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Sandpiper
10402 Sandpiper Dr
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City Guide
Houston
Summer in the City

Two must-knows for Houston apartment hunting concern the seasonal implications of 30 degrees latitude.

  • Garage Parking: Summers in Houston are consistently scorching. (This is Big Sky country, after all.) Regardless of what your car seats are made of—leather, cloth, old basketballs signed by Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Rockets—you don’t want to traverse the gates of hell every time you need to drive somewhere. Seeking out that apartment complex with garage parking may save you this minor discomfort and only cost a $50/month more. However, if you can't get garage parking a lot of communities also offer covered parking for no additional charge.

  • Budgeting for A/C: Some landlords will offer “all bills paid” contracts. These complexes are usually built before 1973 and can offer either air conditioning for each apartment (i.e., a thermostat in your apartment—the best option) or a centralized thermostat. Check up on what the situation is before you leap for one of these deals. If you’re not lucky enough to find an all bills paid apartment (there aren’t as many as there used to be…), expect to spend about $150/month in the hottest summer months for a/c.

  • The Pool Scene: Houston is HOT, HOT, HOT. But don't worry, many of the apartments have invested in ways to help their residents stay cool or at least have fun in the heat. Pools at these apartments look more like resort pools than your local YMCA. You'll find many that have invested in infinity pools and pools with built in lounge chairs (in the water!) or zero entry edges. Make sure to grab your towel and flip-flops.

Inside the Loop

Houstonians who live inside the 610 Loop (“ITL” for your keyword searching convenience), which forms the inner web of commerce including Downtown, the Heights, the area around Rice University, and other such historic neighborhoods, can be notoriously arrogant. In a city where most of the population owns a personal vehicle, this provincialism can seem ridiculous. OTLers (those “outside the Loop”) consistently doubt the existence of good reasons to travel inside 610, claiming their lives are less stressful and just as exciting as ITLers. But there are good reasons to consider living ITL. Namely:

  • Proximity to Downtown, accessible from most points ITL via the newly constructed METRORail.
  • Memorial Park, the largest urban greenspace in the Houston Metro area, containing a golf course, tennis courts, an aquatics center, and miles of running trails.
  • H.E.B. Central Market on Westheimer is the Mecca for Houston foodies. Sample new cheeses, pick out a specialty wine, and gain access to some of the best local produce at this Midtown gem.
  • Pet Friendliness, access to the outdoors in side the loop is a little more limited than outside the loop. The savvy apartment communities know renters love their pets and have invested in dog parks and even in building dog washes to attract the pet friendly apartment searcher.
Alright, enough sidestepping. Let’s get to the neighborhoods!

Downtown: Downtown Houston feels extremely corporate and business-like. If you aren’t comfortable seeing oil tycoons in suits hobnob it at Starbucks all day, then this might not be the district for you. Downtown also shuts down around 10pm—there aren’t too many late night or 24-hour spots for you party animals. If you want nightlife, you’ll have to head west to Midtown or Washington. That said, the area affectionately known as EaDo (“East Downtown”) has some wonderful surprises, including some of the best Chinese buffets in town… $550/month for an historic one-bedroom in EaDo. Compare that with studio lofts in the CBD: upwards of $1000/month!

The Eastern Wards: Residential development originally sprawled westward out from Downtown, the originally professional class settling in the Fourth Ward and leaving points east to industrial and shipping uses. That’s not to say there aren’t some decent neighborhoods: University of Houston sits smack in the middle of the Third Ward, which ensures some measure of stability. Don’t pay much over $600/month (utilities included) for a modest-sized two-bedroom condo near U of H. Checking out the Orange Show on Munger St. is a must.

Midtown: Running west out from Downtown, this is the “it” area for young, artsy, professionals. Seedy Montrose is LGBT-friendly, West Alabama has the historic Angelika Theatre, and Washington Ave. is the new (moneyed) hipster location. This neighborhood still has that urban, commercial feel, but it’s that of a smaller city. Most folks who live here rarely find it necessary to head east of the Gulf Freeway. Seriously, all the culture and amenities one needs can be found on Westheimer St. Don’t go too far past Shepherd or you’ll land in River Oaks, one of the oldest in richest communities in the U.S. (Translation: “apartments” in this neighborhood are where the au pairs live.) Luxury apartments and lofts on Washington go for around $1000/month and typically come with hardwood floors and in-unit washer and dryers, two bedrooms start at $1500/month. Head south for more reasonable rates: $700-$800/month for one-bedrooms (Jacuzzi included?!) off Montrose.

The Heights: A wonderfully diverse and historic neighborhood (master-planned in 1891, it features Victorian mansions alongside quaint single-family homes), the Heights enjoys great access to major freeways: I-10, which will take you into the CBD or west to Katy; and I-45, which will take you north to the airport or the Woodlands. Professional folks who can’t afford to live in Midtown plus young families give the Heights a laid-back feel. Nicer one-bedroom apartments will top out at $1000/month. Look for a two- or three-bedroom Victorian and you’ll save $200-$300/month per head.

West University: Named for Rice University’s majestic presence, this area boasts an impressive number of museums (concentrated in the aptly named “Museum District”), Hermann Park (the only real rival to Memorial Park), and the Houston Zoo. The driftwood-framed Ginger Man in Rice Village shopping center is arguably the best beer bar in town. Two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors run $1300/month and up; a little more than half that for only one bedroom. Expect covered parking in this neighborhood. (But if not, don’t fret: there are so many trees you’ll be fine on the street.)

Between 610 and the Beltway: The graphically tubular zone between the Loop and Beltway 8 (also called the Sam Houston Tollway) is the first legitimately “suburban” area after one leaves central Houston. These communities are oftentimes still historic—picture wide, oak-lined streets and large porches—but more spread out. The sacrifice one makes in moving OTL is that city feel: there are definitely highly-trafficked commercial districts (the Galleria in Woodway is a prime example), but they’re more likely to be massive malls amidst a moat of parking possibilities than ye olde main street. Here are a few neighborhoods OTL you’d best be acquainted with.

Bellaire: Just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, Bellaire lives up to its California namesake. The Galleria shopping center (poodles, Versace, etc.) perches just north of Hwy. 59, South Rice Ave. linking it to Bellaire Blvd. (Wait, what??!)$700-$800/month for one-bedrooms, higher if you’d like to be closer to the Medical Center in case of an emergency.

Memorial: As you travel west along I-10, the communities on either side of the freeway are broken up into independent incorporated “villages”: Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunter’s Creek, Hedwig. The Houston Country Club imparts an appropriate aura to this region. It’s where the “good ol’ boys” reside. $450-$600/month for efficiency one-bedrooms, higher for luxury apartments closer to the Galleria.

Aldine: A good choice if you’re going to be spending most of your weekends (or weekdays, for that matter) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which stretches north of the Beltway but is easily accessed from Aldine. This very inexpensive area (you get what you pay for, remember) offers one-bedrooms for $500/month max. Add $100/month for another room.

Hating on Houston was so 2005. Tell all your poser friends to get real and leave Austin for the Bayou City next weekend—cause you’re about to land one heck of a Houston habitat.

Rent Report
Houston

August 2017 Houston Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Houston Rent Report. Houston rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Houston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Houston rent trends were flat over the past month

Houston rents have remained steady over the past month, but they have declined moderately by 2.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Houston stand at $810 for a one-bedroom apartment and $990 for a two-bedroom. Houston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents falling across the Houston Metro

Throughout the past year, rent decreases have been occurring not just in the city of Houston, but across the entire metro. Prices decreased year-over-year in 8 of the 10 largest Houston area cities that we have data for. Rents increased in other areas of the state, with Texas as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro, as well as the rest of the state.

  • Baytown has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,030, while one-bedrooms go for $840.
  • Over the past year, Spring has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 3.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,320, while one-bedrooms go for $1,080.
  • Sugar Land has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Houston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,560; rents grew 0.3% over the past month but fell 0.6% over the past year.
  • Pasadena has the least expensive rents in the Houston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $960; rents decreased 0.4% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Plano is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities outside the Houston metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,420; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Corpus Christi, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,020, is the only major city besides Houston to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.3%).
  • Arlington, Fort Worth, and Garland have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (9.2%, 5.2%, and 4.2%, respectively).

Houston rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

As rents have fallen in Houston, many other large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Houston is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

  • Houston's median two-bedroom rent of $990 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Houston fell over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+5.6%), Phoenix (+5.0%), and Los Angeles (+4.8%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Houston than most other large cities. Comparably, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than three times the price in Houston.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Houston $810 $990 -0.0% -2.6%
Pasadena $780 $960 -0.1% -0.4%
Pearland $1,080 $1,320 -0.2% -1.6%
League City $1,210 $1,480 1.0% 2.3%
Sugar Land $1,270 $1,560 0.3% -0.6%
Baytown $840 $1,030 0.0% 5.0%
Conroe $850 $1,040 0.2% -3.5%
Spring $1,080 $1,320 0.4% -3.5%
Stafford $970 $1,190 0.3% -1.5%
Humble $990 $1,210 -0.2% -0.9%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Houston Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Houston ranks on:
B- Overall satisfaction
C+ Safety and crime rate
A- Jobs and career opportunities
C+ Recreational activities
B+ Affordability
B Quality of schools
C+ Weather
C+ Commute time
A- State and local taxes
B- Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Houston from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“When it comes to topics that renters typically place a high priority upon, such as availability of jobs, Houston renters’ satisfaction is well above average,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Interestingly, ratings for Houston vary widely across other topics such as safety, schools, and access to parks.”

Key findings in Houston include the following:

  • Houston renters give their city a B- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Houston were its local jobs and career opportunities category, as well as state and local taxes, which both received an A-.
  • Renters here seem to be generally satisfied with the quality of local schools (B), the cost of living in Houston (B+), and access to public transit (B-).
  • Categories like safety, commute time, and access to parks proved less satisfactory for renters, all receiving a rating of C+.
  • Millennial renters seem to be generally more satisfied with life in Houston than renters who are parents, giving the city an A- compared to a C+.
  • Relative to other large, Texan cities, renter satisfaction for Houston lands in the middle. Dallas renters gave their city a C+, while Austin renters gave out a B+.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “I love that there is so much to do in Houston! There is always an event you have not heard of or a new place to try for dinner. The weather is awesome!… It's also a very diverse city. I am constantly learning about other cultures and have the opportunity to meet all different types of people.” —Megan S.
  • “Houston's assets are largely temporal as opposed to spatial. There are festivals, seasonal advantages, and a spirit of 'YES' that I love about this city. Also, I have…enjoyed the increased diversification in population, job opportunities, small business ownership, and infrastructure improvements. I don't need to tell anyone, I think lots o' folks have figured it out for themselves!!!” —Anon.
  • “I appreciate the abundance of opportunity for your career in Houston. But I hate the traffic; it takes 2 hours to go to the grocery store and home or to run a regular errand. There aren’t many options for convenient outdoor areas, and everyone has a car.” —Makenzie W.
  • “Houston weather is infamous for sunny one day and dark, cold, and raining the next day.” —Jose Z.