverse commuting" in Houston... Any thoughts on commuting times (generally speaking) or then suggestions for other areas to look at. I have heard from others at my new office that live in The Woodlands. While it sounds nice and tranquil, it might be too quiet and family-oriented.

Oh, I will be looking to rent rather than buy as it is unclear how long I'll be in Houston.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:44 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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I'm moving to houston as well, next month.
try to check the historical archives http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/
you can set the time and flip thru "days" so you can see how consistent traffic is in some areas.
I'm from NYC Metro, I'm kinda going for easy by bus, easy by car, easy alternate route and quick drive into uptown late nights in Houston - kinda like the boroughs/ghettos of NYC
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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You might concentrate on the Heights area... that is on the north side of downtown and will put you a little closer to your job than Montrose or Midtown.

I used to reverse commute when I lived in town and had a suburban job... it wasn't too bad.
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:55 PM
 
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If you want a neighborhood with a feel that would be the closest resemblance to a northeast urban neighborhood, I would focus on Midtown. There are a couple of nice new developments down there within walking distance of a market, drug store, restaurants, bars, etc. It's where I would live if I moved to Houston.

Montrose is a neat area, but it is still pretty spread out, which means you will be driving everywhere for everything. The density there is about like Los Angeles, so that will give you an idea of the walkability of the area.

The Heights is nice, but I think it is more catered to home buyers. If you were going to stay in Houston for an extended period of time and wanted to buy an older home to fix up, that would be the place. But, it's still pretty residential and you can't walk to as many places as you can in Midtown.

Good luck with everything. I am moving to Boston in May (Northend) and I can't wait.
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:02 AM
 
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Thanks for all you thoughts. I appreciate any input.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:45 PM
 
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Nothing in Houston is really all that "pedestrian friendly." If you are looking for the eclectic urban environment, I would definitely say Montrose or Heights. Midtown is a nice area, very popular, but it is mostly garden style apartments, drive thru banks, CVS, Walgreens, etc. that are no more urban than your typical suburban developments. The exception being Post Midtown.

The reverse commute is not bad at all. I would recommend getting an "EZ tag" which lets you sale thru the toll booths on the Hardy Autobahn, I mean Hardy toll road. The Hardy will get you in and out quickly.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:14 AM
 
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You are probably right with the Montrose,Heights, or Midtown area b/c the suburbs are generally boring, and family oriented. Although the Heights is a great area it is more of a place to buy a house than rent like the other person said. Well, it depends if you are looking for an apartment or a duplex or even a rental house. The Heights has some rental houses but not the greatest apartments. Montrose and Midtown have great apartments and duplexes..and even fourplexes. Depending where you are in Montrose it's very easy to not have to drive far. Most places in the area have cafe's just a couple blocks away and a grocery store a couple blocks the other way. Hope this helps..sorry I know nothing about the traffic on the freeways here b/c I mainly stay inside the loop,haha.
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Hieghts is Good genenrally speaking. Lerts move Forward.
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Old 04-30-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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If you are working up at greenspoint you might also consider living down FM-1960 west of I-45. Not real an "urban center" like a downtown or midtown area, but a good concentration of restaurants, night life, movie theaters, malls, etc. Further from sports, museums, and theaters though so I guess it depends on what exactly your interests are.

May potentially be cheaper than heights and midtown as well.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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I am sure OP is already here - thread is over 3 years old.
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