Rice / Museum District Real Estate Guide

Rice / Museum District homes for sale & insider real estate guide

Rice / Museum District Real Estate Guide

Known for its premier cultural and arts centers, the Museum District is located in the Greater Houston area. The highly accessible neighborhood features a mix of classic and contemporary architectural styles. This accentuates the district's artistic charms.

The Museum District is in demand due to its:

Buying or selling Museum District real estate can be tricky. It is due to its proximity to freeways which can lower resale value. The presence of arteries where noise and traffic can be issues can hurt resale odds. Several Museum District streets sell at a premium to others. Additionally, some condos have low resale values due to high HOA rates, quality issues, limited views, and parking concerns.

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

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Rice / Museum District Homes For Sale

$1,495,000
4 Beds, 4 Baths
2129 Wroxton Road
$1,949,950
4 Beds, 4 Baths
2525 Goldsmith Street
$2,999,999
5 Beds, 5 Baths
2232 Swift Boulevard
$3,475,000
4 Beds, 4 Baths
2002 Dunstan Road
$620,000
3 Beds, 3 Baths
1708 Ruth Street
$899,000
3 Beds, 2 Baths
2208 Addison Road

Rice / Museum District Homes For Rent

$2,500
3 Beds, 2 Baths
2111 Sheridan Street
$6,500
4 Beds, 2 Baths
1619 Vassar Street
$3,300
3 Beds, 3 Baths
1621 Wheeler Street #E
$3,100
3 Beds, 3 Baths
4612 Chartres Street
$6,800
4 Beds, 3 Baths
4120 E. Northampton Place
$5,600
4 Beds, 2 Baths
2208 Robinhood Street

Table of Contents

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

Rice / Museum District Home Sale Trends

Rice / Museum District Real Estate Trends

Vibrant and highly accessible, the Museum District is one of Houston’s premier cultural and art centers. It is located just north of the Texas Medical Center.

The district’s appeal stems from several factors, including:

Aside from its lively arts and culture scene, the Museum District also offers a lot of outdoor entertainment and recreation options in Hermann Park. This includes the Houston Zoo, the Houston Garden Center, and a golf course.


Rice / Museum District Best Realtor Insights

Centers for culture and the arts define much of the Museum District area’s character. The neighborhood’s charm, however, extends well beyond galleries and exhibitions.


Rice / Museum District Maps, Location & Zip Code

Rice / Museum District Map

Commute Time Rice / Museum District
Downtown (min) 10
Med Ctr (min) 5
Energy Corridor (min) 25
Galleria (min) 15

Map of Rice / Museum District

Highlights Rice / Museum District
Amenities The Museum District lies just north of Texas Medical Center. It has the second most concentration of cultural institutions in a contiguous area in the US. The district features vintage homes, luxury townhomes, and upscale condos.

The Museum District is convenient in location and METRORail access. Aside from museums and community centers in the area, residents are minutes away from retail and entertainment spots.
Golf Courses - Hermann Park Golf Course
- Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range
- Gus Wortham Golf Course
- Wildcat Golf Club
- Timber Creek Golf Club(public golf course)
Run / Bike Trails - Hermann Park
- Marvin Taylor Exercise Trail
- Picnic Trail
- Brays Bayou Park
- Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail - Downtown - South Bank
- White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail Access
Nearby Retail / Dining - Museum of Fine Arts
- Children’s Museum
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Hermann Park (Houston Zoo, Houston Garden Center)
- Maxwell Street Grill
- Number 1 Chicken Rice & Seafood
- Bowl Cafe
- Davis Street at Hermann Park
- Bowl Cafe
- The Raven Grill
- Bodegas Taco Shop
- Monarch Restaurant & Lounge
- Grand Prize Bar
- Absinthe Brasserie
- Harp
- Revelry on Richmond
- Ruthie’s Place
- Bar 5015
- H-E-B
Major Employers - Texas Medical Center
- Houston Museum District Association
- University of Houston
- Harris Health System
- Chevron
- United Airlines
- Baylor College of Medicine

Rice / Museum District Schools

Top Elementary Schools Great Schools Ranking
Roberts Elem 9


Top Middle Schools Great Schools Ranking
Lanier Middle 9

Museum District Houston Schools


Museum District homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Established in the 1920s, Houston ISD is the largest school district in the state (with 283 schools). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave the district a “Met Standard” rating in 2016. HISD features several International Baccalaureate (IB) World schools.

Poe Elementary, Lanier Middle, and Lamar High School all offer International Baccalaureate programs. Debakey High School for Health Professions (named National Blue Ribbon School twice, in 1997-1998 and 2003) is located just minutes away from the Houston Museum District.

Students in the area may attend the following public schools:


Elementary Schools



Middle Schools



High Schools



Museum District Houston Private Schools


The Museum District is an ideal jumping-off point to the private schools and universities located at Rice University, Montrose, Medical Center, and the Third Ward. Several private schools are located within minutes of the neighborhood. Listed below are some of them.

To find an updated listing of all Museum District 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: 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.


Rice / Museum District Real Estate Market

Rice / Museum District Single-Family Home Sale Trends


Though new construction townhomes and condos are becoming popular in the Museum District, there are plenty of detached single-family homes.

Patio homes and older bungalows line the neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendly streets, along with gated communities. On average, Museum District single-family homes have a 3-bedroom, 3-and-a-half-bath floor plan, with 3,000 square feet of living space.

The most luxurious and expensive housing options in the district are old estates that date back to the 1920s. These beautifully updated vintage homes can feature 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3 half-baths.

Pricing depends on several factors, including the condition of the home, location, and size. Museum District homes for sale can go from $400,000 to more than $3,000,000.


Rice / Museum District Townhome Sale Trends


One of the Museum District’s most popular housing options, townhomes are a common sight in the area. Most Museum District townhomes are located within gated, private enclaves with luxury amenities and 24/7 security.

The standard townhome can feature a common 3/3.5-storey floor plan. Floor areas can range from 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet.

Luxury Museum District townhomes can feature 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 2 half baths in addition to more living space.

Prices can range from $300,000 to more than $1,000,000.


Museum District Condo Sale Trends


The Museum District is home to several mid and high-rise condominiums, most featuring early 19th-century European-inspired architecture.

Most Houston Museum District condos feature 24/7 security, round-the-clock staff, and parking. Some also offer luxury amenities including pools, gyms, tennis courts, and jogging trails.

A surge in new residential condos netted more upscale development in the district, including Oaks on Caroline and the Mondrian.

Rice / Museum District Condos include:

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the downtown area, see Downtown Houston Condos.

Map of Condos - Museum District / Med Center


Rice / Museum District TX History


The Museum District's history is a testament to the neighborhood’s strong sense of community and civic responsibility.

In 1977, several civic organizations and associations initiated efforts to revitalize the Houston Museum District. This “Montrose Project” became the Museum District Development Association of Houston 10 years after.

The MDDAH plotted a progressive plan for a pedestrian-friendly area centered on the Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1989, Mayor Kathryn Whitmire and the City of Houston City Council officially designated the district’s covered area. The Museum District is identified as the area along Montrose Boulevard, from Allen Parkway to Hermann Park.

The MDDAH was dissolved in 1994. Three years later, 11 institutions formed the Houston Museum District Association.

More museums joined the HMDA in the following years. The association is now comprised of 19 member museums and institutions.


Fun Things To Do Near The Rice / Museum District


The Houston Museum District Association lists 19 members, all within a 1.5-mile radius of Hermann Park’s Mecom Fountain. These member museums welcome more than 8 million visitors annually with each of their unique scientific, educational, and artistic exhibits.

One of the largest museums in the country, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is located at 1001 Bissonet Street.

The MFAH houses more than 60,000 pieces in its permanent collection within its 300,000 square feet of space. The cultural complex has two gallery buildings, two house museums, a sculpture garden, a library and a movie theatre.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, gets more than 2 million visitors per year.

Aside from its natural science hall displays, the museum plays host to numerous guest exhibits every year. HMNS also features the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Burke Baker Planetarium, and the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Forbes listed the Children’s Museum Houston at 1500 Binz Street as one of the “Best Children’s Museums in the US.” Its exhibits and bilingual programs aim to inspire “a passion for lifelong learning” in all children.

Another popular Museum District destination is Hermann Park. The 445-acre public park features several attractions and amenities including jogging trails, pedal boats, playgrounds, and gardens.

Hermann Park is home to Houston Zoo, Hermann Park Golf Course, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Houston Garden Center.

The Museum District features plenty of dining, retail, and entertainment options. Its proximity to Montrose, Medical Center, and Rice University means more choices are mere minutes away.

Listed below are some of the best places to visit in and around the Museum District:

Member Museums
Dining
Nightlife
In Hermann Park

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