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I think we're gonna bite the bullet and move to Pasadena within the year. Lots of reasons - I dislike where we are now, DH's job, I wanna be a midwife...anyway...<br><br>
I want to know all about it - places to rent, childcare options (particularly interested in Montessori programs or similar...I have a 12 month old), delayed-vax friendly pediatricians, great midwives, playgroups, etc.<br><br>
So if you live in the area, bombard me with information please! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My IL's live in Pasadena.. I don't know a lot about it, but I want you to know that it's very polluted. There are all kinds of refineries and factories right there. We thought about moving there but I can't handle that kind of thing. I don't know if you would want to, either.
 

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search the forum for the other houston threads, most of the information is applicable to pasadena too.<br><br>
I was born in pasadena, parents still live there.<br><br>
the PP is right, it is very polluted, and depending on where you live can smell really bad (the joke around town is that it's called stink-adena).<br><br>
Housing is cheap though, that's always a plus. Bay area birth center is in pasadena, the mw that runs it also does homebirths (there are quite a few HB mws in Houston, so your options aren't really limited there).<br><br>
I don't know where you are now, but you might also look into baytown, deer park, friendswood and the other 'burbs over in that area
 

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Eh, I currently live in the Lake Charles, LA area, where we have the most refineries and other industrial complexes in Louisiana, so unfortunately I'm kind of used to it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Pasadena is really pretty yuck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I would choose a different suburb in that area if a south Houston suburb is what you're after.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Hmm...well, we do have relatives in Baytown and League City. Would either of those be preferable?
 

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I would think League City would be a bit better. I wouldn't do Baytown personally- too far from everything.<br><br>
Really it depends on what you want and what you have to spend.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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We've budgeted about $800-$1200 for monthly rent. (Although of course I'd rather stay in the $800 range.) We're looking for 2 bedrooms, 1-2 baths, just a decent, clean place. Location isn't super important since my DH is going to have a commute no matter where we choose to live. I'd like somewhere with decent preschools and a nice mommy-friendly community.
 

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Really, IMO (as a former teacher...) your good preschools are by and large going to be close in. Period. Good preschools in the suburbs- ESPECIALLY the south and east are few and far between.<br><br>
Friendly moms are everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You might try Pearland- there's a lot of new development there that brings families.<br><br>
Location MAY matter depending on time and direction of commute.<br><br>
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Yeah... let's just say growing up we've always called Pasadena.... "Stink-adena" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's pretty gross.<br><br>
Edited: Sorry I see texaspeach already updated you on that.
 

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Sorry, I should have specified...DH will be working in Port Arthur. He'll drive over there on Monday mornings and come home on Thursday evenings. He should be leaving before/after rush hour, so that shouldn't be an issue. So really it's up to me where we live - he has the commute anyway.<br><br>
You ladies have given me a lot to think about...thanks!
 

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I can't see being able to find that sort of stuff in Pasadena or Baytown. I went to high school in Baytown and it wasn't exactly the free-thinking friendly capital of anywhere! It's even hard to get good produce or organic milk in the grocery stores would you believe! Somewhere in the Clear Lake area might be good or there is also a birth center in the Woodlands. Although The Woodlands is expensive I would imagine you could find apartments in the Spring/North Center area and head up there for other things. Alegna is right though - closer into town is better for that sort of thing.
 

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Stacy, I would probably go somewhere besides Pasadena, although there is some new development on the south side of Pasadena that isn't too bad. Maybe try Deer Park or LaPorte, but I hear they're pretty similar. Like the other ladies said, I would stick to Pearland, League City, Dickinson, Texas City, or Clear Lake. I love Clear Lake and have seen some decent rentals in the area. Welcome to Houston! (even if you're not exactly in Houston, all the surrounding areas are pretty much considered part of Houston, so welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) We don't have the prettiest city, but there is lots to do, affordable housing, and super friendly people!!!
 

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We live in Clear Lake and I teach school in CCISD. We really like it here. I have found a great group of crunchy moms in the area, houses are affordable and we rented in League City for a year and a half before buying. Paid around $900/month for a very nice 2 bedroom apt. in the South Shore Harbor area (nice part of town). I like that we are close enough to the city for a day trip to the museum or zoo or shopping at the Galleria (all within about 30 min.), but I don't have to deal with the Houston traffic on a daily basis. I think League City was voted one of Forbes Magazine's 100 fastest growing suburbs this year. The area is growing fast, so property values are great too.
 
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