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  1. Hello all... I've been lurking here for a while and have made a few posts recently. I like what I see and hear. I wish more people knew about the site and were interested in helping building the city. I'm coming to you because I have to make a real decision. I have a few options: 1. Sell my house and move. 2. Keep my house (as a rental) and move. A. Move to a larger house in the suburbs: Sugarland / Mo. City / Pearland. B. Move to a larger house in this area. C. ??? The Situation: I live in Inwood North. Just West of the golf course. Standing on my back patio, I look at the Inwood Forest Golf Course. Main intersection is Antoine and W. Gulf Bank. I like the location. My wife and I spend most of our time some where on the west side or near Rice Village. My wife works at Shepard and 59 and she drives straight down Shepard to get to work in less time than it would take on the freeway. We can get to the Galleria in 15-20 mins depending on traffic. We can get to downtown in 20 mins (outside of rush hour.) The Problem Inwood Forest is bordered by apartments and hood on most sides and Acres Homes (which I think has lots of potential because it has lots of available land.) I'm cool with the hood. I grew up in the hood, which is part of the reason it was easy for me to move back to the hood. My wife is not from the hood, but she lived in Oakland for a couple of years, so she can handle hood she says - but she doesn't sleep well when I travel for work, so I'm not so sure she can handle hood - which we're at the edge of. Having said all that, we're looking at having kids soon - and I'm not a fan of Aldine schools, but I can work around that. My larger concern is the crime in the area is seeming to increase. My truck has been broken into. My neighbor got carjacked. Etc... It doesn't seem like this area is going to rebound, but I don't want to leave and then have gentrification come along and make things 'nice'. However, with the way the economy seems to be turning (only those with money are feeling good - the 'real' middle class is getting squeezed) there is no way there will be money flowing into this area. This makes me think I won't be able to recoup the money I put into the house (I moved into it in 2002) unless I stay here a while, but "a while" could turn into "a long while" if the economy gets worse. So, any of you in the know (or in the think) have any thoughts on this area? I know there are some things happening closer to the loop (NW Mall area) but I don't think there is much going on away from there. I don't even think this end of Oak Forest (at Antoine & 290) is looking as 'strong' as the end close to Garden Oaks, etc.... I want to live near the city and I want a large (for the city) home (4+ Br @ 2500+ sq ft) but I don't want to pay $300k for a house at this time because it wouldn't be financially responsible, even though we can afford it. So, what should I do? Sell or Rent? Suburbs or Stay? Thanks!
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