Houston Association of Realtors has one of the very best consumer real estate sites in the country. It has school info, neighborhood info, and is rich in content in addition to showcasing all the MLS lisitngs.
Check on a Houston neighborhood below to get detailed community information
However, the best neighborhood for you will really depend on where you will be commuting to, as well as if you prefer urban or suburban living.
The Woodlands is nationally known if you prefer the feel of a master planned community.
There are many great places to live inside and outside the loop. I have lived and worked in the Houston area all my life. If I had a young family, (3 boys in school) I would choose Friendswood.
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It offers many benefits - not the least of which are truly great schools. Also
the area is close to a lot of major connecting roads - so commutes can be easier.
In addition - there is a great value on homes in this area. If you are interested
please email a list of your needs and wants and I will be happy to set you up on
a gateway to send you some sample listings to look at. I think I can help you find
a great place to call your own.
Glad to hear you are considering a move to Houston. It's a great place to call home! You'll find moving can be a little overwhelming for some folks, so it's important to 'connect' with someone you can trust. I'm ex-military and have moved several times over the years. I understand what it's like to pick up everything and move to a new place -- whether local (down the street) or across the globe. Finding the perfect neighborhood is important; as are other things to consider during a move. Northwest Houston is a great find! (NW has everything a family could want in an area. I personally reside near Hwy 249/FM1960 and love what the community has to offer me and my family.) Houston is the 4th largest city in the country; roughly the size of five metropolitan cities combined. It's huge land wise! The best schools can be researched online from the comfort of your own home/PC (e-mail me for link information). As for living inside/outside the Inner Loop (610) that depends on your job's location. Getting around town takes time. I often refer to Houston as the "New York City of the South". There are endless opportunities here for you; we just have to find what meets your personal needs and goals. Let me take you on a tour of Houston to show you all the city has to offer, including behind-the-scenes things only the locals know about. I wish you the best with your move. I'm here to help you anyway I can -- just call or email me: Karen Savage, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty/North(west)--Hwy 290/FM1960 area near Willowbrook Mall; 8300 FM 1960 West, Suite 310, Houston, TX 77070, direct: 281-813-9769; office: 281-664-8300,x3004; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.KarenSavage-Realtor.com. (You've got a friend in Texas! We aim to please! Your Greater Houston, Texas source for everything real estate.)
Your may want to consider police department response and crime, Meadows Place has their own police dept like Bellaire but Houston Police is so large is difficult for them to respond to crime responses. My wife had gotten in a car accident in Houston and took over an hour and a half to come to the scene of the accident. There are some neighborhoods in Houston which have their own city. One I can think of Hedwig Village, there are good schools SBISD -excellent elementary, good middle Spring Branch, good High School-Memorial. Homes in the area are very expensive although you can find a condominium for a good price < 125k. I lived in California for over 30 years and lived in Houston for 8 years. Currently, I have a home in Meadows Place for sale and market has been tough so will probably put up for rent. It is 4BR 2BA single story. If you have further questions about the area email me at email@example.com. If you are interested in the house see 11810 Mulholland Dr on the http://www.har.com website. MLS# 5461443
There are nice suburbs as well with great school systems. I know less about these, but houses are more reasonably priced on the whole in those areas. Of course, if you work in the inner loop you have to deal with the traffic of getting to and from work, which can be trying on a good day.
I'm not a real estate pro, but my best advice would be to identify how long your commute would be from certain areas and figure out what you maximum radius is, then work your way in based on the size of house you need and the type of home you can afford. Trulia is great, har.com is the Houston version and it has excellent consumer tools that help you identify good schools in the area.
When my family and I moved here, I spent a lot of time looking at the various areas in/around Houston. I finally decided on Kingwood for three reasons: 1) The air quality in Kingwood is superior to that of Houston and I have three young children, 2 )Many of the elementary and middle schools are Exemplary and the high school has a very good reputation as well, 3) As far as driving into Houston, Kingwood is a great spot as Highway 59 is easy to navigate and traffic is not as bad as it can be on some of the other highways/roads. Kingwood is less commercial than The Woodlands, home prices are lower and most peole think that it generally feels a little more laid back. We love the community feel here, and the children are very happy in school. There are lots of nice neighborhoods in and around Houston, but I would pick Kingwood again if I had to do it over. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email or call me anytime. - Jennifer