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Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH

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Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #10 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

Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #11 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

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Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #12 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!

Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #13 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.

Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #14 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.

Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #15 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!

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Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #16 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

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Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #17 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!!

Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #18 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!!

Re: Apartments in Houston - Near STCL or UH
« Reply #19 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.