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Houston's "Bay Area"

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The southeast suburbs of Houston reach for miles and eventually stop at Galveston Bay. Along the bay there are numerous inlets, one of which is a brackish lake known as Clear Lake. Clear Lake is the center for an area of the metro known as the Bay Area which is mostly suburban but with an identity unique from the rest of the Houston metro. The area which is generally 18-25 miles from downtown on I-45 is home to NASA mission control, aerospace companies, several resorts and a fairly large fleet of pleasurecraft. Although I live there so I am biased, I think it is one of the best commuter suburbs of Houston.

I have split it up into two sections since the area is pretty large.

Part 1) The South Shore

Part 2) The North Shore

The South Shore of Clear Lake includes League City, Clear Lake Shores, Kemah, and Seabrook.

Part 1)

These are mainly of the older part of Seabrook. I will put the newer parts in part 2

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I assume this has to do with storm surge?

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The view of Kemah from across the water.

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Kemah-----There is a nice boardwalk there but it is usually crowded so I stay away.

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Lighthouse.

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Some giant power lines along 146.

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Continued......

Clear Lake Shores----It is really just a neighborhood.

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League City------

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I work at South Shore Harbor which is a small office complex and resort.

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This is a view of the North Shore from South Shore Harbor. The buildings in the distance belong to NASA Mission Control where they are currently communicating with the crew of the International Space Station.

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Typical subdivision in League City.

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Here is what it looks like before the houses.

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Love Houston... urban, suburban, and exurban Houston.

Thanks for these latest photos, Greens! :)

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Great pictures. I never spent much time in Clear Lake Shores. It certainly looks affluent.

My first apartment in Houston was on Fuqua and I-45, and I used to drive out to the Bay all the time, mostly to Kemah, Bacliff and San Leon. There's a lot of vacant land to the north, especially around Pasadena along Red Bluff Road (which was originally supposed to be a freeway and they still talk about turning it into one).

The whole Landry's/Kemah Boardwalk transformation was quite impressive. It used to be kind of a nasty fishing village, but it's now this crowded family-oriented amusement park. It seems to have driven a lot of residential development down there as well.

I've heard of people swimming in Galveston Bay, specifically in Texas City, but I would never do it myself. The water is far too murky, the chemical plants on it make me weary of it, and I've heard stories of crazy undertoes and currents.

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Here is the second part. It includes the north shore of Clear Lake. The towns included are Nassau Bay, Taylor Lake Village, Pasadena (the tip), and Houston (sort of).

Nassau Bay:

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NASA Parkway looking toward the Hilton.

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Holiday Inn Nassau Bay, where news crews broadcast the news of Apollo 13.

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Clear Lake from Nassau Bay.

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South Shore Harbor

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Taylor Lake Village/Pasadena:

View of the Hilton

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View of South Shore Harbor:

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Apartments, sailboats, and the future Endeavor

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Endeavor site

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Webster/Houston:

NASA

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Space Center Houston, where the tourists go

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Mission Control, where they communicate with astronauts

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Cool architecture

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The Houston part of the Bay Area is known as Clear Lake City.

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Here are some small, medium, and large homes from the northside of Clear Lake.

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Great Pics of the Bay Area. I have family out in League City.

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I like the housing style in Clear Lake Shores.

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Great pics. I love the funkier older part- great coastal cottages, a little dilapidated but appealing neighborhoods and fun creole/island architecture of some of the surrounding businesses.

I have a more positive image of some parts Houston now.

The newer suburbs and McMansion areas don't really have as much appeal for me, and reinforce my overall impression of Texas. Though I'm sure there are lots of other cool and funky neighborhoods in Houston and other Texas cities that I am totally unaware of.

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