Just 5 minutes from Downtown, Midtown is Houston’s hottest neighborhood.
Known for its popular bar and nightlife scene, the area also enjoys a thriving dining culture and a diverse range of retail and entertainment options. With plenty of outdoor places and an excellent array of free community events it’s no wonder Houstonians are flocking to this vibrant, cosmopolitan part of town.
Read on to discover the top 10 reasons why your next move should be to Midtown.
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1. The location
Just 5 minutes from all major freeways and main roads, Midtown is one of Houston’s most accessible neighborhoods. But being so close to Downtown, Montrose and other key areas means you can ditch the car and embrace Midtown’s walkable lifestyle. A testament to the neighborhood’s ideal location is its walk score, the highest in all of Houston. The area also boasts Houston’s second highest transit score with the METRORail Red Line connecting residents to the city’s two largest employment centers – downtown and the Texas Medical Center.
2. The lightrail
Speaking of METRORail it’s easy to acknowledge Midtown’s lightrail transport system as one of the main reasons people are attracted to the area. The McGowen METRORail stop is right across the road and makes commuting easy. It takes just 5 minutes to reach Downtown and the Texas Medical Center. And not having to drive or deal with traffic when heading to the Houston Rodeo or a Texan’s game at NRG makes for an all-round more enjoyable experience.
3. The nightlife
Midtown is famous for its nightlife. The clubs attract world-renown DJs and any night of the week you’ll find crowds of young professionals, tourists and locals enjoying themselves at one of the many eclectic bars. There are also special weekly attractions, like game-watches, bingo events, trivia and steak nights. Midtown has something for everyone and living there means you can get to know the different venues and find your favorite fit.
4. The population boom
Midtown is experiencing remarkable growth, with new residential and commercial developments being added to accomodate the influx of demand for Houston’s most walkable neighborhood.
5. The arrival of Whole Foods
The Whole Foods Effect has come to Midtown with the grocery store now open on Elgin St. This is good news for residents and good news for the district indicating more positive things to come. Plus, not only can you get your groceries but you don’t need to leave Midtown to run your errands with multiple nail and hair salons, dry cleaners, pharmacies, gas stations and more within close proximity.
6. The parks
The newly established Midtown Park is host to many free community events, including Yappy Hour at the Puppy Park where Midtown’s 4-legged residents can meet some new pals. Parking is conveniently located underneath the park and costs $1 per hour or $5 per day. Close by is the popular Buffalo Bayou trails as well as some smaller neighborhood parks where residents can exercise, socialize, or find a quiet corner to themselves.
7. The community
There’s a lot going on in Midtown and the event calendar is always packed with activities, most of them free. Every month during National Holidays the neighborhood comes together to celebrate and enjoy activities like National Coffee with a Cop day. National Night Out is a celebration of community with refreshments, music, and fun activities, and there’s multiple opportunities for residents to get out and about, meet their neighbors, get fit, and learn new skills. And with all the parks and outdoor spaces your fur babies will benefit too.
8. The culture
Midtown is the cultural hub of Houston, with free museums, abundant theaters and eccentric boutiques around every corner. The Ensemble Theatre gives voice to the African-American community and the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) is a contemporary community arts venue housing multiple spaces for theater, dance, music and gallery shows.
9. The cuisine
With over 200 restaurants, wine bars, beer gardens and coffee shops you’re never short of good dining options in Midtown. In fact, it’s one of Houston’s most diverse food destinations with cuisine hailing from all over the globe – from Italy to the Middle East. With prices and ambience covering the full spectrum from the low key to the refined, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tastes, and budgets.
10. The markets
Heading to the Saturday markets at Elizabeth Baldwin Park is a mainstay of Midtown life. Here you can browse from a curated selection of produce and prepared foods from Houston’s best farmers, bakers, and chefs. The goodies come from local farms and vendors and means Midtown residents can shop for farm fresh food without leaving their neighborhood.
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