Comments (110)

Mar 12, 2009

Corporate Apartments of America were very helpful in finding a fully furnished apartment that also included utilities. Obviously not the cheapest option but still affordable and for all of 10 weeks, saved the hastle of other living arrangements. PM me if you would like the name/email of someone in that company to contact.

Alternatively, try searching Craigslist for people looking for a summer sublet. There should be plenty of Rice students looking for someone to rent for the summer.

As for where in the city to live; generally stick to downtown (limited options) or somewhere west of downtown. Some areas to look into:

Rive Village, West University, Galleria, River Oaks, Greenway Plaza, Medical Center, Memorial Heights, parts of Midtown.

Mar 12, 2009

There are generally not as many furnished apartment buildings in Houston, although looking into corporate apartments is a great idea. WxOnWallStreet had some pretty good suggestions, I would look for sublets in the following areas:

  • Midtown (closest)
  • Montrose
  • University of Houston area
  • Rice Village / West University (expensive)
  • River Oaks (even more expensive)
  • Heights - do your research, this is a transition area and parts of it are still unsafe

Whatever you do, stay on the west side of the city. I'm assuming you have a car, because you cannot live without one in Houston. Will be glad to answer any other questions.

Mar 12, 2009

Thanks for the suggestions...what do you consider expensive for the area? I'm originally from NY and used to pay 1400 a month to share a 3 bedroom, so I don't mind spending that much to get a one bedroom in Houston.

Mar 12, 2009

Where are some areas where I could walk outside my apartment or living unit and just grab a bite to eat. I'm not planning on hauling my ass and driving around to get food. Is there like a collegetown type of area?

Mar 12, 2009

Houston is very cheap compared to most cities, so you're looking at $600-900 rent for a nice and spacious 1 bedroom or sublet. Of course it will be more if you want a "luxury" apartment. A quick search on craigslist would give you a pretty good idea if you really want to know.

The only areas generally speaking with food / cafes nearby would be Rice Village and Midtown. You will need to drive for almost everything, since the city is spread out so much. Add to that the 90-100F heat and high humidity and you will not want to walk ANYWHERE. There's a reason it used to be the "fattest city in the U.S." .

Mar 12, 2009

I lived in west u and was paying 1100 a month for a 1300 sf two bedroom. Houston is crazy cheap. I second west u and midtown areas. River Oaks does not have many places that will lease for short term.

Mar 13, 2009

Agree, area around Rice good for the summer and while there are some areas that are "walkable," get used to driving and dealing w/traffic because Houston comes with a lot of both. Price wise, subleting a nice place in a good area you def can stay around 700-1000 not including utilities; corp setup will run you more like 1000-1300 including utilities and fully furnished.

Mar 13, 2009

I know Bear used a place like 1 mile away from office and it was fully furnished and mostly had williams people for months... think they priced out at 1450 a month... they had covered parking and a weekly maid.

Mar 13, 2009

Yeah they had offered it to the summer analysts but no one went with it. Crazy prices...costs were approx. $110/day for 1br, $120/day for 2br.

monty09:

I know Bear used a place like 1 mile away from office and it was fully furnished and mostly had williams people for months... think they priced out at 1450 a month... they had covered parking and a weekly maid.

Mar 13, 2009

Lucky you
Houston =

monty09:

cheap

,

models_and_bottles:

Houston is very cheap

Mar 13, 2009

if you guys really want to get pissed I can tell you how much my house cost..lol

Mar 13, 2009

yeah I know all the williams people got them for 90 days... some got it longer if their house did not sell as quick as they hoped. I know some did not use them either. I know A.D did not use them.

Mar 15, 2009

any specific buildings/"communities" anyone might recommend?

Mar 16, 2009

What about living downtown in like Post Rice Lofts, Hogg Place, Humble Tower. Does anyone know anyone who would be willing to sublet out a place for an intern. This is a long shot, but being able to live in one of those places over the summer would make life 1000x easier.

Mar 16, 2009

Post Rice is very expensive, although close to most of the major banking offices (JPM, Barclays/Lehman, Lazard, Simmons, a few others). You could save quite a bit of money going to somewhere in Midtown. I'm not familiar with the other apartments you mentioned.

Apr 22, 2009

There are so many wonderful new lofts right there and it's close to the downtown area where you have world class theater, music, symphony, art, museums and parks. There is no question about where two adults with no children should live. Downtown Houston and the inner loop is a diverse mecca of culture, food, art, music, dance, you name it. You'll never be bored.
ejaculare precoce

Apr 22, 2009

Not many 20 somethings living in West U or River Oaks. If you're working downtown and want to be near fun stuff, I'd live in Midtown or the Heights.

Apr 22, 2009

Depending on where you live, careful with the cabbies. Houston is big, and a cab ride can be expensive. Which area of town will you be working in? My best friend is an engineer out there. Been to visit a few times, but I can ask him what he thinks if you know where you'll be working.

Apr 22, 2009

First off, there is nothing for rent in River Oaks or West U (although Upper Kirby is popular and near River Oaks). And if there was it would definitely be driving distance anywhere.

If your in downtown then Heights, Midtown, Rice/Museum district are going to be the only ones close enough to really cab ride. That being said EVERY drives EVERYWHERE for the most part. If you go museum district its possible to live close enough to the rail or at least close enough to bike to it easily.

If your office is in the Galleria area just move into a place there, there are plenty of options. But you will 100% see yourself driving to work unless you like walking and getting sweaty in the mornings.

Apr 22, 2009

I used to live in Upper Kirby and commuted downtown for work. It took about 15- 20 minutes in traffic. If you don't want a long commute, I would suggest Midtown, Montrose, or Upper Kirby, which is where most of the young professionals live.

Apr 22, 2009

Without knowing where you're going to work, it is going to be difficult to recommend a location. Are you going to be working downtown? Energy Corridor? Galleria?

I work in the energy corridor and commute from West University (about 25 min in the morning, 35-50 min in the evening). To the person that said there is nothing to rent in West U, that's not true. There's a few good places to live. My location is amazing, walk to two grocery stores, restaurants, bars are less than .5 miles away. West U is more expensive than other areas you might want to live. I would forget River Oaks. That is the most expensive place in Houston. You can get better night life and better access to necessities elsewhere. The other recommendations people made were Midtown which is a good option if you like the huge bar scene and partying though it can be a little more sketch; Heights is a good option with a huge variety of bars, restaurants, apartments, houses, etc; Montrose is another option with bars, restaurants and shopping. If I were moving in, I would probably still pick West U and the rest in order are Montrose, Heights and then Midtown.

Apr 22, 2009

Forgot about Upper Kirby (Green Plaza) is just north of West U. Very similar to West U but less walkable. Museum district is nice for the Museums but there are some really shitty areas around there as well. You have luxury apartments next to condemned houses.

Apr 22, 2009

Midtown and then the Heights.

Apr 22, 2009

I live in the heights. I love it. If you want to be closer to bars / young professionals, I think midtown is probably better for you. Lots of my single friends swear by midtown.That being said, there is a bit of a revival going on downtown and on Washington. I can put you in touch with a pretty good apartment hunter if you would like -- just PM me.

Apr 22, 2009

I live in the burbs because I can't keep it in my pants and have too many kids. Commute is 1 hr 15 min or more in the mornings by car. If I leave after traffic, I can get home in about 35-40 minutes in the evenings. Assuming you don't have kids, Montrose and midtown are great. West U is great, but you'll pay for it. Also be aware that Houston doesn't have zoning laws, so there are some sketchy parts of town next door to the nice areas.

Apr 22, 2009

double post

Apr 22, 2009

Midtown is essentially the center of the fun where early mid late twenties hangout. Finer dining is over in Uptown in case you're into that. Ideally you'd want to be near Main street so you can hop on the train like more and more people are. Extremely convenient. That or Memorial / Allen Parkway if you plan to Uber (yes Uber, what the hell is a taxi?)

Apr 22, 2009

Midtown if you're young. Pretty easy answer imo.

Apr 22, 2009

For what you're looking for, I would go with the Heights or Montrose. Eastwood can be sketchy.

Apr 22, 2009

I'm moving to Houston myself in a few days. If you don't want a large apartment complex and want to avoid an area with parties every night, then you're right to stay out of Midtown. The Heights, Montrose, Washington, and Rice Military areas are good. Eastwood may be up and coming, but at the moment, it's still very much "coming"...

Apr 22, 2009

I live and attend school here in Houston, River Oaks is an area worth looking into and you can get apts for reasonable prices -- check it out.

Apr 22, 2009

Heights, Montrose if you want some night-life and low-key hang-outs. Real-Estate in Houston is hot, be ready to spend some coin.

Apr 22, 2009

I live in the Galleria, so probably out of your budget. Its real fun and you can lock in a sick place on richmond ave going to the galleria. Tons of stuff to do and beautiful women. Heights has a ton of character, most unique buildings and a ton of hipsters if thats your thing. Rice is good as well, but you still can't really avoid the parties and loud noise, especially around rice village. While Galleria isn't in the loop, its pretty much scratching it, so it may meet your criteria.

Apr 22, 2009

I live in the Heights. PM me with some more info and I'll try to help. Can also put you in touch with a team who knows the market really well.

Apr 22, 2009

Is a 1br between $1200-1500 reasonable in those areas?

@"GoW", pm sent!

Apr 22, 2009

You can get a 1 bedroom apartment in that price range in some of those areas, yes. But you'll have to do some looking.

Apr 22, 2009
Apr 22, 2009

You will have to drive through the neighborhoods once you're here. I like Midtown / Montrose / West University / Rice Village / Upper Kirby / River Oaks / Greenway Plaza. Also there are some cool places to live by the Med Center / Hermann Park. Also East Downtown (EaDo) is cool but not for everybody. I don't like Washington Ave or Heights, I just not my style . And Galleria is nice but the traffic there sucks 24/7.

Apr 22, 2009

Man, the south sucks, why would you ever leave NYC for a bunch of one tooth country yokels?

I await the flatulence facing NW.

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Apr 22, 2009

Find a loft.

Apr 22, 2009
Another:

Find a loft.

This is actually at the top of my list. Got any suggestions?

Apr 22, 2009

Interested in this thread also. I'm living in Dallas right now but could see myself in Houston down the road.

Apr 22, 2009

I'd say rice military...you're fairly close to montrose/midtown/downtown/galleria and right down the street from Washington...it's across the freeway from the Heights and cheaper..there're a lot of new developments being built, mostly town homes...get a roommate and get a brand new town home for a fairly decent price is what I would do

Apr 22, 2009

I'm looking for a roommate for mid October by the way, don't have a specific place lined up so open to options. Can't possibly be worst to post this here over craigslist.

Apr 22, 2009

Have live in Houston for years for your description I would say Rice Village area. You still have low key bars close by, but the complexes/housing over there has ton of character. Also the Heights is a great neighborhood! Should definitely look into that considering the houses are old and all renovated on the inside, the prices are reasonable as well. Good luck, I have a great realtor if you need one.

Apr 22, 2009

Is 10 days enough time to find an apartment down there?

Apr 22, 2009

Yes. I found mine after visiting 15 or so properties in 4 days (it was before my start date at my new job so I was not working), and that was my first time ever in Houston. I would visit at least one property in each area listed above and you will get a feel for the city really quick.

Apr 22, 2009
plv:

Yes. I found mine after visiting 15 or so properties in 4 days (it was before my start date at my new job so I was not working), and that was my first time ever in Houston. I would visit at least one property in each area listed above and you will get a feel for the city really quick.

Thanks. I won't be working during those 10 days either, and all my time will be dedicated to apartment hunting.

Did you use a realtor?

Apr 22, 2009

Yes and no. I looked at places by myself the first 2 days because the realtor did not have availability. The third day the realtor drove me around to more places, but nothing she showed me was better than one particular unit I had found by myself. I guess it was helpful to see that what I had found really was the best option. The realtor was from Bamboo Leasing, google them.

Apr 22, 2009

Also, if you want to rent a private condo/house instead of living in a big complex, HAR.com is the established listing website for the area

Apr 22, 2009

does anyone know of any good apartments/townhouses/living arrangements in rice military?

Apr 22, 2009

I have been hearing good things about this spot .

Apr 22, 2009

Rice Village is always convenient-- everything's there. Yo can walk to Downtown if you live in Midtown, but i'm personally not a fan (you'll NEED a car anyway in Houston). The Heights is pretty. The Woodlands, Katy and Bellaire if you want a house/have a family. Westheimer and Montrose if youre the indie type.

Apr 22, 2009
about3blank:

Rice Village is always convenient-- everything's there. Yo can walk to Downtown if you live in Midtown, but i'm personally not a fan (you'll NEED a car anyway in Houston). The Heights is pretty. The Woodlands, Katy and Bellaire if you want a house/have a family. Westheimer and Montrose if youre the indie type.

The heights is pretty ghetto,,,,, some areas are nice but overall still hood

Apr 22, 2009

For buying a house/starting a family or living in an apartment? For the first one I would say Memorial (77024). Best schools and a really nice area. For apartment I would say Upper Kirby area (77098) around Kirby/Westheimer. Maybe 77007 near Memorial Park/Washington.

Apr 22, 2009
Shaniqua:

For buying a house/starting a family or living in an apartment? For the first one I would say Memorial (77024). Best schools and a really nice area. For apartment I would say Upper Kirby area (77098) around Kirby/Westheimer. Maybe 77007 near Memorial Park/Washington.

Memorial is crazy $$... I leased in West U but could not afford to buy.

Apr 22, 2009

Sugarland is the best. Not no damn memorial.

p.s. Clements is the highest ranked public school in Houston

Apr 22, 2009
BigBucks:

Sugarland is the best. Not no damn memorial.

p.s. Clements is the highest ranked public school in Houston

Well Clements is in Sugarland and who wants to live there?

Apr 22, 2009

I've heard good things of Midtown for apartments. (I don't live in Houston though)
River Oaks is where the loaded people raise families.
about3blank-why do you not like Midtown?

Apr 22, 2009

I second what Shaniqua said. If you can find a place in Memorial for a solid $, I would recommend that. Nice area, great public schools, and even if you want to send kids to private there are good ones in the area. Memorial is a little pricier but you get what you pay for. I have family members that raised their kids in Memorial and they are pretty high on living there.

Bellaire area/ West University is good too, I know some of the schools are a little different than Memorial in terms of the mixture of kids in that area. The area is good, and the prices will be better going than Memorial.

Apr 22, 2009

Are these recommendations all for families etc.?

What about for someone just out of college? (like an analyst)
Seems like youd want to be a little closer to downtown assuming you work there.

Apr 22, 2009

Yeah I was recommending for families.

For someone just out of college you're exactly right you will probably want to live somewhat close to your offices.

Apr 22, 2009

I live in Memorial Washington/Allen and like it. Mostly young yuppies or just starting out families.

  • eyelikecheese
  •  Apr 22, 2009

Upper Kirby/River Oaks.. By far the nicest for younger types, and loads of beautiful women and upscale spots

Apr 22, 2009
eyelikecheese:

Upper Kirby/River Oaks.. By far the nicest for younger types, and loads of beautiful women and upscale spots

your kidding right? river oaks is not home to beautiful women....old oil money women in their 60s maybe...

if you speak spanish head to the galleria sunday-saturday from 9am-9pm.... best looking women in town...

  • eyelikecheese
  •  Apr 22, 2009

ohhhh no no. Ever travel to the Whole Foods/Borders area of Kirby and Alabama. Women galore man. Also, the galleria area. Loads of cougars and a fair share of hot young women

Apr 22, 2009

RO has the name recognition but West U has better schools (lamar? seriously, ro get your shit together...i don't care if you can go to private school). Prime reason Dallas' HP > RO in my opinion.

"Memorial" can mean a lot of things and some parts of the villages are better than others.

Museum district has some prime pieces, and I believe the most expensive listing in Houston is currently over there in Shadyside.

For a yuppie (late 20's) I'd go Heights ...the fact that it still has ghetto parts is exactly the reason TO buy there. Lot of nice townhomes that should get a decent resale pop (though a relative term in Houston) as the area continues to gentrify. Briargrove is also attracting a lot of young families.

For a fresh grad you definitely should go midtown or Galleria-area.

Sugarland?! Maybe if you're Indian, or in the NBA.

Apr 22, 2009
Cartwright:

RO has the name recognition but West U has better schools (lamar? seriously, ro get your shit together...i don't care if you can go to private school). Prime reason Dallas' HP > RO in my opinion.

"Memorial" can mean a lot of things and some parts of the villages are better than others.

Museum district has some prime pieces, and I believe the most expensive listing in Houston is currently over there in Shadyside.

For a yuppie (late 20's) I'd go Heights ...the fact that it still has ghetto parts is exactly the reason TO buy there. Lot of nice townhomes that should get a decent resale pop (though a relative term in Houston) as the area continues to gentrify. Briargrove is also attracting a lot of young families.

For a fresh grad you definitely should go midtown or Galleria-area.

Sugarland?! Maybe if you're Indian, or in the NBA.

hahahahaha thats messed up on sugarland but so TRUE......

GS(listing in Houston) went to my college and very nice guy.

Apr 22, 2009

Heard the AstroDome is bitching, free rent.

Apr 22, 2009

He's asking for hot areas and half of the places mentioned in this thread are family suburbs? Did somebody really say the Woodlands? wtf people?

Midtown, Rice Village, Galleria, Washington, Heights. They're all fine, go with the one that's closest to your job.

Apr 22, 2009

Memorial pretty much means 77024. And yes, Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, etc. are nicer than the Frostwood area, but that is still a nice area (still Memorial) and great schools.

River Oaks and West U both go to Lamar. Most in RO and WU go to St. Johns, Episcopal, and a few to Kinkaid regardless though. Same with Tanglewood which is zoned to Lee (horrible school).

Apr 22, 2009
Shaniqua:

Memorial pretty much means 77024. And yes, Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, etc. are nicer than the Frostwood area, but that is still a nice area (still Memorial) and great schools.

River Oaks and West U both go to Lamar. Most in RO and WU go to St. Johns, Episcopal, and a few to Kinkaid regardless though. Same with Tanglewood which is zoned to Lee (horrible school).

about 10 more private schools you missed.... i sent my little one to st stephens for elem

Apr 22, 2009

bump

Apr 22, 2009

Houston made the list of Top 10 Ugliest Cities in the World

http://www.ucityguides.com/cities/10-ugliest-cities-in-the-world.html

LMFAO

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Apr 22, 2009

You won't find many Houstonians who will argue that Houston isn't ugly.

Apr 22, 2009
Winning Squared:

You won't find many Houstonians who will argue that Houston isn't ugly.

Wait...what? Did you word this correctly?

Apr 22, 2009

Yes. Houston is an ugly town, and it's no secret even to the people who live there

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Apr 22, 2009

Midtown and galleria will be expensive. Try The Heights.

Apr 22, 2009

For that price it would make sense to check out some of the areas in the Med Center and along the heights like TexasMonkey said

  • .net
  •  Apr 22, 2009

Don't live at Metro Midtown, heard of some sketchy issues and terrible management from a friend who had a bad experience there.

Apr 22, 2009

Midtown is definitely the best place to live in Houston if you want something close in that has good nightlife close by. I have lived in the Post complex right next to most of the good bars and I had no issues there.

Apr 22, 2009

Rice Military, Midtown, West University are 3 great areas for you.

Apr 22, 2009

Solid night life in Houston is an oxymoron. Midtown is nothing special, just like the rest of the city recently voted among the top 10 ugliest cities in the world.

http://www.ucityguides.com/cities/10-ugliest-cities-in-the-world.html

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Apr 22, 2009

Look at Midtown, Montrose, and the Heights.

Apr 22, 2009

Search, there was a thread on this not too long ago.

Apr 22, 2009

depends what ur price range is and where you are headed. i would try around rice. west univ place.
galleria would be a good place to go to also. good food around there
dont go to the suburbs!! cheap housing but not worth the drive. i hate katy.

It's what you put into it

Apr 22, 2009
rbkchoi:

depends what ur price range is and where you are headed. i would try around rice. west univ place.
galleria would be a good place to go to also. good food around there
dont go to the suburbs!! cheap housing but not worth the drive. i hate katy.

Thanks for the advice, price range is <1000 /person preferably. I'll be working near the BOA building to give you some idea. Do you know if the Rice Housing is only available for Rice students? Also, how long of a commute would it be from the Galleria? Thanks

Apr 22, 2009

Commute from galleria is 10-15 min without traffic. With traffic 20-30 usually. Rice are would be about half for both. You can find something good for <1000 in both areas.

Apr 22, 2009

Yeah I'm 99% sure living on campus isn't an option if you're not a Rice student, plus it's not like you'd have your own kitchen there anyways. Galleria's a nice area, but it just depends on long you're willing to commute in morning. It'll be close to a 30-35 minute drive in morning to give you an idea.

Apr 22, 2009
RaisinBran:
rbkchoi:

depends what ur price range is and where you are headed. i would try around rice. west univ place.
galleria would be a good place to go to also. good food around there
dont go to the suburbs!! cheap housing but not worth the drive. i hate katy.

Thanks for the advice, price range is <1000 /person preferably. I'll be working near the BOA building to give you some idea. Do you know if the Rice Housing is only available for Rice students? Also, how long of a commute would it be from the Galleria? Thanks

Well.. If you are looking for around 700-1000 per person (I am just a kid, I don't know much about housing...) with 2 roommates, then you should be able to find a pretty nice apartment pretty much anywhere in Houston.
I don't know much about Midtown but that looks like the best option for you if you don't want a long commute at all.
And for Rice housing, here's something I found on Google.
http://houston.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-g...
And commute from Galleria to BoA would maybe be 15-20 minutes. Not sure how much time traffic would add to that.

It's what you put into it

Apr 22, 2009

actually 1000 bucks a person for summer housing (short term lease, furnished) is about average. all of this was covered in another thread 2 weeks ago.

Apr 22, 2009
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