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    Default a nice area to live in Houston, tx.. help.

    considering moving to Houston (did I actually just say that-?) area since
    the semiconductor industry/california is getting fricken hammered with
    layoffs with no end in sight..

    what our family needs:

    I'd like maybe 2-10 acres.

    excellent school district with Jr and Sr high needs...

    --I have no idea whats good, or bad about houston other than the crap

    I used to hear about it when I breifly lived in Austin in 1990--1992.

    mucho thanks,
    --Scott

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    Sugar Land is nice and so are the Woodlands. Basically, the North to West to Southwest sides of Houston are growing and have new Schools and houses everywhere. Take your pick.

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    I am in Katy (west side of Houston on I-10) and there is plenty of acreage and homes/homesites north and west of Katy. Katy ISD is one of the best school systems around. As well as Cypress which is just east and north of Katy. That is what I want to do. Sell my hose and smallass 2 car garage here in Katy and move a few miles west and north and get 2-10 acres and a good size shop. Don't need a big fancy house but want some land and shop space.

    There is plenty of acreage and homesites north of Houston plus you are into the trees also but I do not know about the school districts up there. Katy is old rice fields and a few trees but great dove hunting.

    Also depends on where you work. Rush hours in Houston is NO FUN if you have to travel very far.
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    This not to insult anyone that lives in Houston but this is what I tell anyone that is thinking of moving there from the west as I lived there for 3 years.

    "Moving to Houston turned me into a Christian because I found out what Hell is all about!"

    If you want to move to Texas you have to live in the Hill Country, Period! Fredericksberg would be my choice! If you HAVE and I really mean HAVE to move to the Houstion area either go to Katy area or the northside of town around Montgomery, Magnolia (it has been 7 years since I escaped so I dont know about the traffic situation getting to work since all three areas have grown so much in that time).

    You really have to be aware of the HOA's over there! Sometimes for the lack of them and sometimes for what you are allowed to do/park/maintenance on your own property.

    The humidity is oppressive in Houston, the bugs are insane and there isnt a clear body of water within 500 miles (possibly an exaggeration but I had never seen one in all of my flights back and forth). In the three years I worked there I flew back to California all but 4 weekends, I hated the place that much!). If you like to boat in Chocolate Milk then the place is for you! Its loaded with snakes along the shore line it just plain sucks to be completely honest with you.

    I forgot to mention that if you like to use the outdoors, 98% of Texas is privately owned! So if you like to hunt, fish, hike, camp etc. you either have to pay someone to use their land, go to a state park or do it illegally! I honestly just dont see any pluses to MOVING to Houston unless you have to from California. I have had about 200 people I know move to Houston because they got laid off from other stations and unless they had little children and didnt want to force them from moving schools all of the time they have all left Houston as soon as they could! This was all Pre-Katrina days and I am sure it has gotten much worse!

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    LOL, that is quite a description....

    Sherpa, you could try posting this over at THB, there are quite a few members there from the Houston area (Tomball, Katy, Cypress, etc....) that would probably have some answers to your questions.... www.texashotboats.com/forums Old Texan here on PB is from around the Houston area as well if I'm not mistaken.

    The boating isn't bad, there are some mudholes, but there are also several places within a reasonable distance that are really nice.... Bugs & humidity can get to you as SkyHarborCowboy mentioned, but I can honestly say I have rarely seen any snakes any place I have ever boated. Have seen a gator or two though, lol....

    Anyway, good luck to you with whatever you decide to do!

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    I am pretty sure these arent Texas but the climate is the same so you can get an idea.

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    I want to emphasize that I am speaking from the perspective of a Californian that rodeo's and I honestly didnt find a single redeeming quality to living in Houston. I lived in the Fort Worth area for a year and absolutely loved it up there. The ice storms in the winter were rough but I bet unless you were born in the Houston area 98% of Texans would even choose another part of Texas to live in.

    I am just giving you some very good personal experience on the move from the west. I work for Continental Airlines which is based out of Houston and have known of hundreds of examples and have only heard a handful say they were glad they made the move to Houston out of literally thousands. I wasnt friends with most of them, just pilots and flight attendants that fly in and out of the cities I have worked in but have personally known hundreds of mechanics that feel like I do about it.

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    oh yeah I just LOVE paying State Income Taxes and living with all those stupidass laws and rules from all those [email protected] liberals out there in lalaland. We didn't want you over here anyway. Everybody that I know that came from over there on the left coast was glad to get the hell out of that circus and into a better and less expensive way of life. Now if we could just get Feinstein and Pelousi back where they came from that would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHarborCowboy View Post
    I honestly didnt find a single redeeming quality to living in Houston. I lived in the Fort Worth area for a year and absolutely loved it up there. The ice storms in the winter were rough but I bet unless you were born in the Houston area 98% of Texans would even choose another part of Texas to live in.

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    If you actually read what I said you will realize that my post is directly aimed at Houston! I stated that I loved Fort Worth, I love Fredericksberg and the hill country as a whole! Ask ANY Texans if they would rather live anywhere else in Texas or in Houston (other then native Houstonians) and I will garauntee you that 90%+ would choose anywhere other then Houston! Everything I have stated in my posts are facts that I and just about everyone else I have encountered that were not NATIVE Houstonians agree with!

    Texas has a lot of redeeming qualities! Public Land and Nice Weather and Insects and Snakes are not among them!

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    And if you want to play the politics game I can assure you that you would be considered a Liberal in my eyes in comparison to me! I am so Conservative Atilla the Hun can barely see me on the horizon to her right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHarborCowboy View Post

    Texas has a lot of redeeming qualities! Public Land and Nice Weather and Insects and Snakes are not among them!

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    I don't get what your saying about the "public land" thing.... You mind clarifying that?

    Pretty sure the insect & snake situation is not much different than what is out there in the desert other than a different variety. Besides, you already said you flew back home all the time except for 4 weekends.... Not really a way to form an educated opinion about the surroundings. That's just my opinion though. Don't get me wrong, I'm by no means trying to convince you to move back. Just wondering I guess....

    And to answer your question about living "in" Houston, no I would not. I hate big cities & all thats associated with them. I wouldn't live "in" Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, etc. either.... The surrounding areas of any of those cities on the other hand, I'm sure I would not have a problem with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilman View Post
    I don't get what your saying about the "public land" thing.... You mind clarifying that?
    I have traveled to Houston for years prior to actually being based out of there. I also worked a Late Swing and Graveyard shift so I had plenty of time during the day to go exploring. Here is a list of places I lived in order to try to find something I liked and nothing really worked for me:

    Houston, Pearland, Montgomery, Magnolia, Porter, Conroe, New Waverly so I think I gave it a fair shot! I also never actually lived in town either except for the stint in Houston which was just a crash pad.

    97 to 98% of the land in Texas is in private hands. Less then 3% of the land is in the form or State or Federal Parks so unless you own some acreage you are going to have to get a hunting lease to go hunting etc. and/or another outdoor activity for that matter. When you come from west there are so many sections of land exploring on Public land. That is just not available in Texas unless you know someone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHarborCowboy View Post
    I have traveled to Houston for years prior to actually being based out of there. I also worked a Late Swing and Graveyard shift so I had plenty of time during the day to go exploring. Here is a list of places I lived in order to try to find something I liked and nothing really worked for me:

    Houston, Pearland, Montgomery, Magnolia, Porter, Conroe, New Waverly so I think I gave it a fair shot! I also never actually lived in town either except for the stint in Houston which was just a crash pad.

    97 to 98% of the land in Texas is in private hands. Less then 3% of the land is in the form or State or Federal Parks so unless you own some acreage you are going to have to get a hunting lease to go hunting etc. and/or another outdoor activity for that matter. When you come from west there are so many sections of land exploring on Public land. That is just not available in Texas unless you know someone!

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    As far as hunting goes, that would probably be correct, I don't hunt so I honestly couldn't tell ya. Any other type of activity though, say if you are talking about having to pay to use a boat ramp at a lake for example, then yeah, sometimes. But there are lots of place where the ramps are free... Thats pretty standard anywhere and would apply to any outdoor activity (fishing, hiking, etc...) I would believe....

    No comment on those places you mentioned though. Passing through them, I don't think I'd want to live there either. (I'll probably catch some shit over that one, lol). I dunno, people may think the same about where I live. To each his own I suppose.

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    move to oklahoma, we've got no traffic and a nice steady breeze all the time cause texas suxxxxxxxxxxx

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