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Houston Relocation GuideThings to Know Before Moving to Houston

Are you considering relocating to Houston?

If so, it could be one of the best moves you’ve ever made!

Here are a few quick stats on the Bayou City:

  • Houston’s the fourth largest city in the nation.
  • Houston is one of the top cities for job creation.
  • Houston’s average wage is one of the best in the nation (including cost-of-living adjustments).
  • Houston homes are ranked as some of the most affordable in the nation.
  • Houston’s Medical Center has the world’s largest concentration of health care.
  • With 56,405 acres of parks, we’re one of the “greenest” cities.”
  • Houston has one of the country’s best food and cultural scenes.

As Houston covers over 600 square miles (and has approximately 6 million people in the MSA) it can be a little daunting to understand the best way to move to Houston.

HoustonProperties has over 1,000 pages on Houston real estate information. We’ve put our best 74 pages (maps, trends and school information) in our Free Houston Relocation Guide – get your copy now.

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Houston Most Popular Guides

Guide To Houston’s Best Neighborhoods

Take a virtual tour of Houston’s Best Neighborhoods! See complete Houston neighborhood profiles, 10-year real estate trends, maps, homes for sale, luxury real estate pictures, and more!

Best Houston Relocation Guide And Packet

Grab a copy of the best Houston Relocation Packet! Get a comprehensive Houston neighborhoods guide, virtual tours and overviews, homebuying assistance, custom neighborhood

Guide To The 15 Best Suburbs Near Downtown

Considering a home outside the heart of Houston as you’re looking for more space, more top ranked schools or more affordabile homes? Then this resource guide is for you.

Guide To The 14 Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods

Houston’s Inner Loop is one of the top ranked regions within Texas. 14 neighborhoods stand out with the best real estate appreciation over the past year. See them all here.

16 Best Luxury Gated Communities In Houston

Houston’s close in neighborhoods offer more than 100 gated communities. We ranked the 16 luxury gated neighborhoods and are within 35 minutes of The Loop.

Greater Memorial Houston Guide

Memorial is made up of several neighborhoods, gated communities, and independent cities. Memorial real estate are some of the Bayou City’s most desirable and most expensive.

Greater Houston Heights Guide

The Houston Heights is an exciting neighborhood of 3,700 homes. The Heights has experienced tremendous property appreciation and development over the past decade.

20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods

Houston has 10 of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation. See which communities made the “20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods” list.

HoustonProperties has over 1,000 pages on Houston real estate information. We’ve put our best 74 pages (maps, trends and school information) in our  Free Houston Relocation Guide – get your copy now.

Why Houston

Houston By The Numbers

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Quick Facts About Houston

  • Houston has the 2nd most number of Fortune 500 companies in the US
  • Houston has an average job growth rate of 3.5%, with Education, Health, and Construction sectors posting above national average growth rate
  • Houston has the 6th lowest cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas
  • Houston’s average paycheck of $65,000 is 13% higher than average salaries in the nation
  • Houston homes are some of the most affordable at 58.8% below average compared to the 20 most populous metropolitan areas
  • With 21 hospitals, 8 academic and research institutions, and a number of medical schools and public health organizations, Houston is home to the largest medical center in the world
  • Houston is one of the 10 greenest cities in the US with our 56,405 acres of parks and more than 400 miles of hike and bike trails
  • Houston’s 6 cultural districts and 19 museums within a 1.5 mile radius make us a hub for arts and culture
  • We cultivate some of the smartest minds in the nation with 3 Tier One research universities
  • Houston’s lively culinary scene offers more than 10,000 restaurants representing more than 70 countries and regions  
“Paige Martin is the best realtor in Houston. She will tell you the ‘bad’ and ‘ugly’ of a property and help you make a good purchase.”
“As first time buyers in the US, we are delighted to have worked with Paige. She is a delight to work with, and I would recommend anyone to enlist her help if you’re looking to either buy or sell a property.”

Commerce And Jobs

Houston: Discovery Green Park

In the 1980’s, most of Houston’s employment was tied to the oil & gas sector. Now Houston has widened its economic base, lessening its energy exposure by 70%.

Houston’s other primary industries include:

  • Retail And Food Services
  • Healthcare
  • Government

The Health Care industry alone accounts for one in every 10 jobs in the region, 9.5 percent of local payroll, and more than 48,000 jobs created since the end of the Great Recession.

“Paige is simply the best. She has worked with my husband and I for the last couple years in our quest to find the perfect first home. She was patient with us throughout the process and took time to answer all of our questions! She knows so much about the housing market so we felt very confident that we were in great hands!”

Food And Culture

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Houston has a diverse culture where food, arts, and entertainment thrive, recognized as the “newest capital of great food”, and a “cultural powerhouse”.

One of the most popular places in the area is Downtown Houston’s Historic District, a block filled with traditional (but well-preserved) architecture, tree-lined streets, eclectic mix of sidewalk cafes, pubs and nighttime hotspots.

Houston’s Museum District is home to 19 museums all housing various exhibits centered around culture and arts. For instance, the Museum of Fine Arts is among the largest museums in the nation.

Affordability

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Houston offers the advantages of big-city living with a moderate price tag.

Houston’s cost of living stretches the city’s median paycheck better than any US city. Even high-profile cities like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco pale in comparison to Houston due to the cheaper consumer prices and services, utilities and transportation costs.

Most importantly, Houston has one of the lowest median home price to median household income ratio (2.9). The 2.9 ratio is surprisingly low considering Houston’s dynamic urban region. As a comparison, San Francisco homes for sale go 6.7 times the median local household income.

Parks

Downtown Market Square Park
Houston is one of the greenest metro cities and home to some of largest urban public parks in the nation.

Memorial Park covers 1,466 acres and is one of the most popular places to run in the city. It houses tennis courts, volleyball courts, skating rinks, a fitness center, swimming pool, bike trails, and playing fields.

Hermann Park covers 445 acres and offers several outdoor recreation including a garden center, outdoor theatre, hike-and-bike trails, and golf course.

HoustonProperties has over 1,000 pages on Houston real estate information. We’ve put our best 74 pages (maps, trends and school information) in our  Free Houston Relocation Guide – get your copy now.

Paige Martin’s Recent Awards:
– “One of America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” Real Trends
– Five Star Realtor Award, Multi-Year Winner
– “One of Houston’s Top 50 Realtors,” Houston Chronicle

Houston Maps & Neighborhoods

Inner Loop

Houston’s Inner Loop is one of the top ranked regions within the state of Texas.

Over the last years, Houston expanded total employment by more than 200,000 jobs – with most jobs within 15 minutes of the Inner Loop.

Houston Inner Loop real estate offers diverse options from quaint deed-restricted subdivisions, to luxury condominiums.

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Houston Heights

The Houston Heights is one of the Bayou City’s older neighborhoods and one of the first planned communities in the state.

Houston Heights features three historic districts where deed restrictions are in place to keep the neighborhood’s character and charm.

Houston Heights real estate have posted some of the most impressive appreciation rates in the last 10 years.

Western Houston

Western Houston is made up of several neighborhoods, gated communities, and independent cities.

Western Houston real estate are some of the most desirable and most expensive in the Bayou City.

Conveniently located a few miles from Downtown, Western Houston offers plenty of green spaces and outdoor recreation including the acclaimed Memorial Park.

Top Ranked Houston Suburbs

Houston’s best suburbs offer more space, more top-ranked schools, and more affordability, within 45 minutes of Downtown.

Houston’s best suburbs feature luxury community amenities and urban conveniences without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Neighborhood Guides By Amenities

10 Most Accessible Houston Neighborhoods

According to Forbes Magazine, Houston is the most “walkable major city in Texas.” and the 23rd most “walkable city in the United States.” See which neighborhoods made the list.

Best Condos Near The Houston Metrorail

Homebuyers looking to buy a Houston condo along the METRORail have 21 options (plus a few honorable mentions). We list them all and plot them on a map.

Downtown Houston Lofts & Condos Guide

Downtown Houston is home to over 150,000 workers and 3,500 businesses. Here’s the complete guide to the 25+ condos and lofts Downtown.

Guide To Inner Loop Houston Condos

Inner Loop condo residents are a few blocks from parks, running trails, and numerous entertainment hubs like restaurants, museums, and shopping centers.

Guide To Galleria Houston Condos

Galleria is one of Houston’s most exciting districts. The area provides one of the best highrise lifestyles in the city. See all the luxury condos and highrises within Galleria.

Guide To Houston Medical Center Condos

With its premiere healthcare institutions, research centers, and academic institutions, the Texas Medical Center is one of Houston’s largest employment centers.

19 Best Golf Course Communities in Houston

We list 19 luxury neighborhoods that feature a well ranked golf course and are within 35 minutes of Houston’s Inner Loop.

Guide To The Best Houston Patio Homes

New patio homes Houston are single family, free-standing homes on small lots. Find the best patio homes for sale in Houston here!

Complete Guide To The Best Houston Townhomes

Townhomes are one of the fastest growing housing types in Houston as they offer abundant space, have low maintenance, and are usually less expensive than single family homes and condos.

Tour All Of Houston Multi Family Homes

Multi family homes are becoming an easier solution to buying a larger more expensive home for close family and friends. Find them all here.

Guide To New Construction Houston Condos

Houston is 3rd US city with most number of new constructions. Our city also now ranks 7th in Emporis’ list of “North American Cities With Most Number Of Highrise Developments”.

Guide To The Best Houston Luxury Condos

Houston condos offer basic amenities like gated access, parking, etc. Some luxury highrises take it one step further with concierge services, resort-style pools, tennis courts, saunas.

HoustonProperties has over 1,000 pages on Houston real estate information. We’ve put our best 74 pages (maps, trends and school information) in our  Free Houston Relocation Guide – get your copy now.

Types Of Houston Homes

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Houston single family homes are the most affordable among the top 10 most populated metropolitan areas in the United States.

Single family homes in Houston cost approximately 40% less than the average prices of 26 metropolitan locations in the US.

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Townhomes are one of the fastest growing housing types in Houston as they offer abundant space and have low maintenance.

Houston townhouses serve as a “middle-ground” between single-family homes and condos because of the trade-offs – less expensive than single-family homes and offer more privacy than condominiums.

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Houston ranks #7 in the nation for new highrise developments, with 28 new highrises under construction and 83 under “approved / proposed” status.

Some of Houston’s newest luxury highrises include Astoria, Belfiore, The Wilshire, and The Marlowe.

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– #1 Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
– #9 Agent, Keller Williams, United States

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