Downtown Houston Real Estate Guide

Downtown Houston homes for sale & insider real estate guide

Downtown Houston Real Estate Guide

Downtown Houston is a 1,178-acre Best Inner Loop Neighborhood. Its freeway borders and Metrorail stations have access to business, retail, and cultural centers. With this, it is also one of Houston's Most Accessible Neighborhoods.

Downtown Houston is popular due to its:

Downtown Houston homes offer 2-3 bedroom floor plans with different upgrades. Its living areas range from 500 to more than 4,500 square feet, with prices reaching up to $3,500,000. With the number of layout options, navigating Downtown Houston real estate can be challenging.

To get personal advice on buying or selling in the Downtown Houston area, contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s best condo realtors and one of the top-ranked Realtors in the United States.

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Downtown Houston Homes For Sale

$434,990
2 Beds, 2 Baths
1211 Caroline Street #1308
$232,500
1 Bed, 1 Bath
915 Franklin Street #5N
$299,000
1 Bed, 1 Bath
1211 Caroline Street #1602
$265,000
1 Bed, 1 Bath
201 Main Street #7C
$249,000
1 Bed, 1 Bath
915 Franklin Street #3I
$279,000
1 Bed, 1 Bath
201 Main Street #4I

Downtown Houston Homes For Rent

$2,945
2 Beds, 2 Baths
1414 Texas Ave #743
$2,630
2 Beds, 2 Baths
1414 Texas Ave #449
$2,800
2 Beds, 2 Baths
1414 Texas Ave #740
$1,980
1 Bed, 1 Bath
1414 Texas Ave #804
$1,700
1 Bed, 1 Bath
915 Franklin Street #3E
$1,990
1 Bed, 1 Bath
1414 Texas Ave #617

Table of Contents

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

Downtown Houston Home Sale Trends

Downtown Houston Real Estate Trends

Downtown Houston is a 1,178-acre area 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 recent years as a result of:

The Downtown Houston real estate market can be tricky to navigate due to some buildings having 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.


Downtown Houston Best Realtor Insights


Downtown Houston Maps, Location & Zip Code

Downtown Houston Map

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

Map of Downtown Houston

Highlights Downtown Houston
Amenities Downtown Houston is the largest business district and features the major attractions in the City.

Parks, entertainment, skyscrapers, and a slow-moving waterway, make up the area.

Some park amenities have art installations, playgrounds, and a skating rink.
Golf Courses - Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
- Hermann Park Golf Course
- River Oaks Country Club
Run / Bike Trails - Discovery Green
- Market Square Park
- Sesquicentennial Park
- Tranquility Park
- Sam Houston Park
- Eleanor Tinsley Park
- Emancipation Park
- Marron (Tony) Park
- Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail Downtown
- Heights Hike and Bike Trail East Trailhead
- White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail Access
- South Bank Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail
- Sabine Promenade
Nearby Retail / Dining Retail Shops:

- Launch
- R. Rose Clothier
- Jr Retail
- Trudy’s Hallmark Shop
- Faded Decade
- Houston Rockets Team Shop
- The Shops on Navigation
- Reserve Supply Company
- My Flaming Heart
- Full Court Houston
- The Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop
- Target
- Marshall & Home Goods
- T.J.Maxx

Dining:

- Potente
- Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
- Xochi
- Grotto Downtown
- The Grove
- Morton’s The Steakhouse
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
- The Palm
- Red & White Wine Bistro
- Hearsay Market Square
- Cultivated F+B
- District 7 Grill
- Your Pie Pizza
- Brothers Taco House

Entertainment/Clubs/Pubs/Nightlife:

- Cherry
- Etro
- Boots n Shoots
- Club 2020 Houston
- Grooves of Houston
- Barbarella
- Babylon
- Numbers Night Club
- Club 3710
- Petroleum Club of Houston
- Coronado Club
- Bauhaus Houston
- The Secret Group
- Midtown Club

Groceries:

- Phoenicia Specialty Foods
- Main Street Square
- Fannin Food Mart
- Bodega de Plantains
- Cathay Foods
- LV Food Supply – CTWS Group
- Kroger
- Randalls
- Lyons Supermarket
- Wong Food Market
- Target Grocery
- Market Day of Texas
- Whole Foods Market
- Walmart Supercenter
Major Employers - St. Joseph Medical Center
- Minute Maid Park
- J B Poindexter & Co
- Calpine
- Gilbane Building Company
- Hilcorp Energy Company
- LyondellBasell
- Texas Children's Hospital
- Chevron
- Shell

Downtown Houston 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.


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 [email protected] with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.

Note: For more detailed information on specific schools zoned to different Downtown Houston areas, please refer to our Houston Schools Guide OR email me.

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 Houston Real Estate Market

Downtown Houston Single-Family Home Sale Trends


There are no single-family homes in the Downtown area. However, there are plenty of options nearby, including Midtown, The Heights, Montrose, Northside Village, and EaDo.

The Houston Properties Team are expert in Downtown Houston real estate. Please contact us if you'd like to see Houston single-family homes or learn more about properties that could be a fit for you.


Downtown Townhomes Sale Trends


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

The Houston Properties Team are expert in Downtown Houston real estate. Please contact us if you'd like to see Houston townhomes or learn more about properties that could be a fit for you.


Downtown Houston Condo Sale Trends


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 located along or within a few blocks of the METRORail.

Lofts and condos in downtown Houston are popular because they are close to everything and easy to get to. There are condos and lofts located within a few blocks of the METRORail.

Downtown has 25 residential buildings, each with its personality, style, and charm.

Downtown loft structures transformed into residential midrises. San Jacinto, Bayou, Franklin, Byrds, and Hermann are examples.

Commerce Towers, Four Seasons Residences, and the 2016 Main home are nearby.
Each building has its facilities, with some even offering white-glove service. Standard features include rooftop decks, secure parking, pools, and gyms. Some hotels provide 24-hour valet and concierge services, conference rooms, and guest rooms.

Loft and condo sizes range from 500 to more than 4,500 square feet. A typical Downtown Houston condo for sale has 2 to 3 bedrooms. Yet, larger apartments with 4-bedroom floor plans are also available.

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

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

The Houston Properties Team are expert in Downtown Houston real estate. Please contact us if you'd like to see Houston condos or learn more about buildings that could be a fit for you.


Downtown Houston TX History


Since the Allen brothers established the city in the early 1800s, the Houston real estate market has not witnessed a shift comparable to the one that occurred downtown during the past decade.

The oil collapse of the 1980s left downtown Houston desolate. Development paused, firms shut down, and stores and buildings were boarded up. The neighborhood's population declined, and many residents described downtown as "dismal, desolate, and neglected."

In the mid to late 1990s, pioneer real estate developers (such as Randall Davis and Frank Garvey) bought historic buildings (such as Post Rice Lofts, Bayou Lofts, and Franklin Lofts). They transformed them into urban lofts with contemporary amenities.

Downtown Houston is a lively zone consisting of residential and commercial buildings, streets lined with restaurants, bars, clubs, parks, and an enormous network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks, making life in downtown Houston more appealing and impressive than ever.

Downtown Houston is Houston, Texas's primary business district. With more than 3,500 firms and 150,000 workers, it is one of the most active and fascinating locations to live.

Employment proximity is one of the reasons why more and more individuals are moving "back" to downtown Houston.


Fun Things To Do Near Downtown Houston


Houston is a central business district that houses not just workplaces and corporate headquarters. It also features 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.

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.

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

Best 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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