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"Be A Tourist" in Houston
At Heritage Texas Properties, we are unabashed cheerleaders when it comes to the glories of our fair city. Led by our President and CEO, Robin Mueck, who serves as an Executive Committee member with the Greater Houston Partnership, the company celebrates everything that makes Houston unique and special. Our enthusiasm has inspired us to produce an annual publication, Out & About, listing some of the city’s most exciting events, attractions, exhibits and excursions, and to create a “Be a Tourist” section on our website, digitally linking to photos and information about the many rewards just waiting for you in Houston.
Recent out-of-town visitors – and some of our own summer “staycations” – reminded us once again that, whether you’re visiting from another city, new to Houston, “naturalized,” or a born and bred native, you should “be a tourist” and experience Houston’s many treasures. In a city that is home to a world-renowned Medical Center, NASA, a major port, and over 40 museums with 18 of them located in our Museum District, not to mention world-class performing arts, and a full panoply of professional sports, there is a long list of top-tier activities providing year-round and seasonal fun. Adventures abound!
But, admittedly, there are a few – little day trips, in-town excursions, curiosities and not-to-be-missed experiences – that we think are quintessentially Houston and demonstrate the personality, charm, heritage, quirkiness and entrepreneurial spirit that makes Houston great.
BUFFALO BAYOU HIKE & BIKE TRAILS, BOAT TOURS AND BAT WATCHING
Perhaps nothing says, “Houston” as much as the 52-mile slow-moving waterway that winds its way through the middle of Houston, along which the Allen brothers who founded Houston in 1836, made their way to what is now known as Allen’s Landing in the northern part of downtown, and has become a destination for outdoor recreation. Beginning just west of Katy, about 35-miles from downtown and running south of Interstate 10, it contains a diverse urban ecosystem supporting dozens of native species of flora and fauna moving through Terry Hershey Park, Memorial, River Oaks, along Allen Parkway to Allen’s Landing, then through the East End to the Turning Basin and the Houston Ship Channel. Private funding has brought about a flurry of improvements and recent construction adding new and better trails, bridges, and more along the stretch from the Shepherd Street Bridge toward Downtown.
The best way to explore this stunning urban wilderness is via kayaking and canoeing adventures, or pontoon boat tours, offered by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Beginning at the Shepherd Street Bridge, paddlers travel to Allen’s Landing and ending near the Theater District. For the less athletic, there are pontoon boat cruises. Or skirt the shoreline along miles of breathtaking hike and bike trails. Yet another adventure offered by the Partnership are their Bat Tours on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from March-October to see the second largest colony of bats – there are close to 300,000 – living under the Waugh Drive Bridge. For information on all, visit www.buffalobayou.org.
HOUSTON DOWNTOWN TUNNEL SYSTEM
Not covering as many miles, yet another fascinating route through Houston can be enjoyed underground. If Houston’s downtown streets look sparsely populated during the week, it’s because the real action is 20-feet below, in the city’s 7.5-mile-long tunnel system. Never part of a master-planned effort to navigate downtown Houston, but a development that just evolved over time from the efforts of property owners, it consists of a series of underground climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that, along with above-ground skywalks, link 95 full city blocks that include office towers, hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, retail stores, and the Houston Theater District. The tunnel operates much like a shopping mall – a maze of shops and services that are widely and heavily used by the downtown workforce, as well as their clients, visitors and tourists — all in air-conditioned bliss. For organized tours and more information, contact email@example.com
THE ORANGE SHOW
Speaking of mazes, the Orange Show, a monumental work of folk art created over two decades by a postal worker, the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, extolling the virtues of his favorite fruit – oranges. Now included on the National Register of Historic Places, this outdoor 3,000-square-foot monument is maze-like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, pond, stage, museum, gift shop and several upper decks. It was built single-handedly between 1956 and 1979, constructed of concrete, brick, steel and found objects including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats and statuettes and anything else McKissack could find, creating an exciting labyrinth inside an East End lot. Details are available at http://www.orangeshow.org
AURORA PICTURE SHOW
From maze to amazing, and equally unique, there is the Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit micro-cinema that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video, dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting appreciation of moving image art.
Taking the “moving” concept quite seriously, Aurora’s screenings and events are nomadic and travel all over the City of Houston to unique settings and alternative art spaces. Founded in 1998 by Andrea Grover, Aurora’s first home was a former church building where Grover and her family lived and worked. Now Aurora’s home base is near The Menil Collection and houses its Video Library and Salons, but screenings and events could be anywhere, so be sure to check their website at http://aurorapictureshow.org for screening and event locations.
SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
Finally, although we’re still aching over the suspension of the shuttle program and wounded by the fact that we weren’t awarded one of its spacecraft to add to our already fine collection of memorabilia, it doesn’t change the fact that Space Center Houston, the official visitors’ center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, is the only place on earth where guests can embark on an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space – the ultimate in excursions! It features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theaters and presents an array of traveling exhibits and events. Complete information is available at http://www.spacecenter.org
All of these adventures are a great way to spend the afternoon with family or friends and taste a bit of what makes Houston – well, Houston. But there’s so much more to see and do – just visit our website at http://www.heritagetexas.com/be-a-tourist.asp and you’ll understand what we mean!
Houston Home inventory breakdown by property type
Of the 1,021 homes for sale in Houston, the breakdown of property types
is as follows:
45% Single Family, 17% Rental, 6% Townhouse, 2% Condo, 2% Land/lot, 0% Multi Family and 28% Other.
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You are Viewing 1 to 20 of 1021 homes for sale in Houston. These homes are comprised of Single Family, Rental, Townhouse, Condo, Land/lot, Multi Family and Other. The average list price of these property results is 762,630. Prices are displayed as US Dollar. For more information on these homes for sale in Houston please contact our member brokerages to schedule a showing or view an open house.
The 1021 homes for sale in Houston, TX are represented by 5 member brokerages serving the Houston area. Member brokerages representing the 1021 homes include John Daugherty Realtors, Heritage Texas Properties, Greenwood King Properties, WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Wayne Murray Properties and Bayou Realtors.