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Old 02-27-2009, 09:00 PM
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How is the South Shore Harbour Subdivision area?

I am looking to buy a home inside the gates, and whated to know how the area is, and is it family oriented?
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:44 PM
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Hi - I just posted this in another thread and I live outside of the gates in the new section (off of 96) but thought you could still find it valuable. Yes, SSH is VERY family oriented.

Hi - I lurk around these boards quite a bit but decided to register just so I could comment on your post. We've actually just moved (Aug 08) right down the street from Mar Bella, into South Shore Harbor. Want to share my experience with you and others interested in this area.

Hurricane Damage: First off, we DID NOT flood - we evacuated to Katy amidst the hysteria from our family on the west side only to return after the hurricane to full electricity and only a few saplings on the ground. Really didn't look like much more than a thunderstorm hit over here. Kemah got it really bad but different elevation. We are close enough to the water to enjoy it, far enough away for it not to be a threat. Again, we sustained minimal damage compared to the rest of the city, and absolutely no flooding in our neighborhoods or main thoroughfare (SH 96). Don't let that threat dissuade you from checking it out.

Schools: Not sure if you have kids but we're in CCISD, which is a fantastic school district. CCISD is actually opening a new, first of its kind, 'Education Village,' outside of the entrance to Mar Bella in fall 2010, it's a tri-school complex, meaning elementary, intermediate, and high-schools will all be located there on the same

People: As far as demographics go, I'd say the majority of residents here (all three neighborhoods - Mar Bella, Tuscan Lakes, and South Shore Harbor shop at the same grocery store so this is where my observation is coming from) are young 30-45 y/olds...good mix of families and professionals, primarily caucasian. We have a lot of people who've relocated from other states/cities who work in

Roads: The traffic is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be (keep in mind I used to live in Katy), I work near Hobby and its about a 20-25 minute commute, downtown at rush hour is roughly 40 minutes. They are working on the freeways right now so that does lend some time to the drive, good thing is the main road that you would take from Mar Bella to 1-45 is not congested, its a straight shot, less than 10 minutes, and they'll be connecting it directly to the freeway this summer and that will speed it up even more.

Retail: There are a lot of places to eat around here. You've got Kemah boardwalk (which we stay away from) but the little spots in Kemah are fantastic, there are local hole in the walls, diners, mexican, thai, you name it...they've got it. There is a terrific Kroger Signature not 2 minutes from Mar Bella, they have a huge gourmet section, there is also a HEB on 646 (about 10 minutes from us). 646 has also recently completed construction/leasing on a handful of nice shopping centers - Khols, Target, JC Penny, Best Buy, Home Depot, Wal Mart, Lowes, Sports Authority, goes on and on...anything you need. The mall, BayBrook
is about 15 minutes away and is very nice.

Green Space: The parks in our neighborhoods are well constructed and there are common man-made lakes for walking, etc., Kemah is less than a five minute drive if you'd like to look at the water or take a boat charter. There is a beautiful public park off of Hwy 3, about a 10 minute drive. There is a newly constructed sportsplex
further down 96 and another one on the other side of 45 (they both have baseball, soccer, and volleyball areas).

Negatives: There are a two massive apartment complexes on 96, they're brand new and coined 'luxury apartments' but they're still pretty big. Lack of diversity; there is a notable absence of different cultures and its all pretty much new construction so, while it is clean and attractive, its all obviously fabricated. Nightlife - if you like to party, you're going to have to drive into town or settle for tourist spots in Kemah

My husband and I have lived in quite a few different areas around Houston and this is by far, our favorite. If you're settled down a little and enjoy a slower pace, I think you'll like it. You should totally come check it out.
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