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Title: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 11, 2005, 06:56:32 PM
ok, so i'm waitlisted at both schools, but i thought i'd start researching apartments just in case. :)

So I was at apartmentfinder.com and there seem to be tons of affordable nice apartments with loads of amenities. So i guess apartments in Houston are not hard to come by or so it would appear. I mean they have pools,spas,fitness centers and etc. The rent is only around $760-$900 for a 1 bedroom and even for a 2 bedroom in some cases.oh, most of these apartments were in Harris County if that helps.

Now is this to good to be true or what? Anyone have any first hand knowledge of the apartments in the areas 20-30 mins of either law school??

thanks :D
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 11, 2005, 07:27:30 PM
Look for the Houston Roll call thread in the Decided Students section. There is a discussion of specific apartments and how to find out how their rated or what their problems are. From what I found in my search, this seems to be accurate. By the way, if you move out and need a place to crash while you look, you can always stay with us. We'll open our home to any UHLC 1L!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: skainch on June 11, 2005, 07:37:46 PM
I live near the medical center (in Houston) now, but I am moving to St. Louis in 2 months.  I love living in the medical center (near Rice University).  You should check out my apartment complex Archstones at Brompton Court, on Brompton between Holcombe and Braeswood.  I think the number is 713-666-4138.  I love this neighborhood and would strongly recommend it over any other neighbrhood in Houston. My 1st apartment here was 1000 sq. feet for $800 a month (1 bedroom), and now I have a 1550 sq. feet for $1300 a month (2 bedroom with a large study).  Good Luck.  Definitely don't live outside loop 610 or near UH.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 11, 2005, 07:52:46 PM
I live near the medical center (in Houston) now, but I am moving to St. Louis in 2 months.  I love living in the medical center (near Rice University).  You should check out my apartment complex Archstones at Brompton Court, on Brompton between Holcombe and Braeswood.  I think the number is 713-666-4138.  I love this neighborhood and would strongly recommend it over any other neighbrhood in Houston. My 1st apartment here was 1000 sq. feet for $800 a month (1 bedroom), and now I have a 1550 sq. feet for $1300 a month (2 bedroom with a large study).  Good Luck.  Definitely don't live outside loop 610 or near UH.

Archstone is a great company. I really like them. They're fairly upscale and have the prices to match though.

However, I disagree with you about living outside the loop. I bought outside the loop near Dean Tennessee and a few profs. It's "outside the loop, inside the beltway". I'm off Cullen and the Toll Roads near Pearland. My drive to school during rush hour is only 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 11, 2005, 10:36:00 PM
Thanks for the info guys! and thanks for that very nice offer Scurvy! :)

I'm not sure what you guys mean with all this outside the loop vs. in loop business though. Most of places I saw were in Harris County. Is that inside or outside of the loop? Also, these apartments ranged from 14min from UH to about 33 min. They all looked so lovely though! I can't get over what a nice place you can get in Houston for so little! From looking at those apartments, they would be so much MORE expensive here in MD.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 12, 2005, 01:30:03 AM
Thanks for the info guys! and thanks for that very nice offer Scurvy! :)

I'm not sure what you guys mean with all this outside the loop vs. in loop business though. Most of places I saw were in Harris County. Is that inside or outside of the loop? Also, these apartments ranged from 14min from UH to about 33 min. They all looked so lovely though! I can't get over what a nice place you can get in Houston for so little! From looking at those apartments, they would be so much MORE expensive here in MD.

You're welcome!

Well, I don't even live in Houston yet, so I had to learn all of this stuff too. Houston's freeway system is built in a system of concentric loops radiating from downtown. All of Houston is in Harris or (what's the other county?) So, UH is right in the center. There's down town which is adjacent to the Medical Center. It's surrounded by the 610 loop. This is just called "The Loop". Then there's another ring out in suburbia called "The Beltway", this is Beltway 8, which is a toll road (correct me if I'm wrong here!). Then there's Hwy 6 which is fairly far and I don't know if it has a name. Then beyond that, is the Grand Parkway. It is way out there near Katy and it's only about 10% complete. Hwy 288 runs N-S and connects all of the loop-y freeways from areas such as Pearland. Hwy 10 (the Katy Fwy) runs E-W and connects all of the loop-y Freeways that way. Hwy 45 (also a toll?) runs N-S and connects all of the loop-y freeways from the Woodlands/Spring area.

I'm not a die-hard city gal and I was looking to buy within a limited budget, so I didn't do Medical Center, the Galleria, Montrose, the Heights or Rice Village, which are REALLY nice IMO. They're inside the loop. I didn't want to go as far out as Katy, Sugar Land, or the Woodlands because it would take me too long to get to school (even though some said it would be okay, when I did it, it was not). Apparently, a lot of students live in Montrose. They take side streets to school and get there quickly.

The area surrounding the school, say within 8 miles is SCARY. Except for about 1 random block, but those are only for sale).
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: likebutta10 on June 12, 2005, 04:14:17 PM
good thread cam....also interested in where to rent in houston
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 12, 2005, 10:24:04 PM
thanks! that was a really good explantion of the whole loop situation. So then if living in the loop is rather expensive. What are name of some good towns/communities or areas to check out that are slightly outside the loop?
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ange on June 12, 2005, 10:26:35 PM
I live in a small four-plex about 5 minutes from the law school. The neighborhood is called Eastwood. It's an old Latin area of town that is just beginning to gentrify. I live in 900 sq ft and rent is $575. All hardwoods, view of downtown skyscrapers from my livingroom.

Also on Polk, which is about 1.5 miles due south of STCL. I would highly recommend Eastwood, it's the turn in the letter "L" with UH on the short side and STCL on the long side.

Montrose is another great area. Extremely liberal. The Heights is on the far side of downtown but a 15 minute drive through downtown to either campus.

Check out http://www.houstonpress.com/ for postings in both of these areas. Also try http://houston.craigslist.org/ and you can probably get some pictures.  

Good luck. I can send you pictures of the Eastwood area if anybody is interested.  I'll be vacating my place in late July. I've been really happy there and the landlord is great.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: likebutta10 on June 13, 2005, 09:36:42 AM
I live in a small four-plex about 5 minutes from the law school. The neighborhood is called Eastwood. It's an old Latin area of town that is just beginning to gentrify. I live in 900 sq ft and rent is $575. All hardwoods, view of downtown skyscrapers from my livingroom.

Also on Polk, which is about 1.5 miles due south of STCL. I would highly recommend Eastwood, it's the turn in the letter "L" with UH on the short side and STCL on the long side.

Montrose is another great area. Extremely liberal. The Heights is on the far side of downtown but a 15 minute drive through downtown to either campus.

Check out http://www.houstonpress.com/ for postings in both of these areas. Also try http://houston.craigslist.org/ and you can probably get some pictures. 

Good luck. I can send you pictures of the Eastwood area if anybody is interested.  I'll be vacating my place in late July. I've been really happy there and the landlord is great.

yes, please send me some pics and also any info on ur apt. that you will be vacating....i am very interested.
Thanks for the help!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 13, 2005, 11:49:31 AM
I live in a small four-plex about 5 minutes from the law school. The neighborhood is called Eastwood. It's an old Latin area of town that is just beginning to gentrify. I live in 900 sq ft and rent is $575. All hardwoods, view of downtown skyscrapers from my livingroom.

Also on Polk, which is about 1.5 miles due south of STCL. I would highly recommend Eastwood, it's the turn in the letter "L" with UH on the short side and STCL on the long side.

Montrose is another great area. Extremely liberal. The Heights is on the far side of downtown but a 15 minute drive through downtown to either campus.

Check out http://www.houstonpress.com/ for postings in both of these areas. Also try http://houston.craigslist.org/ and you can probably get some pictures.

Good luck. I can send you pictures of the Eastwood area if anybody is interested. I'll be vacating my place in late July. I've been really happy there and the landlord is great.

Hey, that was really great. Thanks so much for the info! :D
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: MH71711 on June 13, 2005, 02:33:29 PM
I would recommend the mid town area.  It's starting to really take off and has restaurants, and more importantly bars.  Very close to the law school but a little pricey for one person - apts probably around $800 per one bedroom
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: LaneSwerver on June 14, 2005, 07:48:35 AM
FREEWAYS IN HOUSTON

For all of you soon-to-be Houston newbies!

1. Loop 610, also known as "The Loop." This is the innermost freeway that completely circles the city. It is divided into the North, South, East, and West Loop, but they're all the same freeway. When you hear it on the traffic reports, news, etc., it sounds very confusing, because they'll say, "There's an accident on the North Loop Westbound" or "The West Loop South" or some variation thereof. You'll get it. When people refer to inside and outside the loop, this is the one they mean.

2. Beltway 8, also known as "the Beltway" or "the belt." Most of it (all the parts you'll want to drive on, anyway) is a toll road called the Sam Houston Tollway. Get an EZ-TAG if you want to drive on it. It's a little plastic box that sticks to your windshield and automatically charges your tolls. Much faster than digging for quarters. This is the outermost loop in Houston. Thus you can live outside the loop but inside the belt, like where Scurvy will live.

3. I-45 is the major North-South freeway. South of downtown, it's called the Gulf Freeway and heads all the way to Galveston. North of downtown it's called the North Freeway and it heads all the way to Dallas and beyond. In downtown, it's called the Pierce Elevated. Reason being it's off the ground and hard to get onto and off of in downtown.

4. 288 is also called the South Freeway. It starts in downtown and ends down in Freeport. It's how the people in Pearland get to downtown. It used to be the best freeway in town, but all those damn Pearland scumbags ruined it!

5. 59 is another biggie that goes all the way across the city. Southwest of downtown it's called, you guessed it, the Southwest Freeway. In downtown, it changes into the Eastex Freeway. South it goes all the way to Victoria and beyond, and north it goes all the way into deep East Texas.

6. I-10 is the major east-west freeway. West of downtown it's called the Katy Freeway because it goes out to Katy. East of downtown it's called the Baytown East Freeway, because it heads out to Baytown.

7. 290 is called the Northwest Freeway. It heads out through Jersey Village and on to Austin. It's a big pain to drive on because it's packed all the time.

8. 225 is called the Pasadena Freeway in Pasadena, but most people call in the La Porte Freeway. It's a smaller one that goes by the Ship Channel and through the industrial parts of town.

There are other major roads that aren't really freeways, like Highway 6 and the Parkways, but these are the biggies. I wish someone would have told me all these things before I moved to Houston!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ange on June 23, 2005, 02:42:30 PM
I've got some pictures of the apartment that I'm vacating in late July that is at a great location for UH/STCL. 10 minutes, including parking, to either.  Send me a note and I'll email them to you. 4-plex, 900sq ft., view of downtown, hardwoods, $575. Cool landlord.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on June 23, 2005, 03:31:53 PM
I live in The Estates at Memorial Heights.  It is very nice place!  I love it; I've lived in the same apartment since I moved to Houston in 2003.  The location is perfect, the corner of Allen Parkway and Montrose.  It takes me 8-10 minutes to get to the law center if the traffic is bad, 3-5 minutes if I miss the traffic.  It takes that same amount, 3-10 minutes to get anywhere you could possibly want to go.  Check out the apartment's website:  www.theestatesatmemorialheigh ts.com, their number is 713.863.6665.  My name is Traci Guthrie, I'm happy to give you more details if you're interested.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: april_uta on June 23, 2005, 04:12:38 PM
I grew up in Houston... spent 18 years there so I'm pretty much an expert on the Houston freeway/road systems.  Seeing that the freeways have already been covered there's of course, Westheimer Road... this is kinda the divider in Houston.  I've noticed that north of Westheimer is nice and south of Westheimer is kinda ghetto.  Richmond is the major street just south of Westheimer, San Felipe is north of Westheimer.  Woodway is north of San Felipe, and West Park is south of Richmond.  After that there's Bellaire.  It's pretty intricate but it just takes experience.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 23, 2005, 04:22:47 PM
wow! thanks for all the info guys! ive heard of quite a few apartmens off of westhimer and bellaire too.  ok, now everyone must get together pray and hold hands, so that i may get off one of these waitlists! ;D
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: likebutta10 on June 24, 2005, 09:26:32 AM
hey everyone...ive been pretty discouraged in my apt. hunt lately...ive been comparing my possibilities with apartmentratings.com....and it seems like everything Ive picked out sounds like it is a total crap hole or ghetto neighborhood with strippers hanging out at their pools, car break-ins nightly, and dead beat land lords. I know I cant live in the Medical Center area b.c I just cannot spend $800+/month for a 1 bedroom, I think that is outrageous.
Can I count on these reviews on the apartmentratings website or are they bogus? Im totally discouraged over here...somebody, anybody, please help!!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: april_uta on June 24, 2005, 10:00:37 AM
I promise you, there are reasonably priced apartments in Houston... but you may have to drive a little bit to get to U of H.  My sister lives about like half an hour from U of H (maybe a little less... I've seen U of H and driven past it, but I've never been there) and she has a one bedroom, about 700-800 sq. ft., and it's $470/month.  Don't lose hope!  PM me if you need the names of some good apartments!!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on June 24, 2005, 12:23:23 PM
Check out the discussion on the General Board For Soon To Be 1L's, under the Houston Roll Call thread.  There is a lot of discussion about this very thing.  I live in Houston (as posted above yesterday), if you need more help-anyone- feel free to PM me and I'll give you more detail.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 25, 2005, 01:48:53 PM
Besides the innerloor/med cetner area is the Galleria/West near the law schools?
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: LaneSwerver on June 27, 2005, 10:25:10 AM
Besides the innerloor/med cetner area is the Galleria/West near the law schools?

That area is closer (but not really close) to South Texas, not UofH.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 27, 2005, 10:56:18 PM
oh ok thanks!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: LaneSwerver on June 28, 2005, 08:04:01 AM
I recommend zip codes 77005 77027 77098 77030 and parts of: 77019 77025 77006

second choices: 77054 77081

You can check out rentals also at www.har.com 

Click 'find a home' then 'residential lease'




HAR is a good site. Check out www.moveforfree.com too.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: april_uta on June 28, 2005, 08:32:46 AM
I wouldn't recommend 77081 at all.  I knew someone there... I wouldn't feel safe at night living there.  I lived in 77056, check that out (although I'm not sure how many apartments are in that area).  Good luck!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: LaneSwerver on June 28, 2005, 11:36:13 AM
Try 77401.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 28, 2005, 11:54:32 AM
Everyone is so helpful in houston! Its gonna really suck if I don't get into one of these schools! thanks for all the info guys! :D

Anyone heard anything about Allen House? or Wake Forest apartments?
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: LaneSwerver on June 28, 2005, 12:00:25 PM
Everyone is so helpful in houston! Its gonna really suck if I don't get into one of these schools! thanks for all the info guys! :D

Anyone heard anything about Allen House? or Wake Forest apartments?

Give me addresses and I'll tell you what I think.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 29, 2005, 08:07:47 AM
Sure thanks.

Allen House is 3601 Allen Parkway, zip 77019


Wake Forest is 3700 wakeforest zip - 77098 its between buffalo speedway  and Kirby

seems like they should be pretty close to each by looking at the little map. According to the apartment book, they're both in the innerloop area.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: LaneSwerver on June 29, 2005, 08:10:12 AM
They're both in a great part of town. Busy with lots of traffic, but safe. Probably pretty pricey, too. Lots to see around that area; you'll never go hungry if you like to dine out.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 29, 2005, 10:31:49 PM
well thats good to know! In the apartment finder booklet, they only have about 5 listings with  those 2 included in the innerloop/med center area. They list as starting around $600 or so, which doesn't seem to bad. Unless of course thats just the price they're quoting in the booklet and then when you go inquire the price is really 3x as much. I just hope this isnt all in vain!! ???
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on June 30, 2005, 01:58:01 PM
Everyone is so helpful in houston! Its gonna really suck if I don't get into one of these schools! thanks for all the info guys! :D

Anyone heard anything about Allen House? or Wake Forest apartments?

Allen House is in a great location!  It is right on Allen Parkway.  It is one of the older apartment communities in the area (I like just up Allen Parkway from there) but is definately a nice one, and good for the money.  You won't find a better price in that area.  I know someone that used to live there, I'll ask them what they thought of it and let ya know.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on June 30, 2005, 02:15:43 PM
Also in the area that Allen House is located, and the relative same style/age of complex/rental rate/safety/etc. is the Archstone complex on the corner of Studemont and Washington.  I don't know much about it specifically, I live accross Studemont so I see it everyday, and I used to know someone that lived there for $580/mo.  That is REALLY CHEAP for the area, considering I pay $1100/mo for a one br.  But the location is worth it!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on June 30, 2005, 02:33:28 PM
Everyone is so helpful in houston! Its gonna really suck if I don't get into one of these schools! thanks for all the info guys! :D

Anyone heard anything about Allen House? or Wake Forest apartments?


Allen House is in a great location! It is right on Allen Parkway. It is one of the older apartment communities in the area (I like just up Allen Parkway from there) but is definately a nice one, and good for the money. You won't find a better price in that area. I know someone that used to live there, I'll ask them what they thought of it and let ya know.

Here's what my friend that lives in Allen House has to say:
"Yes, Allen House worked out very well for me for the last two years, and I think your friend would probably think it's a good deal, considering the location, etc. I'm not sure what a 1-1 is pricing at these days, but I'm sure the leasing office would be willing to negotiate a fair price. The maintenance their was always very good, so that's a plus."
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on June 30, 2005, 03:08:46 PM
Thanks for all the helpful info regarding Allen House Tracigu3. :)

I emailed them last night to obtain more info.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on July 02, 2005, 10:37:03 PM
For those of you who have received or started the fin aid process at your schools, could you tell me, do they specify how much of your COL money is for rent?? Is there some sort of set limit or range that is set? Just curious, since that would greatly affect any apartment decisions.

thanks
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on July 06, 2005, 07:22:23 AM
check out UH's website, they have the 2005-2006 budget posted, the amount they allow for rent is ridiculously low, like around $500/mo!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 06, 2005, 05:18:57 PM
check out UH's website, they have the 2005-2006 budget posted, the amount they allow for rent is ridiculously low, like around $500/mo!

When I looked at renting (before I realized I could buy), I found a lot of 1 bedroom apartments for around $500 a month that I actually liked. Their budget is totally possible. It would be much easier to live in a luxurious place like Traci's if you were splitting a 2 bedroom with someone. (Will your fiance be coming with you and splitting rent? If so, that works!)
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on July 06, 2005, 05:35:36 PM
yes he is, but with this whole waitlist thing, its kinda frustrating him. Plus, he doesnt know where to look for a job, since I'm on all these waitlists! oh, well hopefully I'll hear something soon. The Granite Club looks really nice and its pretty cheap to. Anyone familiar with it?
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 06, 2005, 07:19:18 PM
yes he is, but with this whole waitlist thing, its kinda frustrating him. Plus, he doesnt know where to look for a job, since I'm on all these waitlists! oh, well hopefully I'll hear something soon. The Granite Club looks really nice and its pretty cheap to. Anyone familiar with it?

What type of work does your fiance do? Where do you live now? Have you visited? I just moved here (officially) this weekend. More importantly, want to buy a size 10, once worn wedding dress? ;)
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on July 07, 2005, 08:43:10 AM
cam- where is granite house?
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on July 07, 2005, 09:09:54 AM
Scurvy - Congrats on your move to Houston! How are you enjoying it so far? Mt financee works with computers aka information technology. We currenty live in the Maryland/DC area rightnow. I haven't had a chance to visit as of yet. But if I were to get off one of the waitlists, I do have have time off coming soon, so I would defintely use it to visit. I'll take that dress off your hands! no problem! :)

Traci- Granite Club is located on 8990 Richmond Ave. zip = 77063

My fincaee is really pleased with some of the lower housing prices as well, he's really looking to buy home acutally. Hes not feeling the apartment idea. I dont really have  a preference. im just trying to get to houston first!!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on July 07, 2005, 09:33:18 AM
I'm not familiar with Granite Club, but I looked at the location-- it's on the opposite of the galleria from either law center, not the best for traffic; atleast 30 minutes to and from school versus 5 minutes from the area the allen house is in.  if you're going to rent you may as well live closer; however, if you're going to buy then it may be worth it to live out a bit b/c it is so much cheaper.

are you looking for a house or a townhome?  townhomes are good prices in the loop, and houses are good priced out of the belt.  scurvy got a great house just out of the belt, the same house in the loop would've easily been tripple the price, however a town house would've been the same.  are you willing to commute?
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 07, 2005, 11:24:28 AM
Scurvy - Congrats on your move to Houston! How are you enjoying it so far? Mt financee works with computers aka information technology. We currenty live in the Maryland/DC area rightnow. I haven't had a chance to visit as of yet. But if I were to get off one of the waitlists, I do have have time off coming soon, so I would defintely use it to visit. I'll take that dress off your hands! no problem! :)

Traci- Granite Club is located on 8990 Richmond Ave. zip = 77063

My fincaee is really pleased with some of the lower housing prices as well, he's really looking to buy home acutally. Hes not feeling the apartment idea. I dont really have  a preference. im just trying to get to houston first!!

Cam,

Send me a PM about what you might want to buy and I'll hook you up with my realtor and loan officer. They helped me from afar and were very cool about my extremely small budget!

In your PM, send me your email addy that way I can send you pictures of the dress if you're actually interested in it! What a savings! :)

For jobs for your fiance, he might be able to work at NASA. I'm sure they'd have a bunch of computer jobs there. The housing out this direction is a lot cheaper, you could buy a house and commute to UH or STCL without issue! (My across the street neighbors work at NASA). And BTW, I'm LOVING it here!

-SW
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: Mojo on July 08, 2005, 07:27:30 AM
Hey Cam...I also work in IT. I'm a software developer. Let me know what your Fiance's background is and I may be able to find him a job here where I work. There are a lot of IT jobs in town, it just depends on whether he has experience in what is hot right now...

Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on July 08, 2005, 08:55:06 AM
Traci/Scurvy- Well my finacee wants a single family home. I serisouly think though, if we were to move to Houston, it would make more sense to just get an apartment first, while he finds a jobs and gets settled. AND then maybe after a year or so look into getting a house. But thats just me, I dunno, we'll have to disscuss it more. I'll let you know though, if we do end up going that route. Also, since i would be going to Law school, I wouldnt be any good on the mortage would I? Since i'd have all those eductional loans out under my name.

Sorry Scurvy! I was just kidding about the dress. ;D Honestly, with me being waitlisted all over the place and us not having any set direction as of yet, I think we might even push the wedding date back a little bit, or else just skip the ceremony for now and just get married, and maybe have a nice cermony/reception later.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on July 08, 2005, 08:59:36 AM
Hey Cam...I also work in IT. I'm a software developer. Let me know what your Fiance's background is and I may be able to find him a job here where I work. There are a lot of IT jobs in town, it just depends on whether he has experience in what is hot right now...



Well, I know he doesn't do software development. I think he does something with Imaging the computers? I'm kinda pulling at straws here, since computers are not my thing. But I  also believe hte works more with the deskstop software, and also works with the Help Desk. I'll talk with him and get more useful info though. thanks mojo! :)
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: tracigu3 on July 08, 2005, 09:20:02 AM
My husband and I rent in the loop, we have lived in the same apartment since 2003 and have no intention of looking to buy until I have a job offer out of law school.  We pay $1100/mo plus bills.  We could buy a townhome in the same area we rent in for around $150-200K, and our monthly payments would be the same, but property taxes in the loop are crazy, ($7K per year!).  The taxes and the fact that we may need to move after I finish LS is why we aren't buying.  However, the other side of the coin is Scurvy.  She also has a great deal with her new house.  On the belt (which is outside the loop, it's like the outer loop), brand new home, and pays approximately the same thing I do for her house and I believe that includes her taxes.  It all comes down to two things, if you ask me, 1) where do you want to live- fancy neighborhood in the loop with a 5 minute drive anywhere, or nice neighborhood in the suburbs with a 20-30 minute drive; and 2) Do you believe the school of thought that renting when you could own is a waste of money.

Also consider whether or not a yard is important to you.  You could buy a townhome in the loop for the same price you'll get a single family home on the belt; one with a small patch of grass the other with a small back and front yard with a fence.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 08, 2005, 09:27:48 AM
My husband and I rent in the loop, we have lived in the same apartment since 2003 and have no intention of looking to buy until I have a job offer out of law school.  We pay $1100/mo plus bills.  We could buy a townhome in the same area we rent in for around $150-200K, and our monthly payments would be the same, but property taxes in the loop are crazy, ($7K per year!).  The taxes and the fact that we may need to move after I finish LS is why we aren't buying.  However, the other side of the coin is Scurvy.  She also has a great deal with her new house.  On the belt (which is outside the loop, it's like the outer loop), brand new home, and pays approximately the same thing I do for her house and I believe that includes her taxes.  It all comes down to two things, if you ask me, 1) where do you want to live- fancy neighborhood in the loop with a 5 minute drive anywhere, or nice neighborhood in the suburbs with a 20-30 minute drive; and 2) Do you believe the school of thought that renting when you could own is a waste of money.

Also consider whether or not a yard is important to you.  You could buy a townhome in the loop for the same price you'll get a single family home on the belt; one with a small patch of grass the other with a small back and front yard with a fence.

Traci is right again! Our mortgage + homeowners + taxes = $932/month. Our yard is actually huge, which is a little problematic since we've never had a yard before! Good luck with the WLs. I really hope you get to come to Htown!
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: Mojo on July 08, 2005, 09:45:18 AM
Thats a good point. Always remember that Property taxes are included in your monthly payment, so when you think the payment amounts sound good, be sure property taxes are included.

On a related note...we have a house for rent/lease. Its a 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Spring Branch - just off I-10 & wirt road (chimmney rock). It is just outside the loop and is 5 mins to the Galleria and 10-15 Mins downtown. It has a small front and back yard. PM me if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
Post by: cam108 on July 08, 2005, 11:09:40 PM
thanks for all the info guys! :D i'll keep ya posted if I I make to H-town.

Wow $932 a month for a mortgage isn't bad at all! Some people pay that in rent up here!! If I can have a nice house for that price, I wouldnt mind the commute at all. I'm actually used to commuting, i've been doing for the last few years now. But I do think you're right, if you're renting its proably best to live closer to the campus.

Good point Mojo, I didnt realize that whole deal with the property taxes. thx :)