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What is the Museum District like to live in?

by sazzabear


is the museum district a safe area to live in? what is it like descriptively? isit like a downtown type area? is it full of stores everywhere or is it deserted?


RE: What is the Museum District like to live in?

by bocmaxima

I lived there in an apartment several years ago for 2 years near the Children's Museum.
It's a nice neighborhood, and is generally safe (I never had any problems). It's also very convenient to everything (Hermann Park, Downtown, Rice), but is not close to stores. The nearest supermarkets are several miles away, and the only real shopping in the area is along Alameda, although there are a few along Fannin.
I wouldn't call it a "Downtown" area, but it is fairly urban. Mostly rental homes and apartments, but solidly residential.
I should mention though that the Museum District also often includes the area grouped around Montrose Boulevard north of Binz/Bissonnet. This is a little more upscale, and there are some shops and restaurants on Montrose close to 59.
I assume you're looking at living close to Rice. It is probably the ideal location for that. I used to ride my bike to Rice quite a bit to use their library.
You may be happier in the Montrose or Midtown though.

RE: RE: What is the Museum District like to live in?

by sazzabear

Do you know what labranch is like? is it a nice street? Looking at a townhouse which would be convenient in terms of distance to where we have to go but we don't know what it's like.


RE: RE: What is the Museum District like to live in?

by bocmaxima

La Branch is a long street. It's generally all pretty good.
The area around Elgin used to be a little nasty, but that may have changed recently, and that is actually considered Midtown (north of US 59).

RE: RE: What is the Museum District like to live in?

by sazzabear

Thanks. The area we are looking at intersects Southmore Blvd. Is this area also known as Binz?

I went and looked at the crime stats on the police site. It looks like car thefts happen quite a lot everywhere in Houston, even the safe areas. Is that about right?

Look forward to landing in Houston.

RE: RE: What is the Museum District like to live in?

by MontroseMartins

The area near Labranch used to be pretty scary, but I think they have been cleaning it up quite a bit as new townhomes have gone up. It is close to Houston Community College, as well as the Metro light rail line that runs up and down Main Street. I believe there is some shopping in Midtown that is pretty close to Labranch, such as a very nice Randall's grocery store. However, if you want more options, Montrose is the way to go. Montrose is a couple of miles west of the area you're talking about living in. I live in Montrose and love it! Everything in Montrose is within walking distance.

The Museum District is generally a safer area though. One note of caution: if you own a bike, NEVER lock it up outside!! It will get swiped, even if you have one of those heavy, expensive locks. This problem is particularly bad in the neighborhoods near downtown Houston. I have never had a problem with car theft, however, people will try to break into your car to get your stereo equipment. It is a good idea to have a car alarm.

Good luck!

Travel Tips for Houston

Packing List

by cealonzo

Depends on your stay of course. Tank tops and shorts during the summer. If the heat doesn't get you, the humidity will. If you're coming from up north and it's dry, just be sure to drink plenty of water. You will sweat a river if you're not use to the humidity. Anything will work here. There's always a shop for film/batteries and there's alway a socket to plug in the recharger You're best bet is to wear light colored clothes that will breathe easily. Plus DON'T forget the sunblock. Just carry a water bottle if you're not use to the heat and humidity.

Polly Esther's

by sassy_420 about Polly Esther's

If you love '80's music and if you love disco; this is the place to. One half of the club plays all '80's pop and the other half play all disco. Both sides are decorated accordingly. Guys- No shorts, shirts must be tucked in, and no hats.
Girls- just wear clothes and shoes

Terrific Tex-Mex!

by krackhorre about La Jaliscience

Jaliscience is a Montrose institution serving wonderful Tex- Mex at really low prices. The restaurant recently underwent some renovation and though the interior is more attractive than before the prices on the menu have not gone up a bit. The food is excellent and the staff is very attentive. The restaurant stays open til 3 a.m. so if you get a craving for Tex-Mex after a night on the town they are ready to take your order. The Cheese Enchilada Plate is outstanding!

The Fajita burritos are both delicious and huge.

My personal favorite is the steak fajita tortas....yummy!

They also serve amazing Margaritas.....happy hours are from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.- Fri.

Stafford -- City of Churches

by Ewingjr98

Stafford has 51 churches and religious institution in the 7 square mile city limits. Stafford has only 30,000 people. Many of its churches are exotic religions like Hindu & Buddhist temples and Islamic mosques.

We saw the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple, which according to the Washington Post is "made of 3,836 tons of hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone"...the stone was all shipped to India to be carved then back to the US for construction. See my photos on this tip

If you want to see a real ranch - George Ranch

by CLillard

Visitors to the Park are invited to see, learn and participate in:

-The struggles of early pioneers to Texas at the colonial stock farm
-Colonial life in Mexican Texas before it was a state
-A visit to the days of cattle drives, chuck wagon fare and cowboy camps
-The craftsmanship of a working blacksmith
-The splendor of the Victorian age at the Davis House
-The role of black cowboys on developing Texas ranches
-The skills of the working cowboys at the Ranch
-The history and beauty of the George Ranch house

The Park is open every day from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. except the following holidays:

New Year's Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve


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