Budget and commute will probably be your top factors to consider.
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We are an Australian family that might be moving to Houston in the next 2 months.
Hubby would be working in the Uptown area.
What would be a good area to look at for housing?
Would need access to great schools (5 year old boy), shops & safe neighbourhoods!
We have previously lived in Canada, so this isn't a huge move for us.
As Australians, where the weather is ALWAYS hot, what is the weather like in Houston?
Many thanks for your help!! :)
1) 9 months a year of hot, humid summer. The other three aren't hot, just humid.
2) Horrendous traffic. No real public transportation, a few busses and a toy train downtown.
3) Rednecks. Oh yeah.. This is Jesusland.
4) Sprawl. It's 60 miles from one end of the city to the other, and that's not counting the suburbs.
5) Perrenially losing "professional" sports teams.
6) Walmarts on every corner ('Nuff said)
7) DId I mention that the heat and humidity is unbearable? Seriously, shoveling snow is preferable!
ERA ALLSTAR PROPERTIES
Congratulations on your move! Houston is huge and spread out. Staying inside the loop allows you to be centrally located. Your commute will be minimal depending on the part of town you work. You can get a lot for your money by purchasing out in the suburbs the trade off is the commute.
Give me a call when you are ready for your move and I would be more than happy to help you with the home buying process.
Sahar Samadian, REALTOR
Also, please consider where you will be working, as your commute into your job will be important so that you can spend as much quality time with your family as possible, and not in traffic everyday!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to discuss further.
Best Wishes on your move!
Well, simply put Houston is very well zoned by lifesyle/income. What your likes, hobbies, work, family life, etc. are like depends on where you want to live. If you plan to work, depending on your line of work also depends on where you live. So if you're looking for a 9-5p in front of an office, maybe a nice apt in Spring Branch (77043, 77055, 77080) migght suit you its close to everything, major freeways, malls, downtown, and hospitals, (hosp & malls are new swanky facilities). Lots of small reasonable rental homes too. If you're the single executive type the downtown lots, Rice Military, Heights, and Montrose(the more "alternative/bohemian lifestyle friendly of the bunch 77006, 77007, 77008, 77018, 77056, 77098, 77030) would be for you, less commute and good good bike riding area. I don't really recommend he, "out of town" suburbs to people who are new to Houston because our commutes are brutal, you get more for you buck the further you move out, but how much do you really need? Is it worth an extra 30-40hrs of your time a month?
Is Houston a hellhole? I guess like every metropolitan city in the U.S. it has its dark areas, especially where there is no zoning involved, you can have $500-$1mil home in the same vicinity of "Free Move In" type apartment complex. Good luck! But you might already be here!
Mari Kaye Lasewicz
As a native Houstonian, I know of many good areas to move to. The question I have is what do you consider "good," and what is your lifestyle. Houston is as diverse as the stars when it comes to non-work related activities, but we're also spread out, so you'll have to consider how much time you want to dedicate yourself to in a car.
I work with many relocation clients that think they want one thing, and once they're here they start to see the benefit of living near your work. Thankfully, no matter what direction of the city you are drawn to you'll always have plenty of options for restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment.
Nasyim Segal, Broker Associate
Boulevard Realty http://www.SegalRE.com
How much time can you sit in traffic every morning and still arrive at work in a good mood?
Personally I am happy outside of Beltway 8 on all side. Life is to busy any closer to town. Come on out to Kingwood, I love it here.
There are SO MANY great areas to choose from and a lot of factors - What do you enjoy doing? What do you want to be close to? Any ideas what area you'd like to work in? Do you mind a commute or do you want to be close to the office?
We'd love to help you find an area based on your interested. Message us your info and we'll have one of our Buyer Specialists contact you. We service the greater Houston area, so they know what areas to look for!
Hope this helps (and Happy Friday!)
The Loken Group
The area of Houston you will live in might depend on where you find employment! Commute times can be as much as an hour if you work near downtown, but live in the suburbs near the master planned communities. Good news there is plenty of housing all over the city!
Price will be a large factor as well. Inner-city areas are generally more expensive for the same type of home farther out. You did not mention if you are going to buy or lease. If buying, you want to get yourself pre-approved for a mortgage. If leasing, you want to make sure your credit is in fairly good shape.
I work all over the city and know most areas and can advise you on many options that are out there. Good luck with your job search and let us know if we can assist you.
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