DOWNTOWN REAL ESTATE GUIDE

2022 Downtown homes for sale & insider real estate guide

Conveniently situated in the heart of Houston’s Inner Loop, Downtown Houston features a 1,178-acre area bordered by I-10 (North), 59 (East), and I-45 (South & West).

Downtown Houston’s residential market has doubled in the last few years, thanks to:

The Downtown Houston real estate market can be tricky to navigate due to the fact that some buildings have very poor resale rates (due to low-quality construction, HOA, parking, or general design problems). In addition, specific units within many buildings have a resale issue due to views, noise, or individual parking spot problems. Contact Paige Martin, of the Top Ranked Realtors in Houston for assistance if you’re looking to buy or sell downtown.

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Table of Contents

  1. Downtown Home Sale Trends
  2. Downtown Best Realtor Insights
  3. Downtown Maps, Location & Zip Code
  4. Downtown Schools
  5. Downtown Real Estate Market

Downtown Home Sale Trends

Downtown Real Estate Trends

Boasting a 1,178-acre area, Downtown Houston is strategically located south of I-10 (Katy Freeway), west of I-45 (Eastex Freeway), and north of I-69 (Gulf Freeway)

The residential market in downtown Houston has grown in the previous few years, thanks to:

The Downtown Houston real estate market can be tricky to navigate due to the fact that some buildings have very poor resale rates (due to low-quality construction, HOA, parking, or general design problems). In addition, specific units within many buildings have resale issues due to views, noise, or individual parking spot problems. Contact Paige Martin, of the Top Ranked Realtors in Houston for assistance if you’re looking to buy or sell downtown.


Downtown Best Realtor Insights


Downtown Maps, Location & Zip Code

Downtown Map

Commute Time Downtown
Downtown (min) Unknown
Med Ctr (min) 25
Energy Corridor (min) 30
Galleria (min) 35

Map of Downtown

Highlights Downtown
Amenities Downtown Houston features several parks and recreational centers in the neighborhood including:

PARKS
- Quebedeaux Park
- Market Square Park
- Discovery Green
- Tranquility Park
- Sam Houston Park

SPORTS CENTER
- The Downtown Club at Houston Center
- Convention Center Houston Texas
- Clutch City Sports
- The Downtown Club at The Met

TOURIST SPOTS
- Downtown Aquarium
- Houston is Inspired Mural
- Union Station
- Allen's Landing Park
- Confluence mural

The Minute Maid Park is a retractable roof stadium situated in Downtown Houston.
Golf Courses - Limited Options
Run / Bike Trails Downtown residents also enjoy trails in the district with views of the Buffalo Bayou such as:
- Sesquicentennial Park
- Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail Downtown - South Bank
- Heights Hike and Bike Trail East Trailhead
Nearby Retail / Dining The Downtown, being the central location of the Houston area, also has numerous hubs of retail centers and shops, dining establishments, and numerous entertainment, including:

RETAIL
- Verizon Authorized Retailer - Your Wireless
- Gateway Newstands
- Jr Retail
- The Shops at Houston Center
- Artist Warehouse District

DINING
- Shake Shack
- Grotto Downtown
- Xochi
- Irma's Southwest
- Morton's The Steakhouse
- Perbacco
- Pappasito's Cantina
- Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
- Edgar's Hermano
- Stack Burger
- Treebeards
- Post Oak Grill

CAFES
- Corner Bakery Cafe
- Barnaby's Cafe
- Cafe Paris
- Minuti Coffee
- Boomtown Coffee
- Amilles Coffee

GROCERIES
- Fannin Food Mart
- Main Street Square
- Houston Underground Walking Tunnel System
- Bayou Place (shopping place)
- Say it with Evie Stationery Boutique (shopping mall)

NIGHTLIFE
- Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
- Molly's Pub
- Shay McElroy's
- Club Cairo
- Balinese Room
- Etro
- Vault Nightclub
Major Employers - Bank of America
- Central Business District
- Chevron Corporation
- ExxonMobil
- Hilcorp Energy Co.
- JP Morgan Chase and Co.
- KPMG US LLC
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Shell Oil
- Toyota Center
- Wells Fargo
- Less than 20 mins away from Texas Children's Hospital

Downtown Schools

Downtown is zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

The HISD features several National Blue Ribbon, top-ranked GreatSchools.org, and multi-award-winning schools.

*Note: For more detailed information on specific schools zoned to different Downtown Houston areas, please refer to our Houston Schools Guide OR email Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com


Elementary Schools



Middle Schools


Public Middle Schools zoned to Downtown Houston include:


High Schools


Public High Schools zoned to Downtown Houston include:


Downtown Houston Private Schools


The following are some of the more notable private schools near Downtown Houston.

To find an updated listing of all Downtown Houston real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.

*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, the information provided above is accurate but not guaranteed. Please double-check by visiting the school’s website.


Downtown Real Estate Market

Downtown Single-Family Home Sale Trends


Bayou Lofts

There are no single-family homes in the Downtown area, however, there are plenty available in surrounding neighborhoods including Midtown, the Heights, Montrose, Northside Village, and EaDo.


Downtown Townhomes Sale Trends


Bayou Lofts

There are no Downtown Houston townhomes available. Fortunately, there are many townhomes for sale within 10 to 15 minutes of downtown.


Downtown Houston Condo Sale Trends


Downtown Commerce Condo

Downtown Houston lofts and condos are popular due to their central location, high accessibility, relatively lower maintenance costs, and luxury amenities. Several condos and loft buildings in the area are along or within a few blocks of the METRORail.

Downtown has 25 mid-and high-rise residential buildings, each with its distinct character, style, and charm.

Downtown’s loft buildings were converted from office and retail spaces into beautiful residential midrises. San Jacinto Lofts, Bayou Lofts, Franklin Lofts, Byrds Lofts, and Hermann Lofts are a few examples.

Condos in the area, on the other hand, are within luxury highrises, including Commerce Towers, Four Seasons Residences, and 2016 Main.

Each building has its own set of amenities, with some even providing white-glove service. Rooftop decks, secure parking, pools, and fitness centers are among the most prevalent amenities. Some hotels offer 24-hour valet & concierge services, meeting spaces, and guest rooms.

Loft and condo sizes vary, ranging from 500 to more than 4,500 square feet. An average Downtown Houston condo for sale can feature 2 to 3 bedrooms, though bigger units with 4-bedroom floor plans are also available.

Prices typically start at around $150,000 and can go as high as $3,500,000.

Downtown Houston Lofts

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To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the nearby Museum District area, see Museum District Condos.


Downtown Houston TX History


Downtown

Over the last decade, downtown experienced a transformation that the Houston real estate market has not seen since the Allen brothers first established the city in the early 1800s.

The 1980’s oil crash laid downtown Houston bare. Development stopped, businesses closed, with shops and buildings boarded up. The population in the neighborhood fell and many people called downtown “desolate, barren, and forgotten.”

That changed in the mid-to-late 1990s with pioneering real estate developers (like Randall Davis and Frank Garvey) who purchased historic buildings (e.g. Post Rice Lofts, Bayou Lofts, Franklin Lofts) and converted them into urban lofts with modern amenities.

Today, Downtown Houston is a bustling district filled with residential and commercial skyscrapers; streets lined up with restaurants, bars, and clubs; parks; and an extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks, making for a more inviting and fantastic living experience in downtown Houston than ever before.

Downtown Houston is the largest business district in Houston, Texas. It is one of the busiest and most exciting places to live in Houston with more than 3,500 businesses and 150,000 workers.

Proximity to work is one of the reasons that more and more people are beginning to move “back” into downtown Houston.


Fun Things To Do Near Downtown


Green park

Houston's central business district houses not just workplaces and corporate headquarters. It also features a vibrant dining, nightlife, and cultural scene. Downtown has many green parks, historical landmarks, and other points of interest.

The 17-block Theater District features four entertainment venues: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Wortham Theater Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, and Alley Theatre. Nine major arts organizations call the district home, along with several other smaller performing arts groups. The Bayou Place Entertainment Complex is also within Houston’s Theater District.

Downtown Park

The Minute Maid Park Stadium (home of the Houston Astros), the Toyota Center (home of the Houston Rockets), Discovery Green, and the George R. Brown Convention Center are all located in the Ballpark and Convention Districts.

Originally Houston’s town center, the Historic District features Market Square Park, plus numerous cafes and bars.

Houston Bike Sharing

Other Downtown Houston must-visit places include the Downtown Aquarium, Sam Houston Park, and Allen’s Landing.

Here are just some of the must-visit places in Downtown Houston:

Dining

Parks

Nightlife

Groceries

Downtown Historic District


Top Downtown Houston Realtor – Paige Martin

As featured on Fox News in the Morning, Houston Business Journal and Houston Magazine, Paige Martin, a consistent Top Producing Broker-Associate and head of the Houston Properties Team, is ranked as one of the top residential real estate agents in the world.


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