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  1. Lol @ myself. 7 years later, I've moved and my house is (now) worth 300k, and people are now buying 1mm houses 3 miles away from me and we're outside the loop... And I still wouldn't to want to spend 300k. I am cheap, indeed.
  2. It appears Northwest Mall will be replaced by highway interchanges for 610/290/10
  3. wow. old thre is alive . the golf course had been purchased by the city and county. allegedly they plan to make a park and trails. i still own a house there and i rent it out i lice nearby, but in inwood. not much had changed. you can get a bargain on a hous,and the people in thehouses s are great. the apartments are still there, and the schools are not good (if that matters to you. )
  4. They tend to hold a steady temperature (cooler in the summer, warmer in the real winter) basements don't have to painted on the outside and don't blow away during hurricanes and tornadoes... FWIW, there's a large, sprawling basement downtown....
  5. Apparently, you haven't been in nice, finished basements. I've not seen any leaking basements (but don't doubt they exist). Most of the smells come from the stuff that people tend to throw into the basement and leave forever. I've been in custom basements that were nicer than most houses and I've been in cinder block basements that just held junk. It all depends on what you do with it. Finished basements make awesome 'man caves' or gamerooms whatever they're being called these days.
  6. not enough employment density... makes sense. but wouldn't that also apply to the east end and northline? who works between DT and Northline? who works on the East End? there is some population density on the east end, but not as much as near-northwest... and i don't think there is as much employment there (if the east end line went further out, yes.) i dunno... i guess i'm spoiled by all the trips to DC. i know houston is bigger than the DC/MD/VA area, but I can't see how the plan we have in place makes any sense... Main St to Northline makes sense. University makes sense. Neither Southeast or East end, in the current config makes sense. Having NO option north in the NW quadrant between i-10 & i-45 makes even less sense... i guess that hempstead hwy toll needs to be paid for first or whatever.
  7. I'd like to bump this thread, but get it back on track. NORTHWEST RAIL (not sugar land. not politics.) I look at the Metro map now and I see a big void in one of the most densely populate portions of Houston... 290 is about to be torn apart for expansion for the exurbs to get to work faster. I'd like to see a rail line through Near NW. I'm not talking about a commuter rail to Hempstead, but a regular Metro line inside the Beltway. And if 'they' don't want it in the Heights or Garden Oaks, that's fine, as I'm sure the Greater Inwood Area would be happy to see it... (realistically, it would be on Shepherd, but that would take it too close to Northline, so the next best is probably TC Jester... (up to Pinemont or Tidwell.) I'll hang up and listen.
  8. i just bought a house in the 100-year flood plain within walking distance of white oak... it didn't flood during allison... so, i'm paying extra in insurance to leave in the only area in houston where you can get 5 bedrooms / 3,000+ sf / 3 car garage for under $200k... and only 3 miles from the loop.
  9. I second Lee Fasbinder. He's not 'cheap' but he's thorough and if you don't buy the home he inspects, he'll do your next inspection for free (ie, not letting the price of an inspection prohibit you from buying a home.) I used him on my recent purchase and he answered a lot of questions/concerns I had about a foreclosure I bought.
  10. i was told by my insurance agent's assistant (ie, the person who does the work) that my company will no longer write new policies on homes that are in flood plains and have had a flood claim. basically, the hassle of buying a home in a floodplain would have to be outweighed by the opportunity the house presents. if it's a great home on a great lot at a great price, sure, i'm in... otherwise, i'm not so sure. however, the flood WAY is out of the question.
  11. TheNiche is mostly correct and used "cellulite-ridden stretch-marked ass" which i found amusing. If you were the owner of a whole area of 'slummy' apartments, you'd be collecting a lot of rent, and that's all you'd care about from a business standpoint. What value would there be in tearing it all down to build something new? How much could you actually raise rent to cover for the lost rent and the cost of knocking down and rebuilding? How saturated is that area with units? blah blah blippity... poor people need housing, too. and with the prevalence of NIMBY, and a boom/bust economy, you'll be hard pressed to make much change. i have the same thing in my 'hood... inwood forest is surrounded by apartments... some were once considered nice THs... but now, they're all just 'slummy apartments' that someone is making a killing on. The homeowners wish 90% of the apartments were greenspace...
  12. Also consider Candlelight Plaza and Shepard Park Plaza / Shepard Park Terrace, which are adjacent to Oak Forest.
  13. Candlelight Oaks Ella Lee Forest Mangum Manor The western part of Oak Forest Inwood Forest There's plenty in the area... this all assumes you'll be there a while AND are talking neighborhoods, not schools... all which kinda suck.
  14. PLEASE let (make?) this happen... Please, please, please... http://www.savethegreenspace.info/ I'd love something like Gene Green park in my back yard. I think.
  15. funny how this works... when washington ave wasn't considered desirable, this conversation didn't exist.
  16. there is/was someone on here who did them... i forget who, of course.
  17. When I was a kid, I lived in SBISD, but ended up in Vanguard in HISD, because SBISD didn't have anything rigorous enough to keep me out of trouble - daily. Not sure how they'd handle that now, but it sounds like they have some type of reciprocity for exceptions. Anyway, I'm still looking... Everything reasonable and with decent schools is FAR AWAY. I guess that's life in (and around) the big city.
  18. Hi, Greg. I think I like it, but I also think it's out of place. Maybe in 20 years - after the 290 expansion and when gas is really expensive again - the surrounding area will change to fit that house. It looks like it belongs closer to Memorial Park / Rice Military. I'd be happy if this area got some "newness" to it. I actually thought about buying one of those lots, but never looked into enough to call it a consideration. What I don't like about that location is being on Antoine and not having a yard (I have kids). Post more pics...
  19. I haven't noticed a difference in the "worth" of adults who went to private school vs. those who did not, so i'm not so sure paying a couple of mortgages (i have two kids) is "worth" more than having a good home in a good area with good neighbors. if my house were larger, i probably would stay right where i am (and i'm considering moving in the same neighborhood). spending 10k - 30k (2 kids at 5k - 15k) per year for the next 18 years would be a relatively terrible use of funds (for my entire family). that's several homes purchased and paid off, which could be leased and sold for additional income to pay for college (which is probably more important than the difference between an education at St. Thomas vs. a decent public school.) Thanks, BryanS, for zipskinny. i hadn't heard of that before. i'll be using that for personal and investment property searches...
  20. Thanks for all of the responses. They are, as I expected, all over the map... *School depends on parents. I know that. I'm involved with MY kids, but I don't know what you're doing with YOUR kids. *Move to Bellaire, Memorial, Stratford, etc... sure thing. Find a house in the area that is priced at the median +20% and fits my needs and I'm on it. I doubt you will. I refuse to pay more than $250k for a house in the greater Houston area. *Go to HISD and get your kids into Lanier. Well, no kidding, everyone wants to get their kid into Lanier, but I don't think that works out so well. FWIW, I went to River Oaks and Lanier, too, and I think that's a great idea, but execution isn't as easy as typing it up on the web. *Move every 7 years... I'm sick of moving. Been moving most of my life. *etc Red probably hit it the closest... you CAN'T figure it out, which is why so many people chase. I think it's a scam. I guess I'll just fine the neighborhood and house that my family likes and go from there. Thanks, everyone.
  21. Keep in mind, there are NO apartments that are as safe as homes. You will be looking for a relatively safe apartment, but I've known just as many single females to have their apartment broken into in the nicest apartments as I have in the 'ghetto' apartments. Basically, just find a nice area of town, and stay away from 1st floor apartments (which is what every apartment break-in of someone I've known has had in common. Every one of them.)
  22. Pineda, Thanks for the feedback. I think I know how to find where the good schools are NOW, but I'm asking how does anyone know that the Klein Oak area won't be Inwood Forest in 15 years when my kids are in high school? Tory, Meyerland is not relatively affordable. I can afford Meyerland, but it is not affordable - especially when you consider the size needs I have... Large yard, at least 4 bedrooms and a study. We'd need about 2000 SF. To my knowledge, it isn't "child friendly" either. As for the schools, the only thing HISD has to offer is Vanguard. Other than that, HISD is generally as bad as where I am now, and for what it's worth, Aldine ISD has IB and Pre-IB, etc, that is on par with Vanguard. They just don't have as much of it.
  23. You'll notice I put that in quotes, because it seems "good schools" is code for "demographics". I want to ask the "good school" chasers a question. First, I'll give my background and reasons for asking. Background: Married, late 30s, two children (2.5 years and 6 months - both boys). MBA from a top university. 10+ years at a fortune 15. Income is "enough" (but I grew up poor, so I'm cheap.) Reasons: 1. Wife and I work out of house, so we need a larger house (currently < 1500 sf 3 br, one of which is used an office, we actually need 2 office spaces). 2. With 2 boys and a large, outside dog, we'd like a larger yard (currently have a small yard owned by dog.) 3. Don't want to pay for private school. 4. Trying to decide what suburb we should move to. 5. We have real reasons not to put ourselves too far out into one area (ie, need a 'centrally located' suburb like Fall Creek, Champions, Spring Branch, etc, instead of The Woodlands, Kingwood, Greatwood, Katy). So now, the question... How do you move to 'good school' areas when you have a 2 year old and a 6 month old? 15 years from now, when they're in high school, most of the so-called "good schools" will no longer be. I went to Humble when it was a 'good school'. I went to Wells Middle School when Westfield was a good school. I went to Shotwell when Eisenhower was a good school and Inwood Forest (where I live now) was "new rich". Olde Oaks was developed by Kickerillo, and now it's a "bad area"? C'mon! What keeps Pearland, Klein, Katy, Cy-Fair, Cy-Creek, Ft Bend, Conroe, or any other neighborhood school or ISD from falling out of the "good school" category like Humble, Westfield, Jersey Village, Willowridge, Hightower, Eisenhower, Spring, Mayde Creek, Klein Forest, or whatever the 'bad school' is now? Is it just the colored folks that make the school "bad"? If so, I might as well stay where I am, because colored folks want the same thing as non-colored folks, and will move to the best area the income will support. Or, do I just have to move every 7 - 10 years while my kids are in school? It's the internet - you can be truthful (not that you can't off the internet, but most people are afraid to offend someone in person.) Those who know a little about me... shhhhhhh! (for now) Thanks!
  24. this thread explains my current predicament in total... well, almost... 1. i live OTL but inside the beltway (ITB?) 2. i have 2 little kids (2 and 5 mos) 3. i have a small 3 br home and use 1 br for a required home office. 4. i want to move to a bigger home (room for beds AND toys would be nice) on a bigger lot. 5. the 'suburbs' are FAR. we've looked at houses just about everywhere - south, southwest, northwest, northeast, west and we've come to the conclusion that any burb we live in would be far from everything we do... we DO go to the children's museum regulary, including during the week. our oldest goes to a day school 2x a week in West U - one that we like and he likes, and if we move any further out, that ends. all of our relatives and friends are spread the hell out over the burbs. if we move to one burb, anyone on the other side is pretty much done for (her parents are in galveston county, my parents and grandmother are in north houston). i'd actually like to stay near where I am now (Inwood Forest area) but the schools and crime are unacceptable. We can afford to move in closer, but refuse to spend the money just to live close (that would, indeed, be selfish). another suburb is the ONLY real answer, but it needs to still be close (meaning an older suburb). So, where are the older, closer suburbs with good schools and housing that isn't overpriced? this 'issue' is actually working in my favor for now. my youngest is 2.5 years away from school... I plan to have this house paid off by then, which would give me even more options (financially) and possibly more of a reason to be close to this area (leasing this home). i don't hate the burbs... i hate the distance they are from everything we currently do, and i haven't figured out how we'd shift our lives and not drive 200 miles on a saturday.
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