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Neighborhood Crash Course: Medical Center

Houstonians have many reasons to be thankful for the Texas Medical Center near downtown Houston. Not only does the center provide convenient access to some of the best medical technology, research, and treatment as the largest medical center in the world, it’s also a primary source of great jobs and helps Houston maintain it’s position as one of the nation’s thriving cities.

But the Medical Center is also a great place to live. Medical Center residents love being close to work and many of them have the luxury of walking to the office–something that is virtually unheard of in Houston–thanks to a great network of sky walks. Beautiful residential developments have been popping up all around the Medical Center in recent years. And, medical and non-medical professionals alike love the area because it is so close to the great cultural resources of Houston, like Rice University, Montrose, The Museum District, Reliant Park, Downtown, and more.

Convenience is definitely one of the area’s biggest draws. Residents are close to every neighborhood in town that matters and they enjoy easy access to major freeways, like 59, 45, 288, and I-10. Also, getting back and forth to work is a breeze thanks to the network of shuttles connecting hospitals with local residential developments. If you choose your location wisely, you and your car will need to become pen pals to stay in touch.

The Medical Center also has a great selection of luxury properties to choose from. In fact, some of my favorite properties are close by, like The Esplenade, The Amalfi and Hermann Park, The Mosaic and San Malia. Rent prices in the area can be high as they cater to medical professionals and promise a short commute. But many people choose to live near the medical center whether they work in medicine or not because they love the quality of housing and being so close to great transportation options.

Ready to make the Medical Center your (semi-) permanent home? Because so many medical professionals move to Houston with plans to stay here for at least three years or more, many choose to skip renting all together and sign away to purchase a home. Offering spaces for sale and for rent is a popular trend in the Medical Center that many choose to take advantage of in order to own their own piece of Houston.

But the Med Center is hardly all work and no play. With its proximity to Downtown, Montrose, and the Museum District, Med Center residents are close to some of the best dining, shopping, and entertainment in the city. They can be at a show in the Theatre District, dining in Montrose, or strolling gallery corridors in minutes. Think this might be the neighborhood for you? Let’s take a look!


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