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Q&A: What are the average home prices in either Dallas or Houston, TX?

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Question by Mr. Independent: What are the average home prices in either Dallas or Houston, TX?
My wife works in health care as a radiographer and I am teacher and we are considering moving to either Dallas or Houston. Can someone give me an idea of what an average 3 bed 2 bath home might cost down there? Thanks!

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Answer by Texas Happy Horn
It all depends on the location of town you move to. On average 120K to 250K for a nice home. If you move to the higher end neighborhoods of either city it could be 300K to the Millions.

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4 thoughts on “Q&A: What are the average home prices in either Dallas or Houston, TX?

  1. whowhatwhenwherewhy says:

    Everything depends on the neighborhood and how far out you are from the city center. The best housing values can be found most often at the $ 200K range. You might try searching http://www.har.com which is the main Houston area site for housing listed by realtors, lease and sale.

    Best of luck!

  2. cookingpancake says:

    I say it’s an average of $ 150,000.00 in Houston for an average home with the market like it is right now.

  3. Larry R says:

    Well that depends on where you live.

    http://www.har.com/

    Use these sites to check the Schools. http://dept.houstonisd.org/ab/abcx_tool/search.asp to find what school you are zoned too (it is for Houston Schools only, NOT suburbs)
    and
    http://www.chron.com/realestate/
    to see how the school scores on the TAKS (Texas Achievement and Knowlege and Skills) test.

    Med Center in Houston is one of the best neighborhoods, but also the most expensive. River Oaks (where the people who’s Grand-Daddy’s founded EXXON live) cost more, but they are bigger. West University (near Med Center) is probably the highest cost per square foot in town. This is in part because the Hospitals say all on-call doctors have to live within 20 min of the Hospital. That being said…”most expensive Houston neighborhood” means “about average price for San Francisco or one of those ugly cities up in Yankeeland.” For example there is a 3brm, 2 bath condo, in Med Center near where we used to live (the wife could walk to work) 2,800 square feet $ 395,000.

    You can do a LOT better in the suburbs…but then you have to deal with the drive. If you are willing to spend 40 min a day each way (or take the park and ride) home prices are very good. We are looking at a number of 4brm houses, approx 3,000 sq ft for under 250,000. The schools are excellent, but like I said the cost will be the 45 min, each way commute. In Houston Mass Transit is, for the most part, a purely theoretical concept. They are making some strides, and to be honest METRO does a much better job than I thought they would, but mostly it is “Park and Rides” from the Suburbs. They do that quite well.

    A few things to be aware of…

    1) The Climate here is HORRID. People don’t mind…I’d rather be in 95 degree heat and have a good job than be a comfortable 75 in Michigan and not be able to pay my bills. That being said…be ready for it. Also we haven’t been hit by a real hurricane in a while, but that is always a possibility, so ask about WHEN the area flooded last. If you are in the Med Center Area ask about “Allison” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Allison If you didn’t flood during Allison, you will be ok…but make sure to ask your realtor.

    2) We don’t have a lot of taxes here, and we don’t have a lot of regulations either (Houston is the largest city in America without zoning… that’s part of why I love it). This means our cost of living is about 80% of the national average. Your housing dollar will go farther, but so will your food dollar, your clothing dollar, etc.

    3) The lack of zoning is compensated for with VERY strong Homeowners Associations. Do NOT get crosswise with the homeonwere association. They can take your house, push come to shove.

    4) Houston does not have a “good side of town” or a “bad side of town”… rather it is quite spotty. Houston is less of a city than a collection of organic neighborhoods… and some of these are good neighborhoods and some are bad neighborhoods and some are inbetween. This means that areas quite near each other can be RADICALLY different in income, school quality, and racial make-up. If you live on one side of the freeway you are a medical technician or a cardiologist and your kids go to one of the best public schools in the nation, and you are probably white. If you live a half a mile away on the other side of the freeway you are a black gansta and you dropped out of “We don’t care about you High”. Also these borders are currently shifting… some “gentrification” was taking place around Montrose (the gay neighborhood) but the condo boom going condo bust has ended that… in other parts of town (west Bellare) some of the neighborhoods are coming back, and the school quality is improving. You really need to work with a realtor to see where you are in town, and do your homework on the schools.

    Right now the suburbs are Katy (to the west) Spring/The Woodlands (to the north) and Clear Lake (to the south, where NASA and the Astronauts are).

    http://www.houston.org/whyHouston/live.asp

    Lastly…Dallas and Houston don’t get along well AT ALL. I personally find Dallas to be rather snotty. Dallas is a great Texas City that, really deep down, seems to be somehow ashamed of the fact it is in Texas. It keeps trying to be sophisticated and cosmopolitan and comparing itself to New York and LA.

    Houston, (and for that matter Fort Worth) think that is just stupid. Houston is an oil town. (Fort Worth is still a bit of a cowtown, but I mean that in a nice way). Both cities are comfortable with themselves, and confident and proud of who they are.

    If you hear someone say “Well, that’s not how it’s done in New York” at a store or a resturant in Dallas they might get told “Oh, dear.. let me fix that for you…how would you like it?” If someone said “Well, that’s not how it’s done in New York” in Houston they would most likely be told “Damm Straight”.
    We are who we are, take us or leave us.

    Welcome to Houston! Enjoy!

  4. ladykemma2 says:

    in my houston neighborhood houses run 110,000. katy.

    i hate dallas. there is a pollen there that gives me a sinus headache.

    if i could plug Alief ISD. Alief pays the best.

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