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    Apartment in Houston close to a park or trail?

    Hello, I am looking for a bedroom or nice efficiency under $600 that is walking distance to a nice park or trail in Houston. Right now I am looking around the Hershey Park area and I have not found anything in my price range. I could move any place in Houston, because I work from home. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

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    I'm not surprised you haven't found anything, $600 is really low and even most of the studio apartments around here start around $650-700 or more.
    I just moved here at the end of August, and live in the same THP/GBP area, where you are looking.

    I would suggest searching by zipcode (77077, 77079, 77094) on HAR.com - you never know what will become available.

    There aren't a lot of apartment complexes that are directly on park access (I ride it often). There are some close by but I am not sure I would call all of them walking distance. Most of the residences along the park are houses in neighborhoods, or townhouse communities. If you do a Google Map view of THP, you'll see what I mean.

    Some apartment complexes in the area that are fairly close to park access:

    Abbey @ Eldridge (Starting at $619)
    http://www.energycorridorapartments....-eldridge-3810

    Abbey @ Briar Forest (starting at $575)
    http://www.briarforestapartments.com...ar-forest-3808
    though I will say I drive by this complex every day and it's kinda sketchy and in kind of a shady area.

    Walden Pond
    http://www.waldenpondhouston.com/Floor-Plans.aspx
    (looks like they start around $570)

    This place was just renovated/rebuilt but it doesn't have prices on their site: http://www.seventeen15.com/floorplans-A.html

    Myriad Apartments (which is right next to Abbey @ Eldridge and Seventeen 15)
    http://www.myriadapartments.com/p/ap...partments-5244
    (slightly over $600)

    There are obviously more, but these are just some that I drive by daily so the names stuck in my head.
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    also here's the thread where i asked a lot of houston stuff: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...lore-go-eat-do

    might help a little.
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    If you work at home and use the internet be careful of the place you choose. Sometimes they do not offer good internet access or restrict your choices. Regarding trails look at GHORBA.org to get a good idea of the trails. Not all of them are on the west side.
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    Also look around Meyer Park in the Spring area.
    Nice park, library, trails, etc… You can walk/bike to the grocery stores and pubs in the older areas, here.
    And they have plans to expand the trails along Cypress and Spring creek systems.

    Alternately, if you have no need to commute…
    Move to austin, leave your car in houston.
    Trails, parks, connectivity everywhere and growing.
    Just don't contribute to our auto traffic problem...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    I'm not surprised you haven't found anything, $600 is really low and even most of the studio apartments around here start around $650-700 or more.
    I just moved here at the end of August, and live in the same THP/GBP area, where you are looking.

    I would suggest searching by zipcode (77077, 77079, 77094) on HAR.com - you never know what will become available.

    There aren't a lot of apartment complexes that are directly on park access (I ride it often). There are some close by but I am not sure I would call all of them walking distance. Most of the residences along the park are houses in neighborhoods, or townhouse communities. If you do a Google Map view of THP, you'll see what I mean.

    Some apartment complexes in the area that are fairly close to park access:

    Abbey @ Eldridge (Starting at $619)
    http://www.energycorridorapartments....-eldridge-3810

    Abbey @ Briar Forest (starting at $575)
    http://www.briarforestapartments.com...ar-forest-3808
    though I will say I drive by this complex every day and it's kinda sketchy and in kind of a shady area.

    Walden Pond
    http://www.waldenpondhouston.com/Floor-Plans.aspx
    (looks like they start around $570)

    This place was just renovated/rebuilt but it doesn't have prices on their site: http://www.seventeen15.com/floorplans-A.html

    Myriad Apartments (which is right next to Abbey @ Eldridge and Seventeen 15)
    http://www.myriadapartments.com/p/ap...partments-5244
    (slightly over $600)

    There are obviously more, but these are just some that I drive by daily so the names stuck in my head.
    Wow, thank you very much. That is very helpful. I know $600 in not much for Houston prices. It sucks to be poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texbiker View Post
    If you work at home and use the internet be careful of the place you choose. Sometimes they do not offer good internet access or restrict your choices. Regarding trails look at GHORBA.org to get a good idea of the trails. Not all of them are on the west side.
    Thanks, I will check that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AusTexMurf View Post
    Also look around Meyer Park in the Spring area.
    Nice park, library, trails, etc… You can walk/bike to the grocery stores and pubs in the older areas, here.
    And they have plans to expand the trails along Cypress and Spring creek systems.

    Alternately, if you have no need to commute…
    Move to austin, leave your car in houston.
    Trails, parks, connectivity everywhere and growing.
    Just don't contribute to our auto traffic problem...
    I have been thinking about moving to Austin. I heard it was kind of expensive to live there, so I was going to wait til I was out of debt and saved up some money. I'm ready to get out of Houston. I would love to be able to get by just riding a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    also here's the thread where i asked a lot of houston stuff: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...lore-go-eat-do

    might help a little.
    Thanks, sci guy.

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    I live in the area and I second to up the budget a little bit.... some areas here are beyond sketchy. Some are very upscale.

    This one is close by, it's less than 2 miles to get to THP, and you can "cut trough" the neighborhood to avoid most trafficked routes. ( briar forest can be dangerous at some time of the day... too many soccer moms texting while driving big SUV )
    http://thelexingtonhouston.com

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    yeah i drive briar forest every day to take my wife to work and i would never bike on it. the "bike lane" on it is merely just a line on the shoulder. no freakin way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    yeah i drive briar forest every day to take my wife to work and i would never bike on it. the "bike lane" on it is merely just a line on the shoulder. no freakin way.
    When folks use the facilities, the streets…..multi-modal…
    Can create a shift for the better in the public conscious…
    An unused bike lane trains drivers to disregard the facilities altogether…Your neighborhood route is treated as a highway style arterial. Take it back. Use it the way you want to use it. Just pavement and paint, people and machines.
    When the streets are used by people in different modes…peds, bikes, motorcycles, scooters, buses, light rail….the streets ARE for people. Not just cars.
    If you don't like the bike lane, use when safe and convenient and take the lane when it's not…
    My $0.02


    Also, advocate for better cycling facilities, road diets, traffic calming, and reduction of the speed limit on highway style arterials to 30mph or less.
    Very powerful in changing your society.
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    Google map of area surrounding Meyer Park off Cypresswood in the Spring area. There are some affordable apartments in the slightly older parts, here. You can see the green belt but many of the trails are not show.
    Lots of possibility for mtn bikes, 26 inch wheel tourers, cyclocross bikes, hiking, running, etc., here.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Meyer...&z=13&lci=bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by AusTexMurf View Post
    Google map of area surrounding Meyer Park off Cypresswood in the Spring area. There are some affordable apartments in the slightly older parts, here. You can see the green belt but many of the trails are not show.
    Lots of possibility for mtn bikes, 26 inch wheel tourers, cyclocross bikes, hiking, running, etc., here.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Meyer...&z=13&lci=bike
    Thanks, I'm not familiar with this area. I'm going to drive over there on my day off and check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ataru074 View Post
    I live in the area and I second to up the budget a little bit.... some areas here are beyond sketchy. Some are very upscale.

    This one is close by, it's less than 2 miles to get to THP, and you can "cut trough" the neighborhood to avoid most trafficked routes. ( briar forest can be dangerous at some time of the day... too many soccer moms texting while driving big SUV )
    http://thelexingtonhouston.com
    They do look very nice, but out of my price range.

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    If you find the right place, you CAN live car-free (or car "very light") in the city.

    Are you dead set on staying close to the big parks on the west side? If not, I'd say watch Craigslist like a hawk and try and jump on a little place in Montrose or near the Med Center. Maybe even near UH (depending on your tolerance for a "sketchy" neighborhood). Sometimes apts in 4-plexes or duplexes come up for rent. You'll be close-in and cycling on the inner loop streets is easy. Because they are actual, functional grids, instead of the dead-end keep out design of every outer subdivision, you can always find a less traveled street to get you where you need to go. As for parks, the bayou-bike trail network has expanded tremendously. Buffalo Bayou park has improved to the point of being absolutely amazing, and it's about a 15 minute bike ride from most anywhere in Montrose/MidTown/Med Center. Discovery Green and Hermann Park are nearby. Finally, in the loop you have better access to Metro, and all the buses are bike-compatible now, as are the rail cars (except for rush hour).

    IMHO, the Heights is near perfect for living a bike-heavy lifestyle, but it's gotten so popular I don't think you'll be able to find anything in your price range. Still, look around the peripheral neighborhoods of "Sunset Heights", "Shady Acres" and "Brooksmith" and you might get something. Also, the Eastwood neighborhood over on the east side of downtown is really starting to come around, and bargains can still be had there. So I've heard, anyway.....

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