Family of five (kids pre-K, K, and 3rd) moving to Houston in Feb. Wife working downtown. Schools/commute priority. Looking Kingwood/Humble. Good area?

Asked by Tgallini, Saint Louis, MO Tue Dec 17, 2013

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Howard Persky, Agent, Sugar Land, TX
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Traffic congestion is always a major concern for people living in the suburbs and commuting to downtown to work. I did it for 10 years and traffic was always bad, especially due to construction delays and weather conditions. Kingwood is a very nice area but the traffic on Hwy 1960 and Hwy 59 is horrendous during rush hour. I lived on Houston's east side for many years and worked in the Kingwood/Atascocita are for a few years so I know the are very well.

The Houston Transtar Traffic map will give you a good idea of traffic problems as well as local news. Check them out daily to get an idea of commute times and typical problem areas. for a real-time traffic update and for the local news.

Also check the crime statistics and the sex offender registry before settling on any location. for registered sex offenders and for local crime statistics.

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Courtney McL…, , Houston Heights, TX
Sat Dec 21, 2013
It depends on how you feel about commuting 'cause the commute can be WICKED. Your wife will be sitting on I45 about 2-4 hours a day...wait, what? Yeah. Not fun. The realtor below me mentioned Cinco Ranch. Lovely area west of Houston but the commute is gonna be a killer there, too.

The Heights is where you want to be if your wife works downtown. Great, safe area, the best location in Houston if you need to be downtown, and good schools. The Heights neighborhood (77008) has terrific triple decker townhomes and bungalows galore.

If I made more money and was forced to live somewhere else in Houston, Memorial would be it. Memorial Drive runs for miles through Houston and both upper and lower Memorial are bar none-beautiful homes on acreage, privacy galore, the best schools, and like-minded people.

Again, it depends on your budget and priorities. What attracts you to Kingwood? I am an individual and not in real estate, just curious. Oh, and to answer your question, yes, Kingwood is a very nice area. Just look out for the random pockets of apartments where you generally are going to have a LOT more issues with quality of the people residing there (as opposed to someone that can afford and handle the responsibility of a house).
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David Tansey, Agent, Houston, TX
Wed Dec 18, 2013
I would look I-10 west corridor. The drive in from Kingwood is nasty.
It really depends on your budget. If you are under $600,000 you will likely want to look out in Cinco Ranch or consider private school.

Cinco Ranch is a wonderful master planned community.
Willow Bend is a great in town community with schools and options under $300,000.
Spring Branch West is awesome under $300,000, but you likely want to look at private schools.

If your budget is $650,000 to $1,000,000 there are lots and lots of options in town. I would start in the Memorial Villages.
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Mark McNitt, Agent, Houston, TX
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Very good area. In general, you can commute to downtown 30-45 minutes depending on which neighborhood your in. The shortest would be from Fall Creek, the most distant would be the master planned community of Kingwood. Some new development along Lake Houston as well. Lots of trees and the lake being right there is nice if your into boating or fishing. Wide variety of prices as well.

I have several links to sites that allows you to review schools in the Humble ISD as well as other areas of town.…

For that commute to downtown, I always talk about this area as the commute is a bit faster. You can also review commute times off of this site

There are other options and I show all over Houston. Let us know if we can assist you. We work with many relocating buyers every day!

Mark McNitt
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Al Rafat, Agent, Houston, TX
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Wow! You're moving from Illinois. I'm a transplant from Illinois too. I moved to the Houston Area 18 months ago and love it. Like any large city, the commute to downtown is not the easiest to do. There are park and ride bus locations throughout Houston for people who don't want to drive downtown. The very best schools (in my opinion) are in Katy, which is a western suburb of Houston. The Katy School District is a "destination" school district. In other words, people move to Katy specifically so their children can attend Katy schools. The schools are award winning, considered some of the best in Texas and the nation.

Please contact me to help you get acclimated from Illinois to Texas! Think you will love it here!

Lynn Ridley
1 vote school is excellent located in the Heights close to downtown Houston. They also have a daycare that is open until 6 PM. They can commute with mom to and from school. I have a 5 children and found out about the school after my first two were out of 5th grade. Hade I know about this school when my oldest ones were younger I would have sent them all there. I commute with my children everyday to bring them to this great school. Small class setting very great instruction and very good communications with parents.
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Michele Quez…, Agent, Houston, TX
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Welcome!! The Humble area is perfect for a short commute with great schools. The 59N Freeway is the BEST in town with hardly any traffic into downtown from Humble. I highly recommend the Fall Creek Neighborhood. It has an elementary school inside the neighborhood with an exemplary rating (highest rating a school can get). My own children attend that school. Also, the commute into downtown is only 15 minutes! It is the closest master planned community to Downtown Houston. Kingwood is going to give you a much further commute.

Are you looking to lease or purchase? Whichever route you decide, I would love to help you with relocating! Please call or email me anytime.

Michele Quezada
Realty Associates
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We've been looking into the Fall Creek area as you suggested. The commute is definitely more appealing. You mentioned your own children attending Fall Creek elementary school with a high rating, but we're wondering about the middle and high schools that serve that area. They don't seem to get as high of ratings from what we can tell. What are your thoughts on these? Thank you!
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