You want someone who is experienced in the area to work with you. I have been a licensed Realtor since 1985 and been working in the area continually. I will be more than happy to work with you. I can be reached at 281-997-0606
ADT Fire and Security
Our Marketing Director lives in Spring (Spring covers a lot of area, but she lives close to The Woodlands, east of I-45) and loves it - feels very safe. Great area with easy access to the amenities of The Woodlands (lots of great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment - including an outdoor venue that brings in big concerts). Spring (west of I-45) and Champions has a lot of older areas (with areas of higher crime rates), whereas Spring (east of I-45) has more new development. The Woodlands and Katy are also good choices - both great areas, but with a different feel. You might also consider looking in Cinco Ranch if you're interested in being around Katy.
We do business across the city and have happy clients and friends in many different areas. Houston is a GREAT place to be right now. I also agree with Carolyn - a visit at different days and times will give you a better feel for the area.
The Loken Group
Joe Cano - Realtor/Locator
I looked in Champions, Woodlands, Katy and Spring. The crime displayed bad returns in the Champions and Spring area. The Woodlands had lots of red too on Trulia crime maps. Katy was bad. I thought these were good areas?
Realtors are not allowed to specifically give opinions on neighborhoods because of our rules against steering. But you are doing the right thing looking online and doing your homework.
Try Crimespot.com, Houston police dept, and Harris county sheriffs dept for more information.
I have always suggested to my buyers to drive thru the neighborhood they are considering at different times of the week and times of day. Seeing how folks take care of their yards on a Saturday, or how rowdy an area is on a Friday night, can really give you some insight that no website will.