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  1. I'm thinking to be wary of 'Airprowing' aka 'APW'. Major insults/fighting over similar issue on another local comments/blog. And possible ulterior motive/dishonesty.
  2. Is there any equivalent to the Sugar Land area's Aliana development or Telfair development planned for Katy or already in the works? Something not quite as large as Cinco Ranch, but the same master-planned feel on a smaller scale? So like this: First Colony (Sugar Land) = Cinco Ranch (Katy) Aliana (Richmond/Sugar Land) = ?? what in Katy Telfar (Sugar Land) = ?? Get me on the right track please!
  3. Never heard of it. FM 359? OK, looked this up. Shouldn't this be in the Sugar Land forum?
  4. Thank you so much for this rendering of the site plan. I can't find it on the Aliana website! They really should include it. With all the choices to live in Houston, why would someone pay inflated prices for a 70's house with low ceilings, non-open floor plan, needing new windows and a huge amount of other work to live in a suburb that thinks it's not a suburb .... western-memorial? And no amenitities or sidewalks to boot. And no zoning so the main arteries all look like a mess. And people with attitudes who always have some comment about the other suburbs. So, different strokes for different folks is your answer. It's always the same few western-memorial people complaining about the prison. Actually I think they're related. Nice family, huh. Aliana isn't even "next" to the prison. I don't know if you'd even be able to see it from there. And the "no hitchhikers" signs are outside of New Territory. Doesn't seem to have hurt demand in there in the least, and that's an understatement. The Aliana website said the Recreation center is opening in November. It's going to be sweeeet!
  5. Whoa. Glad I found this thread as I've been researching Pearland some. Now over a year later, they are still taking votes. Watch out for these. Two high profile ones right now in other areas. The developers of these low income places basically get huge tax breaks for building crap places that kill the neighborhood. It's completely illogical. Hey where did you hear Nano World is dead? Do you have a link or something? I wouldn't be surprised in the least actually.
  6. Easy enough to say while you sit in your 4,000 sqare foot Memorial home that's paid off, drive to your other paid off vacation home in your Porche and would be able to afford to use private schools (maybe already do). Those of us who are actually middle class not only have to pay for the poor and the rich in this country these days, but we get critized for wanting to live in peace in an area with good schools (because we can't afford private) and are made to feel "non politically correct" for protesting when the government wants to use our tax dollars against us to come in and change that. ROFL, no I'm still looking for something. So since you are such the expert on the area, why don't you give me some tips? I'm also considering Pearland and Katy now.
  7. Thanks Topaz for your response. In this market you'd think we'd be able to find a great deal, but I'm finding out there's just not much inventory at all. That's a lot of the problem I think.
  8. Never heard that name before except for some place in England I think. I'll see if I can find it... Will this place have a Sugar Land address or a Richmond address? Looks like it's right on the border. No one cares about the prison/prison fields. I don't know why the Memorial folks always have to bring it up. Just look at the home prices and demand in Telfair, New Territory and others nearby and it's obviously not hurting them. The prisons are all moving anyway, the one next to Sugar Land Regional Airport is on it's way out as we speak. No one could anticipate the growth of Houston/Sugar Land when the prisons were built there. Katiedidit, strange you should say that because you're one of those always saying how apartments in the burbs are a necessity for the restaurant/grocery workers to live. When others complain about apartments you usually put in your two cents of why they shouldn't be complaining. So why make the comment here in the first place.
  9. It's not canceled. The developer is still trying to get the state's money to build it. I think it's a trick to throw people off. A dirty trick at that. How do I know? Because I see the big "United77498.org" anti-Goldshire signs along some of the boulevards and have overheard conversations on the hoopla it's caused. Heck, I was over in Lake Olympia (Missouri City) the other day and there was a lady complaining about Goldshire and their foolishness going on in Sugar Land.
  10. Aliana is one of several communities we have been looking at as well. I love the design plan. The rec center is amazing! The main thing holding us back is that there is not yet a school built in the community (not sure when this will happen, it's up to FBISD) and so it's zoned all over the place depending on your street. About two months ago, I asked a real estate agent friend what's going on up there. I was told it is NOT TRUE that any builders were pulling out. That it was just a rumor. Now this was a few months ago. If you think something has changed, I suggest you find hard evidence because these days there are rumors everywhere with the economy. Also, all of the new developments EVERYWHERE are moving slower than planned, again, because of the economy. None are immune. If you're really worried, you'll either have to wait or you'll have to go somewhere more established. I like New Territory a few miles south, but we went in several of the homes and the a/c was just constantly blowing and I could tell they are not energy efficient homes at all compared to new construction by the good builders. You mention Perry, who builds good homes... you could always look a few miles south on FM1464 in Old Orchard, which I think is much more finished but still has some lots left. I really like the communities all along FM1464, but I'm in a wait-and-see because I hate to just plunge in when we're not rushed. If anyone gets any concrete info as far as updates on Aliana, please post.
  11. Maybe we will look again. But maybe someone can enlighten me on this - I have heard more than once that Sugar Land doesn't care as much about its areas north of Hwy 90A. Like these areas aren't considered really Sugar Land. Or something like that. What does this mean? This sounds great, but from our history of looking I'd be really surprised to see a list price of less than $350k on that house. Unless there's some problem with it or otherwise to make it listed lower than what else I've seen similar. Okay, a couple of answers here. I do really like Brightwater. But there was talk around there of getting rezoned to the Quail Valley schools. FBISD tried it with another subdivision near it. And the subdivision just south of it is already zoned to those schools. When I look up those schools they score terrible, like 2 out of 10 stars. What gives with this Quail Valley area anyway, did it go through some major decline? New Territory still a possibility for us if the right house comes up. Problem is a lot of them will need to be retrofitted to get any reasonable amount of energy efficiency compared to newer construction of today. Waterside Estates, what is that? Don't know it. Chelsea Harbour - seen it, like the homes on the interior with water views. But what gives with the towering apartment complex on the north side, they can see right in the back yards? That was a turn off for me. Also, see my earlier comment about "north of Hwy 90A is not as good" whatever that means. I really like a subdivision just north of Chelsea called Orchard Lake Estates. Can anyone tell me about this one? There was also another across the street that looked similar but newer. But these weren't much less expensive than other areas of Sugar Land, if at all. Again, didn't see a lot of inventory in our size/price range like I did in Chelsea Harbour. Maybe you are right. Maybe this is my problem. I'm glad someone said so. Makes me realize I may just have to compromise on something. We could get everything we wanted if we were looking in Cypress or elsewhere on the northwest side.... We might look again. I'd be concerned about the homes way in the back where it takes forever to get out of the subdivision. That's what turned me off of Sienna Plantation.
  12. I'd actually prefer to NOT have my kids at the best high school, because I think it will make it harder for them to get into public college that way. But, I'd like a better than average school. The reason I liked the Clements zone is because I just like the subdivisions and area around there, rather than the school itself. But my kids are very young. Right now, I mostly care about the elementary and middle school. Those don't need to be the best either, just above average. We are finding Sugar Land a frustrating market if you have a larger than average family, don't want to do tons of remodels, or don't have 400k+ to spend on a newer home in a zoned and "safe" neighborhood (and what I mean by that is safe from out-of-sort developments or tons of apartments getting built nearby)
  13. You know I had see this one recently on HAR. You're on the right track. The problem I have is that when I look up Sugar Mill, the average sq ft in that subdivision is about 2400. We need 3000+ sq ft. We've already been the "biggest home in the subdivision" in the past, and don't want to do that again. I'd like to be in the middle or toward the bottom this time. It's a nice house with some great upgrades, but I'd probably want to change the carpets to hardwoods or tile, and with the home already being large compared to the others in Sugar Mill I'd probably "price out" of the subdivision doing that. This is why I prefer newer construction or at least subdivisions with an average sq ft of homes 3000 or higher. But it seems this is so hard to find in Sugar Land, with good schools, on a 300k budget! So frustrating!!!
  14. We have a larger than average family so that limits our search because we really need 3 full baths. Also prefer a larger than 2-car garage (like 2.5 or 3 car). Here's where we've already looked: - First Colony (see my other posts about low inventory and way high prices in the Clements zone). Many of the homes needed tons of updating. Not looking to do that with toddlers running around the house. We found a few places off Dulles last summer but they went so fast we never got a chance to put an offer. We were worried about looking in Brightwater and surrounding area in Missouri City because apparently FBISD has tried to move nearby areas in that part of First Colony to the Quail Valley schools, which rank very poorly when I looked them up. - New Territory. Same problems we where having with First Colony as far as home size and low inventory. - Sugar Creek. Most homes needed extensive updating. And I don't think there was a subdivision clubhouse/pool - Sugar Lakes. Almost no inventory. - Telfair, hardly anything of what we wanted under 400k. Heard bad things about Beazer homes. - Greatwood/Riverpark area. Homes are fine, but just didn't like the location as much and from what I understand the middle/high school aren't good. - FM 1464. Now here is an area I really like the looks of the subdivisions (with all the lakes) and had the best homes for sure, but that intersection of Hwy 99 and Hwy 90, what a headache! And all the open land concerns me. If there's no control of the area by any kind of city entity or MPC, who knows what can get developed and how the area can change? Can anyone help me? We need good schools (don't have to be the best schools by any means, just better than average), prefer a newer home (late 90's or later) OR an area where everyone is remodeling the homes, and need a larger home (3000sq+). One of us works near Alief (I know, yuck) and I'm between jobs but most places I'd end up working would likely be in the west or southwest parts of town such as Galleria, Greenway, etc. Looking for around 300k or just over. Are we just going to have to wait years and years to see empty-nesters move out of First Colony, Telfair prices to correct, FM 1464/Austin High School area to finish out so we can see what goes in, or the new development centered around the Imperial Sugar to be done? With the current economy, who knows how long that might be! Ugh. Do we need to bite it on the commute and start looking in South Katy instead? Luckily we're renting, so have plenty of time to keep looking.
  15. Like I had said, we tried, but no luck. I think there's even less inventory today as compared to when we started looking last spring. Maybe when some of these empty-nesters start moving out, there will be more inventory of the larger homes and prices will correct a bit.
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