Over two million people live in Houston and it’s no wonder why. With incredible attractions, great neighborhoods, entertainment and dining, beaches and more, residents love living in this area of Texas. Every year, thousands flock to this great city and thriving suburbs. If a Houston move is in the cards for you, here is some info on the eight of the best neighborhoods in the area.
1. Memorial City
Memorial City is a great place for families, couples and single professionals. There are about 4,500 people living in Memorial City and over 50% are over the age of 24 years old. For those looking to buy a home in the area, the median home price is $560,300 but homes can range from $85,000 to the high millions. The area’s schools are managed by Spring Branch Independent School District.
Some of the best schools in the area are Wilchester Elementary School, Memorial Middle School and Taylor High School. The area has great parks, including Nottingham Park, and a huge mall with over 150 shops and restaurants. Every night, Memorial City illuminates the sky with 2.6 miles of LED lights on buildings that change color throughout the year.
Kingwood is known as one of the best suburbs for families to live. With the median home cost coming in at $272,300, the area is very affordable. If you are interested in building your own home, Kingwood is a great place to do so as there are many lots available. People of all ages, from young families to retirees, love living here. The schools in this area are within the New Caney and Humble Independent School Districts and are among the best-rated in Houston. There are tons of incredible parks within this master-planned community. Residents can choose from many restaurants and shopping complexes. Kingwood offers a great opportunity for outdoor activities with their greenbelt, which has over 75 miles of walking and biking trails.
Midtown is one of the best neighborhoods to live in if you are looking for a residential area with a hip vibe. Located in the Inner Loop of Houston, the median home cost is $350,000, however homes of all prices are available to purchase. The area has a population of 8,616 with most of the population being 24-35 years old. Midtown attracts lovers of arts and culture and is considered the most walkable neighborhood in Houston. Midtown is served by the Houston Independent School District and has great schools, although many residents are not school-age. Whether you take a stroll on main street, take in the arts, visit a park or travel to downtown Houston, you will never run out of exciting things to do in Midtown.
4. West University Place
West University Place, known as “West U,” has a unique history. It started out as an idea for a tract of country homes in Houston in 1910. In 1940 the first City Charter was adopted and it became a “city within a city” with the feel of small-town government coupled with the big-city amenities of Houston While the median home price is $1.3 million, homes range from $250,000 to $5 million. Whether you are looking for a small townhouse or a tropical mansion, you can find it in West University Place. The majority of those living in the area are young families and retirees. The Houston Independent School District manages all of the awesome schools in West University Place. There are also many private and charter schools for parents to choose from. In West University Place, residents can enjoy the many parks, nature conversancy and shopping and dining.
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5. Sugar Land
If you are looking for a residential area with many living options, then Sugar Land is the place for you. With an affordable median home price of $380,000, Sugar Land is a great community for families, couples and single professionals alike. The Fort Bend and Sugar Land Independent School Districts manage the A+ rated schools in the area. The name “sugar land” comes from all of the sugarcane production in the town's early history. Residents enjoy the small town feel with great attractions such as the Museum of Natural Science, Sugar Land Town Square and the Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center. The neighborhood also has many parks and recreational facilities for all to enjoy.
6. The Woodlands
The Woodlands is a master-planned community with a great residential feel. Although the median home price is $465,000, you can find homes between $30,000 and $7.5 million. The community is mostly made up of families and middle-aged couples who love living so close to the great neighborhood amenities. The school districts in the Woodlands are Conroe, Tomball and Magnolia Independent School Districts. They have some of the top rated schools in the Houston area. The town has a children’s museum, nature preserve, golf course, pools and more. The Woodlands is actually known for its shopping opportunities, with most residents heading to Market Street, Woodlands Mall and Woodlands Waterway.
7. River Oaks
River Oaks is a high-end neighborhood made up of mostly residential areas. The median home price is $2 million, however homes range from mid $100,000s to up to $10 million. Only 24% of the neighborhood population has children as the area is mostly made up of retirees and young professionals. The schools in River Oaks are managed by the Houston Independent School District and are highly rated. River Oaks is known as being surrounded by a more urban area, making it a great place for those who want to be close to entertainment and nightlife. Residents can enjoy the golf courses and recreational facilities of the suburb while staying close by to downtown Houston.
Katy is a more affordable area to live in with the median home price being $315,000 and the range being from $50,000 to $2 million. The majority of the residents are families due to the suburban sprawl that is so common in the area. Unlike some other suburbs, you can easily find homes on larger lots in Katy. Residents in Katy are zoned to the Katy Independent School District, which has highly rated schools. The area has great parks and recreational facilities for families who like to stay busy. Many residents choose to spend their weekends at Katy Mills, a huge mall in the area, or on Central Green, where the city regularly hosts concerts and other events.
Living in Houston
This list only touches the surface of some of the awesome neighborhoods in Houston. No matter what neighborhood you choose to move to, you will have no trouble discovering all of what makes Houston so great. From museums to water parks and malls to beaches, residents enjoy the good life, both inside and outside of the city.
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