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Posted: 11/8/2012 4:47:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/8/2012 4:47:37 PM EDT by NoRegrets]
Alright guys, I received a promotion and will be relocating to the Houston area around the first of the year. Looked at houses and condos in the Kemah area per my bosses recommendation.

Anybody familiar with the area and can give me the rundown?

Alex
Link Posted: 11/8/2012 5:10:30 PM EDT
Many parts of Kemah flooded in Hurricane Ike. You should check out FEMA's flood zones - a little north of there in Clear Lake, and west into Friendswood didn't flood. I liked Clear Lake, we lived there for 6 years.
Link Posted: 11/8/2012 5:15:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By watercat:
Many parts of Kemah flooded in Hurricane Ike. You should check out FEMA's flood zones - a little north of there in Clear Lake, and west into Friendswood didn't flood. I liked Clear Lake, we lived there for 6 years.


Thanks for the advice. I was a little concerned with it being so close to the water.
Link Posted: 11/8/2012 5:47:42 PM EDT
We live in League City, in the South Shore Harbor area (about one mile from the western edge of Kemah). We did fine here during Ike. Most of the flooding in my neighborhood was from rain and not storm surge. Take a look at the Harbor Park subdivision (that's where I live). Several homes for sale in this area right now.
Link Posted: 11/8/2012 5:55:33 PM EDT
I also live in League City (west of 45) and had no issues during Ike, Kemah is only a 12 minute drive from home in fact my wife and I just got back from dinner down there.
Link Posted: 11/8/2012 6:28:20 PM EDT
Will you be working in the Kemah area?
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 4:27:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/9/2012 6:46:48 PM EDT by toby1]
Check out Friendswood. Good school district & PSC gun range. Edit to say PSC, thanks
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 4:36:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By toby1:
Check out Friendswood. Good school district & PSA gun range.


PSC gun range
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 5:28:09 AM EDT
Anywhere west of 146 is good, make sure you have flood insurance anyways. I live in Seabrook. Great area with very good schools. I am a member of PSC. Tought to get a memebership right now, but let us know and we can take you as a guest. Good restaurants. Love living here. You can't go wrong.

gerritm
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 8:12:31 AM EDT
I lived in Kemah for almost 10 years (in Kemah Oaks). Our neighborhood didn't flood during Ike. The streets filled, but the house was fine. Lot's of the restaurants got hit hard, though.
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 10:52:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By williamkevin:
We live in League City, in the South Shore Harbor area (about one mile from the western edge of Kemah). We did fine here during Ike. Most of the flooding in my neighborhood was from rain and not storm surge. Take a look at the Harbor Park subdivision (that's where I live). Several homes for sale in this area right now.


Will do. I should be down in about a month or so.
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 10:54:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By gerritm:
Anywhere west of 146 is good, make sure you have flood insurance anyways. I live in Seabrook. Great area with very good schools. I am a member of PSC. Tought to get a memebership right now, but let us know and we can take you as a guest. Good restaurants. Love living here. You can't go wrong.

gerritm


It took me a year on the list to get into a private range here. Definitely not looking forward to another wait.

Was looking at the Seabrook area also. I have to decide soon if I'd like a house or condo.
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 11:04:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By terryj:
Will you be working in the Kemah area?


I'll be working off of 225 near Red Bluff.
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 11:59:57 AM EDT
Easy ride from anywhere around 146, That is why we moved into this area. Can avoid 45. Seabrook,El Lago, Kemah area. A little harder if you get west around 45. PM me when you get here to go to PSC range. Nothing else like it around. Do you shoot 3-gun or USPSA? Can show you where the matches are if you are interested.

Gerrit
Link Posted: 11/10/2012 4:23:51 AM EDT
I was just in clearlake. Nice area, but traffic HELL.

Friendswood is nice according to a guy i know that works at NASA.

Link Posted: 11/10/2012 4:54:50 AM EDT
I live in Seabrook also and love the Clear Lake area. My neighborhood had very little damage from Ike.
If you are going to work in the 225 area, I would not live in Kemah. The Kemah bridge is a bottleneck on 146, and I would not want to deal with it on a daily basis. Traffic on 146 in Seabrook can be bad, but if you live in Seabrook, there are routes in the city that would allow you to go around much of the traffic.
Link Posted: 11/11/2012 7:47:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/11/2012 7:47:59 PM EDT by hatexoc]
I also live in seabrook my whole life, my parents own a gun store here, I love it here and wouldn't live anywhere else...feel free to hit me up if you have questions
Link Posted: 11/12/2012 6:49:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By hatexoc:
I also live in seabrook my whole life, my parents own a gun store here, I love it here and wouldn't live anywhere else...feel free to hit me up if you have questions


What gun store?

gerritm
Link Posted: 11/12/2012 4:41:16 PM EDT
Marburgers
Link Posted: 11/13/2012 6:02:33 PM EDT
Thanks guys and sounds like Seabrook could be a winner. When I find a place I'll update and maybe a few of us can go shoot then grab a beer or something.
Link Posted: 11/13/2012 6:30:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NoRegrets:
Thanks guys and sounds like Seabrook could be a winner. When I find a place I'll update and maybe a few of us can go shoot then grab a beer or something.


Sweet
Link Posted: 11/14/2012 5:21:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NoRegrets:
Thanks guys and sounds like Seabrook could be a winner. When I find a place I'll update and maybe a few of us can go shoot then grab a beer or something.


Sounds good, let us know when you get settled.

gerritm

Link Posted: 12/25/2012 4:47:58 PM EDT
I've been looking at houses online and have found a few that I've really liked. Unfortunately, I won't be down for another two weeks to look at them. I've called the listing agent on one that I really liked and couldn't believe when she told me the taxes were 6k a year.

The home was listed in $230's and wanted to ask you if this was normal for the area? The house is located on the far east side of League City near Kemah, and on Shoal Point Dr.

Thanks for the help.

Alex
Link Posted: 12/25/2012 5:21:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2012 5:24:52 PM EDT by rudinater]
Yep taxs in this area can be very high. The lowest I have seen are 2.5% with the high being 4.1% So thats any where from 5K to over 8K on a 200K home.

Also dont forget to ask about HOA fee's, they can be as low as 150 per year up to 1,500 per year.

www.HAR.com is a good place to see the MLS listing and the show the taxs and HOA fee for each listing.

I own land in Kemah but I would not live there.
Link Posted: 12/25/2012 5:38:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By rudinater:
Yep taxs in this area can be very high. The lowest I have seen are 2.5% with the high being 4.1% So thats any where from 5K to over 8K on a 200K home.

Also dont forget to ask about HOA fee's, they can be as low as 150 per year up to 1,500 per year.

www.HAR.com is a good place to see the MLS listing and the show the taxs and HOA fee for each listing.

I own land in Kemah but I would not live there.


If I may ask; why wouldn't you live there?
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 10:23:01 PM EDT
Marburgers is always friendly and good customer service.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 5:07:51 AM EDT
People saying Friendswood doesn't flood are forgetting Allison. I was married at the time and we lost our house due to flooding. We lived right on Mary's Creek.

Also, the traffic on 45 is horrific. it's one of the reasons I didn't stay in Friendswood. Kemah will have similar traffic on 45.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:13:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Justa_TXguy:
People saying Friendswood doesn't flood are forgetting Allison. I was married at the time and we lost our house due to flooding. We lived right on Mary's Creek.


What was that - Emerald Estates or something like that? One of my coworkers lived in there. Had 5' of water in his living room. I helped him knock the drywall out afterwards. They didn't rebuild.

I live in Clear Lake. No problems with Allison, and didn't lose power for Ike. One of the lucky ones I guess.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 2:01:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Justa_TXguy:
People saying Friendswood doesn't flood are forgetting Allison. I was married at the time and we lost our house due to flooding. We lived right on Mary's Creek.

Also, the traffic on 45 is horrific. it's one of the reasons I didn't stay in Friendswood. Kemah will have similar traffic on 45.



I'll bet that house flooded during Claudette in '79 too. Mine did.

That little area had the nation wide record for National Flood Insurance Payouts for a while.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 3:11:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wing8:
Marburgers is always friendly and good customer service.

First place I head when looking for a new firearm. Great people to buy from...
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:23:15 PM EDT
I lived off Kirby between Red Bluff and Nasa RD 1 for a few years, ~ 5 mins from Kema proper. Very nice area to live in. We were actually in the city of Pasadena.

Be sure to grab lunch at T-Bone Toms there in Kema and get the grilled pork chop, it is my favorite.

Welcome to Texas.

HK Ag
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 5:32:12 PM EDT
Yep, prop taxes are $$ but the offset is no state income tax. They will get their $ one way or the other, though...

Welcome to TX!
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