Rice Military
Located along Buffalo Bayou, Memorial is known for its picturesque views.
  • Overview
  • Schools
  • Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Things To Do
Overview

The Rice Military neighborhood of Houston, Texas is a vibrant and convenient area whose history dates all the way back to World War I. Today, the area is best known for the Beer Can House. The funky house located on 222 Malone Street, attracts visitors from all walks of life. Owner John Milkovisch completely transformed a regular home into that of beer cans and beer paraphernalia. Beyond that what is mentioned, Rice Military has a thriving arts scene, not to mention amazing dining, shopping, and activities.

When it comes to commutes, Rice Military does not disappoint. The area is one of Houston’s most easily accessible neighborhoods as it is surrounded by major interstates and freeways. Housing prices here range greatly: both affordable and luxury properties can be found. The high demand means the cost of living here is also increased. This in turn equates to higher costs when it comes to renting or purchasing a home or other housing types in the area.

Neighborhood Highlights
Economically friendly Plethora of parks, trails, and nature walks Over 100 restaurants Top-rated schools Large amount of employment Easy access to Houston’s expressways and Downtown
  • Location
  • Commute

Location

Rice Military is a neighborhood located within the bustling city of Houston, Texas. It is west of Downtown Houston, situated in Houston’s inner loop. To the north of Rice Military is Washington Avenue, to the south is Memorial Drive, to the east is Shepherd Drive, and to the west is Westcott Street.

Luckily for Rice Military residents, the neighborhood is outside of Houston’s city center. This means easier commutes, less crowding, and a calmer atmosphere. It is extremely close to the chaotic and busy life of the city, but is not located within it. The area of Rice Military offers big city amenities and a fantastic quality of life.

Commute

Due to the convenient, central location of the Rice Military neighborhood, there are multiple areas in Houston which are located within ten to fifteen minutes. These being Memorial Park and Montrose. Downtown Houston, Medical Center, Galleria, and the Museum District are even closer at just five to ten minutes away.

The neighborhood is bordered in all four directions by major interstates. Examples include I-10 and 610 loop. Out of all the commutes to take Memorial Drive is Houston’s most direct and and least congested east-west route to places like Downtown or the Galleria.

Culture

The Rice Military neighborhood has become an inviting space for all types of Houstonians. Residents in the area are generally older here when compared to most Houston neighborhoods. The average age is 36, which is higher than that of the Houston average of 32.

A large majority — 88% — of neighborhood residents have a high school diploma. The Rice Military neighborhood is big into all sorts of arts and culture. More specifically, the Washington Corridor area of the community houses most of the community theaters, art galleries, and museums the area has to offer.

Schools

Any and all residents of Houston’s Rice Military neighborhood will be zoned to one of the three following schools: (1) Memorial Elementary School, (2) Hogg Middle School, or (3) Lamar High School. An exclusion of zoning comes from the student wanting to use freedom of school choice and/or the student opting for one of the private schools in the area. Luckily for Rice Military residents, Lamar High School and Hogg Middle School are among Houston’s finest public schools.

When it comes to private schooling there are multiple options. A few of the most notable institutions include: St. Thomas High, St. Theresa School, The Kipling School, and River Oaks Baptist School. As for higher education in the area, Rice University is the most recognized. The Princeton Review, Newsweek College Guide, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Financial Times, and more, all listed Rice as one of the top institutions in the United States.

Elementary Schools
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Memorial Elementary School
Address:
6401 Arnot St, Houston, TX 77007
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Memorial Elementary is a school situated on part of Camp Logan. It offers rigorous instruction complemented with a dual-language program which gives students pre-kindergarten through fourth grade the opportunity to learn new languages. It nurtures students into becoming critical thinkers and college-ready learners.

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Harvard Elementary
Address:
810 Harvard St, Houston, TX 77007
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Harvard Elementary School is situated in the Houston Heights region of Rice Military. It is the oldest school in Houston for continual operation. The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008. This means high level of student achievement.

Middle Schools
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Hogg Middle School
Address:
1100 Merrill St, Houston, TX 77009
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James S. Hogg Middle School is the designated home of the Razorbacks. There mission is to transform ordinary students into collaborative, creative, and innovative citizens. The school offers both excellent academics and diverse extracurricular programs in the athletics and fine arts.

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Lanier Middle School
Address:
2600 Woodhead St, Houston, TX 77098
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The Bob Lanier Middle School, previously named Sidney Lanier, is an institution for students sixth through eighth grade. It is named after the Mayor of Houston Bob Lanier. The school situated on Woodhead Street, has multiple programs for those gifted and talented students who attend.

High Schools
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Lamar High School
Address:
3325 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
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Lamar High School is an international baccalaureate world school. It provides a wide array of opportunities for a diverse group of students to receive an internationally accredited education, wide range of extracurricular activities, not to mention an open and nurturing environment.

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St. Thomas High School
Address:
4500 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
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The prestigious St. Thomas High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school exclusively oriented for young men. It is located to the west of Downtown Houston near the Buffalo Bayou and on the corner of Memorial Drive and Sheppard.

Private Schools
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St. Theresa School
Address:
6623 Rodrigo St, Houston, TX 77007
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The private school of St. Theresa is a Catholic institution with a deep history. Classes officially began in 1948 and the school has been operating ever since. Here you can find state of the art gyms, fellowship halls, reception and administrative offices, and 6 new portable classrooms.

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The Kipling School
Address:
620 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
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The Kipling School offers exceptional care and/or education to infants, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten through fifth grade. The staff here are highly trained and extremely professional. It also offers a small student-teacher ratio for a more individualized, one-on-one learning style.

Housing

As mentioned above, the Rice Military geographical area is one of the only inner loop neighborhoods of Houston which have properties in the $300,000 to $500,000 price range. Homes here are still affordable, but are somewhat appreciated because of the extremely convenient central location. The neighborhood has plenty of luxurious and affordable options. You can find beautiful homes and townhomes in lavish gated communities.

On the other hand, there are also quality homes, townhomes, and apartments, further away from the neighborhood center at lower prices. When it comes to new construction, a bulk is comprised of single-family homes. Many developers have also taken down older properties and converted them to newer townhomes to meet the area’s high demand. Out of all the housing types, townhomes are on the rise in Rice Military. However, there are also listings of apartments, single family homes, condominiums, and even residential mid-rises.

Single-Family Homes
Rice Military is an extremely suburban area fit for families, so there are plenty of single family homes available. These homes come in a wide array of styles, prices, and sizes. In the neighborhood you can find many one-story bungalows, multi-level townhomes, and much more.
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#5 Vista Dela Presa
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$ 749,000
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13 Lomas Del Paraiso
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$ 349,000
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20 Lomas Del Paraiso
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$ 445,000
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400 m Barrio
, Texas
$ 500,000
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15 Las Cumbres
, Texas
$ 880,000
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5 Baths
Home4,500 sq. ft.
Lot169,884 sq. ft.
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15 Santa Catalina
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$ 290,000
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578 Swann
, Georgia
$ 1,100,000
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54 Residencial Montana De Luna
, Other
$ 395,000
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2 Baths
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58 Punta Sayulita
, Other
$ 1,800,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
Home5,058 sq. ft.
Lot10,000 sq. ft.
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56 Punta Sayulita
, Other
$ 2,600,000
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Home7,460 sq. ft.
Lot16,000 sq. ft.
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New Construction
There is a ton of new construction happening in the Rice Military neighborhood. Due to the high demand, large-scale housing is going up all over the area. Prices vary depending on the property in question, but they are generally higher than previously established properties.
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#5 Vista Dela Presa
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$ 749,000
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13 Lomas Del Paraiso
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$ 349,000
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20 Lomas Del Paraiso
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$ 445,000
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400 m Barrio
, Texas
$ 500,000
7 Beds
5 Baths
Home4,801 sq. ft.
Lot24,157,648 sq. ft.
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5501 Hamilton
, Indiana
$ 30,000,000
16 Beds
26 Baths
Home38,000 sq. ft.
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25 Mtrs E Of Hotel Almonds&Corals
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$ 185,000
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15 Las Cumbres
, Texas
$ 880,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
Home4,500 sq. ft.
Lot169,884 sq. ft.
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Loc San Martino Pulicciano
, Other
$ 949,900
4 Beds
2 Baths
Home1,614 sq. ft.
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5802 River
, Kentucky
$ 4,500,000
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15 Santa Catalina
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$ 290,000
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578 Swann
, Georgia
$ 1,100,000
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54 Residencial Montana De Luna
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$ 395,000
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High Rises or Mid Rise Condominiums
High rises in Rice Military are harder to find when compared to some of the other housing types, but it is possible. Particularly in the Washington Avenue area near the high-end restaurants and fancy shopping, upscale and sleek high rises are prevalent.
Apartments
Next to single family homes, apartments are easy to come by in Rice Military. There are units which span over the entire area. Prices greatly range, but places can be found as low as the 100’s and as high as the thousands.
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731 Infirmary
, Ohio
$ 693
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40 East Baltic
, Connecticut
$ 800
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10 Gorman
, Connecticut
$ 825
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351 High
, West Virginia
$ 665
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95 Elizabeth
, Ohio
$ 705
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202 Scott
, Connecticut
$ 985
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601 Green Pond
, South Carolina
$ 723
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401 Fairfax
, Virginia
$ 619
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366 Armstrong
, North Carolina
$ 681
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222 East 37th
, Georgia
$ 435
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555 Coles Mill
, New Jersey
$ 492
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485 North
, Ohio
$ 519
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Green Living
One of the best things about being in the neighborhood of Rice Military is the close proximity to the lush and beautiful Memorial Park. Luckily, there are properties surrounding this geographical area which are for sale or for rent. Most if not all of them are either apartments or single family homes.
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#5 Vista Dela Presa
, Texas
$ 749,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
Home3,500 sq. ft.
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13 Lomas Del Paraiso
, Texas
$ 349,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
Home2,300 sq. ft.
Lot76,230 sq. ft.
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20 Lomas Del Paraiso
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$ 445,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
Home3,500 sq. ft.
Lot76,230 sq. ft.
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400 m Barrio
, Texas
$ 500,000
7 Beds
5 Baths
Home4,801 sq. ft.
Lot24,157,648 sq. ft.
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5501 Hamilton
, Indiana
$ 30,000,000
16 Beds
26 Baths
Home38,000 sq. ft.
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25 Mtrs E Of Hotel Almonds&Corals
, Texas
$ 185,000
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Home0 sq. ft.
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15 Las Cumbres
, Texas
$ 880,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
Home4,500 sq. ft.
Lot169,884 sq. ft.
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Loc San Martino Pulicciano
, Other
$ 949,900
4 Beds
2 Baths
Home1,614 sq. ft.
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5802 River
, Kentucky
$ 4,500,000
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15 Santa Catalina
, Other
$ 290,000
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578 Swann
, Georgia
$ 1,100,000
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3 Baths
Home5,500 sq. ft.
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54 Residencial Montana De Luna
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$ 395,000
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Real Estate

Surprisingly enough, the real estate market in Rice Military is one of the strongest in all of Houston. In fact, the neighborhood boasts a 142% ten-year growth in home sales. The sales may be due to Rice Military’s convenient location, affordability, and diversity. It is also one of the only neighborhoods in Houston’s Inner Loop which have properties in the $400,000 and $500,000 price point.

Due to the high demand in the area, the average price per square feet has drastically risen. The price per square foot began in 2003 at the cost of $134 and is now averaging at $155 to $166. Thus, the median sales price has also increased. All in all, the neighborhood’s real estate market is not going to slow down any time soon. Home sales have consistently broken the previous years’ numbers, and sales are only projected to increase over the next couple of years.

Things To Do

The area of Rice Military is located as one of the most walkable areas in all of Houston. Between Washington Avenue and Buffalo Bayou, running from Shepherd to Westcott, visitors can find more shops, restaurants, and activities than they will know what to do with. The neighborhood has quality parks and recreation. Take Memorial Park, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, and Buffalo Bayou Park for example.

It also has tons of museums, art galleries, and exhibitions such as Spring Street Studios and Art Car Museum. Lovers of film and comedy will also enjoy the Rice Military area as there are tons of comedy shows, dance, theater, and more. Stop by Catalina Coffee for a fresh ground cup of joe on your way to Station Theater and go out with some friends to the Kung Fu Saloon before the night is over. The possibilities in Rice Military are endless, here you can find quality fun for the whole family.

Retail & Entertainment
Beer Can House
Over 50,000 cans adorn the Beer Can House in Rice Military, Houston. The exhibit is open both Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm and you can tour the home to find out about the ongoing restoration projects. It is a unique and quirky stop to find fun for all ages.
Bayou Bend
The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is part of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Here you can find all sorts of paintings, art, and furniture. Walk through Bayou Bend to find 28 period room settings that showcase works from 1620 to 1870.
Spring Street Studios
The Spring Street Studios is a hip exhibit space and the second addition to the Sawyer Yards complex. It is the home for approximately 75 mixed use studios for over 63 different artists. Spring Street frequently puts on community events and there is even a gallery corridor.
Memorial Park
Over four million people come to Memorial Park each year. The park combines quality amenities and the beauty of nature. Although the park is located in close proximity to central Houston, you wouldn’t even know it as there are thirty miles of serene hiking trails.
Kung Fu Saloon
If you enjoy a fun night out with friends, Kung Fu Saloon is the place to be. Here they combine fun arcade games with quality cocktails and a fun atmosphere. Occasionally the bar will even have a DJ play some tunes for visitors
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is located within Memorial Park. It is a non-profit arboretum with over five miles of nature trails, ponds, wetlands, and meadow habitats. There are even specialty gardens such as Hummingbird & Butterfly island, Sensory Garden, and Wildlife Garden.
Art Car Museum
The Art Car Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. All sorts of local, national, and international artists come to show off their work. The museum aims to encourage the public’s awareness of the cultural, political, economic and personal dimensions of art.
Station Theater
The Station Theater is the place to go for improv and sketch comedy. You can buy tickets to watch a hilarious show or try comedy out for yourself by taking one of their instructional classes. Once yearly the Station Theater even puts on the Trill Comedy Festival, which hosts an array of sketch comedy acts from all over the nation.
Buffalo Bayou Park
Buffalo Bayou Park is nestled right inside Houston, Texas. It is an 124-acre green space. Not only does it have some of the most amazing skyline views in all of Houston, but it also has a fountain and a skate park.
Catalina Coffee
If you are in desperate need of a wake me up, try out Catalina Coffee. The contemporary shop serves up some of the best freshly-roasted coffee, seasonal loose-leaf tea, and fresh pastries. The prices here are great and the ratings are even better.