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"A Swamp? A Forest? A Prairie? "

A Swamp? A Forest? A Prairie? - 11/8/2011
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Houston, TX

Houston is known for heat and humidity (high and higher.) But, depending on where you are, you are close to prairie (west), forest (east & north), wetlands/swamp (south & east.) We also have the best air-conditioning in the don't be afraid of heat & humidity. We also have big, blue skies -- and very few grey days.

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If your moving may I suggest a TOP Realtor - 2/22/2014

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Houston, TX

Houston's Quality of Life - 2/19/2014

I have lived in Houston and Dallas, TX; and travel extensively for work, so I've spent years in both NYC and Denver. I love the quality of life that I get in Houston. The bang for my buck is second to none. Sure, the weather is at times horrendous, but at least we don't have the bitter cold of the northern areas. The restaurants, museums, theatre, golf courses, and green space is second to only NYC in my opinion. But, the cost of living here wins, hands down.[read more...]

Houston, TX

Cost of Living - 12/25/2013

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Houston, TX

Houston Weather - 12/13/2013

If you like humidity, you will really like Houston weather, get instantly wet as soon as you walk out the door, it's free, unlimited humidity 24 hours a day. personally, I love it, of course its taken me 20 years to say that, at first, it felt like a hot sauna was following me. Now it's great. Oh and by the way, it's far better than living where it snows. LOVE HOUSTON WEATHER! [read more...]

Houston, TX

Affordable, Fun and Diverse Houston! - 11/28/2013

I moved around all over the world as a child and teen due to my father's employment. When we returned to the U.S., I went to college and graduate school in New York and Indiana. I've lived in Raleigh, North Carolina Chicago for work. I settled in Houston and bought a home. I've been living here for 5 years, both in Montrose and in the outer loop. This is what I can tell you from Houston, from the perspective of someone who has traveled a lot: this city is a little too hot in the summer and there are insects that you will need repellant or chemical yard barriers for. BUT, it is also friendly, very green (lots of parks, huge trees and lakes - what a lot of people don't know about), has several good universities, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, is huge in the arts - theatre, music, art schools and venues/galleries. It has restaurants - including many vegetarian and vegan options - galore. It is a fun city and, very importantly, you won't have to settle for a four-story walk-up with no washer and dryer in the unit! You can be a homeowner here. Say good-bye to your slumlord. For singles, you'll find great nightlife, an active cycling and fitness scene. For families, you'll find free, accessible places to go with your kids. Too many activities to mention on any given weekend and the best children's museum in the country. Houston is an active, fun, very affordable city. You won't have to work to live. You'll work and still have time left over to enjoy this city. I LOVE HTOWN! Will never leave. [read more...]

Houston, TX

A good fit for some, but not me - 9/3/2013

Houston has much to offer with it's Museum District, theatrical venues, great medical institutions, abundance of cheap food and easy winters. There are very nice neighborhoods, such as Montrose, Heights, Rice, Memorial Park--all in the 610 loop, but they are very expensive to buy into (even very modest homes with small yards), with property taxes well in excess of 3% of their values. I came to this town to escape the Midwestern winters and get better employment. The heat and humidity are formidable even for a hot weather person like myself and to be comfortable for the long summer means big electricity bills, but the winters are very easy to take. It feels tropical here for about 8 months out of the year and many plants are green all year long. Much medical research goes on as Houston is one of the leaders along those lines. The people tend to be friendlier than what I'm used to in the Midwest and the international flavor of the town is nice. On the other hand... the traffic is super bad and Houston drivers are the worst I've ever seen, with accidents all the time. I've never seen a place with so many seedy neighborhoods pervasively scattered all over the huge metropolis. If you add up the attractive areas that include the Museum district, Heights, Montrose, Rice Village, Kirby, Memorial Park and Galleria you have about 20% of Houston. The rest of Houston is either mediocre or just plain trashy. In proportion to other large cities, it is a very ugly place built by planners and architects with horrible taste, guided by greed and ignorance in typical Texas fashion. Dogs run loose all over except the best neighborhoods, sometimes in packs and dogbites are very common here. If you can afford to live where you'd like there, it could be a good life. Even If I did get a better job there, it wouldn't pay well enough to finance a home in any neighborhood I'd want to live in that is less than 40 minutes from work. That ain't quality of life in my book.[read more...]

Houston, TX

Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Hot! Very, very, very - 8/14/2013

The weather - or specifically the lack thereof - is not for the faint of heart. If you are not a fan of extremely hot, humid weather that lasts forever, then do not move here. After what has seemed like an eternity, I am getting out of dodge for much cooler weather. A place with actual seasons.[read more...]

Houston, TX

Finally I get it!! - 7/14/2013

I've lived in Houston for 30+ years ... and I finally get it. I was one of those people who complained about EVERYTHING ... but basically - it wasn't New York. And seriously, you can take the girl out of New York but you can't take the New York out of the girl! My work takes me on the road Monday through Thursday. There are other great cities around the country ... but I have to confess - I've fallen in love with Houston. We have the Texas Medical Center (which is beyond awesome), Rice University, the University of Houston, southern hospitality and we have Food! No city in this country can touch the amazing international offerings of Houston. And most of all - we have humility ... we take the slams and insults lightly because we know this is one of the country's greatest cities. You don't like Houston? Move elsewhere. It's the beauty of America - it's a free country. We love Houston - we are happy in Houston and we really would prefer you return and/or move to a place that is more to your liking. We're pretty tolerant BUT we're handing out lollipops and Whoopass ... and we're all out of lollipops![read more...]

Texas Rancher

Houston for Work - 7/9/2013

Very amazing reading everyone's reviews. I lived in Texas before, besides having terribly hot spring-summers, it also lacks the "culture" factor many discussed here. Right now I live in Brooklyn, and have heard on the news of people getting "knifed down" because of a smart phone. I guess crime is everywhere, so hearing about people getting their cars broken into sounds pretty normal to me. Heck! I even witnessed people being struck with violence on the subway stations, and I have gotten scare. Can't wait to finish college and move to Houston or Dallas. Having lived on the East Coast has been an eye opener, who said San Diego was expensive? Try NYC for once. Many argue that Houston or Dallas lack sophistication, but I'd tell New York has it all when it comes to things to do but you better make serious money to afford the opera, theathre, arts and all that. [read more...]

Derry, NH

Looking for input about moving to Houston with six - 6/28/2013

Hello All, My husband and I have had enough of New England. Although we have all four seasons here, they are not all equal length of time. Yes, the fall is the best: Less bugs, cool enough but not cold, great colors all around and awesome for hiking..... BUT, it only lasts a couple of months with lots of rain in between so doing outdoor activities become the same amount as anywhere else with heat. Unless: if you are willing to ruff it out like anywhere else. The longest time period is winter, which we NEVER put away our winter clothes. You never know NE weather, and you ALWAYS need a sweatshirt handy. We are not well off, so winter activities are very hard for our family to be a part of. Skiing or snowboarding is arm and a leg unless if you have just one child. Most of soccer or lacrosse games get cancelled or cannot be rescheduled because the fields are soaked and kids can't play. To attend indoor facilities... again, good for a one child family. Heating our four bedroom house and taxes, plus mortgage takes most of our income away. We love our back yard, but due to lots of trees and the ponds, wet lands all around the area we live in (being in NE) the mosquitoes are all over to eat you alive. Bottom line, living 40 minutes away from Boston or the beach is great but you have to be making at least $150K a year to help family stay active and enjoy any time. Violent crime is not much heard of but there are so many teens doing drugs because they are bored. We don't want our kids to join this band wagon of teens and to keep them all in activities isn't financially possible. I have lived all over the world being a military brat. I've also lived in many states within the nation. My husband is from Santa Barbara. We are both aware of goodness and uglyness of all areas, no matter where you live. Houston is where we would like to relocate for mostly financial reasons but we are both concern about schools and activities for our children. We wish to make this move for our children, to be able to provide the best for them. Reading through so many reviews.... I am concerned and would like make sure we do all our homework prior to the move. Could anyone provide some input or opinion? Thanks![read more...]


You see what you want to see - 4/3/2013

I'm getting tired of this unfounded claim that all suburbia is all-white. We live in Katy and my kids' elem school (largest in the district right now) is 48.56% white. Yes a big number I guess but not even the majority. The other 52% is African American, bi-racial, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, you name it. Just because the school is rated as exemplary-performing, or "economically disadvantaged" students are only 14.72%, doesn't mean it's all-white. And furthermore most of my so-called all-white suburbia mom friends have pretty progressive views. In fact many fellow crunchy types I interact with online in other states are constantly bemoaning how their *blue* states force agendas down their throats with mandating vaccines and public schooling/indoctrinating and outlawing things like homebirth and other options that ought to be no-brainer individual choices--NOT an issue in Houston, or 'burbs. As for fast food/chain joints, these do line the freeways and main roads for passers-through, and that's exactly how we view them; anyone who has lived here a month knows that. Please either research the meaning of "homogenous," or the numbers behind your claims.[read more...]

Houston, TX

There's some good, but be aware of the negatives. - 3/1/2013

Now look, I am not some damn yankee that you provincial Texans claim that I am. In fact, I was born here in Houston. Yes, we all know that the benefits are a lack of blizzards in the winter, great theatre and museums, and lower cost of living. But there are several drawbacks living here. The climate is hot and humid during the summer, even reaching triple digits, but of course, the climate is subjective. But the bugs and mosquitos are all over during summer months, and that is the most irritating part of humid weather, feeling that a mosquito will bite you any minute. This is not what I would call a pedestrian friendly city. Only a few places such as Downtown, Montrose, and the few major city parks, are what I call walkable to the population. Otherwise, you sure as hell need a car, even going for a few blocks for groceries, going to convenience store, and such. Worse of all, there is a lack of decent public transportation for a city this size (Isn't it 2013 already?) as there is only one line of rail built and the other planned rails are either not built yet or built very sluggishly. People don't want expansion, I don't know why! (This is in contrast of the "can do" attitudes that the city claims, or at least used to claim) Which brings me to traffic. Yes, sure, every major city has a rush hour. But Houston has the worst traffic in Texas (7th in America as of now), even worse than DFW (although you can't call Dallas a pedestrian mecca either). Despite widening freeways (especially IH-10), the traffic is still prevalent. It's even prevalent on non-peak hours and weekends especially since the suburbs have bumper-to-bumper traffic nowadays. I'm afraid it will get worse if METRO does not act now. Also the drivers can be aggressive and stupid(even more than in places like, say, Chicago). Big pickups doing 95 mph on the freeway like they own the road. I can go 80 mph on 59 and still be tailgated. I mean, what's wrong with these people? They can speed but not even follow basic traffic laws? The people here, well, it's really a mix. Not exactly Southern Hospitality as you can find in places like Nashville. The people in Clear Lake area are laid back (at least to me), and the working class neighborhoods are fine. However, several neighborhoods, even the nice ones, are already growing in crime. One can point to the immigration to this area, but unfortunately, most of the crime is done by U.S.-born people (from shootings for sneakers, throwing babies in plastic bags, eating them, and crazy crimes you can think of. You thought that you were in Florida). It's sad considering that it wasn't that way (or that bad) when I lived in the 90s. Also the southern rap attitude can get really irritating, especially if rap is starting to welcome subpar artists that can only repeat a few words. Swangers? Please. Shocking that I also see non-gangster people (supposedly) wear these "Screwston"-type hats and even act gangster (having an affinity for the culture). The gangster culture can get old. Also, the suburbs (especially Cypress, Katy, The Woodlands, Spring) can be filled with the stereotypical, homogeneous, religious (holier than thou), racist, homophobic, Caucasian, Republican/Tea Party-voting, gun-toting, douchy Texans everyone loves to hate/make fun of (I mean Sarah Palin visited the Chick-Fil-A in the Woodlands and that gun control segment with Piers Morgan and Alex Jones took place in the Tactical Firearms in Katy-that crowd in the latter was full of angry white trash while the crowd in the former are filled with such drones). They make up a huge majority of the population (contrasting Houston's reputation for diversity), and rich does not eliminate these "white trash" attitudes, especially if you work for Big Oil. And do you wonder why there are a lack of minorities (not including white washed ones) in the Northside suburbs? Not places I recommend for newcomers; actually, move there so that we can drive these nuts out of the country. ;-) But enough megachurches! Stop using religion for money, especially if you're Joel Osteen who decided to buy The Summit and turn it into your damn Lakewood Church. Wouldn't that money for the construction of these things (and the pastor's Escalade) go to somewhere else like charity and helping people out? Okay, it's opinion, but it's too tacky, especially if it's next to a sex shop thanks to the no zoning laws that exist in the city. But, no more megachurches; let them go to their nice community church if they want to where they actually care about Thy Neighbor. The populace, at times, can act uneducated. Sure there are some great institutions of higher education such as Rice University and U of H, but the percentage of people with college-degrees seems to be low for a major metro area. Airheads, crackheads do exist. And the aforementioned people in the suburbs "don't need no education" as they can learn their thinking from Fox News. They even get their news from the likes of Rush Limbaugh! And they think that it is a normal thing to do so! Also they are obsessed with redneck classic rock music and that stupid Walton & Johnson show. That is sad considering KUHF, KUHT, and KPFT (Public Radio) has a good presence in the area (or at least the Inner Loop, another part I used to live in) and provides good information, programming, and intelligent conversation. It is true the people in the Inner Loop (University Place, Med Center, Bellaire) tend to be more educated, more liberal, and somewhat more diverse (I felt it at my old elementary school, Roberts Elementary), but the suburbs are filled with stereotypical hicks. I mean, Wow. Yes, I know they are not Houston city limits (but some suburban areas are annexed by Houston), but people live there in droves and cause traffic! It's good though that Houston does not have a problem electing the first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker. Hopefully, politically, the tide will turn (TX still has a long way to go to reach 50% Democratic, form 41%), and Texas will actually have progressive people. It doesn't even have to throw away its frontier roots, but the bigotry will stop. Houston was a fine place to live in (lower crimes, friendly people, clean for a big city) when I was a kid in the 1990s. It wasn't all riff-raff compared to other cities, even with a population boom in the 70s and 80s. But crime is relatively high compared to major cities, some people feel distressed in service, and it is dirtier now (roads, billboards, more grime). I thought with the recent population boom due to a healthy economy, there would be more high-rises (come on, Houston does not get hit by earthquakes, and New York, the city of skyscrapers, gets hit by hurricanes, too) and public transportation and it would look more futuristic, you know, like Dubai, the city that thrived overnight. But it may have a long way to go if the citizens do not really want progress (considering their attitudes toward red light cameras, new rail, high rises, etc). But at least we have the Houston Texans, better than the Dallas Cowboys, ha. And museums are actually pretty good. NASA's there. Discovery Green looks good, and so does the Dynamo and the new stadium. Even the Rockets are doing better. But can we get by without oil? Can we evolve into a futuristic, energetic city or will it be a pit for East Texas provincial bums? Can Houston finally get international recognition (like NY, LA, SF), considering it has lots of people from other countries? Can we evolve? Can we accept new ideas from other regions rather than dismiss these people as "Yankees"? Can it be safe and livable as places like New York or even Toronto? It can happen, if they don't stick with the status quo since this town has potential. We need to stop tearing down old buildings for a crappy fast food joint. Enough fast food joints, bring in the healthy food! Enough McMansions, who needs a 3500 square foot and a school full of homogeneous people? I know living in the Loop is expensive, but it is worth a damn compared to the suburbs. Houston has potential, it "can do." But we must not be backward in thinking or have an angry impulse over constructive criticism, instead, we need to improve our city. Or else we could fall behind. This coming from a native Houstonian, and good luck to out-of-staters who hope to find their way in this idiosyncratic (but different from say San Francisco) city! [read more...]

Houston, TX

eh - 3/1/2013

meh[read more...]

Spring, TX

Hosuton - 2/6/2013

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Houston - 10/27/2012

Good fast way to compare cities [read more...]

Katy, TX

Avoid it if you can - 10/23/2012

Houston is absolutely nothing like NYC, spoken like a true tourist!. NYC is a melting pot of people from all over the world, and with that comes the diversity in food and neighborhood culture. Houston has limited culture. There are Mexicans, Middle Eastern and Asian and these 3 main groups own all the retail businesses. I have yet to eat in an authentic Italian restaurant owned and cooked by Italians. I have yet to see any European culture here. The white people have a sense of entitlement. They think they are better than all the transplants regardless of where you moved from. We were relocated here from NY and I can't get over how horrible people treat me. They think that because I am from NY I am rude and uncultured, without even giving me the opportunity to prove otherwise, People are shocked to learn that I have a master's degree, as if Texans are the only people who value their education. There is very little to do other than drink and eat here. I thought we would be in the center of arts, museums, plays, live performances, but unless you think Rodeo is a fine art, you will be disappointed. The museums and aquarium are very small for a large city, and we have only been to 3 plays, all ok, but very limited venues. I have been here for 17 months and can't wait until we are transferred anywhere on the east coast. I am eager to see beautiful beaches and mountains! [read more...]

Houston, TX

Museums,Sports Venues & Food - 10/4/2012

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Houston, TX

Houston - 9/13/2012

Kevin, The Heights is a very old part of town right outside of the city which was the suburbs to live maybe 20 to 30 years ago. It is bordered on all sides by neighborhoods that are ghettos such as 45N & Airline and other rapidly loosing that safe & blue collar appeal such as Shepherd & 20Th area. Whiteoak Avenue (6th street) was a small strip of the heights that gave the heights a short lived appeal with bars, restaurants and new homes and actually improved the lower part of the heights in value which now the city is building bicycle trails and parks that extend all the way to downtown. This very same thing has been done in the REAL SUBURBS described by Denise with far better results such as Sugarland, The Woodlands, Cypressh, and many other out side beltway 8 suburbs where entertainment, education, property taxes and recreation for the family is superb. Yes the water at the beach is brown but that is b/c the Mississippi dumps its water on the Gulf of Mexico and while other cities like Austin might offer a far more favorable all around outside venues with better weather options and less aggressive mosquitoes if there is such a thing, Houston offers far better employment opportunities and it is less saturated that say Austin where many University of Austin graduates returned to Houston for work as many of their rivals from College Station. As a military rat I have had the strange experience of living in several places such as NYC, long Island, NY, New Jersey, Philly (Downtown and North East), Denver, San Diego and Hawaii(Honolulu). Houston might not be as scenery aesthetically pleasant as Hawaii or Denver or the Entertainment Utopia that NYC is, or the sidewalk friendly Toronto or Miami is, Houston is like a NYC and its boroughs at a much smaller scale. We are a growing city that offer the most important factor ... employment b/c at the end of the day who cares if you have the most beautifully wave on your back yard if you can't afford a food, education and shelter for your family. [read more...]

Houston, TX

The Humidity - 8/24/2012

If you like to sweat all the time, this is the place to be.[read more...]

Houston, TX

Hot Houston - 7/1/2012

Two seasons... summer and somewhat mild summer. Some people love it, others (myself, for example), are not so fond of it.[read more...]

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