has exploded into a diverse, urban hotspot for young professionals, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Let’s face it. Downtown is alive, offering residents unforgettable experiences along with the work-life balance many inner city explorers yearn for. Whether you’re hanging out at Market Square Park
for Blanket Bingo, enjoying cocktails with coworkers after hours, or taking in spectacular skyline views from the comfort of your own couch, there are multiple reasons why Downtown is a great place to call home. Here are our top four.
1. You Can Find Your Dream Home for Rent or For Sale
Not only is Downtown located at the heart of Houston’s best entertainment, dining and art scenes, there’s also a variety of residential properties available for rent and for sale. With multiple districts
in Downtown, each with its own unique character, it’s easy to find the ideal urban lifestyle tailored to your individual needs. Want a mix of old and new, quaint and cool local bars and restaurants lining the streets? You’ll want to check out the Historic District
. If you’re a sports fan, you may gravitate towards the Ballpark District
where you’ll have access to Minute Maid Park, fine dining restaurants and entertainment right outside your doorstep. As Downtown continues to see exponential growth in residential development, with more than 5,000 residential units and another 2,500 under construction or in the planning process, it’s easy to find your next dream home at all price points.
2. Getting Around Downtown Has Never Been Easier
No car? No problem. Contrary to popular belief, getting around Downtown has never been easier. Sure it takes a little guidance and maybe a few wrong turns, but with a little help
you can become an expert navigator of Houston’s Downtown streets. Residents are leaving their cars behind and embracing services like METRORail, BCycle
, Uber and Lyft, as alternative modes of transportation. Downtown dwellers can also count on Greenlink, Downtown’s free circulator bus to get to popular restaurants, hotels, and entertainment destinations quickly. You can hop on the Green Route to get to work Monday through Friday or take the Orange Route across neighborhoods during the weekend. Needless to say, you can totally survive without a car, living it up Downtown and enjoying the very walkable streets of the central city.
Have friends coming over? Check out our interactive parking map
. There are plenty of garages, surface lots, valet, street and discount parking options close by. And don’t forget- metered parking is FREE after 6 pm (Monday-Saturday), all day Sunday, as well as on city holidays
3. Easy Access to Quality Education
Choosing an urban family-friendly lifestyle by no means equates sacrificing quality education for your kids. In fact, many education options close to Downtown are some of the region’s highest achieving schools. And now, thanks to Learn Central
, you can find information about the 150+ public, charter and private schools, the 33 diverse neighborhoods, and the world-class cultural offerings inside the central city, all with just the click of a button. Designed for families committed to living urban, Learn Central also provides parents with great resources on child care centers, transportation, budgeting and more. Finding the right school for your child just got a lot less stressful, thanks to this helpful guide.
4. Phoenicia Specialty Foods is the Real Deal
Head towards 1001 Austin Street and you’ll hit Downtown’s one-stop YUMMY! shop, also known as Phoenicia Specialty Foods
. Everything you need plus more can be found at this international food hotspot. Missing mayonnaise on your crispy chicken sandwich? Phoenicia has you covered. Need veggies for your famous stir fry? Check. Hosting the next game night at your place? A selection of exotic wines, 200+ beers, and ciders from around the world, along with a killer prepared food section, awaits you. Did we mention there’s complimentary parking available for shoppers in the One Park Place garage? When it comes down to it, Phoenicia Specialty Foods is more than your average grocery store, it’s the ultimate foodie experience! If that is not enough, there’s also other great options— Specs, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger and more— all within a mile or two of Downtown.
Excited about moving downtown now and don’t know where to start? Check out our online residential guide
and keep a lookout for our upcoming monthly Downtown home tours to get an insider’s view of our luxury apartments (including newbies like The Star
and Aris Market Square
), condos and the Downtown lifestyle. Whether you’re on the fence about buying and renting or can’t decide between historical and contemporary, one thing you can always count on is experiencing the vibrant urban lifestyle that comes with living Downtown.