I am originally from the UK and have been here in the Houston area for 30 years. My husband travelled a lot and I completely understand what you are looking for with regard to a temporary and permanent residence. I can help you understand some of the differences you will experience here and get you on the right path with regard to neighborhoods. If you are not working with an agent already (I only just saw your post as I have been in the UK for three weeks visiting family) I would be only too happy to help you. My contact information is below.
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Please let me know how I may assist you in your query for an appropriate Houston home. Thanks!
Good Morning, The Montrose/neartown area is a solid, safe and very "walkable" community. Here is the link to the walkscore...http://www.walkscore.com/score/montrose-houston-tx... Also areas like Rice University, The Museum District, and the Memorial Parkway corridor. However the Montrose area is in my opinion the leader and best choice. There is a wonderful community of different cultures. Almost all you necessities are within an 15min walk. The is an abundance of public transportation and it is a community that you can grow with. I know safety is a concern for you, here is the link to the Houston Police Department's interactive crime map...http://mycity.houstontx.gov/crime/disclaimerPage.aspx... You are looking for the "Central Division," "District 1," "Beat 1A20 and 1A30." In my opinion the area is very safe, but I think it is best for you to see for your self. You might think otherwise. Melvin, I would life to discuss this information in greater detail. My skype is Brandon.Jenkins. Also, congratulations on you move to Houston. I hope you come to love this town like so many of us do.Thank you for your time and consideration.
July 8th is around the corner......... I am assuming that you have a temporary place to stay while you are looking for a lease.
There are several areas that come to mind, however, it seems like you must have access to transportation at least initially until your wife starts driving. I would suggest the Uptown Galleria, Midtown and Downtown areas including the Heights, to begin.
Areas, such as Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Spring etc. are wonderful areas, however, you will have to decide if the suburban life is something that appeals to you or if you prefer the city areas, once you get here and know Houston a little bit more.
Is the commute distance to your work important to you - and where will you be working when you are not travelling for work?
Another important factor would be your budget so we can help you locate the right properties and you can make an informed decision.
I am available if you need more information. Feel free to contact me at the information below.
Picking a location will largely depend on what your and your wifeâ€™s interests are. Suburban areas may leave your wife feeling a bit isolated as most outlying communities are not within walking distance of shopping and entertainment venues.
The Rice Military/Memorial Park area offers both traditional single family homes and more new age lock and goes needing little maintenance and appeal to young to middle aged professionals. Memorial park is a hub of social activity including running trails, soccer fields and other sporting opportunities. On nearby Washington Avenue you will find open air ice houses and many other interesting shops.
The Heights is a unique community with a mix of homes with 1950's charm and modern three story homes that are replacing the older homes that are beyond refurbishing. This community has a mix of young to middle aged professionals (hippies and yuppies) and retirement age residents. 11th Street runs east/west through the heart of the The Heights and offers a variety of entertainment, social and dining options. I have enjoyed many a relaxing afternoon enjoying lunch and a fine tap brew on the deck of the Onion Creek on 11th.
These are just the first two communities that pop into mind; there are many others such as the Montrose where alternative lifestyles are embraced, the Galleria which has a very upscale feel or you may like the University/Med Center area which is close by the Houston Zoo, the Miller Outdoor Theater where numerous free concerts are held and home to many museums and art exhibits.
These areas are also very bicycling friendly. Give me a call if you would like to discuss these and other options in more detail. My phone number is 281-798-4100.
Fort Bend also has limited bus service. http://fbctransit.org
Let me know if I can be of service.
Champions Real Estate Group
Welcome to the Colonies ... how ironic that this message comes on the 4th of July.
I can recommend several areas ... it all depends upon what your priorities are. Since your wife doesn't drive, it would be best to look at public transportation ... we're a bit behind in terms of rail, but what we have is excellent. I'd begin at Galleria, The Heights and Montrose. I think you'll find what you want in one of those areas. Incidentally, Realtors are not permitted to determine whether an area is "safe." I'll be happy to provide information on crime statistics in the areas you decide to pursue.
If you'll e-mail me at the address below with a bit of additional information, we can begin. I'll have some properties for you to see beginning on Tuesday ... just let me know where you'll be staying, and I'll make the necessary arrangements. I'll need to know what your budget is, and whether you or your wife are smokers.
My wife/working partner have welcomed many new Houstonians, some from as far away as Dubai. We'll be happy to both find you a great place to live and acclimate you to your new surroundings. Please get in touch as soon as possible, so that we may begin getting things together. There's lots to see.
I look forward to hearing from you.