This is exactly the thread I was looking for! We are preparing to move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Houston. DH will be working in downtown Houston. We were so disappointed to learn that the Houston chapter of Holistic Moms Network disbanded, as that is definitely my tribe here in the Bay Area.
One of you mentioned in a post that you live in a high concentration of crunchy mamas. Where is that?
I don't want to venture into the Whole Foods debate, but I am definitely going to miss my local Trader Joe's here. Are organic foods pretty mainstream in the Houston area? What about local produce? Are there organic farms offering CSA shares? And hormone-free/organic meats?
For schools, we are probably going to go the Montessori route. When I Google "Montessori Houston" I get lots of results. Do any of you in Houston have more specific feedback? My girls are 3 and 1, so I'm concerned about Kindergarten and early elementary in the next few years.
We have been considering living inside the loop if we can find a nice home with space (we really want a good sized yard, like 1/2 acre), or else up the direction of Spring. DH will be permitted to work from home a lot and make a schedule that will allow him to miss the worst of rush hour, but living within 20 minutes still sounds like a dream. So we are really unsure about whether to stick to inside the loop or venture further out. The housing prices seem rock bottom to us after struggling with the concept of buying in California for the last few years (and ultimately deciding not to), but part of the purpose of the move is to live more within our means so we don't want to splurge on housing either. I'd say we'd like to stay under $350,000.