Apartment budget for big law in Houston

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Apartment budget for big law in Houston

Post by hal471 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:06 am

Hi, entering big law in Houston and am wondering if anyone has advice about where to live or budget. My partner is moving with me but makes around $30K a year and won't be contributing to rent at first.

I'm not sure how much is reasonable to spend or what other first years do. I want to live on the light rail, and I like the museum district and midtown and have seen rents for places that I like ranging, for a two bedroom, from $1900 to $2400. Is this around what others spend on rent?

Any other advice about neighborhoods / places on the light rail would be welcome, and thanks in advance.

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Re: Apartment budget for big law in Houston

Post by blair.waldorf » Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:34 am

I spend $1300 for a 800 square foot one bedroom with an extra room (too small to be a bedroom and there is no wall between it and the living room) that I use as a home office. I'm in the Heights. It's big enough for two people, even with WFH - we have the office room and another desk in the living room. With remote work being more common moving forward, we will likely upgrade to a two bedroom eventually (but only because we would have two people contributing to rent - we would stay with the one bedroom if not).

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Re: Apartment budget for big law in Houston

Post by hal471 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:59 pm

Thanks - will look at the heights and good to know you've got a good space for much lower.

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Re: Apartment budget for big law in Houston

Post by CiscoFlow » Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:45 am

Sorry to hijack the thread. I'm planning to move to Houston in a remote working role (California biglaw). The firm has an office in downtown and my plan is to work 3 days in the office, 2 days WFH.

I have a family and we really liked the look of Sugar Land. How realistic is this when working Biglaw hours? The big selling point of Houston for us is low taxes and the affordable suburban lifestyle (the firm is flexible about where we relocate). I am happy to travel to and from the office outside of rush hour - Google Maps says its a 30 minute trip door to door. Many thanks.

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Re: Apartment budget for big law in Houston

Post by singer2001 » Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:41 pm

CiscoFlow wrote:
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:45 am
Sorry to hijack the thread. I'm planning to move to Houston in a remote working role (California biglaw). The firm has an office in downtown and my plan is to work 3 days in the office, 2 days WFH.

I have a family and we really liked the look of Sugar Land. How realistic is this when working Biglaw hours? The big selling point of Houston for us is low taxes and the affordable suburban lifestyle (the firm is flexible about where we relocate). I am happy to travel to and from the office outside of rush hour - Google Maps says its a 30 minute trip door to door. Many thanks.
Sugarland is going to be an hour commute each day if you leave after 7am or before 7pm. I personally just put on a podcast when I was doing this in Houston (live in LA now and same thing applies) but some people find that it grinds their soul to dust. If you dislike traffic, don't live in Sugarland. If you're on a biglaw salary go to piney point place, you'll get to downtown in 15 minutes with no traffic and maybeeeee 30 at rush hour and can find a nice place that's still very affordable depending on what you're looking for. Personally, the appeal of Houston suburbs seems to be the McMansion rather than just having a nice affordable house. You can buy/rent something that's nice and plenty large enough for a family inside the loop fairly easily on a teacher's salary, let alone a Biglaw one.

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Re: Apartment budget for big law in Houston

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:56 pm

How much more convenient is it to live downtown as opposed to 10-15min outside (as in Heights, Montrose, etc.)?

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