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The Parks and Outdoor Experiences of Greater Houston

At Heritage Texas Properties, we’ve always been clear that Houston is the very best place to live and we’re always happy when “outsiders” from other cities and states confirm it in their rankings. A long list of nationally recognized publications, from Forbes to Newsweek, has touted our many attributes, not the least of which is our location. Centrally situated at the hub of many different terrains, Houston can offer its residents and visitors a richness of resources and great diversity of outdoor experiences just within an hour and half’s drive in any direction.

To the south we have barrier islands and the beaches of Galveston, with a bounty of bays, estuaries and wildlife refuges along the upper Coastal Bend. Venture to the southwest where pecan groves and fertile farmland abound, or to the west for hill country, rich with caves, rivers and falls. Travel to the northwest and you are greeted by fields of bluebonnets and wildflowers, rolling hills and ranchland. Journey north for an abundance of bayous and lakes, or head northeast for richly forested land and the famous Texas piney woods or east to the Big Thicket. Just to the southeast one finds the coastal plains and salt domes of the oil patch. The vastness and variety of these great open spaces have helped shape our destiny, influenced our heritage and are the essence of the Houston experience.

Like the beautiful countryside that surrounds our great city, Houston itself, through its many parks and trails, green spaces and recreation areas, provides an equally diverse and rewarding array of outdoor experiences to behold and enjoy. Each with its own unique personality, these are public spaces meant to offer respite, calm and tranquility; gathering places intended for play, celebration and entertainment; venues for exercise and sport; or environments prized for their sheer beauty or historic significance. Whatever one’s mood, personal requirement, adventure sought or geographical location, Houston’s beautiful parks and trails have something special to offer.

The richness of a city is defined by how it treasures its resources, honors its past, shares its abundance, and fulfills the needs of its citizenry, while it also plans for its future. Using this yardstick in respect to our city’s parks and green spaces, Houston is rich indeed.

Within its wide spectrum of outdoor spaces, the city offers choices and opportunities to fit every taste and lifestyle. In the downtown area alone, one can enjoy Sam Houston Park, one of Houston’s oldest, which wears its age proudly as the setting for a group of historical homes and buildings from a pre-Texas revolution cabin to a century-old mansion and an 1891 church. Or, take pleasure in its newest, Discovery Green, opened in 2008, which transformed what was once an eyesore of parking lots and undeveloped land into a lush 12-acre masterpiece, one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations in the city. 

A mere Metrorail ride away is Hermann Park, nestled between the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and Rice University. It is home to a world of entertainment and adventures including a golf course, Miller Outdoor Theatre, beautiful gardens, the Museum of Natural Science with its Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit and Burke Baker Planetarium, McGovern Lake, the Houston Zoo, and the park’s very popular Mini-Train.

Or, follow the amazing trails along Buffalo Bayou westward between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive to Bayou Bend, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, and Memorial Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Created to commemorate the soldiers lost in World War I, it is a nature reserve and recreational oasis in the middle of our grand city. In addition to its highly acclaimed 18-hole golf course, it has facilities for jogging, tennis, hiking, biking, softball, picnicking, and more.

Even further west along Buffalo Bayou, on land originally acquired as part of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs project, is Terry Hershey Park, a paradise of approximately 12 ½ miles of hike and bike trails, named to honor the conservationist who led the campaign to keep that area of Buffalo Bayou in its natural state and discontinue plans to pave its banks.

But this small list barely scratches the surface, for Houston is home to more than 100 miles of nature and hike-and-bike trails, an amazing  350 developed parks and 200+ greenspaces totaling over 38,945 acres. These include 7 municipal golf courses, 39 swimming pools, 17 water spraygrounds, 3 staffed tennis centers, 78 un-staffed neighborhood tennis sites, 6 skate parks, and, since 2004, an increasing number of dog parks, which now total 7.

Houston Home inventory breakdown by property type

Of the 875 homes for sale in Houston, the breakdown of property types is as follows:
40% Single Family, 17% Rental, 7% Townhouse, 2% Condo, 2% Land/lot, 0% Multi Family and 32% Other.

40% Single Family
17% Rental
36% Other

Area details, home facts and figures

Homes for sale 875
Average Home Size 2,879 ft² / 267 m²
Price Range ($1,400 - $19,500,000)

Weather in Houston

The average high temperatures in Houston range from 62 in January to 93 in July

Average home income in Houston

The average household income of a Houston resident is $75,865 with an average home value of $176,552

Population of Houston

Houston has 2,993,058 residents.

Home ownership in Houston

The average level of home ownership in Houston is 50%.

Education breakdown of Houston

Education levels of residents of Houston include: highschool 24%, associate 5%, bachelor 18%, graduate 10%.

Households in Houston

Houston has 1,065,571 homes, built on average 40 years ago.

Information from in and around Houston...

You are Viewing 1 to 20 of 875 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 803,092. Prices are shown 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 875 homes for sale in Houston, TX are represented by 4 member brokerages serving the Houston area. Member brokerages representing the 875 homes include John Daugherty Realtors, Heritage Texas Properties, Greenwood King Properties and WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Wayne Murray Properties.