Considering a move to Houston in 2017? Whether you’re looking for the best quality of life at a lower cost of living, a booming social scene, a family friendly neighborhood, or cultural diversity, Houston has it all. When you add to that a strong economy and job market, it’s really hard to beat. Get started with this guide to some of Houston’s most popular areas.

Where to Live in Houston: Common Areas

Houston has something for everyone, and it’s growing, growing, growing. Whether you like life in the city, or prefer something more suburban, Houston has you covered.  If you’re looking to buy a house in Houston, use this view into some of the most popular areas to help you start your search.

Katy/Cinco Ranch

West of Houston, just outside of Sam Houston Tollway, Katy is located near Houston’s energy belt. A thriving economy, great neighborhoods, and a variety of dining options, life in Katy is full of all the best. If you have a family, Katy has one of the best school districts in the Greater Houston area.  Be sure to check out Cinco Ranch, a master-planned community with 11 community pools, a 167-acre golf club, and plenty of community parks.  


If you prefer life closer to downtown, Midtown is the place for you. Nestled in the Inner Loop with easy access to Downtown Houston, the Medical Center, and Montrose, Midtown features easy access to over 180 restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. You will be near two major job centers, the Medical Center and downtown. If you love the city nightlife, consider a single-family home, townhome, or a condo in Midtown.

Uptown- The Galleria

If fast-paced luxury living is what you’re after, be sure to visit The Galleria area. You will have all types of dining just a walk away, shopping, and many options for downtime. The Galleria is the center of this booming area, offering luxury shopping, entertainment, and dining. Consider a two story house, or a mid to high-rise apartment in Uptown, near the Galleria.

Southwest Houston: Sugar Land, Stafford, Missouri City

High standard of living, easy access to the city, and an abundance of job opportunities are just 3 things that make this a popular area to make your home in Houston. Throw in some cultural diversity, nearby concerts, festivals and events, and several excellent master-planned communities and it’s no wonder many choose Southwest Houston. With recent investments in infrastructure, great schools, and a low crime rate, this is an ideal place to have a family.

The Woodlands

If you prefer a quieter, suburban setting with everything you need still only a short drive away, be sure to visit The Woodlands, located north of Houston off I-45, just south of 242. The Woodlands is a master-planned community with great dining, shopping, and parks everywhere you turn. There are shopping centers nestled throughout The Woodlands, The Woodlands Mall near I-45, and walking/biking trails running throughout the entire area. For a taste of what the Woodlands has to offer, visit the Woodlands Waterway, Market Street, and Hughes Landing.

Making Houston Your Home

Whatever lifestyle you’re looking for, Houston has it all.  Use this guide as a starting point to finding your perfect place to call home. Substantia Realty knows the Houston community and our Houston Realtors® are happy to help you find the perfect place to call home.  Contact Us  to learn more about what’s trending in Houston real estate and for other Houston real estate resources.