Houston has become an increasingly desirable destination for homebuyers and those looking to branch out into a new and exciting locale. The presence of South By Southwest (SXSW) has drawn a younger crowd of professionals and artists alike, and younger families continue to enjoy this special part of Texas with its abundant music scene and abundant warm weather. So if you’re trying to determine where to live in Houston, here are a few suggestions — with something to please everyone.
For those who aren’t in the know quite yet, Meyerland is just outside of the 610 loop — which means your home could be just on the edge of the city center with easy access to the city proper while still residing comfortably in family-centric neighborhoods. This area is historically the epicenter of Houston’s Jewish population, and now is home to relatively affordable housing, excellent schools, and a whole lot of renovated 1960’s ranch homes. The average age in Meyerland is 38, so most of the residents here are past the partying age and are raising families. Home values here are a fair bit above city average, particularly with all of the upscale homes being built in the wake of the ranches that are being demolished — so for families looking to invest in a home, Meyerland could be one of the best Houston neighborhoods for families.
Check out the Three Brothers Bakery for the best cakes and pies you can imagine, or visit the Meyerland Plaza for a host of dining options from sushi and pizza to the steakhouse — or even a smoothie.
This area of Houston is highly desirable, and an excellent choice for career-driven folks and professional families who want easy access to their workplace. It’s mainly a bedroom community, with little business or commerce actually happening in the neighborhood proper — so expect quiet streets with well-appointed, newly constructed homes and upper-class families. Homes here price out significantly higher than the city average, over $650,000 more in fact — so be prepared to invest to get your value.
If you’re looking to grab a bite, check out Prego — they’ve been doing Italian since 1983 and are rated one of Zagat’s best in the area. Tiny Boxwoods has the precious Tiny’s No. 5 in the Rice District, serving eclectic American along with wines and — yup — cookies.
Situated in the East End of the city, this is one of Houston’s first fully planned subdivisions where lots went on sale back in 1912. By October 1913, Eastwood was hailed by The Houston Daily Post as “A model suburb… one of the most convenient, attractive and beautiful homesite additions in the city of Houston.” These days the median home prices and rent are actually below city average, making it a great destination for young professionals who are looking to rent an apartment in Houston.
Take advantage of the BYOB option at Kanomwan, a humble but tasty Thai restaurant in Eastwood. Or for a more bohemian, health food and craft beer vibe, visit Bohemeos. They even have a Beatles-only open mic every Wednesday night!
Touted as one of the most family-friendly subdivisions in Houston, this neighborhood was built in the 1950’s and is quite central to all of Houston’s city center attractions while still retaining a small, neighborhood feel. With around 900 homes, the neighborhood has a strong homeowners association, a common clubhouse, play area and pool, and a great elementary school with a park — all of which are reserved for residents or paid memberships. That means each family can have access to everything they need, easily.
There are a few excellent restaurants nearby, like the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse — the flagship for a restaurant that has gained mega popularity in Houston. Arturo Boada Cuisine is the eponymous boutique restaurant of Arturo himself, who has founded numerous successful Italian eateries in the city.
Last but not least, an option for the young folks (or young at heart) who want to be nestled in the heart of the city’s buzz. This longtime home of Houston’s counterculture is still one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town, even though prices have driven higher and higher since its heyday in the 60’s —and some Montrosians really don’t like it, preferring the original standoffish hipster vibe of that bygone era. If you can land an apartment or bungalow within the Loop, you’ve positioned yourself within walking distance of Houston’s trendiest restaurants and music scene. Have a look at this piece from the Houston Press for the inside scoop on Montrose’s hottest restaurants, or if you’re looking to pack your calendar with interesting things to do, visit 365 Things — and check out the events tagged “Montrose”. There is no shortage of interesting and eccentric.
There are many, many more neighborhoods in Houston, each with a personality of its own — so best of luck in your moving endeavors. And be sure to take a look at this blog post for our best tips on relocating to Houston. And to ensure your move is seamless, here are the most recommended movers in Houston.