Houston

Welcome to Houston. They call it “A City of No Limits” and when you experience this up and coming city, full of Fortune 500 companies, great music, awesome nature and a booming energy sector, you’ll see why.

City Overview

Located in Southeast Texas near the gulf of Mexico — Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous in the United States. Houston is home to a major energy sector and the port of Houston, which handles more international tonnage than any other U.S port. Diverse and dynamic, Houston also boasts strong technology and healthcare sectors in addition to energy. Many are drawn to Houston for its excellent higher education options, the University of Houston and Rice University are located here. The city is also famous for its major role in NASA’s space program.

Arts

The Houston Theater District boasts 9 major performing arts organizations and 6 performance halls — making it the second largest concentration of downtown theater seats in the United States and there are resident companies performing in every major discipline. The Houston Grand Opera, The Houston Ballet and the Houston Symphony Orchestra all perform here. There are also several art museums in Houston, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art and the Byzantine Fresco Museum.

Business

Business is booming in Houston. The biggest industry here is energy, specifically oil and gas, although there is also a notable renewable energy sector. Houston is also a leading center for oilfield production. Biotech is big in here as well. This is a great city for people who are starting their careers — and it's more affordable than other major economic centers. Houston has been featured in Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list. The largest private employers in Houston include Chevron, the Shell Oil Company, JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, Center Point Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and United Airlines.

Cuisine

Houston has the second lowest average restaurant prices in the United States, and there’s plenty of places to take advantage of it! Houston is famous for its Tex-Mex and Creole cuisine. Newcomers should definitely try El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, steaming plates of refried beans and mind blowing enchiladas can be had here. For New Orleans style Creole dining, Brennan’s of Houston is the place to go — try the turtle soup! In addition to Tex-Mex and Creole, you can find pretty much any kind of ethnic cuisine you could want.

Climate

Houston is hot most of the year, with mild winters and lots of rainfall year round. You will need a place with A/C.

Demographics

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States; over 90 languages are spoken here — mostly English and Spanish. Houston is 43% Hispanic, 25% White, 23% African-American and 6% Asian. The median income for a household is $37,000.

Landmarks

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Space Center Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Galleria (Houston’s retail capital), Rice University, Water Wall, Toyota Center, JPMorgan Chase Center, Williams Tower.

Nightlife

Houston’s action-packed nightlife has something to offer everyone — from the hardcore partiers to the fine wine drinkers. For a spectacular view of downtown Houston, you’ll want to check out the 3rd Floor Bar in Midtown. Feel like a more casual evening? Then try out Alice’s Tall Texan — this down to earth joint only serves Lone Star and Shiner beer. There are plenty of dance clubs in Houston too — Barbarella on San Jacinto street even features a light up floor! Daytime partiers should check out Cle, this club throws great pool parties in the summer. For an evening of Salsa and Tango, Club Tropicana is your best bet. Of course, it wouldn’t be Texas without country music, so grab your partner and head down to Big Texas Dancehall and Saloon on Holzwarth St. for old time country plenty of line dancin’ — yeehaw!

Transportation

Most Houstonians prefer to drive on the freeways that connect all of Houston, but there are public transportation options available in the form of the Metro and Metrorail. There are plenty of hobby cyclists in Houston, but it’s not ideal as a primary transportation method. Many apartments in Houston come with a garage, but some don’t, so be sure to check.

Finding Apartments for Rent in Houston

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Houston Neighborhoods

Great Uptown

Close to downtown and popular with young professionals, Great Uptown is one Houston’s most happenin’ hoods. There are plenty of things to do in this neighborhood too. Shopaholics can check out the Galleria — full of big name boutiques like Neiman Marcus. After your shopping spree, you can stop for lunch at Etoile Cuisine Et Bar or the Pappas Brothers Steakhouse. People looking for a neighborhood with easy access to downtown often choose more affordable apartments in Great Uptown.

Greenway — Upper Kirby

Greenway and Upper Kirby are at the center of Houston’s economic boom — more and more Houstonians are choosing apartments for rent in this district, and even those who don’t live here often come by for entertainment. Greenway — Upper Kirby is also home to some of Houston’s finest cuisine. 51fifteen, the sleek cocktail bar on Westheimer road, made Zagat’s list of the “10 Sexiest New Restaurants” for 2016. Many businesses are headquartered here as well. The median income here is $107,088, well above the Houston average — so apartments in Greenway-Upper Kirby for rent can be a bit pricey.

Eldridge — West Oaks

This neighborhood offers a healthy mix of residential and business areas. This hood is a great choice for nature lovers, and pet owners — you have easy access to the Westside Hike and Bike Trail and Miller Park from here. Apartments and duplexes for rent in Eldridge — West Oaks are quite affordable. You can also find really good Cuban cuisine here.

Westchase

The center of Houston’s west side, Westchase is largely a business district with some residential areas sprinkled around. Full of duplexes and houses for rent there are some cool running trails in this hood. You’ll also want to try the great Persian food at the Kasra Persian Grill.

Braeswood Place

Not far from the medical center, this laidback suburban neighborhood is great choice for medical professionals and for families searching for single-family houses or duplexes for rent.

Clear Lake

This residential neighborhood has laid back small town feel. Located near NASA’s Johnson Space Center and with a sizable Lockheed Martin operation, it’s a good neighborhood for aerospace professionals to find apartments for rent. You can see live music at Scout Bar, and eat ramen at JINYA Ramen Bar. The Armand Bayou Nature Preserve in Clear Lake offers miles of beautiful hiking trails.

Astrodome

This cool neighborhood is named after the Astrodome — the world’s first domed sports arena that opened in 1965. You can see the Houston Rodeo and Livestock show here! The Houston Zoo is nearby too! Sports fans should look for apartments for rent here.