Quote from HouTx
Oh Hon - Kingwood is a pretty big commute from the Med Center. There are a lot of nice facilities that are further north of Houston & you may want to consider those if you are dead set on living in Kingwood.
If you want to work in the Med Center, you will have a serious commute from any suburban area. The closest affordable/nice housing area is the Highway 288 corridor - about 10 minutes away. A lot of Med Center folks live in that area.
FYI, the Med Center is not downtown. It is a 'downtown' all on its own. You might be interested to know that the vast majority of employees of those hospitals have to park in remote lots & ride shuttle buses to their facility. That adds another 3-0 -45 minutes a day to your commute time. So, bottom line - if you're working 12 hour shifts, you better be able to get by on 6 hours of sleep - LOL.
Prior to moving here, I would advise you to make a few trips to get to know Houston. We are undoubtedly very different from where you're living now. I love it & wouldn't want to live anywhere else, but it certainly is not everyone's cup of tea.
Thank you so much for this info! It is very helpful! I just came back from Houston last week and I'm addicted! I will be visiting again in September and will be making plans to make atleast 3 trips a year until it's time for me to move there.
I am interested in working nights. I am guessing I will still have to park and ride for the night shift. Right now, I get about 6-7 hours a sleep a day (thanks to Benadryl LOL) and I'm fine for work.
My girlfriend (who has only been a nurse 2 years) moved there and purchased a beautiful new home in Kingswood. I am SHOCKED at how low the cost of living is there, and how much she paid for her home and the amount of space she gets. True, there is no basement, but I will give up my basement to have her home. While I was there, I was looking at new constructions in Kingswood and took some real estate information home with me.
Are most of the facilities in Kingswood community hospitals? Is there new construction homes close to the Medical Center?
My goal is to eventually take a travel assignment there in a couple of years to really get the feel of the city. And then transition from there. Have to wait until the kid graduates which can't come fast enough!