Houston, Texas

The Big Heart

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The Area

The Houston metroplex is massive in ways peeps from the Northeast are going to have a tough time comprehending. At over 10k square miles it is larger than five U.S. states: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. It lies on the Gulf of Mexico but access to swimmable beaches is tricky. Galveston is a popular destination, particularly East Beach, but the Gulf of Galveston can be hit or miss as a swimmable water source. Generally if you’re looking for a true beach vacation Houstonians head to South Padre Island or across to Destin, Florida.

One of the great things about Houston is its proximity to other major cities. Dallas, Austin and San Antonio are all ~ 3 hours or less of a drive, and an hour and a few minutes flight time. The icing on the cake is that New Orleans is only a 5 hour drive (or 1 hour flight) in case your craving for Beignets gets out of hand.

Downtown

Young Professionals

The Inner Loop is where young professionals want to live in Houston. And while there are plenty of great neighborhoods to choose from there are several that pull in the most young profs and the common characteristic for these neighborhoods is often proximity to “downtown”. Neartown/Montrose is a great example of these: just blocks from the downtown neighborhood it is one of the most walkable areas in Houston. It has a great art scene and is packed with nightlife for those looking to get out and about. It also has plenty of affordable housing with both purchase and rental apartments available.
Neartown/Montrose

  • Downtown
  • Fourth Ward
  • Midtown
  • Upper Kirby
  • Medical Center

Greater Heights

DINKs/SINKs

There is a running gag in Houston that when one of your friends gets married and has kids they start prepping to move to “The Greater Heights” neighborhood in the inner Loop. It’s a bit suburban for an inner city neighborhood but the small town feel inside the city is very cool. Good place to start your search.

  • Greater Heights

Montrose

LGBTQ+

Houston's LGBTQ+ scene is concentrated in a neighborhood called Montrose. It's a couple miles southwest of downtown, with a mix of historic, early 20th-century homes, cute cottages and condos and apartments for anyone looking for smaller housing options. The center of the community is where Westheimer Road crosses Montrose Boulevard, great walkscore LGBTQ+ bars and restaurants. Also within walking distance are great boutique shops and cafes.

  • Montrose

River Oaks

Families

Established Families:
There are plenty of neighborhoods and communities for bigger families with more $ under their belts. River Oaks is probably the most famous of these. It has been called the Beverly Hills of Houston, so get that wallet open. The neighborhood is filled with beautiful historic homes that successfully represent the old money of Houston. Just as importantly for those who want the homes AND a fancy commercial district River Oaks has a District (not so creatively called River Oaks District) to rival Rodeo Drive. If you want to live in The Loop and have it all this is your joint. If you crave more of a suburban/rural vibe then look at Piney Point Village. Filled with more modern mega-homes and country club amenities this is where you live if you want it fancy but also want it quiet.

  • River Oaks
  • Piney Point Village
  • Galleria-Uptown
  • West University Place
  • Boulevard Oaks