Houston---Where to live?

  1. I will be relocating to Houston in December to begin a job at MD Anderson.

    Is it better to live in the suburbs and commute or live around or in the Texas Medical Center?

    I will be working 7p-7a so traffic should be a little better.

    Anyone with some info about possible areas to live, please feel free to comment.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   YoungWiseWoman
    If you want an apartment, living in the Medical Center would be best. There are tons of apartments, but I would recommend living on the light rail (train) route. There are apartments that you can walk to/from the train, which means you don't have to drive to/from work. I would suggest getting an apartment guide. There is a section on Medical Center apts. I can't think of the names, but most are pretty nice. Scotland Yard and 2111 Holly Hall are on the rail, but there are a lot of college kids who live in those. I'm sure MD Anderson has discounts at some of the apartments. I would check with them for some places that they recommend. COngrats on your job and I hope this helps.
    :spin: Ketcia
  4. by   NeoNurseTX
    There's also a HUGE parking lot on the rail that hospitals sell contracts to, the Smith Lands Lot. I live in the Med Center now and can't wait to get out because it's not a very nice area and there are tons of students in all the apartments (I'm one of them right now :] )
  5. by   Transplant-BSNTx
    Would living in Sugarland or Clear Lake be too much of a commute?
  6. by   YoungWiseWoman
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    Would living in Sugarland or Clear Lake be too much of a commute?
    People do it all the time, so I'm sure it's ok. Sugarland is nice, and if you work 7a-7p you won't have to worry about traffic. I think the commute is 30-45min (without traffic). Are you considering buying a house? Sugarland and Clear Lake have beautiful neighborhoods. Otherwise there are various apartments in the Kirby and Buffalo Speedway area that are nice. I'm not sure what your price range is but those apartments can range from $700 and up. I like living in the heart of the city, so Sugarland and Clearlake are out for me.
    Are you considering visting before you move? I would suggest looking at areas around the Medical Center, Sugarland, and Clearlake to make your decision. Not to add confusion to your choices, but Pearland is closer to the Medical Center than both and the homes are nice as well. The have apartments right off 288, which leads you directly into the Medical Center. I don't know the name of the apartments, but there are only like 2 or 3 complexes off 288. The area is pretty new and still developing.
    Have you been to Houston before? Are you familiar with the area?
  7. by   Transplant-BSNTx
    I'm somewhat familiar with the Houston area. I am coming in this coming weekend to look at apartments in the medical center, the heights, rice village, and the museum district.
  8. by   EricJRN
    Fun stuff. Hope your apartment shopping goes well!
  9. by   heather2084
    Quote from RN-BSN2B
    I will be relocating to Houston in December to begin a job at MD Anderson.

    Is it better to live in the suburbs and commute or live around or in the Texas Medical Center?

    I will be working 7p-7a so traffic should be a little better.

    Anyone with some info about possible areas to live, please feel free to comment.

    Does SFA mean anything to you? I feel like i know you
  10. by   Kyrshamarks
    I work in the Medical Center area...They could not pay me enough to live in this area. High crime rates right outside of the area...heavy traffic in the area, expensive to live and eat in the area. Lack of good shopping close by other than boutique stores. No way. I have owrked here over 10 years and would not live here. I live out in the Katy area and i LOVE it. easy to get around all the amenities are close by and nice neighborhoods. Sugarland is also very nice and I like Clear Lake area though I am partial to the west side of town. AZs for my commute. I work 8-5 (no longer a bedside nurse) and my average morning commute is about 45 minutes to an hour for 38 miles. Going home is about 1-1.5 hrs.
  11. by   foxyhill21
    7100 Almeda At The Medical Center (MC)(713) 795-4332
    Amli At The Medical Center (MC)(713) 550-1000
    Archstone Braeswood (MC)(713) 797-0662
    Archstone Brompton Court .(MC)(713) 666-4138
    Archstone Medical Center (713) 799-4000
    Camden Vanderbilt 7171 Buffalo Speedway(713) 349-2305
    Esplanade at Hermann Museum Circle, (MC)(866) 350-2631

    I have a entire list of apt medical Center if u want to IM i can give u them
  12. by   lilypad2424
    I live in the Heights, which is very central to EVERYTHING. In fact, my landlord has a 1 bedroom, 2 story place that's super cute. He rents it for $750/mo. Congrats on your new job!
  13. by   nurseguinness
    Okay first of all med center is not high in crime. Everywhere you go you see people in scrubs or carrying backpacks. Anyways if you want to live in the med center stay inside of 288 try cambridge, OST, or Holly Hall.

    If you want to stay outside of the sity a little try Pearland with 7p-7a shift you should be going opposite of traffic. Which is very important in Houston.
    Anyways good luck!
  14. by   PMHNP10
    Quote from RN-BSN2B
    I will be relocating to Houston in December to begin a job at MD Anderson.

    Is it better to live in the suburbs and commute or live around or in the Texas Medical Center?

    I will be working 7p-7a so traffic should be a little better.

    Anyone with some info about possible areas to live, please feel free to comment.
    I live in Sugar Land and commute to the medical center to work and go to school. Thanks to satellite radio, the commute is tolerable. If you need a place to stay until you start, I have a room to rent

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