The Woodlands, TX what can you tell me ...
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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:49:12 PM
about housing, the community and schooling (a 9th grader and a 6th grader)

thanks

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:52:50 PM

very nice suburb of houston. close to lake conroe. nice mall. good schools.

go for it!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:56:56 PM
My sister and brother-in-law lived there for a while
but moved to Magnolia because the taxes were less.
They really liked The Woodlands though.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:03:53 PM
I've lived in The Woodlands for six years and I really like it.

The public schools are very good, but they are big. My son graduated from a private school and my daughter goes to the public high school.

The Woodlands is a planned community. It has lots of beautiful walking trails. The shopping is wonderful and there are lots of great restaurants.

Practically everyone is employed in the oil industry. People from all over the world come to live and work here.

Housing is very affordable compared to other areas of the country. Almost everyone has a pool-you will need it in the summer.

Summers are very hot and the winter is very mild.

If you have any specific questions, let me know.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:15:01 PM
I lived there for 8 years. I could write a book about it. A few main things... My kids got a great education .... I made lots a friends.... Houses are fairly inexpensive compared to calif. lots of wildlife. Lots of money. Lots of moms. Lots of kids. Lots of people from other countries. Lots of trees, lots of rain. Lots of mosquitos, lots of shopping. Not much to do outdoors... Its too hot... I could go on and on. Its a perfect little town. Everything is planned. Its a planned community and theyve thought of everything. Lots of perfect there..... Great for families, but you really need access to a pool when u live there. Its way too hot!!!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:16:21 PM
Oh yeah, lots of church too. Just about everyone i knew went to church..... Except me!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:19:35 PM
Oh, and when you first move there, you get lost alot because everything is hidden behind trees.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:14:33 AM
I live in N Texas & my DD spent 18 months in Galveston in school so we passed through the woodlands often... All I can tell you us the traffic is terrible through there! Never ever get off 45 looking for a Starbucks on a Friday night at 6 pm..,

But seriously it looks like s lovely community.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:41:05 AM
We've lived here for 12 years. Our elementary school is less than a mile away and it's a really nice walk/bike ride along a safe route with crossing guards. If you work here you really don't even need to leave the Woodlands if you don't want to....we have everything here. My husband works in the Galleria area so it's quite a commute for him. My oldest daughter is very involved in theatre has done a few shows downtown, so we drive in for things like that. Property taxes are high and summers are hot. I love it and can't imagine moving.

I have 2 kindergarteners and a 7th grader. The Jr. High and High school is HUGE. The Jr. High my daughter goes to is about 20 minutes away. In 9th grade, the kids go to the Woodlands 9th grade campus, which is off by itself.. The Woodlands high school is 10-12th and the other high school is 9th - 12th but I think the 9th grade is separated somehow.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:49:40 AM

Oh, and when you first move there, you get lost alot because everything is hidden behind trees.

So true! I used to live there for a short time, and I still have trouble when I go there. If it's not close to the freeway, I can't find it

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:52:31 AM

Not much to do outdoors... Its too hot...


Golf courses, bike trails, sports fields, parks and about 13 community swimming pools. I agree it's hot and I'm a total weenie when it comes to heat. Some people don't mind the heat that much...my husband could play golf if it was 120 degrees outside.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:22:44 AM
Well, we jokingly call it Stepford in our house. But that's just because we're jealous we don't live there. Seriously, it's really nice. Beautiful, relatively cheap to live in, good schools, lots of amenities. If I were going to move to the burbs, that's where I'd go.

ETA: If you're an HOA-hater, you might not love it so much. Also, yes, it is hard to find things behind the trees. They have very strict rules about signage and it's hard to see stuff.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:06:40 AM

Not much to do outdoors... Its too hot...
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Golf courses, bike trails, sports fields, parks and about 13 community swimming pools. I agree it's hot and I'm a total weenie when it comes to heat. Some people don't mind the heat that much...my husband could play golf if it was 120 degrees outside.


It might be too hot to fully enjoy the outdoors in the summer, but the winter weather is beautiful. We spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter. I almost never wear a coat in the winter. I take my dogs for a walk almost everyday and rarely wear a jacket. The golf courses are always busy in January and February.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:39:10 AM
I see you are an LSU fan. You will be in good company because there are lots of those around here! You can even find some decent cajun food if you know where to look.

From your location I am going to guess you are coming from the Baton Rouge or New Orleans area. If you are on the North shore, then you are going to feel right at home in The Woodlands. Lots of pine trees, neighborhoods are planned and feel very orderly. And yes, everything is hidden behind the trees. Drives me nuts that the gas stations don't have signs with prices on the road. The shopping is much better in recent years and new things coming all the time. There will be a Nordstrom opening later this year I think.

DH's office is moving up there in 2014 and he has mentioned moving up there (we live in Houston proper). I've learned to never to say never, but I won't go willingly! But I'm a true city girl. However, all my friends who live up there absolutely adore it and enjoy living there.

If you are coming from Louisiana, keep in mind your property taxes are going to be much higher and your electricity bill will be higher. We were warned about that before we moved here from New Orleans. But, we don't have state income tax so that helps offset it some.

If he is not going to work in The Woodlands and you want to consider living in Houston, let me know. There are some great areas here with excellent schools.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:41:59 AM
This is JMHO. I live up on Lake Conroe and lived in the Woodlands for 6 years.
I wouldn't move there. The HOA fees are expensive. If you live in the back of the Woodlands, it's heck getting out of there. Traffic in general just sucks there. The crime has gone up in the area due to the building of all the shopping areas. My in-laws still live there and will be moving because of the crime. They live in a nice area of the Woodlands too. I lived there when the mall and all of the area by it wasn't there. I also lived there when the mall was built.
As for the schools, they are decent, they have their issues, just like any other school. I wouldn't call theme great. I worked in the high school for years, drugs are a big problem in the school. I'm sure they are a problem everywhere, just know what I experienced and heard while there. No town is perfect, it has it's issues, just like any other area does. The Woodlands just works harder to keep them quiet so they don't ruin their image.
Also, they are building a huge EXxon office near there and I'm sure housing prices are inflated due to that.
I would be open to other areas.

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DH's office is moving up there in 2014 and he has mentioned moving up there (we live in Houston proper). I've learned to never to say never, but I won't go willingly! But I'm a true city girl. However, all my friends who live up there absolutely adore it and enjoy living there.




I hope your husband wins that battle.It would be fun if you lived here.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:32:16 PM

Well, we jokingly call it Stepford in our house.

we do too! LOL!



and they do keep the crime under wraps a lot. The moms spread the word though.


Not much to do outdoors... Its too hot...


Golf courses, bike trails, sports fields, parks and about 13 community swimming pools. I agree it's hot and I'm a total weenie when it comes to heat. Some people don't mind the heat that much...my husband could play golf if it was 120 degrees outside.



If you golf or like the gym or walking on a paved bike trail, or like a pool... its good.
This california girl missed her beach, and I missed mountains, so the woodlands didnt cut it for me.









I forgot one GREAT thing...concerts at the woodlands pavilion! Top names... major fun! i had many good times at the pavilion...


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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:37:22 PM

DH's office is moving up there in 2014 and he has mentioned moving up there (we live in Houston proper). I've learned to never to say never, but I won't go willingly! But I'm a true city girl. However, all my friends who live up there absolutely adore it and enjoy living there.


I feel the same way about being a city girl, Toni, but I as I said above if I was going to the suburbs, that's where I'd go. I think the town center and the concert pavilion make it feel less like a typical bedroom community. My in-laws lived up there for a while and really enjoyed it.

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DH's office is moving up there in 2014 and he has mentioned moving up there (we live in Houston proper). I've learned to never to say never, but I won't go willingly! But I'm a true city girl.

Me too! SO practically gets heart palpitations just going outside the the beltway.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:53:15 PM
I know their high school marching band program is stellar. They were in the top 3 for the state competition and they're going to Grand Nationals this coming year.

They used to have a great diving program too--Laura...is it Dern? The olympic diving gold medalist used to compete from there. I think they had to shut that pool down though. She was trying to save it. Maybe the coach found another pool? Anyway. If it still exists it's a great program.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:17:43 PM
It's Laura Wilkinson. Laura Dern is an actress.

I've never lived in The Woodlands, but I've been going to the Pavilion for concerts since it opened. And now when we go for concerts we can't find the stupid pavilion because of all the buildings, lol. It used to be the only thing around for MILES.

I don't really like planned communities where everything looks the same, so I wouldnt' want to move there, personally. But I like visiting for a weekend every so often. Hubbell and Hudson is a good restaurant/market that we love there.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:25:06 PM
I grew up there -- before the Woodlands even existed and my parents still lived there until a few years ago. It is a great community with everything you could ever imagine wanting.

A few things to keep in mind -
there are 2 high schools - the Woodlands and College Park. Take a look at what each have to offer and what sections of the Woodlands are zoned to which school. Depending on what your child is into, it could make a difference.

The Woodlands is HUGE. It continues back off of I-45 for several miles. Keep that in mind depending on where the job it. It could easily take 20 minutes just to get OUT to the highway.

They used to have a bus to downtown. Not sure if they still do. I think it was called the Woodlands Express.


Good luck! I have a realtor friend if you need one.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:40:54 PM
Where did the OP go? I think we may have scared her off with our talk of bugs, heat, traffic and high property taxes!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:54:48 PM
Thanks for all the information. Who knows where we will end up r if we will even move anytime soon. I just like to get as much info as possible incase the need or offer for us to move is presented. This has definitely giving me a bit to consider.

Is the cost of living higher inTexas?

Gypsygirl, you are right I'm in Louisiana ... actually right outside of BR.

I knew property taxes were higher, but how much higher. Seems everything is going up here too. Our house here is right under 3,000 living area, so summers our electric bill is enormous, but we have tons of windows too I'm sure that adds to the heat since the sun beats thru the windows.

I'm just wanting to be prepared if and when something is offered.

We deal with heat, humidity and mosquitos here too ... so wont be a change. What about people with allergies is it any different there as far as air quality?

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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:31:43 PM

We deal with heat, humidity and mosquitos here too ... so wont be a change. What about people with allergies is it any different there as far as air quality?


well, can you live with yellow pollen dust everywhere in March? he pine trees let off alot of pollen. I use to wash off the patio and the water was yellow because of pollen.

It doesnt happen all year long, but there are times when the pollen is thick!

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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:58:41 PM
Unfortunately, the pollen has already started over here. So ... seems like I'll feel right at home over there.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:58:42 PM
Unfortunately, the pollen has already started over here. So ... seems like I'll feel right at home over there.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:26:01 PM
Any chance you would be moving because of a recent merger between an engineering firm based in BR whose name is four letters and a company that is known by 3 initials?

We moved to NC from Houston for work at the 4 letter company who is now owned by the 3 initial company based in The Woodlands.... I have to laugh because it's hard for me to even want to consider moving back to the Houston area, although I have a lot of friends and family there.

That said, I doubt we would be relocated because DH works for a specific business line that is based here in NC.

I hope it all works out for you and yours. If I were going to move back to Houston, I would probably go somewhere on the upper north side.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:35:27 PM
Sorry no 4 letters or 3 initials here!
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