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Hello,

My wife and I are going to be moving to the area in a couple of months. She is going to be working in Northern Houston and we were told to check into the Woodlands, Spring, or Kingwood up there by the HR rep for the company. What are your thoughts on these areas and or any other northern areas that may be better?

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What are your interests besides working? What major freeway will she be working near?

Out of those three I would choose the Woodlands. Spring has gone down some as well as the schools. I'm not a fan of Kingwood, again because of some of the schools and the far east side inching closer and closer. But, it depends on what your interests are and how far away you want to be from the things you enjoy doing. Plus it matters what your budget is, whether you have children in school, etc.

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What are your interests besides working? What major freeway will she be working near?

Out of those three I would choose the Woodlands. Spring has gone down some as well as the schools. I'm not a fan of Kingwood, again because of some of the schools and the far east side inching closer and closer. But, it depends on what your interests are and how far away you want to be from the things you enjoy doing. Plus it matters what your budget is, whether you have children in school, etc.

Hi there, we don't have any children. Just a dog which we would like to take on walks on trails if possible. Our budget is about $230k max, we are ok with less however because we are planning on moving out of the area again in about 5 years. So resale value would be good to have.

We like to do sports mostly, golf, volleyball, softball. We are interesting in being able to explore the area. We love the water and know that this is far from the ocean compared to other places but since her work is at the very northern part we would like her commute to be short.

She will be working near the George Bush International Airport but I am not sure what highways that is near. I-45 I think.

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Hi there, we don't have any children. Just a dog which we would like to take on walks on trails if possible. Our budget is about $230k max, we are ok with less however because we are planning on moving out of the area again in about 5 years. So resale value would be good to have.

We like to do sports mostly, golf, volleyball, softball. We are interesting in being able to explore the area. We love the water and know that this is far from the ocean compared to other places but since her work is at the very northern part we would like her commute to be short.

She will be working near the George Bush International Airport but I am not sure what highways that is near. I-45 I think.

Woodlands is your best bet for trails and water. The commute just depends on how far in The Woodlands you go. Some of those deeper neighborhoods take like 15 - 20 min just to go through the lights and get to I-45.

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Woodlands is your best bet for trails and water. The commute just depends on how far in The Woodlands you go. Some of those deeper neighborhoods take like 15 - 20 min just to go through the lights and get to I-45.

Is the woodlands a nice area though? I am seeing things about malls going bankrupt there or something? Is it still an up and coming neighborhood or is it going downhill? Mostly making sure it is a safe environment.

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Is the woodlands a nice area though? I am seeing things about malls going bankrupt there or something? Is it still an up and coming neighborhood or is it going downhill? Mostly making sure it is a safe environment.

I think the Woodlands is pretty well set to stay, probably even more than most. There are things going bankrupt all over and even less so in Houston. The Woodlands was built with a slant towards saving all the trees. So malls and gas stations and any other retail is pretty much hidden behind trees from the road which keeps the area looking very pretty. It is very clean and well maintained. I am an inside the loop girl and would never ever move in the burbs, but if I were to consider one, it would be the Woodlands.

Bush Intercontinental Airport is off of I-45 north or 59 north. Spring and Kingwood are off of 59. The Woodlands is off of 45.

Good luck to you! Where are you coming from?

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spring is off of 45.

yep, you're right. I don't get outside the loop that much.

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spring is off of 45.

Hi all thanks for your comments.

So I am 30 and my wife is 29 so we are younger people moving there I am assuming. I didn't see another thread on this but I will check the one you linked. Thanks for that. We are coming from update NY and do not know the Houston area very much at all but so far have really liked the pictures we have seen of various parts of it.

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Hi all thanks for your comments.

So I am 30 and my wife is 29 so we are younger people moving there I am assuming. I didn't see another thread on this but I will check the one you linked. Thanks for that. We are coming from update NY and do not know the Houston area very much at all but so far have really liked the pictures we have seen of various parts of it.

What about you; where will your work be?

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Houston is a very spread out city with lots of different neighborhood personalities. I suggest to anybody coming here that is not familiar with the area to take at least 3-6 months to decide where to live. Lease for awhile until you know where you want to be.

Particularly if you are coming from the east coast. Our suburbs tend to be very self contained, one dimensional while the innercity neighborhoods hold a lot of diversity in people and architecture. It is a matter of personal taste which you would be more comfortable in.

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Hi there, we don't have any children. Just a dog which we would like to take on walks on trails if possible. Our budget is about $230k max, we are ok with less however because we are planning on moving out of the area again in about 5 years. So resale value would be good to have.

We like to do sports mostly, golf, volleyball, softball. We are interesting in being able to explore the area. We love the water and know that this is far from the ocean compared to other places but since her work is at the very northern part we would like her commute to be short.

She will be working near the George Bush International Airport but I am not sure what highways that is near. I-45 I think.

Lease an apartment near where your wife works on a month-to-month basis. Don't unpack, just use the time to learn the area and make an informed decision.

I think that you'd be a good fit in either The Woodlands or in Kingwood. These are both master planned communities with a lot of community activities. Both have some water amenities, but whereas Kingwood backs up to Lake Houston, a large body of water suitable for most recreational activities, The Woodlands only has some small sculpted lakes meant to compliment their commercial district.

Both communities have malls nearby, both of which are owned by General Growth Properties. The owner is in bankruptcy, however that has no impact on the operations of the malls. General Growth actually owns a sizable share in the Woodlands Development Company, but they also are still operating. It wasn't Chapter 7, where they close up shop spontaneously. And General Growth is such a large company that its failure doesn't reflect on the financial performance of individual assets.

Both communities have sections that are far enough off of the freeway that it could make commuting difficult, however these also have the newest housing.

Personally, I'd recommend going with Kingwood if you're committed to a master-planned community. It's off of US Highway 59, a recently-rebuilt freeway that is hard to congest, and is closer to a recreational body of water. However, you might also check out smaller communities like Summerwood and Fall Creek off of the northeast part of Beltway 8. Summerwood is nice because it is close to Lake Houston (but also closer to your wife's job) and is a short and scenic drive away from Dwight Eisenhower Park, one of Houston's hidden gems. The school districts in this area haven't historically been very well regarded, but they have been improving recently. And since you don't have kids, the only reason that matters to you is that your investment would be protected.

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To put another spin on it, commuting from in-town to IAH is going against traffic, so that commute would be smooth. I'll bet the Hardy Tollway, northbound has hardy ;) any traffic in the morning.

I totally agree with leasing something first and finding where you fit best. If you've got movers, they could alway hold on the big items until you find a perm place.

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To put another spin on it, commuting from in-town to IAH is going against traffic, so that commute would be smooth. I'll bet the Hardy Tollway, northbound has hardy ;) any traffic in the morning.

I totally agree with leasing something first and finding where you fit best. If you've got movers, they could alway hold on the big items until you find a perm place.

Another point, I am not asking your leanings, just offering my perspective. If you lean towards the conservative you will love the suburbs of Houston. If you lean moderate or even more so towards being liberal, you will really like living inside the loop.

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To put another spin on it, commuting from in-town to IAH is going against traffic, so that commute would be smooth. I'll bet the Hardy Tollway, northbound has hardy ;) any traffic in the morning.

I totally agree with leasing something first and finding where you fit best. If you've got movers, they could alway hold on the big items until you find a perm place.

Joining the chorus to say: "Don't buy too soon." Lease for a while & see what we have to offer. Given your youth & lack of kiddies, our nicer "Inside the Loop" neighborhoods might be in the running. For example, the Heights area is just north of downtown & not a bad commute against traffic. Check out other sections of this site for more information.

Although I get nosebleed Outside the Loop, some of those wooded suburbs Up North are pretty & in the process of becoming civilized.

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Definitely post questions about specific subdivisions in the Woodlands on their forum here at HAIF. You should find some people that actually live there and have a wealth of information.

I live inside the loop because my job is downtown and my husband's job is nearby as well. If we worked North of Houston we would look in the Woodlands or even further out. Unless you're into hanging out at hip local bars and coffee shops and Austin wanna be restaurants the inner loop is not worth the premium price. You can get much more for your money in the Woodlands.

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Definitely post questions about specific subdivisions in the Woodlands on their forum here at HAIF. You should find some people that actually live there and have a wealth of information.

I live inside the loop because my job is downtown and my husband's job is nearby as well. If we worked North of Houston we would look in the Woodlands or even further out. Unless you're into hanging out at hip local bars and coffee shops and Austin wanna be restaurants the inner loop is not worth the premium price. You can get much more for your money in the Woodlands.

Wow. Seriously? Hip bars and Austin wanna-be restaurants are the only things inside the Loop? And I thought Inner Loopers were snotty! :lol:

What about all the interesting, non-chain restaurants - big, little, cheap, expensive, ethnic, vegeterian, etc - or the sports teams or the many museums or the theatres or the shopping or the parks or the farmers' markets or the parades or the wide range of activities only available in the city? Things like the Arboretum, the Art Car Parade, the Orange Show, Menu of Menus, iFest, Via Colori, the Azalea Trail, home tours, architecture tours and so on? Yeah. Those things are all worthless. The suburbs offer all of that AND MORE. :rolleyes:

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Wow. Seriously? Hip bars and Austin wanna-be restaurants are the only things inside the Loop? And I thought Inner Loopers were snotty! :lol:

What about all the interesting, non-chain restaurants - big, little, cheap, expensive, ethnic, vegeterian, etc - or the sports teams or the many museums or the theatres or the shopping or the parks or the farmers' markets or the parades or the wide range of activities only available in the city? Things like the Arboretum, the Art Car Parade, the Orange Show, Menu of Menus, iFest, Via Colori, the Azalea Trail, home tours, architecture tours and so on? Yeah. Those things are all worthless. The suburbs offer all of that AND MORE. :rolleyes:

In keeping with that poster's screen name, I would describe her post just as I describe the Astros..."a swing and a miss!"

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There are plenty of unique restaurants in the burbs. All the other activities (parades, the Arboretum, the Art Car Parade, the Orange Show, Menu of Menus, iFest, Via Colori, the Azalea Trail, home tours, architecture tours) are not necessarily things that you would do everyday--besides, the Woodlands has The Cynthia Woods Pavillon for concerts where even the Symphony plays and the Mercer Arboretum--they are not totally lacking in cultural events. The Woodlands is not in another state--it is within driving distance so they could attend any event they wanted in the city. Since work is an everyday thing, I deem it more important to my quality of live to live as near as possible so I can get home as quickly as possible to be with my family.

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Since work is an everyday thing, I deem it more important to my quality of live to live as near as possible so I can get home as quickly as possible to be with my family.

In that case, it is probably worth noting that The Woodlands is farther from IAH than the Houston Heights. Not only that, but since Woodlands residents would be driving WITH rush hour traffic, and Heights residents would be driving against it, the commute from The Woodlands takes longer as well.

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My personal advice: don't let the political opinions of your neighbors or prospective neighbors influence your lifestyle preferences. Live where you think is a nice place. There will be all kinds of people--friendly, mean, snobby, humble, extroverted, or introverted--no matter where you live, without exception.

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In that case, it is probably worth noting that The Woodlands is farther from IAH than the Houston Heights. Not only that, but since Woodlands residents would be driving WITH rush hour traffic, and Heights residents would be driving against it, the commute from The Woodlands takes longer as well.

For $225k, compare this, in the Houston Heights (notice the Realtor didn't even bother with photos of the interior, always a red flag): http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

To this, in The Woodlands: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Or this, in Kingwood: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Or this one, right near a very nice park on Lake Houston: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Or this, which is only a couple miles from the boundary of the airport: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Given their budget and the location of work, the Heights may not be the ideal location. Neither is The Woodlands necessarily ideal. As you point out, it is pretty distant. ...but it's not like there aren't very suitable alternatives to either.

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For $225k, compare this, in the Houston Heights (notice the Realtor didn't even bother with photos of the interior, always a red flag): http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

To this, in The Woodlands: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Or this, in Kingwood: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Or this one, right near a very nice park on Lake Houston: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Or this, which is only a couple miles from the boundary of the airport: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y

Given their budget and the location of work, the Heights may not be the ideal location. Neither is The Woodlands necessarily ideal. As you point out, it is pretty distant. ...but it's not like there aren't very suitable alternatives to either.

Note that I am not commenting on home size, merely pointing out the flaw in goastros' post. I fully realize that to some, square footage is king. To others, it may be the commute. To others still, local amenities are important...and which amenities are important will vary among different people. And, yes, the political leanings or comparative biases of one's neighbors might be important. Even I have been forced into this comparison, since I now work in Montgomery County instead of Houston. Frankly, the increase in my property values inside the loop over the last 10 years compared to what I would have achieved buying in the Woodlands, makes it hard for me to consider moving up there, even for the shorter commute. It is simply too profitable staying where I am. But, that's my comparison, not goastros, and not the original poster.

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I am in full agreement with RedScare. For me, I don't want a lot of square footage, but I may like to have more acreage.

For me, conservative/liberal leanings makes a difference. I don't want to live near where the majority of my neighbors that I am interacting with regularly (or hope to) are not rabidely conservative (in my case). And if I was a conservative, I would think I wouldn't want my home, my sanctuary to be filled with rabid liberals. I love the moderates for neighbors. Those are people who might have strong or mild political beliefs, but respect the manner of not discussing politics or religion in mixed (politically/spiritually) company and instead seek to find the similarities in people rather than differences.

In the loop, you are going to find more liberals, some moderates and a few conservatives. In the suburbs you can reverse that order. That's all. I am not saying all are not lovable. Just more lovable to some than others.

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Even I have been forced into this comparison, since I now work in Montgomery County instead of Houston. Frankly, the increase in my property values inside the loop over the last 10 years compared to what I would have achieved buying in the Woodlands, makes it hard for me to consider moving up there, even for the shorter commute. It is simply too profitable staying where I am. But, that's my comparison, not goastros, and not the original poster.

If it's so profitable as to justify the time and expense of your Houston-Conroe commute, then surely you can rent out your home instead of selling it, continue to realize gains from appreciation, and also buy something up there that is closer to your job. It's not like there are a shortage of options available to you.

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I love the moderates for neighbors. Those are people who might have strong or mild political beliefs, but respect the manner of not discussing politics or religion in mixed (politically/spiritually) company and instead seek to find the similarities in people rather than differences.

It's been my experience that those behaviors are not the sole domain of moderates. You'll find them wherever you happen to live, and they come in all flavors.

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I agree with those on here who say rent first and get to know the city before buying. I know so many people who moved here and thought they found a good deal on their house only to find out that they don't like their neighborhood later. Houston has a lot of diversity and I think the city has something to offer for everyone, just make sure you know what you're getting into before you move way out north (can you tell I live in the inner loop?).

My PhD supervisor moved here from San Diego and he found a house in Meyerland and I'm sure it's nice but he used to always tell me he thought Houston was boring and ugly compared to where he used to live. And then the other day he said "I just realized Houston is not so bad, but I have to drive to the inner loop before I really enjoy my surroundings". I think he just realized he would have been happier living in a smaller house in Montrose than a bigger house outside the loop.

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If it's so profitable as to justify the time and expense of your Houston-Conroe commute, then surely you can rent out your home instead of selling it, continue to realize gains from appreciation, and also buy something up there that is closer to your job. It's not like there are a shortage of options available to you.

Except that I like living here, and do not choose to make myself miserable while realizing gains from appreciation. I'll just continue to bag those capital gains until such time as I choose to move. I left out the fact that I do not want to live in the Woodlands, because it is not germane to this topic.

I hope you get a job soon, as your posts have left the realm of debate and enter the annoying. Idle hands are a troll's workshop.

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Except that I like living here, and do not choose to make myself miserable while realizing gains from appreciation. I'll just continue to bag those capital gains until such time as I choose to move. I left out the fact that I do not want to live in the Woodlands, because it is not germane to this topic.

I hope you get a job soon, as your posts have left the realm of debate and enter the annoying. Idle hands are a troll's workshop.

I don't know what to tell you. If you bothered to consider moving, it couldn't have been that miserable of a prospect. But I agree that we're off topic.

As for your personal attack, I'm going to spin it, keep it on topic, and use it as evidence to the effect that mean people can be found anywhere...urban, suburban, rural. It doesn't matter what your or their political affiliation is; they aren't a very good reason for an attempt at ideological segregation IMO.

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Yep, I think this entire thread proves that you want to rent for awhile before deciding where to live. We are many, we are different, we are humbly (on occasion) opinionated, but in the end, we are worth it.

Good luck to you!

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Yep, I think this entire thread proves that you want to rent for awhile before deciding where to live. We are many, we are different, we are humbly (on occasion) opinionated, but in the end, we are worth it.

Good luck to you!

Hi all,

Thank you all for your replies. A lot to think about thats for sure. So I know HAR is the main site for buying homes, does anyone know of a good site to possibly rent a place?

We currently live in a large 4000sq foot house with 1.5 acres of land in Upstate NY so we are looking to moving to a place that is larger, and with a pool. We want to downsize from what we currently have a bit (maybe 3 bedrooms compared to the 5 we have now). But want a modern, fully finished house as well. This is why I was thinking that the Woodlands would be more our style. Neither of us are big city people. We are ok with traveling into the city to check things out but like a laid back setting in general.

Does any of this information help out? You mentioned about going with rush hour traffic from the woodlands. If we took the toll highway do you see a significant slow down? How long would it take to get to the airport there from the southern part of the woodlands roughly (with traffic)? About a half hour/45 mins? That is our current drive into work so that wouldn't be a big deal to us.

Again thanks for all your comments, they are very helpful for us before we go house shopping.

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Hi all,

Thank you all for your replies. A lot to think about thats for sure. So I know HAR is the main site for buying homes, does anyone know of a good site to possibly rent a place?

We currently live in a large 4000sq foot house with 1.5 acres of land in Upstate NY so we are looking to moving to a place that is larger, and with a pool. We want to downsize from what we currently have a bit (maybe 3 bedrooms compared to the 5 we have now). But want a modern, fully finished house as well. This is why I was thinking that the Woodlands would be more our style. Neither of us are big city people. We are ok with traveling into the city to check things out but like a laid back setting in general.

Does any of this information help out? You mentioned about going with rush hour traffic from the woodlands. If we took the toll highway do you see a significant slow down? How long would it take to get to the airport there from the southern part of the woodlands roughly (with traffic)? About a half hour/45 mins? That is our current drive into work so that wouldn't be a big deal to us.

Again thanks for all your comments, they are very helpful for us before we go house shopping.

www.houston.Craigslist.org www.theGreensheet.com www.houstonpress.com

I am sure there are others, but these come to mind rather quickly. HAR does have rentals as well, but probably not as many.

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HAR has probably the best stock of rental listings. When you arrive at their homepage, just click on 'Find a Home', then select 'Residential Lease'.

Given your preferences with respect to lot size, I sense that maybe a master planned community isn't quite right for you after all. You might consider looking around Lake Conroe. The commute will be worse, but I think that you can get something that fits the bill for size, acreage, proximity to a recreational body of water, and that is within your budget.

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HAR has probably the best stock of rental listings. When you arrive at their homepage, just click on 'Find a Home', then select 'Residential Lease'.

Given your preferences with respect to lot size, I sense that maybe a master planned community isn't quite right for you after all. You might consider looking around Lake Conroe. The commute will be worse, but I think that you can get something that fits the bill for size, acreage, proximity to a recreational body of water, and that is within your budget.

We aren't so much interested in acreage anymore, just a pool and an area for our dog in the back yard. Dealing with 1.5 acres was a lot of work, we are looking forward to less work :)

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Okay, we've gone full circle here. Spring, Kingwood or The Woodlands sound right up your alley. I believe Kingwood/Humble is closer to IAH, though. There's also another area called Ravensway near 290 and Beltway 8. It's an older, established and well-maintained neighborhood, also an easy commute to the airport.

Edit: When I said older, I meant by Houston standards. I'm guessing Ravensway was established in the 70's. Lots of 3 & 4 bedroom homes and is heavily wooded.

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Hi all,

Thank you all for your replies. A lot to think about thats for sure. So I know HAR is the main site for buying homes, does anyone know of a good site to possibly rent a place?

We currently live in a large 4000sq foot house with 1.5 acres of land in Upstate NY so we are looking to moving to a place that is larger, and with a pool. We want to downsize from what we currently have a bit (maybe 3 bedrooms compared to the 5 we have now). But want a modern, fully finished house as well. This is why I was thinking that the Woodlands would be more our style. Neither of us are big city people. We are ok with traveling into the city to check things out but like a laid back setting in general.

Does any of this information help out? You mentioned about going with rush hour traffic from the woodlands. If we took the toll highway do you see a significant slow down? How long would it take to get to the airport there from the southern part of the woodlands roughly (with traffic)? About a half hour/45 mins? That is our current drive into work so that wouldn't be a big deal to us.

Again thanks for all your comments, they are very helpful for us before we go house shopping.

"Big City" has a slightly different definition down here; Texas tends to be laid back. Most of our Inside the Loop neighborhoods have a suburban feel--with pools & back yards & even new houses.

The Menu on this screen (under the ads) contains a Traffic feature. It might be useful in figuring out commuting times. (Don't ask me--I ride Metro to work!)

The Houston Press is our free paper, with many goings-on Inside the Loop. But, wait--there's a Crawfish Festival in Old Town Spring this weekend. Which is Up North! And the restaurant listings show that even newer neighborhoods have more to offer than chains. Besides, if you aren't being Soccer Parents on the weekends, you'll have time to explore the whole area.

Continue to gather information & ask questions as you become more focused on what we have to offer. You've probably noticed we've got lots of "experts" here.

Welcome to Houston.

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Maggie nailed it. Big city in Texas doesn't not equal big city in the Northeast.

Where in upstate NY are you moving from? I am a native Houstonian but went to college in Geneva, NY and then lived in Boston for years. Even the densest most urban parts of Houston are more laid back than anything you'd find in a NE city. Heck, parts of Geneva NY were more urban than most of the inner loop.

The best advice given in this thread is to rent first. Houston can be very hard to get to know so come on down and explore for yourself first. I will tell you that Southeast Texas doesn't offer the stunning beauty of upstate NY (Lake Placid, Finger Lakes region, Adirondacks, etc...) so you might find that living closer to the city's amenities is more important in the end.

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In that case, it is probably worth noting that The Woodlands is farther from IAH than the Houston Heights. Not only that, but since Woodlands residents would be driving WITH rush hour traffic, and Heights residents would be driving against it, the commute from The Woodlands takes longer as well.

I drive from the Woodlands area to Rankin road area for work and traffic is not bad at all really at 7am. I slow down a few times but other than that it's 65 mph. It takes about 30 mins to get to work.

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You mentioned about going with rush hour traffic from the woodlands. If we took the toll highway do you see a significant slow down? How long would it take to get to the airport there from the southern part of the woodlands roughly (with traffic)?

I guess the toll road to that area would be a little better. But I often drive past the entrance and already see cars backed up. It's only two lanes until you're to or past the airport area. I hardly ever take it to work but coming home at 4, it's much better and free flowing.

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Hello,

My wife and I are going to be moving to the area in a couple of months. She is going to be working in Northern Houston and we were told to check into the Woodlands, Spring, or Kingwood up there by the HR rep for the company. What are your thoughts on these areas and or any other northern areas that may be better?

Thanks

We've just moved to the Woodlands after almost 40 yrs in our Houston home [just outside Loop 610/290]. If you are interestged in lease/renal our previous home will soon be available. It would be an ideal area to live in while you decide where to put down roots. [if interested in the house, send me a personal message thru HAIF....it's 1950s original kinda ranch style].

As for the Woodlands, has great trails, many pocket parks, convenient shopping/malls. What we miss about Houston is the lack of choices in restraunts. Most of the chains are in area, but miss Cleburne Cafeteria, Whole Foods & Mom/Pop restraunts. We live in Grogan's Mill & appreciate it's location near I-45 with easy choice of taking either I-45 or Hardy Toll Road to get to airport [we use toll road]. If 2+ in car, using HOV lane is great for going to/coming from areas between Woodlands & downtown during rush hours. BTW, there are many rentals in older sections of Woodlands also.

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Is the woodlands a nice area though? I am seeing things about malls going bankrupt there or something? Is it still an up and coming neighborhood or is it going downhill? Mostly making sure it is a safe environment.

Didn't read all the responses, too many but The Woodlands is one of the best master planned communities in the state. It is a township now with great tax rates.The mall is beautiful and is a tourist attraction.

There is alot to do in The Woodlands..shopping, restaurants, concerts, movies, dog park, walking trails..its all there..

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I lived in Kingwood for 10 years and we were about in your age bracket at that time. If you don't have kids, we did, it can get pretty boring. Life centers on T-ball, swimming teams, BBQ parties around somebodies pool with screaming kids, you get the picture. The problem is the other neighborhoods out that way are going to be similar.

Kingwood and The Woodlands both offer walking trails, golf etc. Kingwood is probably a little closer to IAH and as another poster said has better freeway access to downtown via 59 simply because it is newer and a lot less traveled than 45.

Good luck.

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Didn't read all the responses, too many but The Woodlands is one of the best master planned communities in the state. It is a township now with great tax rates.

Great tax rates? Hardly. They have come down a bit in recent years as MUD bonds have been paid down, but Woodlands taxes are still higher than Houston taxes. Depending on the village, some are as much as 40% higher (Creekside). Most are 5-10% higher than Houston's combined rate.

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Great tax rates? Hardly. They have come down a bit in recent years as MUD bonds have been paid down, but Woodlands taxes are still higher than Houston taxes. Depending on the village, some are as much as 40% higher (Creekside). Most are 5-10% higher than Houston's combined rate.

I don't think it matters. I'm willing to bet in the year and a half since the original post, a decision has already been made.

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