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Old 07-11-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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I have been to Houston about 6 times in the past few months. Unfortunately, most of my experience has been in the Katy area, which I love.

It looks like my pregant wife and I am going to take the plunge and accept the job offer and move. What I need is some adivce on which of the areas to move to. Obvioulsy we want good schools and I will be working for a major Audit/Consulting firm, so downtown travel will be a weekly occurance.

Thoughts? Any thoughts or advice are MUCH appreciated.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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Smile Good Luck To You!

Our family is in the same boat...we are trying to narrow it down to Katy, Kingwood, The Woodlands, or Sugar Land. You have the advantage of having been there, though. My Spouse will be working Downtown and we want a nice family friendly suburb just outside of the loop. You are in good company! I wish you all the best!
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:03 PM
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I have been to Houston about 6 times in the past few months. Unfortunately, most of my experience has been in the Katy area, which I love.

It looks like my pregant wife and I am going to take the plunge and accept the job offer and move. What I need is some adivce on which of the areas to move to. Obvioulsy we want good schools and I will be working for a major Audit/Consulting firm, so downtown travel will be a weekly occurance.

Thoughts? Any thoughts or advice are MUCH appreciated.
If you love Katy, why not move there? People who live there really seem to like it.

Sugar Land is another good choice, as are some parts of Pearland. You can look at school rankings at GreatSchools.net and another variable to consider is whether you want an older neighborhood with mature trees vs. a newer neighborhood that hasn't yet become lush and green.

The best Web site to look at houses online is HAR.com

There are people on these boards who live in all 3 areas so if you have specific questions, we are all happy to help.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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well...most of our friends currently live in Katy, however they all are talking about moving to Pearland in a year. So, I don't really want to buy in Katy and then move to Pearland in a year. Does Pearland have more of the older trees, as I know Katy is still relatively new.

thanks!
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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I would personally chose Katy over Pearland if I had to live in an Exburb. Strange your friends would move from one extreme to another.

You never said what your budget was. There're really good public schools and neighborhoods in the city if you can budget them.
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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I would personally chose Katy over Pearland if I had to live in an Exburb. Strange your friends would move from one extreme to another.
I wouldn't consider Pearland an exurb. Many of the houses are only minutes outside Beltway 8. The commute is much shorter than from Katy. Some of the neighborhoods have fully mature trees.

I think Pearland is quite nice; if I were to move to a suburb, that is the only one I would consider. But then, we work in the universities/med center area, so it makes the most geographical sense for us. People have different reasons for preferring different areas.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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So if you work in the medical center area Pearland is close by? What kind of travel time?
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:36 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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well...most of our friends currently live in Katy, however they all are talking about moving to Pearland in a year. So, I don't really want to buy in Katy and then move to Pearland in a year. Does Pearland have more of the older trees, as I know Katy is still relatively new.

thanks!
Just a bit of trivia here. The tree question has less to do with Katy being new than it does with the terrain. Houston is on the edge of a region of terrain change. To the south, west (Katy) and SW is coastal prairie. To the N and NE is piney woods. Just something to keep in mind.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:36 AM
 
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If you're going to be working downtown a lot, I, personally, would try to pick a spot near a park and ride, if you're interested in public transport.

We just moved to Katy and like it so far. In our case, my husband works in Richmond, so it was convenient for us since I'm still job hunting.

But both suburbs are great places to live. When we buy, we'll probably go either Pearland or Sugar Land.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the feedback so far. I am a consultant, so yes the office is downtown, however I usually am at my clients' location.

The one question my wife has regarding Pearland is regarding the coast...is that all "port" down there, or are there actual beaches that she could take the kids to short of having to go all the way to Galveston?
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