Medical Center Houston Neighborhood Guide
With its premiere healthcare institutions, research centers, and academic institutions, the Texas Medical Center is one of Houston’s largest employment centers.
Also known as the Medical Center Area, the Med Center, and the TMC, the district is densely packed with clinical facilities for various hospitals. Homes in the district are in high demand due to the area’s:
- CENTRAL LOCATION: Located within the Inner Loop, the Medical Center is a few minutes away from Downtown Houston. Other Loop 610 neighborhoods are conveniently accessible from the district, including Rice University, Museum District, and West University.
- GREAT ACCESSIBILITY: Residents enjoy having easy access to the state’s largest medical complex. The Texas Medical Center area also has three METRORail Red Line stations, as well as direct access to three major freeways: South, Southwest, and Loop 610.
- ACCESS TO ENTERTAINMENT: With the Museum District, NRG Stadium, and Hermann Park within minutes of the neighborhood, the Medical Center homes are minutes away from a wide variety of entertainment options.
- EXCELLENT SCHOOLS: Zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the Medical Center homes are served by Lamar, Whidby Elementary, and DeBakey High School, a National Blue Ribbon School.
- DIVERSE COLLECTION OF HOMES: Medical Center real estate includes single-family patio homes, mid- and high-rise condos, and upscale townhomes.
The Texas Medical Center offers more than just world-class healthcare centers. Its high accessibility, great schools, and central location make it a great option for homebuyers.
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The Texas Medical Center is known for its world-class healthcare centers, however it also offers a great location, excellent accessibility, and multi-award winning schools.
- Located within the Inner Loop, the Medical Center is a few minutes away from Downtown Houston. Other Loop 610 neighborhoods are conveniently accessible from the district, including Rice University, Museum District, and West University.
- Residents enjoy easy access to the state’s largest medical complex. The Texas Medical Center area also has three METRORail Red Line stations, as well as direct access to three major freeways: South, Southwest, and Loop 610.
- With the Museum District, NRG Stadium, and Hermann Park within minutes of the neighborhood, the Medical Center homes are minutes away from a wide variety of entertainment options.
- Zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the Medical Center homes are served by Lamar, Whidby Elementary, and DeBakey High School, a National Blue Ribbon School.
- Medical Center real estate includes single-family patio homes, mid- and high-rise condos, and upscale townhomes.
- Medical Center real estate have posted good appreciation rates over the last decade, thanks to new residential developments in the area.
- The Medical Center has seen a number of new developments. Some of the area’s old homes from the 1940s have since been replaced with new construction townhomes.
- The Texas Medical Center was established in the mid-1940s. Today, the district features more than 50 institutions in the field of medicine. Hospitals, research institutions, medical schools, nursing schools, and other health care related schools call the district home.
- Luxury condos and townhomes in private gated communities make up most of the Medical Center’s housing options.
- Medical Center homes typically offer 3- to 4-bedroom floor plans, with sizes ranging from 1,000 to more than 3,500 square feet.
- Lot sizes are between 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.
- Prices for Medical Center homes for sale can start at around $150,000 and can go up to more than $1,500,000.
The Texas Medical Center is nestled along three major Houston thoroughfares: Southwest Freeway on the north, South Freeway on the east, and Loop 610 on the south.
Bordered by Museum District, West University Place and Rice University to the west, and Midtown to the north, the Medical Center Area is centrally located within the Inner Loop. With easy access to the best Houston has to offer, the district is an ideal location in which to live.
Transportation services in the area include several bus lines. The METRORail Red Line runs through the Houston Medical Center and has three stations in and around the district: TMC Transit Center, Dryden/TMC Station, and Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station.
The Medical Center area is under the 77030 and 77054 Harris County zip codes.
Zip codes near the Medical Center Area include: 77001, 77097, 77202, 77203, 77210, 77212, 77216, 77256, 77297, 77299. (View Houston zip code map.)
The Medical Center area is not all about its fine institutions and healthcare facilities – the district also offers great entertainment options.
Thanks to the Houston Medical Center’s proximity to the Museum District, residents have convenient access to the city’s foremost arts and cultural center. The district also boasts of excellent access to entertainment hotspots like the NRG Stadium and Hermann Park.
The NRG Stadium, formerly known as Reliant Center, is a multi-purpose stadium. It is home to the Houston Texans and the Texas Bowl. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is also held at NRG.
Hermann Park is one of the city’s most visited public parks. The 445-acre park features the Houston Zoo, Houston Garden Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Hermann Park Golf Course.
Here are some of the best places to visit in and around the Medical Center Area:
In Hermann Park
- Hermann Park Golf Course
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Houston Zoo
- Houston Garden Center
- Miller Outdoor Theatre
- Chacho’s – Loop 610
- Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor
- Mo’s Knockout Grill
- Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
- Pappasito’s Cantina
- Smash Burger
- Trevisio Restaurant and Conference Center
- Whataburger Restaurant
- M&M Grill
- Antone’s Import Co Original
- Le Donut
- Sleepy Po-Boys
- Houston’s Famous Deli
- Asahi Sushi
- Gus and Lyndall Wortham Park
- McGovern Centennial Gardens
- Old Braeswood Park
- Hermann Park
- Ross Dress for Less
- The Volunteer Gift Shops
- Texas Hookah
- Toys R Us
- Ten Thousand Villages
- Cavender’s Boot City
- Houston Maritime Museum
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
- The Menil Collection
- Holocaust Museum
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Neighborhoods near Medical Center include:
- Medical Center South
- Museum District
- University Area
- West University
- Downtown Houston
- Southside Place
The Texas Medical Center was officially established in 1945, through the help of the M.D. Anderson Foundation. Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a wealthy businessman, famously started the foundation to prevent the dissolution of his partnership (Anderson, Clayton & Co) due to estate taxes.
Two years before his death in 1939, Anderson put in an initial $300,000 to start out the foundation and left an additional $19 million in his estate. In 1941, the foundation supplied funds and land to the University of Texas’ then planned cancer research hospital.
A number of developments followed suit, including the naval hospital Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memorial Hermann-Medical Center, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Medical Center Library, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital, among others.
Recent expansion and renovation in the Medical Center Area started with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s $248.6-million project. Other projects include the Baylor College of Medicine’s The Baylor Clinic, expansion of the Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System’s Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute.
Today, the Medical Center includes 21 hospitals, 8 specialty institutions, 3 medical schools, 8 academic and research institutions, 6 nursing schools, and other health-related institutions.
As the Medical Center Area grew, so did its neighboring areas. Also known as the Med Center and TMC, the district also has a number of communities located within it.
Luxury condominiums, upscale townhomes, and single-family homes in gated communities took root in the Medical Center area. This is to cater to the thousands of workers, medical personnel, students, and patients that frequent the premiere healthcare facilities in the district.
Medical Center homes are zoned to some of the best schools from the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
- Roberts Elementary School at 6000 Greenbriar St. Oran M. Roberts Elementary School is both an IB World (International Baccalaureate) School and a Fine Arts Magnet school. It serves students in EE to 5 grade levels. It also offers a Vanguard Program.
- Whidby Elementary at 7625 Springhill. Whidby is a magnet school for “Leadership in Health Science.” Its academic program aims to prepare its students for a career in the medical field or their career of choice. It serves students from early education to 5.
- Cullen Middle School at 6900 Scott St. E. W. Cullen Middle School offers Pre-AP, Spanish, and Gifted and Talented academic programs. It also offers a music program as wells as an aquatic program.
- DeBakey High School for Health Professions at 3100 Shenandoah. Named after Michael E. DeBakey, a famous heart surgeon, DeBakey is a National Blue Ribbon School (1997-98, and 2003) that offers one of the best academic programs in Houston. It offers PAP classes and 18 AP classes.
- Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer Rd. Lamar is probably best known for its Athletics program. With one of the oldest lacrosse teams in Texas, this high school offers a variety of other sports. It is home to The Lamar Redskins, one of the highest-ranked teams in Greater Houston.
The Medical Center area has a number of early childhood and kindergarten schools. This includes:
- Children’s Hour Montessori School at 2227 Dorrington Street
- Sheridan Montessori School at 2433 Sheridan Street
- Diamond-A-Cat-A-Me at 6955 Almeda Road
- Creative Minds Development Center at 2479 S Braeswood Blvd.
The neighborhood has a number of private schools that offer primary and secondary education. Here are some of them:
- St. Nicholas School at 1920 North Braeswood Boulevard
- Beresford School at 2501 W Holcombe Boulevard
Higher academic institutions, mostly in the medical field are within the neighborhood. Among the most prominent are Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston, Rice University, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
To find an updated listing of all Medical Center real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.
Medical Center real estate have been steadily appreciating over the years, both in terms of median sales price and average price per square foot.
Homes in the Medical Center area have become quite popular, selling better in recent years. This can be attributed to the fact that more people are moving to the Medical Center, as well as the increasing number of the newly constructed and under construction condos and townhomes in the neighborhood.
Upscale condos and luxury townhomes are popular in the neighborhood, though single-family patio homes are also available in the Medical Center area. Some of these homes date back to the 1940s.
A number of properties are located in gated communities and have deed restrictions in place.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
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Though townhomes are the main housing attraction within the Medical Center area, single-family homes are also a popular option. Offerings range from patio homes to newly constructed two-story homes. Some homes in the area date back to 1940s.
Homes in the Medical Center are typically located within gated communities. Architectural styles vary.
Some Medical Center single-family homes feature 4 bedrooms with 4 baths and 3 half baths. These properties tend to be larger than townhomes and condos, with living areas ranging in size from 1,000 to 3,800 square feet.
Medical Center townhomes are typically located in gated communities.
These townhomes feature two-story construction and 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath floor plans. The median size is at 1,000 square feet, but there are units available that are as spacious as 2,800 square feet. The average price per square foot is $119.32.
Townhomes are quite popular in the Medical Center, with some units spending just 13 days on the market. Others are not listed at all.
The Medical Center area has a number of high-rise and mid-rise condominiums. Sizes can range from 650 to 2,000 square feet. On average, the standard floor plan features 2 bedrooms with 2 and a half baths.
Price-wise, Medical Center condos can start from $150,000. Median sales price is at $290,000, while average price per square foot is around $260.
- The Spires Condos
- Serento Condos
- Warwick Towers
- Mosaic On Hermann Park
- The Valencia Condominiums
- City Plaza Condominiums
- Mosaic Residential North Condominiums
- Contemporary Main Plaza (under construction)
- Medical Center Condominiums
- Braeswood Park Condominiums
- Riverwalk Condominiums
- The Braeswood Condo
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