ABOUT DOWNTOWN HOUSTON
Downtown Houston is the largest business district in Houston, Texas, located near the geographic center of the metropolitan area at the confluence of Interstate 10, Interstate 45, and Interstate 69. The 1.84-square-mile (4.8 km2) district, enclosed by the aforementioned highways, contains the original townsite of Houston at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou, a point known as Allen’s Landing. Downtown Houston has been the city’s preeminent commercial district since its founding in 1836.
Today home to nine Fortune 500 corporations, Downtown Houston contains 50 million square feet (4,600,000 m2) of office space and is the workplace of 150,000 employees. Downtown is also a major destination for entertainment and recreation. Nine major performing arts organizations are located within the 13,000-seat Theater District at prominent venues including Alley Theatre, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall, and the Wortham Theater Center. Two major professional sports venues, Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, are home to the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets, respectively. Discovery Green, an urban park located on the east side of the district adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center, anchors the city’s convention district.
Downtown is Houston’s civic center, containing Houston City Hall, the jails, criminal, and civil courthouses of Harris County, and a federal prison and courthouse. Downtown Houston is also a major public transportation hub, lying at the center of the light rail system, park and ride system, and the metropolitan freeway network; the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is headquartered in the district. Over 100,000 people commute through Downtown daily. An extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks connects a large number of buildings in the district; this system also serves as a subterranean mall.
Geographically, Downtown Houston is bordered by East Downtown to the east, Third Ward to the south, Midtown to the southwest, Fourth Ward to the west, Sixth Ward to the northwest, and Near Northside to the north. The district’s streets form a strict grid plan of approximately 400 square blocks, oriented at a southwest to northeast angle. The northern end of the district is crossed by Buffalo Bayou, the banks of which function as a linear park with a grade-separated system of hike-and-bike trails.
Living in DOWNTOWN HOUSTON
The types of residents attracted to Downtown Houston living are young urban professionals, empty nesters, reverse commuters and, yes, even small families. Residents here are looking for new experiences, they love being at the heart of the action, whether that’s courtside at a Rockets game or taking in a Broadway show. Their endless appetite for exploring new flavors is stoked by Downtown’s dizzying array of restaurants and bars, with cuisine from all over the globe. As the city center has grown, and more residential properties come online, bringing with them more and more independent shops and businesses, life in Downtown is evolving into a place where people live, work and explore – exactly the kind of work-life balance our Downtown “urban adventurers” crave.
Downtown’s revitalization began back in the 90’s but the development that has occurred in just the past five years has been phenomenal. Adding to our amazing portfolio of historic building conversions into lofts and condos, Downtown Houston now offers a variety of rental and for sale options perfectly positioned throughout Downtown – and at all price points. Want to be close to the ballpark? Check. Steps from METRORail? Check. Next to Historic Market Square Park. Check. We’ve got it all.
And the urban lifestyle? Downtown Houston is the only place in the city where you really have everything you need. Not just the bars and restaurants, the theater, the parks… but medical, worship, fitness and of course transportation. Yes, you can survive without a car if needed! And for those of you that ask about a grocery store, we have the most amazing grocery store in town, Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Not to mention, a dozen more options from Whole Foods to Target, all within a mile of your home.
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Things to do in DOWNTOWN HOUSTON
Downtown Houston is an eclectic mix of commercial properties, high rise offices, and green spaces. Covering just under two square miles in the very heart of the city, it’s where skyscrapers rise above the spread of Houston itself like a cluster of massive stalagmites.
Houston was founded on the banks of Buffalo Bayou which cuts through the upper part of the downtown district. But don’t worry, there’s much more to do in Downtown Houston than fishing for catfish. Explore the streets of Downtown by double-decker bus or view DT’s numerous graffiti artworks on a Segway. Drop into a church for a beer or fill up on Tex-Mex while watching a basketball game.
Not everything Downtown Houston has to offer is on the surface; there’s almost as much going on underground as there is above it. So check out these fifteen best things to do in Downtown Houston to find out what is happening and where.
1. Double Decker Bus Tour
2. Downtown Houston Tunnel System
3. Heritage Society Museum
4. The Church of Beer
5. Discovery Green
6. Hobby Center For Performing Arts
7. Houston Police Museum
8. Bayou Place
9. Houston Graffiti & Street Art By Segway
10. Toyota Center
11. Houston Escape Rooms
12. Pappasito’s Cantina
13. Rec Room
14. The Dirt Bar
15. Downtown Historical Bike Tour