Sue Phillips

A Real Estate Agent at Welcome Home Rentals, LLC

Sue Phillips

Welcome Home Rentals, LLC

A Real Estate Agent based in Houston, TX

 
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Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Pearland is known for having great schools. The Berry Miller Junior High School, Alexander Middle School, and Glenda Dawson High School are all rare examples of public schools that have earned a 9 out of 10 GreatSchools rating. Two other public schools, Magnolia Elementary School and Rustic Oak Elementary School earned a 10 out of 10 rating. Pearland also offers several private schools that complement their excellent public schools, such as the St. Helen Catholic School, Eagle Heights Christian Academy, and Heritage Christian Academy.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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In 2007 Forbes Magazine ranked Pearland as the 34th fastest growing suburb in the nation. Because of this, apartment prices have risen. The average cost of a two bedroom apartment in Pearland ($1147) is higher than any other neighboring city aside from Stafford. The averages for a one bedroom apartment ($867) and three bedroom apartment ($1507) are also among the highest in the area.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Houston is a city well-known for its fantastic restaurants. The CityCentre has a collection of acclaimed places, such as Bistro Alex, Yard House, Brio Tuscan Grille, and many more. One of the neighborhoods that locals claim has the best food is Montrose. The area has a good mix of established restaurants, such as Dolce Vita and Hugo’s, and new flavors, such as El Real and Feast. Chinatown, in southwest Houston, is also a favorite for many. Some of the best restaurants in the area are Quan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant, Sushi Miyagi, and Mala Sichuan Bistro.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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In recent years Houston has become a city where more people rent than own. In 2010, 48% of the city’s properties were renter occupied units, which was slightly more than owner occupied units, which accounted for 46% of properties. Even more telling was that in the same year, of all the vacant housing units, 59% were for rent, and only 12% were for sale. It’s much easier to rent an apartment than buy a home here in Houston, and today, there are over thousands of rent friendly places to choose from.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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There are 17 school districts that have jurisdiction in Houston, the largest being the Houston Independent School District. There are over 700 public schools, and over 300 private schools here. There are also a wealth of colleges here, the most prominent being the University of Houston, which is the third-largest university in the state. There are also liberal arts universities, research universities (Rice being the most popular), religious universities, and community colleges.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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It’s undeniable that Houston offers some of the best culture in the U.S. The city’s Theater District is comprised of six performing halls and nine arts organizations, which host a variety of events for the city’s thriving theater and music scenes. There are also a variety of places to visit in the Museum District, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. As for outdoor activities, Houston is home to professional football, basketball, soccer, and baseball teams. They have 56,000 acres of green space, which is the largest amount out of the ten most populous cities in the U.S. (they are the fourth largest U.S. city). This is just a brief overview of all Houston has to offer -- come and see for yourself everything that the city has to offer.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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For public transportation, Bellaire offers five bus lines and access to the METRORail, which runs through the city of Houston and its suburbs. Despite these options, only 1% of Bellaire’s population uses public transportation. 87% of its citizens drive their own vehicles to get around.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Pasadena’s crime rate is more or less consistent with state averages, slightly higher than national averages, and is far lower than Harris County averages. There are an average of 4 violent crimes and 38 property crimes per 1,000 residents every year.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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In 2009, there were 23 crimes per 1,000 residents, ranking Pearland as the third lowest crime rate in Texas cities of a similar population. Then, in 2011, the crime rate declined even further. Currently, Pearland ranks far below the national, county, and state crime averages.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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A two bedroom apartment in Channelview costs an average of $726, making it one of the cheapest places to live in the area. Only South Houston ($550) is less expensive. An average one bedroom apartment in Channelview costs $590 and a three bedroom is $944.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The average price of a two bedroom apartment in Missouri City is $1082, which is similarly priced to Houston ($1051), Stafford ($1200), and Sugar Land ($1088), to name a few. The average one bedroom apartment in Missouri City costs $836, and for a three bedroom apartment it’s $1212.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Pasadena offers an engaging nightlife with a variety of locations. You can’t go wrong with one of their Mexican restaurants, such as Don’key’s Mexican Food, Mamarita’s Mexican Restaurant, or Taqueria Tepatitlan. From there, you can dance at the Island Club or Hallabaloos Nightclub, see a movie at the Cinemark Hollywood Movies, community theater at the Pasadena Little Theater, or a show at The Comedy Showcase. Or, if you’re up for the 20 minute drive, you can always experience Houston at night.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Pasadena offers apartment prices that are in the middle of the pack for the Houston metropolitan area. The average cost is $838 for a two bedroom apartment. Neighbors such as South Houston ($550) and Channelview ($726) have lower prices, and areas such as Houston ($1051) and Pearland ($1147) are higher. A one bedroom apartment in Pasadena averages $617 and a three bedroom apartment averages $902.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transportation isn’t popular in South Houston -- only 1.4% of the population uses it. There are bus lines that go to and from Houston, but if you’re going elsewhere, not a lot is offered. It should be noted that the William P. Hobby Airport, the second largest in the Houston metropolitan area, is right next to South Houston. For everyday commuting, however, it would be a good idea to invest in a car or bicycle.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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South Houston has some of the lowest apartment prices in the metropolitan area. The average cost of a two bedroom apartment is $550. Comparatively, neighboring Pasadena’s average is $838 and Houston’s is $1051. The average cost for a one bedroom apartment in South Houston is $445, and for a three bedroom apartment it’s $695.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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South Houston has many restaurants, with notable Mexican and Seafood options. For Mexican, visit Taqueria De Jalisco, Casarez, or Carniceria Aguascalientes. For Seafood, check out Connie’s Seafood Kitchen, Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen, or Mannie’s Seafood. There are plenty of other culinary experiences available in the area, and also in bordering Pasadena and Houston.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Bellaire has no shortage of nightlife opportunities. You can dance at the most popular club, Club 26Ten, or for a more laid-back night, catch a flick at the Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 24 Cinemas. For a meal before or after the movie, visit Auntie Pasto’s for authentic Italian or the acclaimed Samurai Japan Steak & Sushi House. These places are in the local Bellaire neighborhood -- if you want more options, or a later crowd, downtown Houston is only a 15 minute drive.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Over the past eleven years, overall crime in Bellaire has declined. However, property crimes such as robbery haven’t decreased as sharply as violent crimes. This may be attributed to Bellaire’s status as one of Houston’s richest neighborhoods, or that its the 12th wealthiest location in Texas per capita income. Crimes in Bellaire occur far less than in other parts of the U.S., as they are projected to rank below the national averages in all categories in 2012.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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CNN Money ranked Missouri City #21 on its 2010 Best Places to Live list. One of the main reasons why was because its low levels of crime. Every year, only 2 out of every 1,000 Missouri City citizens experience a violent crime, and only 16 out of every 1,000 experience a property crime. In Texas, 4.08% of the population are affected by a property crime per year, and 0.52% are affected by a violent crime. In Missouri City, only 1.54% and 0.2% are affected by each respectively.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There is a METRO station in Missouri City, which is a light rail system that provides access to areas such as downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The city’s service was recently expanded in 2011, and should reduce the number of people who drive to work (84% of the population with an average 32 minute commute time). Currently, only 1.7% of the population takes public transportation to work every day.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Eastex Park & Ride is easily accessible from Humble, and offers four routes. Houston (20 miles away) is accessible via this service. There is also a Greyhound station in Humble that can take residents to Houston, or even further if they have out of state business. Houston’s largest airport, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, is located in Humble, making it easy for the city’s residents to travel. Even though most residents drive a vehicle to work every day, public transportation options are available.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Most of the best restaurants in Humble are right off of the Eastex Freeway. There is the Chez Nous (French), Italiano’s Restaurant (Italian), Noyola’s Mexican Restaurant (Mexican), and Black-eyed Pea Restaurant (American), to name a few. After dinner, head over to the Movie Tavern or AMC Dearbrook to catch a flick. Or, if you are a fan of punk music, spend the rest of the night rocking out at the Trash Bar Texas.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The average price of a two bedroom apartment in Humble is $901. Comparatively, nearby New Caney ($450), Channelview ($726), Crosby ($777), and Spring ($888) are cheaper. Porter ($934), Kingwood ($935), and Houston ($1051) are more expensive. The average price for a one bedroom apartment in Humble is $718, and for a three bedroom it’s $1172.
Restaurants & Night Life

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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GreatSchools gave Fresno’s public school system a 4/10 rating. This poor grade may be blamed on Fresno’s lack of private schools. The city has four of them, but they’re all for preschoolers. The three public elementary schools in Fresno and their GreatSchools rating are: Lula Belle Goodman Elementary School (grade: 5/10), Burton Elementary School (4), and the Rosa Parks Elementary School (2). For middle school and high school, Fresno teenagers go to Missouri City’s schools.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The average commuting time to work for a Fresno resident is 36.9 minutes. Because there aren’t many public transportation opportunities, the majority of residents drive their own vehicles or carpool. Houston is just 20 miles away, but traffic can make the drive as long as 30-60 minutes. This could explain the long average commute for a Fresno resident.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Deer Park’s Recreation Department offers four recreational departments, 14 parks, 24 fields, an outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, six lighted tennis courts, a gym with two racquetball courts, a weight room and a basketball court, among other services. They also offer fitness classes to the public, such as Zumba, pilates, karate, and water aerobics.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Most of Deer Park’s best restaurants are lined up on Center Street, so you can pick whichever place suits your taste. For Cajun, try Guidry’s Crusin’ Cajun Crawfish. For Vietnamese, check out the Imperial Court. For Italian, stop by Antonio’s Italian Grill & Seafood. And for Mediterranean, eat at Bibi’s House of Kabob. Center Street can satisfy almost any craving you or your friends have.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Deer Park is one of the median prices in the Houston metropolitan area. A two bedroom apartment averages $854, which is more expensive than South Houston, Channelview, and Pasadena, but cheaper than Webster and Kemah. The average one bedroom apartment costs $690 and a three bedroom apartment is $996.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Only 1% of Channelview’s population uses public transportation to get to work everyday. 82% drive a vehicle. Because the average resident’s commute to work is on average 19% longer than both the average Texan and American’s, 13% of people in the city are carpooling. For those who are traveling further than work, two Amtrak stations are located within 30 miles of Channelview’s center.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Despite Channelview being named one of the best places to live in the U.S. in 2007 by MONEY Magazine, it has a higher than normal crime rate. In 2010 it exceeded national averages in almost every category, and had an especially high number of reported property crimes, such as burglary and larceny. Neighborhood Scout, a city database, estimated that Channelview is only safer than 5% of other American cities.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Because there are very few public transportation options in Stafford, buying a vehicle is a must. 85% of Stafford’s population drives to work. Carpooling is a great idea (13% of the city’s population does it), especially if you work in Houston. Even though it’s 21 miles away, it can take up to an hour (one way) in rush hour traffic.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Stafford reported lower violent crimes than the state average in 2010, but above-average property crimes. Nationally, it is slightly more dangerous than other cities with similar populations. From 1998 to 2008, crime increased by 26% in Stafford. Since then, crime has decreased slightly, but is still higher than normal.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The average price for a two bedroom apartment in Stafford is $1200. This makes it one of the most expensive locations in the area, joining other $1000+ cities such as Pearland, Sugar Land, and Houston to name a few. The average price of a one bedroom apartment is $791, and for a three bedroom it’s $1183. It should be noted that Stafford is the only town or city in Texas that doesn’t require a property tax.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Because of Gelena Park’s small size, there aren’t many restaurants or nightlife options. For a night out, residents will have to visit nearby Pasadena or Houston, which are 10 and 20 minute drives respectively. However, there are a couple local options, including the popular El Potosino Mexican Restaurant.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Galena Park doesn’t offer many public transportation options, with only one bus route available. However, the bus offers stops to and from Houston, which helps commuters who work or live in the city. If you plan on commuting elsewhere, your only option is to buy a vehicle or bicycle. These are two viable options, as there isn’t much traffic.

 

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