"Sleepy little area just south of the Beltway/290 intersection"
Alfred Ln. is one of many streets that connects Gessner to Teague, a small, makeshift access road to Hempstead, which runs parallel to 290. I got lost in this area once and was a little surprised by this road in particular. There are industrial buildings set next to small ranch homes, which are set next to smaller houses, which are set next to 2 very large houses. Everything is gated. One half of Alfred has large yards while on the other half, closer to Teague, the houses got smaller and closer together. It did not look like comfortable living. But, you live within your means and these houses certainly looked to be affordable. A few of the houses looked abandoned or given up on, while others looked pristine, or even cute. For families looking to move here, or anyone for that matter, there are a few very bright spots. There are two parks to the south within the same neighborhood that are big enough to accommodate picnics or playing with your dog. Also, in the event of a problem, there is a police station on Teague one street north. And, if you are need of public transportation, there is a bus stop one street south. Because you are so close to the Beltway/290 intersection, there is no place in Houston you can't go. The intersection at the Beltway and 290 alone has plenty of shopping and restaurants for every need. And when those inevitable hospital visits come about, there is a hospital about 15 minutes northwest. But, when leaving your little Alfred Ln., beware of Houston traffic. It's pretty terrible in this part of town.