West University

Medical Center

Museum District

Montrose / Neartown

Oak Forest

Rice Military

Houston Heights

Inside the Loop

When you hear the phrase, “Inside the Loop” around Houston, people are referring to the area inside Loop 610. Communities such as West University, Montrose, The Heights, The Museum District, Bellaire and Rice Military are sought after because of their luxurious qualities, distinct character and close proximity to downtown, The Galleria, The Medical Center and Greenway Plaza. These close-in areas are also known for the best dining in the city; as varied as the city parks and recreation centers - each with it's own individual style. Inner-city living offers theatres from opera to comedy, clubs and pubs, workout facilities, a myriad of daycare options, grocery and retail shopping, excellent local schools and private school as well - everything the 4th Largest City in the US should offer.

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"Inner Loopers"

Homeowners want to buy a strong foundation surrounded by a diverse community with plenty to see and do.

Most “Inner Loopers” wouldn’t live anywhere else. Over the years, much attention has been placed into building new, free standing homes, renovating historic properties, and improving multi-unit buildings to further improve transitioning neighborhoods. For instance, the gentrifying of the 3rd and 5th wards has upped the value immensely and enticed an influx of folks to move from the burbs back inside the loop. The culture inside the loop is eccentric, versatile and always interesting. There are plenty of museums to see, boutique shops to visit and cafes and pubs to frequent when you live nearby. Inner loopers learn the back streets, best sightseeing times and best places to park. The best part of living inside the loop is that there is always something to do.

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Schools Inside the Loop

The population living inside Loop 610 is highly educated and the demand for excellent schools is met by a slew of offerings. According to the city of Houston, the residents inside Loop 610 are a short commute from many of Houston’s higher educational institutions. Within 5 miles of any location inside the loop are 6 of Houston’s eleven universities and colleges, 12 health institutions located in and around the Texas Medical Center and 3 law schools. Over 39% have received a Bachelor’s Degree or higher - considerably higher than Houston and the United States. Houston has some great public schools with application-based magnet programs in fields such as, performing arts, science, math and languages. Children who function at an above level standard, can test for the gifted and talented school programs in the area.Montessori, International Baccalaureate (IB), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and College Prep focused programs are available via HISD. Religious and non-religious private schools are available and many schools require competitive testing before being accepted into the program.

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It's all about Family

Choose West University for an upper middle-class neighborhood that offers residents recognized schools, medical facilities and quick retreats to Hermann Park and Houston’s museums, art galleries and the zoo. Bellaire might be more your style with upscale custom homes with varied styles. Urbanites look to Montrose and The Heights for the best people watching, hipster hang outs and close proximity to dining and late night hot spots. But wherever you choose to live inside the loop, you will never be far from the eclectic culture of this area. Everything revolves around you when you live inside the loop.

Come for the Culture

Houston’s ITL has evolved over the last few decades as a central cultural hub of modern-day Houston, seen as the hip "must-live" area for most young professionals and new families. Sample the arts, take a walk in Hermann Park and gaze at the Japanese Gardems before attending a concert at Miller’s Outdoor Theatre. Experience jazz, blues, poetry readings, weekend festivals, fine arts and dancing any night of the week. The ITL culture points to interesting on every level. Whether you want the best pizza or a quiet evening alone, there is something for everyone.

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