Katy is for sure for families and less focused on young professionals. If you were to live in Katy and worked downtown you are looking at a 30-35 minute commute with no traffic, or with morning workday traffic upwards of an hour. Katy is about 15 miles West of Houston. Most professionals in Katy take Metro (Houston Bus System) to get to downtown. They can ride in the HOV (2+ minimum most hours of the day) lanes and usually get you there pretty quick and most companies will pay for this.
If you are in to the younger night life you want to be inside the loop. Inside beltway 8 as a minimum, preferably inside 610. Night life wise their are 2 main areas, Midtown (south of downtown) and Washington Ave for the bar/club scenes. There are a few upscale bars in Upper Kirby (Just North of 610 on Kirby), and some local music scene type bars in the Heights people will go to. Areas close to these areas are the Heights (North of I-10, West of 45, southeast of 610), Galleria/uptown (West of 610, North of 59, South of 10), Rice Military (South of I-10, North of Memorial, east of 610), and Montrose/Neartown (Just west of midtown, generally considered to be a center for the LGBT community). Most recent grads/ young couples will live in these areas as for the most part rent could be affordable if you look at the right places. Before you start looking you need to decide if you would like to live in a midrise (If you have a small dog), a condo/townhome (2 bedrooms will rent about the 1200+ range), or will try a home (your best bet would be the heights for this). All of the places I mentioned are no more than 15 minutes to night life. Shopping wise one of the more famous places will be the Galleria which is located in the uptown area (Area where 610 and 59 intersect on the west side of 610). Again all of these places I mentioned will be about 20 minutes tops to the Galleria.
Hope this helps.
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It will help to know what part of Houston you will be working or if you are willing to commute.
Not all rentals are "Pet friendly" but I have worked with landlords before to overcome this obstacle (References available) Be prepared to pay a per deposit (Uusally over 25lbs per dog can be $300-500 deposit) Plus you will be required to carry liability insurance for boxers (There is a list of dogs considered 'agressive') I'm a dog lover & owner myself so know they're part of the family, however landlords are not always so understanding! There is information on my website regarding 'lease' properties etc; Usually applications carry a non-refundable fee also. Some nice areas around town have 'dog parks' where you can comfortably meet other young professionals along with dogs and their humans :) My cell: 832-274-7572 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston has so many great areas to live in. I would suggest starting your search in an area close to work or activities you may enjoy. Please let me know if I can help you in your search.
Jennifer Grimm - McGinley
Katy area is nice..west of Houston. Also Cypress, Cy-Fair and Champions in the northwest parts of town. Ideally, we would want to know where you husbands office is located, then start from there.
We can customize searches for rental homes to make sure they would allow pets and are available when you need them to be available. Let us know if we can help you.
I will gladly set up a daily search in your name; called a Gateway on the local Houston Association of Realtors. So before you are hear you will have a good idea of the market and how it suits your needs.
We have many choices for various rental styles. One note: rentals go fast so being prepared by understanding what's available will save you time and effort.
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Brenda Peavy, Broker
I have bought sold and leased all over the Houston Metro area and can send you different searches for you to compare with. Check out my website and send me an e-mail, and WELCOME TO HOUSTON.