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Old 08-10-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Hello. Currently I am staying in the coveted, immaculate Greenspoint area. Believe it or not, but I feel safe here despite my car being broken into. I took it as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. With that said, I am in the process of looking for a house, and I've found 2 areas. First is further outside BW 8, one of the cookie cutter communities off of Cypresswood with easy access to Hardy. Second is further in, a house off Tidwell that I like with character, but I have reservations about the safety of the area such as me leaving for extended periods of time on travel, and coming to a burglarized home. I do alot of personal travelling.

Also I have 2 offices.. one DT and one in North Houston so these 2 locations work well.

I've done a crime search here http://mycity.houstontx.gov/recentcrime/index.html and the black dots are overwhelming... for Tidwell's surrounding streets.

My budget is 130K with 20K for wiggle room. I have other interest besides paying a house note on time every month, but not having the ability to spend as I please. i.e. becoming house poor

Can anyone vouch on the safety of Tidwell from 290 to 45? I am debating whether I should just upgrade my apartment living as oppose to buying a home.

All comments are welcomed. Tk u.

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Old 08-10-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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That close in, your options in your price range aren't going to be all that plentiful. If you feel reasonably comfortable where you are, I wouldn't rule out that house on Tidwell.

Do you know the address? Tidwell from 290 to 45 is a fairly long stretch actually.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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I am usually the first to advocate for closer in areas and the last to be spooked by transitional neighborhoods. Tidwell, however, ain't transitional. You have to have some level of transition, and it ain't happening there.

I would go a little south into Oak Forest or Shepherd Forest. You won't get a mansion, but you can get in there for that price range with at least some hope of appreciation in the future. I would also run some of 77009 and see if there is anything in Brookesmith, Lindale Park or Sunset Heights.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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You're aware of Google Street View right? You can cruise around the neighbourhood and see what the houses are like and the surrounding area.

Most of the areas that I'm seeing off of Tidwell in that range of addresses look a little run down. Lots of vacant buildings.

www.maps.google.com
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:20 PM
 
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Houston Crime Maps and Statistics

Here's another resource for you, for wherever you end up looking at.

modster > jfre81 when it comes to knowing what's what on that end of town (or a lot of places) though. I haven't been down that stretch of Tidwell in a long time.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:15 AM
 
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Modster is right. I would shy away from anything along Tidwell.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:20 AM
 
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If you are single and travel a lot might you be better served by an apartment or condo with a secure entry? Makes leaving a whole lot less stressful when you have staff looking after the place.

If you're leaving a house for extended periods of time you'll need to be worried about watering, mowing, landscaping, etc. And you'll need someone to keep an eye on the place just in case. For example, if a window gets broken or a door pushed in and it isn't dealt with immediately its a compete invitation to get completely cleaned out.

If I was single and traveled a lot I think the only circumstances under which I would be house hunting was if I intended to take in a roommate. Which is exactly what I did when I bought my first house as a single 20-something. Got my roommates to pay my mortgage and utilities and also had someone to look after the place when I'd head off to places like Guatemala.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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What about near TC Jester...
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:37 AM
 
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What about near TC Jester...
Houses along TC Jester inside the loop are way out of his price range, outside the loop they are pretty much from his price range and up a notch.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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Houston map search and Houston real estate map

Click on "Search Criteria" stick in the fields you want and search away. As far as crime locations, just overlay the dots with the map and go with what best fits your budget and location.
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