Houston, TX
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  • Housing
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History
History

In 1836, the city of Houston began with land speculators Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen who sold many lots. The Houston Ship channel was created in 1914. The brothers both believed that the land would be one of the greatest commercial centers of Texas. A year later, Houston was incorporated into the state as a city and as time went on the city quickly grew.

Trade and cotton were major players in the growth of Houston during this time. Post World War II, the city was even more of an industrial center with the help of natural resources such as petroleum and shipping other items. Businesses and the population were booming moving forward in the 20th century. The wealthy were dedicated to donating their money and land to help improve the city and make it what it is today. Houston was considered the fastest-growing city in America.

Top City Highlights
PARKS & RECREATION
Full of business districts and clothing stores, Houston remains an outdoor city. The Hermann Park has miniature train rides, golf courses, and picnic areas. The Buffalo Bayou Park has different sites where people can canoe or kayak. People who go to Memorial Park can go hiking, biking, and rollerblading.
ART & CULTURE
The Houston area has many art galleries and world-class museums that reflect the history of the city. Anya Tish Gallery has spectacular Central/European and Russia art. The Center Stage Gallery offers eclectic exhibits and paintings. The Koelsch Gallery specializes and folk and contemporary art from Texans and others nationwide.
NIGHT LIFE
The Houston area has several nightlife spots for those who enjoy spending exciting nights out on the town. Pearl Bar Houston has delicious cocktails, televisions, and live performances. Sonoma Wine Bar is a sophisticated and quaint wine bar. The Lincoln Bar is a fun, modern sports bar with craft beers.
SHOPPING
As the fourth largest city in America, Houston is notorious for having plenty of shopping areas. The Galleria has high-end stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. River Oaks Shopping Center has 76 retail stores from Mida Bridal Couture to Luke’s Locker. In Houston, you’ll live in style!
RESTAURANTS
Houston has some of the best dining options in the city. For some Hispanic, southern Cajun, and Asian-inspired dishes, go to popular The Backstreet Cafe. Eight Row Flint has one of the best Texas-Mexican food in the Houston area. Kiran’s Restaurant is known for its upscale Indian fusion comfort food.
HOUSING
Along with all the fantastic restaurants, museums, theaters, and landmarks, Houston has great-looking real estate. The city has a wide range of different types of residential areas and architecture.
City of Houston Demographics
Education 2016
%
%
%
%
Bachelor's or Higher
Some College
High School Diploma
No High School Diploma
Population 2016
50%Male
50%Female
Population
2,240,582
Median Age
32
18 and over
%
21 and over
%
62 and over
%
Race 2016
%
%
%
%
%
White
Hispanic
African American
Asian
Other
Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
Profeccional, Scientific, Management, Administrative & Waste Management Servicesv
Retail Trade
Manufacturing
Arts, Entertaiment, Recreation, Accommodation & Feed Services
1 or more vehicles available
94,5%
Mean travel time to work
18,5min
Avarage Income:
$45,5026
Poverty rate:
7,36%
Owner Occupied
Rental
Housing structure bulit 1928 or earlier
Housing structure bulit 2001 or later
Median Home Value:
$165,290
Median Monthly Rent:
$735
Ovner With Mortgage, Monthly Median Costs:
$1,290
  • Commute
  • Location

Commute

This large city has many highways and freeways running through the different neighborhoods and sections. Houston has easy accessibility. The Interstate 10 is an east-west southern United States highway that runs from Anthony near New Mexico to San Antonio and Houston near the Louisiana Border.

Interstate 45 is a Texas-only highway that runs from Dallas and Houston all the way to Galveston and Galveston Causeway. Interstate 610 (I-610), known as Loop 610, is a 38-mile freeway loop that runs around the inner city of Houston. It marks the border from the inner city to the areas surrounding the inner city.

Location

The city of Houston is located near the Southeastern part of Texas. Houston has over 630 squares miles worth of land and over 22 square miles of water. It is about 165 east of Austin. Austin is the capital of Texas and named the 11th most populous city in the United States.

Houston 250 miles south of Dallas, which named the most populous city within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The city is also west of Pasadena, and even further, 112 miles west of the Louisiana border. South of Houston is Galveston, which is a coastal resort city in Texas.

Culture
Culture

Houston is considered a very diverse and multicultural city, full of people with different backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is named the dining-out capital of the United States. The city has a thriving international community. Being the fourth populous city in the country, Houston has different languages, architecture, fine arts, music, monuments, fashion, sculptures, cuisine, festivals, and history.

Almost 90 languages are spoken regularly in this area. There are some neighborhoods that have a much higher percentage of Asian or Hispanic language spoken among the residents. Houston has concerts and festivals that bring the community together to celebrate different events.

Local Government

The City Council of Houston has the responsibility of enacting and enforcing all rules and resolutions to problems within the city. There are sixteen members, not including the Mayor. Eleven members are elected from the different districts, while the remaining five members are elected by all voters of the city.

The current mayor of Houston is Sylvester Turner. The Mayor is technically not a member of the City Council as he presides over the members and has voting privileges. Turner considered the Executive Officer of the city and manages Houston and oversees all the laws and ordinances that are being enforced.

The Houston Metropolitan Chamber is the chamber of commerce. Since 1949, this chamber has been an aide to the marketplace. It promotes the growth of the community through networking and building partnerships with the government and the community. The members want to grow their business and give back to Houston.

Overview
Overview

The city of Houston is known for its exceptional options when it comes to public and private schools. The city has schools that can serve all levels from grades preschool all the way through the twelfth grade. Many students in the Houston area will be zoned to attend schools within the Houston Independent School District (HISD). For some western parts of Houston, some families will need to enroll their students in schools within the Spring Branch Independent School District (Spring ISD).

Students living in southwestern parts of Houston can attend schools within the Alief Independent School District (Alief ISD). HISD has over 200,000 students enrolled. Alief ISD has over 45,000 students. Spring ISD is much smaller than HISD and Alief ISD with only 35,000 students. For families who choose to not enroll their students in public schools, they can enroll them in some of Houston’s stellar and college-preparatory private schools.

School Districts
Schools

Most of the elementary schools in Houston enroll kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Some even have preschool programs that provide students with the basics and readily prepare them for kindergarten. Students typically learn about subjects such as reading, writing, social studies, science, and basic math. Schools such as River Oaks Elementary, Helms Elementary, and Frostwood Elementary are all some of the exemplary elementary schools that have language immersion programs. This allows students to learn the importance of learning and appreciating other cultures. Also, elementary schools in Houston have amazing extracurricular options for students after school. This keeps them engaged in education.

Unlike some other schools in different cities in the United States, Houston middle schools mainly enroll students in grades sixth through eighth. Schools outside of Texas might consider sixth grade as still an elementary school level. Regardless, middle schools in Houston do a great job at preparing students for life as future high school students. Some schools like Lanier Middle School, Northbrook Middle School, and Hogg Middle School offer opportunities for students to earn credit towards high school and even Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Houston middle schools hope to encourage students to take initiative and strive for great academic success.

Many of the high schools in Houston are college-preparatory schools because school officials believe that all students can learn the skills needed to succeed in a two or four-year college. Teachers and staff members know their students can shoot for the stars. Secondary institutions such as Hastings High, Lamar High, and Houston Heights High all have college credit courses. The athletic departments are competitive. Students with interests in sports can participate in sports like basketball, soccer, football, cheerleading, tennis, and much more. From drama club to debate team, each student will be able to find clubs and sports that interests them.

Enrolling students into a private school in Houston can be a great alternative to enrolling them in public school. These schools can range in levels from including all grades to elementary and middle school to just high school. Some parents choose private schools for their students because they believe there is more flexibility in the education. Also, parents might desire more enrichment programs and specialty programs for special needs and the gifted/talent students. Private schools like River Oaks Academy, Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School, and Grace School celebrate learning differences and successfully prepare students for the world.

Overview
Overview

Along with all the fantastic restaurants, museums, theaters, and landmarks, Houston has great-looking real estate. The city has a wide range of different types of residential areas and architecture. Houston single-family homes can be anywhere from one to three stories high. The city has traditional all-American bungalow-style homes, Victorian-style homes, and contemporary and traditional mansions. Other than single-family homes, Houston also has apartments, high rise condominiums, and newly-constructed residential buildings that are being built.

The apartments in Houston are luxurious and stylish. Many of them have amenities that you won’t be able to live without. A walk-in closet, spacious balcony looking out to the city, and stainless steel kitchen appliances will become a necessity. High rise condominiums are plentiful in the city, especially in downtown Houston. The condominiums are so sleek and elegant and can have oversized closets, private balconies, and accent brick walls. The views from these buildings are unbeatable.

Single-Family Homes
From one-story homes to three-story mansions and estates, Houston has many houses that can accommodate single families of almost every size. Homes with the bungalow architecture have open living spaces, large backyards, and dining areas. Also, these types of homes are known for their spacious porches to sit in the shade. Some homes have a traditional ranch or country-style while others are newer homes or remodeled to cater to families who prefer contemporary styles. Single-family homes that are a bit more luxurious and mansions have three stories and have larger driveways, spacious master suites, fencing, and more acres for landscaping.
$ 125,000
3 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 1,382 sq. ft.
Lot 1,037 sq. ft.
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$ 410,990
3 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,018 sq. ft.
Lot 1,447 sq. ft.
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$ 2,250
1 Beds
1 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 1,657 sq. ft.
Lot 2,890 sq. ft.
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$ 209,000
4 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,258 sq. ft.
Lot 6,600 sq. ft.
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$ 244,500
3 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,796 sq. ft.
Lot 5,344 sq. ft.
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$ 2,200
3 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,465 sq. ft.
Lot 3,950 sq. ft.
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$ 10,000
N/A Beds
N/A Full Baths
Home N/A sq. ft.
Lot 5,000 sq. ft.
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$ 229,000
2 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,728 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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$ 789,000
3 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,212 sq. ft.
Lot 3,400 sq. ft.
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$ 1,350
2 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,299 sq. ft.
Lot 162,073 sq. ft.
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$ 95,000
3 Beds
1 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 1,045 sq. ft.
Lot 6,240 sq. ft.
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$ 474,900
4 Beds
3 Full Baths
Home 2,349 sq. ft.
Lot 6,076 sq. ft.
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Multi-Family Homes
For residents who don’t want a big house or those who are not ready for homeowner maintenance, some people choose to live in apartments. Houston apartments tend to be modern and high-class because many have been newly remodeled. State-of-the-art amenities make living in an apartment feel spectacular. These city apartments can have one-to-three bedrooms with as much as two bathrooms. Some might even be luxury studio apartments. Many of them have reserved parking for residents only. Others might have floor plan options to choose from. Residents love how close some of these apartments are to the city retail and entertainment.
$ 209,000
4 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 2,118 sq. ft.
Lot 7,480 sq. ft.
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$ 399,000
N/A Beds
N/A Full Baths
Home N/A sq. ft.
Lot 4,356 sq. ft.
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$ 115,000
2 Beds
1 Full Baths
Home 836 sq. ft.
Lot 6,069 sq. ft.
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$ 199,999
3 Beds
1 Full Baths
Home 906 sq. ft.
Lot 5,000 sq. ft.
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$ 465,000
4 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 2,634 sq. ft.
Lot 11,700 sq. ft.
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$ 265,000
3 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 2,044 sq. ft.
Lot 6,433 sq. ft.
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$ 100,000
2 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 1,294 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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$ 1,800
2 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,100 sq. ft.
Lot 6,200 sq. ft.
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$ 1,700
3 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,456 sq. ft.
Lot 5,000 sq. ft.
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$ 42,500
N/A Beds
N/A Full Baths
Home N/A sq. ft.
Lot 7,430 sq. ft.
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$ 3,000
3 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 2,245 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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$ 2,500
5 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 3,126 sq. ft.
Lot 8,424 sq. ft.
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High Rises
Being such a big city with both suburban and urban parts, Houston has incredible high rise condominiums closer to the urban parts. People love the downtown views of the skyline. Also, people who live in these high rises enjoy the sleek custom cabinetry, stainless kitchen appliances, and two-story floor plans. Some of these places have oversized closets, concrete flooring, and even access to a rooftop pool. Plus, the convenience of living in style and being able to live in walking distance from your favorite stores and coffee shops is the icing on the cake. Condominiums are becoming more popular!
$ 294,500
3 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,958 sq. ft.
Lot 9,760 sq. ft.
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$ 749,900
3 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,394 sq. ft.
Lot 4,156 sq. ft.
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$ 46,500
N/A Beds
N/A Full Baths
Home N/A sq. ft.
Lot 9,250 sq. ft.
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$ 2,295
3 Beds
3 Full Baths
Home 2,390 sq. ft.
Lot 5,775 sq. ft.
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$ 35,000
N/A Beds
N/A Full Baths
Home N/A sq. ft.
Lot 11,853 sq. ft.
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$ 205,000
1 Beds
1 Full Baths
Home 782 sq. ft.
Lot 8,541 sq. ft.
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$ 140,000
2 Beds
1 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 975 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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$ 289,900
3 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,318 sq. ft.
Lot 1,406 sq. ft.
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$ 2,995
2 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,361 sq. ft.
Lot 2,375 sq. ft.
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$ 170,000
4 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,251 sq. ft.
Lot 3,559 sq. ft.
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$ 329,900
5 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 2,462 sq. ft.
Lot 8,400 sq. ft.
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$ 1,095
1 Beds
1 Full Baths
Home 798 sq. ft.
Lot 23,477 sq. ft.
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New Construction
The newly constructed houses and condominiums within the Houston area are getting all the attention. Newly-constructed condominiums in Houston are being built to look like smaller versions of mansions in the area. Luxury ones can have master suites and larger kitchens. More contemporary-style homes are being constructed, especially for younger couples and families. Other new homes are built bigger and bigger to accommodate growing families or large families who have difficult times finding homes that will fit their lifestyles. They have larger fences, more land in the backyards, more bedrooms and bathrooms (both full and half), garages for multiple cars, and wider windows.
$ 499,110
3 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 3,043 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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$ 2,080
2 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,399 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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$ 985
2 Beds
1 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 1,133 sq. ft.
Lot 440,793 sq. ft.
View Details
$ 795,000
4 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 3,637 sq. ft.
Lot 8,184 sq. ft.
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$ 165,000
2 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 1,086 sq. ft.
Lot 189,738 sq. ft.
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$ 2,250,000
N/A Beds
N/A Full Baths
Home N/A sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
View Details
$ 175,900
3 Beds
3 Full Baths
Home 2,179 sq. ft.
Lot 2,640 sq. ft.
View Details
$ 2,250
3 Beds
2 Full Baths
Home 2,641 sq. ft.
Lot 8,433 sq. ft.
View Details
$ 569,000
4 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 4,200 sq. ft.
Lot 9,760 sq. ft.
View Details
$ 599,000
4 Beds
3 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 3,426 sq. ft.
Lot 2,800 sq. ft.
View Details
$ 184,000
2 Beds
2 Full & 1 Half Baths
Home 1,368 sq. ft.
Lot 254,717 sq. ft.
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$ 2,350
1 Beds
1 Full Baths
Home 748 sq. ft.
Lot N/A sq. ft.
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Overview
Overview

Despite all the many different types of homes in Houston, the majority of the real estate is in single-family homes. Homes and estates are more on the market than other living options in the city. People in Houston who want to have their dream houses in suburbia, also want to be able to easy commute to the urban areas to shop, dine, and enjoy Houston. Newly-constructed luxury homes in Houston can be as high as $6.3 million.

Homes like these are absolute masterpieces. Some have French-inspired architecture with clean lines and plenty of windows. Others have quality finished hardwood flooring, wine rooms, fitness centers, and even a theater to watch movies. Homes that are lower prices can be priced as low as $190,000. These type of homes are two stories and are made for smaller families. They still have great amenities like multiple bathrooms, granite countertops, more pantries, and master suites.

Overview
Overview

There is something fun and exciting to do for everyone in the Houston area. It doesn’t matter if you are on vacation, doing a day trip, or spending time with family and friends, Houston has great shopping centers, museums and exhibits, art galleries, historic landmarks, and upscale and casual restaurants. Even long-time residents of Houston are still able to find new spots to go to. You can go to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

This museum is the only one in America that honors African American military soldiers. If you’re into fishing tours, sign up for the Galveston Fishing Guides and sail along the bays for some flounder and Redfish. Not into fishing? Well, you and your friends or family can see classic and contemporary plays at the Main Street Theater. For those who love horticulture, the Bayou Bend Collection and Garden has both beautiful paintings and a breathtaking garden.

Parks & Recreation
Full of business districts and clothing stores, Houston remains an outdoor city. The Hermann Park has miniature train rides, golf courses, and picnic areas. The Buffalo Bayou Park has different sites where people can canoe or kayak. People who go to Memorial Park can go hiking, biking, and rollerblading.
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Shopping
As the fourth largest city in America, Houston is notorious for having plenty of shopping areas. The Galleria has high-end stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. River Oaks Shopping Center has 76 retail stores from Mida Bridal Couture to Luke’s Locker. In Houston, you’ll live in style!
Art & Culture
The Houston area has many art galleries and world-class museums that reflect the history of the city. Anya Tish Gallery has spectacular Central/European and Russia art. The Center Stage Gallery offers eclectic exhibits and paintings. The Koelsch Gallery specializes and folk and contemporary art from Texans and others nationwide.
Night Life
The Houston area has several nightlife spots for those who enjoy spending exciting nights out on the town. Pearl Bar Houston has delicious cocktails, televisions, and live performances. Sonoma Wine Bar is a sophisticated and quaint wine bar. The Lincoln Bar is a fun, modern sports bar with craft beers.
Restaurants
Houston has some of the best dining options in the city. For some Hispanic, southern Cajun, and Asian-inspired dishes, go to popular The Backstreet Cafe. Eight Row Flint has one of the best Texas-Mexican food in the Houston area. Kiran’s Restaurant is known for its upscale Indian fusion comfort food.
Learn About Houston Neighborhoods
The Houston area has so many neighborhoods and community, each having their own character and culture. These neighborhoods include Spring Branch, Galveston, Greater Heights, Uptown, River Oaks, Clear Lake, Greater Eastwood, Memorial, Midtown, South Park, Downtown, and plenty more areas.

Every Houston neighborhood is known for a landmark, best restaurant, best park trail, theater, or some sort of social event that another part might not have. River Oaks has the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra that showcases spectacular traditional and classical performers and musicians. Memorial has the Studio Movie Grill, where you can watch a newly-released film while taking a bite into a delicious cheeseburger. South Central has the Houston Museum of Nation Science. This museum has dinosaur exhibits, a planetarium, and a butterfly house. Greater Heights has the popular Love Mural at the Love Community Center. The possibilities are endless in Houston. Finding something fun to do is a guarantee.

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