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Al, Both Buyer and Seller in Halifax, VA

What are Houston’s best neighborhoods??

Asked by Al, Halifax, VA Fri Sep 7, 2007

Hi we are planning to move from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Houston and were wondering what would be the best neighborhoods to rise our 3 boys, a high school teen and twins in elementary.
Is sort of preliminary search. We would be going there to see the area some time this winter or in the spring.
I heard that the northwest is the best part but am not sure.
Also would like to know if is better to live inside or outside the loop and where we can find the best schools.
Thanks a lot,

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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.
http://www.har.com/neighborhoods/default.cfm
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Houston has been divided into 88 Super Neighborhoods where residents of neighboring communities are encouraged to work together to identify, plan, and set priorities to address the needs and concerns of their community. Best Houston neighborhoods for walkability are Neartown - Montrose, Greenway / Upper Kirby Area and Midtown.
Check on a Houston neighborhood below to get detailed community information
http://www.findhoustonhome.com/neighborhoods.html
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 27, 2012
As several others have mentioned, Kingwood is a planned community with great schools. It was also ranked recently as one of Houston's most livable suburbs by Forbes Magazine (a link to local feedback is below).

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.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2007
Check out my house if you are interested in a great house for the money in a Houston suburb. We absolutely love the house but our family has outgrown it. My husband and I built it in 2002 and have taken immaculate care of it. We live in Katy (west side suburb of Houston) and love the area. The house is loaded with upgrades and we have made many improvements on it since we moved in. We win yard of the month on an annual basis and the inside is even nicer than the outside. Here is the web site to check it out. We welcome FHA and conventional loans and we are providing a one year home warranty for your protection. http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cfm?mlnum=9669577&am… Address: 4847 Monarch Glen Lane, Katy, TX
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 12, 2008
It is my Opinion that the best place to raise kids is also going to have the best schools. Here is a link to a very interesting forum, about Schools in Huston
Good Luck
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Mr.P, Other/Just Looking in Arizona
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I haver never lived in Houston, but have spent time there. Living inside the loop will allow you easy access to the offerings of the downtown. Once one settles in the suburbs, their lifestyle tends to revovle around the strip malls located there, with less attention given to all the attributes of the center of Houston.

The Woodlands is nationally known if you prefer the feel of a master planned community.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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"Best" is so subjective. Houston is a huge city with many different areas that will appeal to buyers for a plethora of different reasons. It is really all about finding a location that meets your work, social, and family needs. And to be honest, this is slightly different for each individual (sometimes within the same household). Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to recommend some areas based off your individual wants and needs. Thanks
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We have lived in Sienna Plantation for 13 years and have owned two house there. Would not live ANYWHERE else in Houston, especially with kids.
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Friendswood is a great place to live. Schools are excellant and are rated very high. Taxes are low. It has been listed in the top 10 places to live in the US many times.

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.

I am a realtor with BH&G Gary Greene. Please call or email me with other questions. (281) 635-2146
Nagle.mica@garygreene.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
If you look in the Northwest Area - you may to consider the Spring/Klein area.
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2013
Al...(posted April 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM CST SATURDAY)
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: thejungle@karensavage-realtor.com; 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.)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 5, 2008
Houston is so large there are so many "best" neighborhoods. I think few people will disagree that the most prestigious neighborhoods are River Oaks, close-in Memorial, Tanglewood, Southampton, and West University. These are established neighborhoods, all "in-town" - some in the loop, some not. However, a 3000 sqft home in these neighborhoods will be in the 800K range. And, you can't necessarily count on the public schools. In these neighborhoods a large proportion of your neighbors' kids will go to private schools. I live in one of these neighborhoods, largely because I am unwilling to commute more than 40 minutes total each day. If I did not have that restriction, I think I would choose Kingwood (North) because even though it is a planned community, it feels less cookie-cutter than others I've seen. The schools there are great and there is a variety of people. One question for you- since you're from the AP - do you prefer being near water? If so, you should take a look at Clear Lake (although it's NOTHING like where you're from, but you can get a dock in your backyard, and use it year-round!). I'm from New York, and it doesn't take too long to get used to wearing shorts in November and January. Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 6, 2007
1st consider your job commute. How long are you willing to drive? Good suburb schools are in Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress, Kingwood, The Woodlands, Clear Lake. As mentioned already, if you work in downtown stay closer in the 610 loop. Most of the nice areas mentioned are on the southwest side of Houston. I lived in Spring(north of Texas) renting an apartment before I decided on community to live. My kids who are now high school and college age have attended public schools in the suburbs such as FBISD in Sugar Land(Colony Bend Elem,First colony middle,Clements high) and close to the loop in HISD(Pin Oak middle and Bellaire high). I work in the southwest side of Houston and my kids now attend Meadows Pl(exemplary) and Dulles High(decent)-my kids are basketball players and liked this school coaching staff over the others.

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 galliguez@sbcglobal.net. If you are interested in the house see 11810 Mulholland Dr on the http://www.har.com website. MLS# 5461443
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 13, 2007
You'll be closer to the museums, zoo, parks, and other city amenties if you live inside the loop. If you plan to send your kids to public school vs private, its pretty important to get in the right neighborhood. I don't know all the details of every neighborhood, but Belliare, West Univesity, and River Oaks are a good place to begin. There are a lot of nice areas with good schools immediately outside the loop as well, still with great access to the city. Tanglewood, Meyerland, and the Memorial area (including the Villages of Bunker Hill and Piney Point, etc) come immediately to mind.

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 6, 2007
If you like tall trees and forest you want to be on the north side of town, more towards the eastern side. If you like grass plains that would be the western to south part of town. If you like costal then the SE side down I-45. If you would like more detailed information please contact me or visit my local resource page.
http://www.texasproudrealty.com/links_main.shtml.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2007
Hi There,

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
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2007
My husband is looking for a Job in houston. We are now living in buffalo n.y. I have some concerns about air pollution, Crime and Schools. My Sister resides in humble and often complains of a growing Rate of Crime. Is Kingwood far enough from The Industrial parts of the City to avoid air and water pollution.
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