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bountyhunter
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Nice area, close to the medical center and the area is nice. No idea about the schools, we live in the Woodlands and the schools here are fantastic, no idea how the public schools are there. Housing market here is mostly driven by good school districts, so if you see a deal always check the assigned schools.
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Boo Krewe
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Houston is too costco for mr . Give me a place with charm


YatInTheHat
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Moved from LA in 2017, do it if you can. Best upgrade you can make.


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Larry Gooseman
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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Finally, if you're use to fishing Delacroix or Hopedale or the Rigolets, prepare to be disappointed. Amazing fishery in SE LA.



I'm glad you haven't figured it out. One less coonass eating the big trout.


IH8ThreePutts
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Member since Mar 2018
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Find a short term rental near sugar land and see where you ultimately want to be. Commutes in Houston can be horrific.


NOLA Tiger
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Member since Sep 2006
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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$7500 in property taxes a year on a $250k wakes you up real quick
Never really own your home in Texas.


Property taxes and insurance in New Orleans can push you pretty close to that amount. Add in private school tuition and some other hidden "taxes" here and you will easily exceed it.
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FlyinTiger93
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Staying within Sugarland is ok. Police are on top of most everything. Go to Stafford, or Missouri City, a whole other story.


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GetmorewithLes
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
No income tax but property tax is 5x LA... Buddy of mine has a married kid living over there - pays about $20k a yr in prop tax on $500k home.


sneakytiger
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Don't forget about state income taxes


NOLA Tiger
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
In summary, its just as expensive (if not more) to live in LA and you don't get the same return on tax dollars.


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The Torch
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
It's no DFW but better than NOLA


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jclem11
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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No kids, Heights.


Tru. No kids, Heights yuppie checking in.
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GusMcRae
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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income tax but property tax is 5x LA... Buddy of mine has a married kid living over there - pays about $20k a yr in prop tax on $500k home.


My auto insurance quadrupled when I moved back to LA from TX.


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HTOWNTIGER1
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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Check your property taxes


This..


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Mr Perfect
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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Property taxes and insurance in New Orleans can push you pretty close to that amount.

. this is a lie


thadcastle
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Member since Dec 2019
1054 posts

re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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I moved here August 1st and in 45 days:

The rims got stole off of a car in my parking lot.

A dead body was in the apartment building next to mine (I don’t know any details)

Someone broke into our mailboxes and stole the entire complexes mail.

But, I came from Monroe so I wouldn’t change a thing, except probably not this apartment complex. I just am working from home so I don’t have a target location yet on what part of the city I want to reside in longer term.


Where the frick do you live?


LoveThatMoney
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Who knows where?
Member since Jan 2008
11827 posts

re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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It’s fricking amazing how far your money goes there


Depends on where you are. Property taxes are quite high in some developments. My property taxes are about $2000 less than they were in the city, but my house was about half the cost as the house I had in the city. So even though I have a cheaper home, my taxes are close to the same as they were in the city.

Houston is also just a massive fricking city with a ton of sprawl. It is literally the geographic size of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware combined. So it’s not at all the same in a given area. If you like offshore fishing, look at Dickinson. If that’s too far from downtown, look at Pearland. That will at least get you on the side of Houston you want to be on so you can hop on 45 South and get to the bay. Prepare to flood though.

If you like rural and are willing to drive, Brookshire and Fulshear are coming along nicely. Sugar Land is Little India but good schools and not a god awful commute to the galleria. Bad to downtown though. Richmond is farther southwest and you’ll get more for your money. Flooding is still an issue.

If you want a more forested feel, the Woodlands and Conroe tend to have pine forest and finally a modicum of hills. They are far as frick from downtown.

Cypress is growing like mad but it’s flat and boring. There are a lot of man made “lakes” (Read: glorified detention ponds) that you can actually fish on.

Lake Houston is not where I would want to live. It floods like a motherfricker. Kingwood is pretty but it’s a bowl and it’s a pain in the arse to get to 59 unless you live closer to the highway. Atascocita and Humble are way more working class than the Woodlands, Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, and much of Cypress. Also, it’s my understanding that Lake Houston isn’t a Great Lake for water sports or fishing.

Lake Conroe is supposedly a decent lake, but it can get really dirty. And downstream of that floods a lot. Lake Livingston is far from anything.

As for the East side, don’t live there unless you are a refinery guy and have to.

As for the city itself, you might find a decent spot for $750k. Depends on what you’re used to. Just know that I-10 on the west side is a true disaster when commuting, even from West Memorial.

Places in the city to consider for a family would be the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and places around Upper Kirby. Housing stock in the $750k range will be limited. West U, Southampton, and Memorial are all expensive as hell. Memorial at least gets you into Spring Branch ISD which is good. HISD is not good. In part because it’s fricking enormous. If you live in the city anywhere other than Memorial, hope that your kid is smart enough to get into the gifted/vanguard program or be ready to pay for private school. While elementary schools can be good in HISD, the middle and high schools are generally not.

But the whole thing is gonna hinge on where your jobs are. Like I said, Houston is huge and living in Pearland is not going to be feasible if you work in the Woodlands.

ETA: Forgot you mentioned the job for your wife would be in Sugar Land. I would try to find a job in that area, too, if I were you. At minimum Uptown. 59 at 610 is undergoing a bitch of a construction project right now but after that should clear up a bit. Probably half an hour from Sugar Land to Uptown depending on your proximity to Westpark or 59. Bellaire may be an option too. If you get a job in Sugar Land as well, you may consider moving even farther out from the city. More land, more bang for your buck, schools aren’t bad, closer to hunting for you. Better access to Freeport and Matagorda for fishing and “beaches.”
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lsu777
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westlake
Member since Jan 2004
14398 posts

re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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Only crowded stuff I do is festivals and ball games


With kids, you would love the area. People are going to claim culture and other shite....look if you like great schools, a big house(even though it wont have "culture"), lots of options for entertainment for both you and the kids, plenty of great restaurants(frick people who say otherwise), great seafood, great hunting not too far away, great saltwater fishing right down the road etc


main thing is this...if you like upper middle class, clean neighborhoods with great neighbors along with great schools, then its a great place. If you value "culture" over those things and believe a city must have a "soul" than you will hate it.

property tax sucks and so does insurance if in galveston county, but when i did the comparison when we were moving to league city area, the property taxes where only like 1k more than what i pay now for property tax and state income so it was a wash, plus didnt have to pay for private school.

I will say one thing that caught us off guard was the price of after school care. much cheaper at private and public schools in LA. other than that, not many downsides if you are not already living near family.

traffic is about the same as new orleans.


lsu777
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westlake
Member since Jan 2004
14398 posts

re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
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look at Dickinson


dickinson schools suck, much better off making sure you are over the line in league city or over in clearlake.

good point on the floods though, some neighborhoods did great, some not so much. be careful on that.


TheRoarRestoredInBR
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re: Baws- How y’all like Houston?
Sienna, formerly Sienna Plantation, go tour it before you buy anything.


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