Post # 1
Hey Houston bees!
Post wedding, Fiance and I may be moving down there with you all! I’m looking at attending grad school at Sam Houston State in Hunstville and he’s looking for jobs in the area. The one he’s applying for this week is in Houston proper.
We’re worried about where to live and commute times. Can any of you tell me how long it actually takes (online map sites have been wrong for me in the past) to get from Conroe to Houston, Conroe to Huntsville, Huntsville to Houston?
Post # 3
I’m not 100% positive about Houston to Huntsville, but I think it’s about an hour and 15 minutes or an hour and a half away with little/no traffic. Houston to Conroe is about 45 minutes away without traffic, and about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes away with light traffic.
Post # 4
There’s really no such thing as “no traffic” in Houston, especially on 45, except maybe in the middle of the night. It seems like there is always an accident somewhere along that stretch of 45, and Houstonites are some of the worst rubberneckers I’ve ever seen (and I’m from Dallas, where our driving skills are legendarily bad). The SHSU exit is probably about 15-20 minutes from Conroe, and luckily there is rarely any traffic on that stretch. However, Huntsville/Conroe to downtown Houston can range anywhere from 1 hour in no traffic going 80 to 2 hours or more in rush hour. I usually make that drive either midday on weekdays or morning on Saturdays when the traffic is light and it’s around an hour and fifteen minutes.
Post # 5
The Woodlands is an incorporated community about half way between Houston (downtown that is) and Sam. From the med center to the Woodlands (when I’m going against traffic or early on a weekend morning, it takes me just under an hour. I’ve never really tried it during traffic.
That being said, there are commuter buses that go from communities in outlying areas to the Med Center, Downtown, the Galleria, and Greenway Plaza.
The City of Houston itself is pretty big–bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
Post # 6
If you’re looking for an in-between spot, I recommend The Woodlands. I have lots of newly married friends who live there and they all love it. Great shopping (their mall is awesome plus they have a huge concert venue there that regularly gets big name acts), great schools, great homes (ranging from million dollar mansions to affordable custom-built starter homes), and probably the most beautiful town in Texas. It’s about 30 minutes to Huntsville and 30-45 minutes to downtown. If I weren’t so attached to Dallas I would move there in a heartbeat.
Post # 7
The Woodlands / Oak Ridge area is a great spot half way. You can’t beat living there, and if you were to live in Conroe you’d probably spend all your free time in The Woodlands anyway! Of course, a lot depends on how close you are to I-45. If you are close to the freeway, you are looking at +/- 30-45 min to Downtown Houston in no traffic – 45-60+ min during typical traffic. I’m from The Woodlands and hope and pray I end up there again soon…
To SHSU you’re looking at 30-45 min. In Houston, it’s not unusual to travel 30-60 min to get to work or wherever you’re going. It’s VERY spread out.
The Woodlands is also only about 25 min. or so from the airport (IAH) which is awesome.
Trust me, The Woodlands is much nicer than Conroe, and great for young couples and families 🙂
Post # 8
My best friend went to school at SHSU (Go Bearkats!) while her husband worked in downtown Houston. They lived in the Woodlands while she finished up school and liked it pretty well. The Woodlands is definitely more upscale than Conroe, with more to do and see, but prices are higher (obviously) and Conroe has really been developing in the last 5 years.
The traffic to Huntsville won’t be too bad since you will be going against traffic, but I-45 into and out of Houston can be is a pain. Depending on where his job is though…there are quite a bit of companies that are moving farther out of Houston to take advantage of cheaper real estate. One of the major energy companies just announced plans to move to the Woodlands and several have moved there over the last 5 years. What type of job is your Fiance looking for?