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    09-11-2013, 04:30 PM
Green Broke
houston it is

So as I'e posted before and not knowing where to go. My boyfriend and I have decided to focus on houston. We are saving and hoping by the end of our lease next july we will have saved enough to get out there and support ourselves atleast for a couple weeks/months til we get settled and both get jobs. I am so excited. I would like to move sooner but alas it doesn't look like thatll be an option. I can't wait for a fresh start and to get out of california, change is good :].
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    09-11-2013, 08:11 PM
Well, I wish you the best of luck. Have you ever been to Houston? Why would you choose it? I am not knocking it, it just isn't anywhere I would go near...but I am not the one excited about moving there. :)
    09-11-2013, 11:11 PM
Originally Posted by Missy May    
Well, I wish you the best of luck. Have you ever been to Houston? Why would you choose it? I am not knocking it, it just isn't anywhere I would go near...but I am not the one excited about moving there. :)
Yeah, having lived in Houston for about 15 years, I sure wouldn't go back now...English has almost become a second language there.

To the OP though, it is a good city for career opportunities, and you will find the taxes, cost of living, and real estate costs ridiculously low compared to California. Houston is right at the top as far as salaries vs. cost of living...
    09-17-2013, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
We decided on it since we have a few friends there to help us with jobs and searching for a good place to live since we are so far. I haven't been to Texas at all but it has always been the place I wanted to go haha. I personally would prefer a smaller town over a big city but I had to consider finding a job and such. We can always move somewhere smaller once we get settled and more familiar with it :).

I've been shocked looking at places and how low it is compared to here. Right now we are lucky and pay 395 for a small 1 bedroom 1 bath with a smal yard no washer dryer hook ups but even with my 8.25 an hour and my boyfriend 10 an hour we are just barely scooting by. I am definitely catching on to bargain shopping haha.

To be honest I'd be happy to go anywhere and get out of where we are at now. Small town in California with minimal job opportunities unless you have a serious high up connection.
    09-17-2013, 04:21 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Woo-hoo, another neighbor! ;)

You could always move out to a suburb of Houston...I live in Katy, which is about 40 minutes (without traffic...but theres always traffic, so more like 60+ minutes xD) from Downtown Houston which is close enough to have access to the inner city and have some of that city feel, but far enough out that we still have some land if you travel a few more miles out. There is a good employment rate in my area as well, and Katy is quickly becoming (may already be?) the biggest suburb of Houston.

Just make sure you research the area you move into before going there; don't always trust the 'bargains.' My family and I moved down here from Georgia and we moved right into Greenspoint...fondly known as Guns point to locals. We had no idea what we were getting into. My neighborhood now though is fairly peaceful. There are parts of this area though, that definitely are not.

As for Faceman's comment about English being the second language here, I'd love to say he's wrong, but it just plain isn't any more xD good excuse to have to learn how to speak Spanish fluently though! ;)
    09-17-2013, 04:59 PM
Well, here is some friendly advice. If you are not handy w maps, and you do not have a smart phone or gps...invest in one or the other. It has next to no "area wide" visible landmarks (for me, that is mountains). I had to go there once a long while ago, needless to say I got lost (I always get lost). What an experience! That and the fact it is ginormous have kept me clean clear of there ever since. I will say this - it has amazing museums and shopping.
    09-17-2013, 05:20 PM
Green Broke
Haha I do have an iPhone couldn't live without it I can get lost going in a straight line xD.

I am nervous about the Spanish part I do not plan on learning another language and I would much rather not be in a large city. I really want to move somewhere with more horse options but so far haven't been able to figure out the mid sized towns with decent jobs and horse life haha. Houston was just a good option because we know some people there already instead of going in totally blind haha. I have been researching as much as possible and still have atleast 6 months minimum to look around more . If I find somewhere better then big city houston believe me ill jump on it haha.
    09-17-2013, 05:27 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
You don't have to learn Spanish to get along in Houston, don't worry. I'm semi-fluent just because I mostly grew up here, but MANY people don't speak a lick of Spanish and do just fine! Hope you like hispanic food though. We're very proud of our Hispanic food.

Houston and its outskirts (Magnolia, Waller, Cypress, Katy, etc.,) has plenty of horse stuff, you just have to be very careful to weed out a lot of the Hispanic training and take everything with a grain of salt. There is a lot more options for western riders than for English riders, and PLENTY of local and high-stakes rodeos in the area if that's your kind of thing.
    09-17-2013, 05:32 PM
Green Broke
Good to know and I love Hispanic food although spicy is a hard thing for me to handle with my sensitive stomach :/.

I do ride western and hope to get back into barrel racing/rodeo within the next 2 yrs. So glad to here there are some good options. For that as well. :)
    09-17-2013, 05:35 PM
The bad: HOT and HUMID
The good: GREAT BBQ and Tex-Mex food
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