Considering relocation to the Houston area?
This world-class city offers excellent housing choices in every price range, in both urban neighborhoods and outlying communities.
Relocating to Houston could be the best move you’ve ever made. Moving to a new city is exciting, but nerve-racking at the same time. Houston’s plentiful neighborhoods, superior medical care and quality educational opportunities make adjusting to new surroundings painless.
As real estate moguls developed SpaceCity, the number of appealing neighborhoods became expansive. Houston’s broad selection of builders makes for a competitive market, with some of the country’s largest builders based here. Houston boasts one of the most diverse populations among major U.S. cities.
Anyone shopping for a home in or around Houston will often hear the phrase “master-planned community.” Developers launched this concept in the late 1960s and it has been extremely successful. Homes in these communities have strict regulations and deed restrictions. They feature amenities such as plentiful trees and greenbelts, community centers, educational facilities and recreation areas such as pools, ballparks and golf courses. These communities are found in the areas surrounding Houston and include Conroe, Copperfield, Fort Bend County, Friendswood, Jersey Village, Katy, Kingwood, League City, Pearland and The Woodlands, among others. Masterplanned communities offer a mix of lush scenery and modern conveniences, with locations near wooded acreage and bodies of water enhanced by abundant schools, shopping centers and restaurants.
Houston is an astonishingly green city. As Houston’s population and physical size grew, the city itself took in regions that were established as rural areas and suburbs.The result is a vast city of business districts mingled with friendly neighborhoods. The City of Houston includes incorporated communities such as West University Place, named because of its proximity to Rice University.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence in residential development inside Loop 610, the freeway that encircles central Houston. Other close-in areas include Meyerland, Houston Heights, South Main, MacGregor-Riverside, Third Ward, Acres Homes, Denver Harbor and Idylwood. These areas feature historical homes and neighborhoods brimming with character.
No description of Houston’s neighborhoods would be complete without mentioning River Oaks. This upscale area is home to big names, big oaks and big homes. New construction is less available, but the high quality of existing homes makes renovation worthwhile.
The Downtown Houston area offers a vibrant neighborhood for city dwellers. In addition to being the city’s central business district, downtown is home to exciting performances in the Theater District, Major League Baseball at Minute Maid Park and both NBA and WNBA, plus professional hockey and major concerts at the Toyota Center. Downtown restaurants abound, many with award-winning cuisine. The social scene boasts everything from sports bars and beer emporiums to chic dance clubs and music venues.
Downtown Houston and nearby Midtown offer a multitude of residential options. New high-rise apartment buildings offer amenities such as a loft floor and intown convenience. Similarly, many historical buildings have been converted into lofts with plenty of history and character, along with modern conveniences.
Just south of Downtown Houston, Midtown is an up-and-coming neighborhood. Numerous mid-rise (two to threestory) apartment developments as well as high-rise lofts provide convenient and stylish living options. Some lofts feature restaurants and retail shops on the ground floor with apartments above. Also in this area, townhomes offer a more private residential option, similar to stand-alone, single-family homes.
The METRORail light rail service provides transportation throughout both Downtown and Midtown. The rail line’s service spans from the University of Houston-Downtown, on the northern border of downtown, all the way to Reliant Park, home of Reliant Stadium and the Houston Texans. The rail line includes stops in the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and Rice University.
Schools and Higher Education
The quality of educational programs plays a major role in your relocation decision. Houston I.S.D. is the largest independent school system in Texas and the seventh-largest in the nation. However, Houston I.S.D. is just one of the 31 independent school districts in Harris County and its surrounding areas. Many of these school districts have received awards of excellence from the State of Texas. Approximately 400 private and parochial schools also serve the area.
To carry Houston’s youth into the professional world, the area has 25 institutions of higher learning. Junior colleges, universities, law schools, medical schools and a wealth of professional and technical training schools provide endless educational opportunities for adults.
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