Downtown Houston is often associated with business, entertainment, and plenty of traffic. However, over the next 5 years the center of our city will be focusing on building its reputation as a residential neighborhood.
Houston has seen a significant revitalization of the areas inside of the 610 loop, from the Heights, to Montrose, and Midtown. Many new high-rises have been built in these up and coming neighborhoods over the last decade, resulting in an influx of residential living that has slowly crept toward downtown but has never quite reached the limits of the downtown area.
Mostly attracting young urban professionals, empty nesters, and small families, Downtown Houston is hoping to provide more housing options for just about any Houstonian interested in calling the area home. To show it means business, the city’s Downtown’s Living Initiative is going strong, offering $15,000 per unit in tax rebates to developers who commit to building homes or undertake multifamily living projects. Currently, 12 residential projects are set to add to the neighborhood, which is predicted to help triple Downtown’s current population of about 3,600 residents.
Many were initially concerned about the lack of green spaces and other amenities offered in the suburbs, such as nearby grocery shopping and cafes. Be assured that Downtown developers have heard those desires. With fitness centers, parks, stadiums, shopping centers and restaurants – as well as the recent influx of neighborhood-style bars and relaxed coffee shops opening up as of late – Downtown is embracing being epicenter of activity for Houston, as any downtown is for many major cities across the US.
Currently, planned METRO Rail line expansions will transport riders all the way out to UH’s main campus and past to the Pamn Center Transit Center, located just north of 610 past MacGregor Park. The public transportation service also has a line in the works that will take riders through the East End, another up and coming neighborhood in Houston, all the way out near the Gus Wortham Golf Course.
How to Find a Downtown Home
When you are ready to move downtown, one of the best resources is Har.com. This real estate search site allows you to custom search for homes, townhomes, and even apartments. Properties that are available for rent and for sale are included. You will also find a directory of local real estate professionals who are ready to help you find the home you are dreaming of.
An attraction to the inner city is understandable with all of the renovations that are underway. Whether your family needs a high-end loft, space-saving efficiency, a family home or a luxurious penthouse apartment, Downtown Houston is working hard to make sure living in the neighborhood is as easy as can be.