In a new city, where you live determines your world. What you see from your window sets the rhythm of your day. In Houston, you can choose to be Galleria funky or Galveston relaxed. There are plenty of things to do in Houston, but choosing where to live in a new city sometimes seems like a crapshoot.
It can be difficult to determine the vibe of a neighborhood you’ve never been to. That’s why we’ve done it for you. We’ve set out to feature two attractions from each of the four major neighborhoods in Houston: Uptown, Galveston Beach, Montrose, and West Houston, in order to help you determine which you’d like to see from the window of your future condo.
Gerrald D. Hines Waterwall Park, Uptown
Imagine pulling aside the curtains of your Galleria apartment to a giant expanse of lush greenery and a gorgeous, 64-foot semi-circle architectural fountain engulfed by live oak trees and a vast, shaded picnic area. That’s Gerrald D. Hines Waterfall park, 2.77 acres of public land available for anyone to use and enjoy for twelve hours each day.
Cacao & Cardamom, Uptown
Few things remedy a tumultuous week like fine chocolates. If you’re someone who needs chocolate in your life on the regular from a personable, passionate chocolatier, you need a place near Cacao & Cardamom on Westheimer. The resident chocolatier, Annie, has spent time all over Europe and the Middle East, where cardamom was never far from her mind. After her travels, she returned to the United States and opened her shop with a single purpose: to develop new ideas and techniques to open an infinite world of possibilities and change the way you see chocolate.
Seawall Urban Park, Galveston Beach
Living near the Seawall Urban Park in the Galveston Beach neighborhood would be a dream come true for any ocean lover. The perfect location to go for a jog or sit and people watch, the park offers over 10 miles of sandy beach and salty waves. It’s also the home to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park that stands on a pier over the Gulf of Mexico at Seawall and 25th Street.
Mosquito Café, Galveston Beach
Located in the East End Historical District of Galveston Island, the Mosquito Café is housed in a gorgeously restored 1870 building on 14th street. Their slogan, “One bite is all it takes,” may be morbid, but their cuisine most certainly is not. Living near Mosquito Café would be great for someone looking for a hometown grill to frequent at any hour, as they serve American-style breakfast, lunch, and entrée items at all hours of operation.
Westheimer Bar Crawl, Montrose
Though few neighborhoods in Houston are walkable, the lower Westheimer area in Montrose makes for a great evening walkabout. Start your journey at The Hay Merchant, the fan favorite craft beer bar from Kevin Floyd. Head west to the pub favorite Royal Oak Bar & Grill and across from it, Doc’s Motorworks, both of which happen to offer stellar happy hour specials. It’s a lovely place to live for the street slicker who wants to feel a community vibe right in the thick of the city.
Miller Outdoor Theater, Texas Medical Center between Greenway and the Greater Third Ward
You definitely want to live within walking distance of the Miller Outdoor Theater if you love live music, great shows, and lively crowds of concert-goers. Even better, the performances at Miller are always free. The venue is located in the Hermann Park, which is available for public use when no shows are slated. The venue offers a wide range of cinematic, theatrical, and musical events for public consumption.
Space Center Houston, West Houston
If you’re someone always adventuring to learn new things that are out of this world, you should consider living in West Houston near the Space Center. Parts of the Space Center aren’t open to the public for security reasons, but the center is known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, and guests are taken behind the scenes to see the NASA Johnson Space Center. If you live nearby, it makes even more sense to buy the season pass.
Bowlmor Bowling Alley, West Houston
If you’re someone who really misses the eighties and nineties or you spend a lot of time re-watching The Big Lebowski, choose to live in West Houston near the Bowlmor Bowling Alley where you can experience ‘upscale bowling’ like you’ve never bowled before. It’s more than just lanes. Equipped with a gorgeous sports bar and a massive arcade, the Bowlmor is ideal for everything from your after-work drink or your Saturday game spree.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Galleria
Open year-round, Bayou Bend welcomes thousands of visitors annually for tours and special programs. The grounds are part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and are open every day from 10am-5pm. This lavish park and gallery is a relaxing place to read a book, do some sketching, or bring a friend for a picnic lunch.
Eclectic Menagerie Park, Sunnyside
This collection of 26 titanic sculptures, only seen from Highway 288, is the work of 64-year-old artist Ron Lee, who uses his on-site workshop to construct over-sized versions of animals and machines from Texas Pipe Company’s unused equipment. For someone who needs an inspiring and ever changing landscape, Eclectic Menagerie Park in Sunnyside makes for the perfect commute into downtown.