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Parisangel Oct 8th 2012 3:47 pm

Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
What do you think of these areas guys?

We arrive on 23rd......!!!:):):)

Weeze Oct 8th 2012 4:49 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Do you mean Fort Bend County? If so, that's a difficult question to answer as it covers a huge area. It's Katy, Sugarland, Rosenberg, Richmond.....

Parisangel Oct 8th 2012 5:03 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Well Fort Bend County North/Richmond, (Pecan Grove) or New Territory?

Any thoughts very gratefully received!!!

Helen :starsmile:

Weeze Oct 8th 2012 5:14 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Sorry, only been to the farmers market in Richmond so can't really help. That's going to be quite a commute though.

Parisangel Oct 8th 2012 5:20 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Hmm, okay. It's hard to tell from here!

Weeze Oct 8th 2012 5:22 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Google map travel time to work. It'll give you some idea, but remember it's a holiday today and not rush hour when you see the timings.

Bink Oct 8th 2012 5:32 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 

Originally Posted by Weeze (Post 10320127)
Google map travel time to work. It'll give you some idea, but remember it's a holiday today and not rush hour when you see the timings.

Meh, it's only a holiday for some people! :frown:

I would echo Weeze's comments and say that could be quite a commute. Not only only either 59 or Westpark tollway (depending on how far North you're talking) but getting to one of those main freeways may take you quite a while in itself...

Whereabouts will the main commute(s) be to?

Bomjeito Oct 8th 2012 9:50 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Depends what we think about them in terms of what.

We have driven though Richmond and Rosenberg a number of times.

Rosenberg is a dying town like you'll see in many parts of Texas. Town has a center with closed shops and antique/second hand shops. The rail lines run through it. Richmond was more built up with MPCs near to New Territory. A lot of Dollar Stores and Family Dollar stores....

It is a lower per capita income...meaning look at the demographics online. That translates into not the best schools. I'm looking at Richmond, which is the county seat, for the low per capita 'concern', especially as you did post that you were concerned about crime.

Why are YOU looking out there? Here in the USA, you get what you pay for. If it's cheap housing, then you will get poor schools, nasty commutes and fragmented communities.

Sugar land is a decent bet all around if SW of Houston is now your target area.

Lazzza Oct 9th 2012 1:13 am

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Do you have kids? If so, you would be sensible to do some serious research on the schools in the area guard looking at. I would avoid Rosenberg like the plague but that's just me. New Territory/Pecan Grove are nice areas but I'm not sure about the schools. This would be Lamar school district I think. We live in Katy (Cinco Ranch) and are in Katy ISD, which has excellent schools. There is a lot of information on here about the west and south west side of Houston. Also, Citidata.com is helpful. Where will you be working? That is something you really have to think about here. Traffic is hellish, so you need to live in the general direction of where you work, unless you want to spend 2 hours a day or more in your car.

Parisangel Oct 9th 2012 1:23 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Hi, thanks all for your comments. I was asking about those areas as there were a couple of quite nice looking rental houses there we saw online. My husband will be working at the medical center. We quite like the look of Sugarland, and I was initially keen on Katy / Cinco Ranch but have been put off by feedback about commute times....we want to live in the best possible area with good schools but we are limited by a max rental budget of $2500 per month.

I guess I'm just looking for any help / advice from people who know the areas as I don't have a clue what's good and what's around the corner from the crime centre of Houston - sorry of my questions seem silly...

Weeze Oct 9th 2012 2:59 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Well, commute wise, West U, bellaire, memorial and energy corridor would all suit you well. As a general rule, schools are better outside of Houston ISD, but you can check goodschools to see how the local one ranks. How old are your children? Will they be school age here or pre-k age?
Sugarland would be good. I suspect west u and bellaire wouldn't suit your budget. Energy corridor would be okay price wise I'd have thought and is much nearer than Katy. Are you using American schools or British school systems?

Parisangel Oct 9th 2012 5:02 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
Hi Weeze

The children are 4 and 6 (5 and 7 in March) and will be using the US public schools.

Is all of Sugarland good in your opinion (in terms of safety, child friendly etc) or any areas to avoid?

I know these all seems stupid questions but appreciate the guidance.

Helen :huh:

Parisangel Oct 9th 2012 5:03 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 
We also considered Pearland - better or worse in terms of commute / nice area than Sugar alnd? Or swings and roundabouts?

Thanks............

Parisangel Oct 9th 2012 5:07 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 

Originally Posted by Bomjeito (Post 10320496)
Depends what we think about them in terms of what.


Why are YOU looking out there? Here in the USA, you get what you pay for. If it's cheap housing, then you will get poor schools, nasty commutes and fragmented communities.

Yeah, we don't live in Houston yet. I don't know where the proliferation of dollar stores are and when you see a nice house on the internet, you wonder what the neighbouhood is like and I don't really know when I'm looking at a bad area or not and have a fixed budget - just trying to do my best here. Kinds thought the point of these forums was sharing information.....

Sugarmooma Oct 9th 2012 7:18 pm

Re: Fort Bend / Lamar areas of Houston
 

Originally Posted by Parisangel (Post 10322000)
We also considered Pearland - better or worse in terms of commute / nice area than Sugar alnd? Or swings and roundabouts?

Thanks............

Pearland is an easy commute to Med Center.Also parking just up the hwy at West Belfort and using the Metro Rail it ymight make the commute easier

Personally I like Pearland over Sugarland.


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