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Looking At Houston Real Estate: Tips For Would Be Houston Residents

Jul 19, 2008
Maybe you're looking for affordable housing without moving out into the middle of nowhere. Maybe you're job is taking you down south. Whatever the reason, it sounds like life is calling you to Houston, TX. Before you move all the way down there, you might be interested in learning a little bit more about what Houston is like.

First of all, you should understand that Houston is a really spread out city, and as such, there are many smaller cities and suburbs that fall under the heading of "Houston" when discussed from the outside. You can spend two hours driving from one side of "Houston" to another, without traffic. It's a huge area that encompasses urban areas like Downtown, suburbs like Katy, and regions such as the Woodlands.

When you're moving into the city, be sure to figure out which area you need to be in for your job or other needs. Because not only is Houston spread out, it also is home to a lot of traffic. In fact, I'm not sure if saying "a lot of traffic" will really prepare you for what you're in for. Houston has ridiculous traffic. Stop and go on the interstate in the middle of the day traffic. Don't even start my on rush hour. I can not truly communicate how terrible the traffic can be.

Which is why you want to make sure you move in as close to your area of work/obligation as is possible. You're quality of life will be greatly improved if you're not spending 3 hours in the car everyday just trying to get to work and back. Trust me on this, its worth paying more for location in Houston.

Speaking of undesirable aspects of Houston, I do want to say that yes, the rumors are true. Houston is hot. Very hot, some of the time. However, unless you're quite sensitive to hot weather, I don't think you'll find it unbearable or anything. The heat and humidity take a bit to adapt to, but it certainly can be done. Don't let this dissuade you.

As for cultural attractions, or simply "things to do," Houston has you covered fairly well assuming you're not much into outdoor sports, because, let's face it, the mountain biking here is a little weak. Houston is home to many theaters, museums, concerts hall, bars, clubs, restaurants, and all the shopping any sane person could ever want. In fact, because there isn't much to do outdoors, Houston has an amazing array of shops, restaurants, and night life attractions available. You'll probably be able to find anything you want within some sort of driving distance (remember the spread out thing).

In my opinion, these points should help give you a basic idea of what you're getting when you move to Houston. The most negative aspect is the traffic, and the most positive is the numbers of things to do. Overall, not a bad region to live in.
About the Author
David Wilson is a current resident of Houston, and invites you to learn about Houston Texas real estate by following the preceding link. You will learn more about real estate in Houston , so be sure to check it out.
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