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Downtown Houston has commercial and residential skyscrapers in a bustling city environment. Buildings are connected with skywalks and pedestrian tunnels are laid out in a network that features shops, services and restaurants. Ideal for those who like living in the midst of all the action, residents can find major entertainment, retail, employment and dining places within walking distance in Downtown.
Location and Surroundings
Downtown is accessible by three central freeways: I-45 from the south & west, U.S. 59 from the east and I-10 from the north. It is surrounded by various communities including Museum District, Rice Military, Midtown and Montrose.
Downtown Houston is divided into areas that include:
- Skyline District
- Historic District
- Theatre District
- Main Street Square
- Sports and Convention
METRORAIL connects the different districts of Downtown Houston. There are also several bus lines including Greenlink line. In addition, cabs can be used to go anywhere in Downtown Houston at a flat rate of $6, while the Houston Downtown Tunnel System is available for pedestrians.
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The zip codes for Downtown Houston are 77002 and 77010.
Recreational Activities and Schools in Downtown
Developers have worked hard in the last two decades to transform Downtown into more than a business district and have succeeded in attracting residents who want to enjoy the vibrant city life with a wide array of parks, restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping centers. The environment was also changed to include more public art, greenery and trees. Some of Downtown’s central attractions are:
- World-class performers of all types at the Theater District, which is the best after Broadway. Ballet, opera, orchestra, and classic and new plays – all performing arts can be enjoyed in Theater District.
- Major sports facilities for baseball and basketball, including the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.
- Houston Center Complex and Green Street offer a variety of retail opportunities.
- Downtown Aquarium, which features an amusement park in addition to all the aquatic life.
- Parks – including Hermann Park, Discovery Green and Market Square Park.
Houston School Reviews
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Students residing in this neighborhood can attend:
- Young Scholars Academy for Excellence
- Gregory Lincoln Education Center
- Davis High School
The three schools mentioned above are where most students from the Downtown area attend.
Nearby private schools include:
- Trinity Lutheran School
- Incarnate Word Academy
In addition to public elementary, middles and high schools, Downtown also has the School for Performing and Visual Arts nearby.
Downtown Houston schools are zoned to the Houston Independent School District.
Houston Schools & Universities
The Houston region's education system is first-rate. From "pre-K to 12," learning opportunities in the region offer every subject specialization across all learning levels.
Houston's Education Highlights Include:
More than 60 colleges, universities and other degree-granting institutions, including Rice University, University of St. Thomas and the University of Houston.
- 100 + trade, vocational and business schools
- 66 public school districts across the region
- 47 independent charter schools
- 224 private and parochial schools
- The Houston region is the academic center of the Southwest. Total enrollment for Houston’s colleges and universities is approximately 360,000 students and growing.
The region’s commitment to education is exemplary. Several schools offer specialized programs designed to give students individual attention and mentoring. The Houston Community College System offers summer initiatives designed to better prepare high school students for the rigors of college life. The region’s universities offer degree programs in everything from aerospace sciences to zoology. In addition, several Houston institutions including the Glassell School of Art at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, offers educational programs designed to help adults increase their knowledge and skills. The Houston region knows that education is the building block for future success. Houston is dedicated to providing the next generation’s leaders with the tools for success to help the entire region grow and prosper in the decades to come.
Houston Area Graduate Colleges and Universities
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The Houston area is known for its graduate programs in the legal and professional environments. These include the University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston Law School, South Texas College of Law, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University, and many others. Most notable, however, are the health science programs that surround the Texas Medical Center, which include Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, The Texas A&M University Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and many others.
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Modern skyscrapers can be seen side by side with well-preserved buildings from the old days in Downtown. Performing arts centers sit beside high-rises and urban lofts. Many residential buildings in Downtown Houston are a wonderful merger of old construction with modern revamping. A lot of the condos and urban lofts boast a rich history full of character.
Some popular buildings for residence include Bayou Lofts, Kirby Lofts, One Park Place, The Rice Lofts and Hermann Lofts. Whether you prefer an upscale condominium or a funky loft, Downtown holds a wealth of potential and opportunities for its residents.
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Realtors® are not allowed to tell you if a neighborhood is safe. It violates the Realtor® code of ethics and can cost an agent their license. We can give you tools to explore crime on your own. Here are a couple websites you may find useful Alert ID and Family Watchdog. If you register with their site, it will save an address and notify you of crimes within a few miles of the home. Alert ID also tracks sex offenders in the area. It is also a good practice to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and to speak with local residents prior to moving into a particular neighborhood. You may even want to go online to visit the local police department website to view local crimes and statistics.
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Other Helpful Sites for Checking Out Sexual Offenders
- United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender List.
- The FBI Sex Offender Registry.
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