Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Houston

Posted March 14, 2022 in City Guide

With the popularity Austin has received in the past few years, it’s easy to forget about other equally interesting up-and-coming cities in Texas. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States and offers everything city dwellers are looking for: a wealth of museums and historical landmarks, a diverse food scene, a booming arts and culture scene, and more. If you’re looking to put down roots in an ever-growing city, Houston might just be the place for you. Keep reading to learn more about Houston and where you can find convenient, affordable storage to help with your Houston move. From its neighborhoods and geography to fun things to do, discover if H-Town is right for you!

Things to Consider Before Moving to Houston

While there’s plenty of fun to be had in Houston, it’s important to explore the more practical side of moving to a new city, especially if moving would require you to move across the country.

Weather in Houston

If you’re looking to get away from snow and bask in warmer temperatures, Houston is the place for you. While the summer temperatures get up into the 90s with relatively high humidity, winter is usually mild with little snow. 

However, living in Houston doesn’t mean you’re escaping inclement weather altogether. While you may not have to worry too much about snowstorms, Houston’s proximity to the Gulf Coast makes the city susceptible to Hurricanes.

The Houston Economy

Before moving to Houston, it’s important to know that Houston does offer a cost of living that’s 3.5% lower than the national average. Plus, due to Houston’s steady rate of growth throughout the years, the housing market hasn’t seen a sharp price spike in housing costs like many other cities that are experiencing rapid growth like Austin.

If you don’t already have a job lined up, you don’t need to panic. Not only is Houston home to several Fortune 500 companies, but it also boasts a strong job market with energy, biomedical research, aeronautics, and renewable energy as some of the most popular industries. Forbes has even named Houston as one of the best places for business and careers in 2006 and 2013. 

Commuting in Houston

If you’re coming from a city with little traffic, commuting in Houston might be a rude awakening—especially during the morning and afternoon when so many commuters are on their way to work. However, for those who are coming from cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, or Atlanta, you’ll be happy to know that the average commute time is 27 minutes, a great deal better than Atlanta’s average 35-minute commute to and from work. However, if you telecommute, you get the luxury of working from home and avoiding possible commuting headaches altogether! 

Neighborhoods in Houston

Before moving to Houston, you’ll first need to decide where you’re going to live. There are plenty of neighborhoods and nearby suburbs to choose from, but you’ll want to consider where you work, what you enjoy, and your lifestyle to determine the best neighborhood to settle down. Here are a few options to consider: 

East Downtown (EaDo)

Whether you’re a social butterfly, an amateur foodie, or a big-time sports fan, East Downtown, or EaDo as the locals call it, is sure to give you a little bit of everything. Watch the Astros play at Minute Maid Park or catch a Rockets game at the Toyota Center. If you’re not much for sports, check out one of the many unique eateries or retail shops. 

Living in EaDo means that there’s always something new to explore, but EaDo is also a great location for commuters. EaDo boasts entrances to major freeways, access to the METRO Transit and METRO Light Rail, and even the underground tunnel system.

Cypress

If you’re looking to get away from the city, but still be within a commutable distance from all the fun, Cypress might a happy medium for you. Considered more a city within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston, Cypress is a mostly suburban area located along U.S. Highway 290 and an approximate 30-minute drive to Houston. People love living in Cypress because of the suburban lifestyle it offers and a number of top-rated public and private schools in the third-largest school district in the country. If Cypress sounds like the place for you, be prepared to spend a good amount of money on a house. As the 50th highest-income urban areas in the United States, the median home value is somewhere near $385,000 according to realtor.com.

Memorial

If you’re looking for a more suburban feel featuring a variety of architectural styles, look no further than Memorial. Situated west of Downtown and named after Memorial Drive which bisects the area, Memorial hosts a good mix of work and play. A portion of the Energy Corridor is located here, where a number of major energy corporations reside. Memorial is also home to several retail shopping centers such as Town & Country Village and CityCentre. If you’re a mid-century modern fanatic, you’ll love walking along the shady sidewalks of Memorial where unique MCM-style homes are more commonplace.  

Spring

If you love outdoor spaces, Spring offers a variety of unique and luxury-style greenspaces, you’ll want to consider putting down roots in Spring, TX. Locations within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston, Spring has the perfect amount of suburban life with a few restaurants and entertainment venues sprinkled in—all without the Houston hustle and bustle. Check out Barefoot Park where you can dip your toes into the resort-style pool with beach entry lagoon. Or pick up some local wares at Old Town Spring and finish off the evening with dinner at House of Roux.

The Heights

If you enjoy antiquing and marveling at architecture, you’ll want to visit the heights. Lined with 1800s style homes and dozens of quirky shops, antique stores, restaurants, and more, The Heights is a great place to get a little nostalgic. This neighborhood even hosts the first Saturday Art Market. 

For those interested in buying a home in the Heights, expect to come against some competition. While the median house price is $532,000 according to Redfin, a great deal higher than the median home price of $295,000, there’s a good number of people interested in moving into this historic neighborhood so expect a few bidding wars on your search. 

Activities to Explore While Living in Houston

If you haven’t taken the time to explore your new city, can you really call it living? When you move to Houston, you’ll never have to worry about running out of things to do. In fact, many Houstonians likely still have a list of things they want to do in Houston and still haven’t had the chance to cross them off their list. Here are just a few must-visit places and things we have put together to get you started: 

NASA Space Center

Astronaut reaching out hand while floating in space.

Known as the world capital of space exploration, visiting the NASA Space Center is a must whether you’re a resident, transplant, or on vacation. This 250,000 sq. ft. museum is home to more than 400 space artifacts including real spacecraft, astronaut suits, and more. Learn how astronauts prepare for space flight, recent innovations in space exploration, and be sure to also take a turn on the anti-gravity machine. 

The Space Center also hosts a variety of STEM programs for all ages. 

Houston Underground Tunnels

Why walk around Houston when you can walk under it? What was once just a tunnel that connected two downtown movie theaters, the Downtown Tunnels in Houston is now considered a district 20 feet below downtown Houston that connects 95 city blocks. You’ll enjoy exploring the underground shops available and exploring where every tunnel leads. The tunnels are also a great way to get around downtown Houston while staying out of the summer heat.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

When you want to get away from traditional city life and explore nature, head over to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Located inside one of the largest urban parks in the United States, Memorial Park, the Arboretum and Nature Center is free to visit. It features more than five miles of nature trails and specialty gardens, including a hummingbird and butterfly island, sensory garden, and wildlife garden. 

The Orange Show

Orange show monument stage
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

If you enjoy checking out unique art installations, The Orange show is a great place to visit. Built single-handedly by former postal worker Jeff Kissack, orange is used throughout the monument as an homage to his favorite fruit. For more folk art installations, check out the other installations available through the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. In the spring, the Orange Show Center hosts the Houston Art Car Parade featuring uniquely decorated vehicles of all years, makes, and models. 

TheGalleria

woman holding shopping bags while shopping at theGalleria.

Calling all shopaholics! The Galleria is a mixed-use urban space that hosts several off-price department stores, well-loved household names, and luxury brand retailers. From Banana Republic to Clark’s and Louis Vuitton, you’re sure to find unique treasures at any price point. Don’t forget to stop for a bite in the middle of your shopping spree. In addition to the shopping, there are plenty of activities to enjoy at The Galleria such as an escape room, an ice-skating rink, and more. 

Food or Brewery Tours

beer flight

Tasting your way through Houston is one way to acquaint yourself with the city. In fact, Houston has a great food scene. Sample all manner of creations from Tex-Mex to BBQ to Asian cuisine and beyond. If you’re not sure where to start, consider scheduling a Houston food tour where you can taste your way through different neighborhoods in the area.  

Don’t think we forgot about the beer and wine scene in Houston! Houston offers several craft breweries in the area such as Karbach Brewing Co., No Label Brewing Co., and more. For the wine connoisseurs, take a trip to Messina Hof Estate in Bryan, TX, take a tour of the winery, and even stay at the on-site bed and breakfast. If spirits are more your style, Yellow Rose Distilling is the first legal distillery in city limits and offers $7 tours with a spirit sampling at the end. 

Organize your Houston Move with Premium Spaces

If you’re ready to take the next step towards becoming a Houstonite, Premium Spaces can help with your move. Whether you need moving supplies or a storage unit to store your items, we’ve got you covered. Our units come in a variety of sizes so you can store a few items that you didn’t have the space for in your new Houston home or store the contents of your entire home while you house hunt. You can also take advantage of our free moving truck (at select facilities) for short commutes from your unit to your new space. We even offer package acceptance at select facilities so you can send a few boxes to the facility and save space in your car or moving truck.  

If you haven’t quite decided where you plan to settle down in Houston, don’t fret! Premium Spaces offers multiple facilities throughout the Houston area and its surrounding neighborhoods. Find out what you need to be prepared for your big move to Houston and don’t forget to rent a Premium Spaces storage unit near you to make the transition easy! 

Share