NESTLED BENEATH the towers of the sprawling Houston Medical Center are neighborhoods including Southgate, Old Braeswood and the recently named Morningside Place that includes Wessex Brantwood, and Windermere. With the Medical Center as the city’s largest employer, it’s no wonder that housing in these areas is in high demand.

Bordered by Rice University on one side, this neighborhood provides homes to Medical Center professionals and Downtown executives, as well as professors and teachers desirous of a short commute to the prestigious university. Additionally, the award winning Roberts Elementary School is situated here. Many homeowners with school age children enjoy the benefits of this fine school.

Residents also enjoy the amenities provided by the neighborhood university. Continuing education programs offer an opportunity to improve computer skills, writing talents, and many other disciplines. Additionally, a wonderful on-campus jogging trail is available for those young at heart.

Near the university, one can find stately mansions on large estate-sized lots. Elsewhere, older two story residences and one story brick bungalows line the treed streets and boulevards. Recently built homes and new construction may be found throughout, as many newcomers have found the larger lots and neighborhood consistency appealing. Strict deed restrictions govern the new construction, as well as street parking and a constable service are a mainstay in this community.

This area’s sustained popularity has Been recently boosted by the redevelopment and expansion of the nearby Rice Village. Trendy boutiques, eateries, markets, home furnishings, salons, and retail stores are available to satisfy every shopper’s needs. The area’s location affords quick access to Downtown and Minute Maid Park, the Galleria, Greenway Plaza, Hobby Airport, the new NRG Stadium and NRG Hall complex, host to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the nation’s largest. The new Main Street rail system is an added plus.

As the Medical Center continues to grow, so has the popularity of this neighborhood. Convenience, affordability, and consistency have enhanced housing values through the years. The Medical Center continues to be one of Houston’s most desirable communities.

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