Where to live in Houston?

  1. I was just offered a position in Houston in the medical center. I'm coming from California and trying to find a fun, hip, and still reasonably priced place to live. I'd love to stay in the inner loop, but I'm not sure if that's possible? Are there any young neighborhoods with a lot of young people outside the inner loop? Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks! Micah
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  3. by   Hung
    Budget? Rent apartment or buy a house? Do you mind commuting? You probably won't be in traffic cause the time you start work anyways. A little bit more info would help.
  4. by   msmith2103
    Quote from Hung
    Budget? Rent apartment or buy a house? Do you mind commuting? You probably won't be in traffic cause the time you start work anyways. A little bit more info would help.
    Thanks Hung! I'll looking to stay under $1000/month, preferably $900 or less. I'm looking to rent an apartment. I don't really mind commuting to the Medical center. I just want to be in an area where there a lot of young people, stores/restaurants are walkable, cool stores, and nice people. Again, either in the inner loop or outside the inner loop. I feel like I know less about the area outside the inner loop, is it more suburbs? I think. Offer a more urban feel.
  5. by   lildebbie
    If you want to live some where with young people you can try midtown area..its very ritzy and expensive. You can also stay in Sugarland and take hwy59 to work,Pearland is good place to stay close to downtown and the prices are 900 or below, has a nice mall and entertainment.

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  6. by   HouTx
    hmm - "walkable", huh? Well, that all depends on what type of stores & restaurants you're looking for. Keep in mind that Houston has NO ZONING (yep, never has & never will - comes up for a vote about once a decade). So basically, if you're more than half a mile from a mini-mart, you're probably not in Houston. Instead of zoning, we are governed by neighborhood associations (the dreaded HOAs) that can have incredible power.

    MidTown & Upper Kirby are new mixed-use development areas.. both very close in, but they are both very pricey. Doubtful that you'd be able to find anything in your preferred price range. I encourage you to check out the fringes of River Oaks... There are some older complexes in the Shephard/West Gray area. Great shopping along West Gray, as well as the great West Gray Landmark theater and the legendary dueling Starbucks right across the street from one another. This area is much more quirky than the newer 'perfectly planned' areas - frankly, those give me the willies. There are also quite a few big old fourplexes along West Gray. Another nice area is the Westheimer/Montrose neighborhood. You can drive down Montrose directly to The Medical Center, so it's not a bad drive.

    Another really cool area just north of I-10 is The Heights - lots of character but it has been 'discovered, so prices are going up. It's a bit further away, but not a bad commute. You may also want to take a look at the complexes along Washington avenue (between I-10 and West Gray). There are several parks, nice eateries, and live entertainment in that area. Commute to the medical center from either of these areas via Shephard.

    So, now lets talk about the whole 'walking' bit. You will discover that H-town is Africa-hot for quite a few months... temp & humidity both in the high 90's. If you are into outdoor exercise, you will need to avoid the hours of 10am-4pm during a large part of the year. Walking more than a block or so can become a test of endurance. Frankly, that's why the entire downtown area is honeycombed with air conditioned tunnels... and why there are basically no pedestrians on the surface. We natives don't try to fight Mother Nature, especially when the concrete resembles the surface of the sun. Walking is just not a Houston 'thing'.

    But, never fear - we do have 4 seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer & Christmas. I hope you love Houston as much as I do!