Hello there...this is a great place to look for information. I've lived in in the Bay Area (North CA) all my life, but am planning to move out of here.
I've read through some of the older threads about relocation to Houston. I am thinking of relocating my entire family (3 kids and a husband) sometime in June 2007. I have planned a trip to Houston early December to check out the area. I have some specific questions maybe some of you can answer.
I know there are Asians in Houston. I don't want to live in "Chinatown", but I'd like to know what areas have a higher concentration of Asians, and what is the prevailing atmoshpere there towards non-caucasians? Or do I even need to care about this?
I also have 3 children (10, 6, 4). From what I've read, I need to look at
Any others? My home budget is 200-250K. Good schools are important, but what areas also offer family friendly activities? Husband and I will work probably in Houston, willing to commute 1 hr each way if need be...
Childcare - how high are childcare costs in the Houston area?
Weather - I love hot and humid (no I'm not crazy). But should I be concerned with hurricanes and flooding issues for certain areas?
Property taxes - what's up with the property taxes there? In CA, it is normally 1.25% of purchase price, and you are protected from tax spikes, capped at 1% change in property assessment per year (or something like that). I hear TX has a pretty high property tax, what is it and can it swing wildly year to year?
That's it for now.
Thanks in advance!!