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Old 04-19-2021, 12:51 PM   #1
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One of my sons is graduating from A&M next month and he took a job in NW Houston. Itís close to 290 and Pinemont Dr. He has never lived in a big city before. I donít know anything about Houston. Is that a decent part of town or should he look for an apartment further out towards Cypress. How bad is traffic on 290 in that area? He wants to live within 20 minutes of work if possible. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 04-19-2021, 12:54 PM   #2
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Oak forest subdivision, garden oaks are all good. Right east of 290 & pinemont. Lived here for 55 yrs. 290 is bad in aM & Pm during rush hours. If he has any questions, be glad to help him out.
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Old 04-19-2021, 12:56 PM   #3
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Oak forest subdivision, garden oaks are all good. Right east of 290 & pinemont. Lived here for 55 yrs. 290 is bad in aM & Pm during rush hours. If he has any questions, be glad to help him out.
Yep, I'm in the same area. Lots of good restaurants/bars to keep him occupied as well.
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Old 04-19-2021, 12:58 PM   #4
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I spent a lot of years living in the NW side(249/belt, champions, spring, out to Magnolia).

I wouldn't live inside the belt on any side of Houston. but that's just me. I would definitely encourage him to look in Cypress.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:02 PM   #5
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My mom lives in the oak forest/ garden oaks on pinemont area and it is becomeing a very nice area now than what it used to be. As long as he has no problen being surrounded by white middle aged hipter blue state migrants.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:03 PM   #6
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I wouldn't live inside the belt on any side of Houston. but that's just me. I would definitely encourage him to look in Cypress.
This. I grew up near Jersey Village and that area has gone downhill. Cypress would be his best bet.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:08 PM   #7
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One of my sons is graduating from A&M next month and he took a job in NW Houston. Itís close to 290 and Pinemont Dr. He has never lived in a big city before. I donít know anything about Houston. Is that a decent part of town or should he look for an apartment further out towards Cypress. How bad is traffic on 290 in that area? He wants to live within 20 minutes of work if possible. Any advice would be appreciated.
I grew up at antoine and pinemont..and commuted for work at 290 and antoine for 5 years. The drive in the mornong from cypress is 20 to 30 minutes, afternoon was about 25 minutes. Dont live in the pinemont/290 area, its the hood. Oak Forest is nice but super expensive and is right on the edge of the hood (welcome to screwston). If he is going to be renting an apartment then look in areas like timbergrove or the galleria. I also commuted from the galleria to 290 and antoine and it was like 15 minutes in the moring 25 in the evening. The Washington area isnt bad either and there is a lot for younger folks to do.

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Old 04-19-2021, 01:17 PM   #8
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Oak forest subdivision, garden oaks are all good. Right east of 290 & pinemont. Lived here for 55 yrs. 290 is bad in aM & Pm during rush hours. If he has any questions, be glad to help him out.

In Oak Forest tear down & rebuild lots are going for $400K. Higher in Garden Oaks.

I would direct your son into looking at some of these huge apartment complexes that are already built and twice as many more going up.

Start your search from Washington as the south starting point.
Use Studewood as your east border & 610 as your west & north border.


Tell him to focus on the one with the best pool setup. When summer hits the pool looks like a Vegas party every weekend. They are very social and do tons of activities together. Grilling at the pool, bike rides, running, pub crawls.

They are co-ed dorms for adults. Don't go with him or your gonna want to move in with him.

Cypress social scene is a bunch of old drunks watching sports together.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:18 PM   #9
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Lived near Fallbrook and Beltway 8 for 5 yrs. Ditched that crap hole due to the horrible schools.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:59 PM   #10
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I appreciate the advice so far. He will be renting an apartment and cost is a factor. I will help him some if it means he can live in a safer area. Advice from you guys familiar with the area is priceless. Thanks.
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:36 PM   #11
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I would have him look ay Cypress and Tomball area. Lot's of ground to cover in that area. I live in Rosehill area and work at 290 and 610 area. Takes me about 30 minutes to get to work and home. since 290 was redone traffic is usually a breeze.
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:02 PM   #12
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I live in the area as well as Pinemont and Ella area. I would suggest he look in the garden oaks area or look closer to 290/610 area. Lots of great places in the area to eat/drink. PM if your looking for any more info.
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What is your ideal price range?
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:30 PM   #14
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Cypress area is my vote also. Good area and plenty to do, 290 isn’t that bad since it’s been redone.
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:35 PM   #15
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:48 PM   #16
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I wouldnít live south of the beltway on 290, 249, 45, or 59.


If I were him I would look into the cypress area.


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Old 04-19-2021, 04:06 PM   #17
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I get up right on Pinemont at Antoine as well. My parents still live there. I wouldn’t think a kid right out of college will enjoy that area at all. One of the suggestions above about the big apartment complex with pool is right on. His commute to work would be easy and probably wouldn’t even need to get on a freeway.
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Old 04-19-2021, 04:22 PM   #18
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I appreciate the advice so far. He will be renting an apartment and cost is a factor. I will help him some if it means he can live in a safer area. Advice from you guys familiar with the area is priceless. Thanks.
Just dont live in the area he will be working...not very safe, even the apartments arounf oak forest are sketchy at best.. timbergrove is the closest i would look, like tc jester and 11th or the washington area. If not, cypress.. but be careful up there as well.

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Old 04-19-2021, 04:23 PM   #19
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I would go with Llano. Far enough North and West to live a great life.
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Old 04-19-2021, 04:36 PM   #20
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I grew up at antoine and pinemont..and commuted for work at 290 and antoine for 5 years. The drive in the mornong from cypress is 20 to 30 minutes, afternoon was about 25 minutes. Dont live in the pinemont/290 area, its the hood. Oak Forest is nice but super expensive and is right on the edge of the hood (welcome to screwston). If he is going to be renting an apartment then look in areas like timbergrove or the galleria. I also commuted from the galleria to 290 and antoine and it was like 15 minutes in the moring 25 in the evening. The Washington area isnt bad either and there is a lot for younger folks to do.

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I agree, for a young professional, he will likely want to be in the "action" like the Heights, Galleria, Midtown, etc... These areas are prime with tons of other young professionals so the bar scene, restaurants, hang outs, etc... are all prime locations for "hunting".
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Old 04-19-2021, 04:38 PM   #21
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Another note, if renting, have him sign a 6 month lease at first. This way he can figure out the lay of the land, and have a better idea of if he wants to move, or stay.
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Old 04-19-2021, 05:12 PM   #22
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Cypress. I grew up at pinemont and Antoine and my parents still live there. My wife and I bought in cypress and you won’t see me going back into town

Everything in the heights is to flippin high and there’s lots of sketchy stuff around. There’s plenty to do around here. Lots of scenery at the boardwalk here in Towne lake

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Old 04-19-2021, 05:31 PM   #23
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As a recent college graduate who grew up in Cypress, I would recommend living in town and commuting "against the grain" out to the burbs for work. Social scene for young professionals is not much in Cypress. Have many friends my age who love living in Heights, Montrose, Midtown areas. Even living in Cypress it will take 20-30mins to go anywhere anyways so may as well live somewhere fun around people his age. Just my $.02, totally understand some people may not care about living in a more fun area if they have other priorities.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:16 AM   #24
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What is your ideal price range?
He probably needs to stay around 800$ per month on a one bedroom apartment if possible
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:19 AM   #25
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I agree, for a young professional, he will likely want to be in the "action" like the Heights, Galleria, Midtown, etc... These areas are prime with tons of other young professionals so the bar scene, restaurants, hang outs, etc... are all prime locations for "hunting".
He will be working six days a week and has an awesome girlfriend that he needs to marry soon. The local scene isnít too important for him. Will have him look at the areas you mentioned. Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:26 AM   #26
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We left El Campo in 1960 and rented a home in Oak Forest. From there we moved to Spring Branch right off of Bingle and Kempwood. Lived there 14 years before graduating and going into the Marine Corps. That area got very bad for a while. My old neighborhood is predominantly Mexican nationals now. Some keep their homes up but appears most dont. Most if not all those apartment complexes around Spring Branch are low rent rendezvous now. As mentioned Cypress, Jersey Villiage may be a good option as well as Katy. 290 can be a nightmare as well as I 10.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:33 AM   #27
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Right at 290/Pinemont most of your apartments are going to be sketchy at best. Don't even think about tidwell/antoine/bingle. Oak Forest/garden oaks proper is really nice but expensive. Rentals are going for $1600 at minimum for the original 3/1 homes. The area is typical Houston. Eastern Garden Oaks is a bunch of new mcmansions, farther west in Oak Forest where I'm at is mostly the original houses. Go a couple miles north or west and you end up in Acres homes or the barrio part of Spring Branch, some really rough areas. Either go outside the Beltway, or just inside 610 would be my suggestion. I lived in apartments for years out of school. They're all the same, just depends on the price range, and then you're still in Houston so it's a crap shoot.

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