I lived in Pearland, Texas since before the great influx of building and urban sprawl. This was fueled during the hot subprime market, and the entire place changed immediately. People that lived here before the influx began to make more money selling property than they could with ranching. Still some saw the handwriting on the wall as Houston grew and became one of the largest economies in the entire world.
However, you have to take the good with the bad. We now have one of the largest outdoor style malls in America, and all the nice restaurants are close. Additionally, this type of infrastructure means that we do not have to face the amazing traffic along highway 288 both going and coming. In addition, if you know the back streets like we do, the traffic is really not a problem. Another nice feature is that the neighborhood associations have remained strong. This is good because it has not let homes decay. This is important because with this type of growth, people come and go often, and homes become uninhabited.
In some places this can be a problem, but here, it is hardly noticeable due to the strong deed restrictions that are instituted. When the neighborhoods are kept up, crime is less likely and police patrol often. We also have a very large school district that is competitive statewide. Because the neighborhoods are active, we often enjoy outdoor activities, and we can normally find some type of game to attend year round. Things like this make it seem as though Pearland is still a bedroom community. We have resisted that urge to find a less populated area because all of the areas close to Houston will eventually become part of either Houston proper or a suburb. We stay, and when all is considered, we love it.