"A vastly improved area"
From I-45, this part of town doesn't look like much. I went to Galveston for a few days to feel the ocean breeze on my face and passed by Southbelt/ Ellington. The freeway is overgrown on the shoulders and the trees need a quick trim. Well... there are plenty of dead branches. But if you make your way into the Southbelt/ Ellington area, you will be surprised. What used to be a mostly small, industrial area, is now springing up new homes in an attempt to clean up the area. There are new apartment and condo complexes going up, and it appears that they are trying to clean up their retail businesses too. The houses are moderately priced, but large enough to provide a comfortable home for your family. Of course, there is still a lot of room for development, so look for the area to take advantage of that. While there isn't much in the way of parks or recreation in the area, Beverly Hills Park is a short drive north and Friendswood is a short drive south, which has plenty of shopping, entertainment and recreation. The school district in the area is lagging somewhat, but this will change with the influx of new people coming to the neighborhood. And, San Jacinto College is in the area. The nice thing about this area, though, is certainly the flexibility it allows you. Beltway 8 is a short drive south and enables you access to many different parts of Houston. I-45 is also close, providing a similar access to Houston.