Memorial Park & Rice Military
Situated between Interstate 10 and Buffalo Bayou, right on the outskirts of Memorial Park’s vast, public greenery is a stretch of prestigious mansions and one-of-a-kind condos. Directly adjacent to these gorgeous homes in Memorial Park is the area known as Rice Military, a wide-ranging mix of luxury townhomes and adventurous nightlife that make it an exciting yet affordable place to live.
During World War I, Camp Logan was established as one of Houston’s training grounds for the U.S. Army. Following the war, the name Memorial Park was then given to the area in honor of the veterans from Camp Logan. Over the years, philanthropists have donated tens of millions of dollars to keep the park beautiful. Considering its central location within the city, it was only natural that many incredible homes were built on the outskirts of the park.
The Rice family—perhaps best known for establishing Rice University in Rice Village—owned land early on near Camp Logan. The area came to be known by a blend of the land owner’s name and the training camp: “Rice Military.” In the early 2000s, Houston’s boom made land inside the 610 Loop a hot commodity. Because of this demand, the overwhelming majority of housing in Rice Military has been built within the past 20 years.
Memorial Park is home to St. Theresa Catholic school, a stunning facility providing unmatched private education as well as St. Thomas, another pretigious private school. Residents of Rice Military are zoned to Houston ISD, specifically Memorial Elementary, Hogg Middle School, and Lamar High School known for its IB program. Alumni include actress Jaclyn Smith, Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, and former Texas Governor Mark White.
Yale Street Market
Between Washington Ave and I-10 is the Yale Street Market, home to a Sprouts Farmer’s Market. Here members of the community can stock up on organic groceries and all-natural ingredients for leading a healthy lifestyle. There’s also a Guitar Center right next door, as well as a Cost Plus World Market.
Bars & Restaurants
The Washington Corridor is rightfully praised for its unrivaled urban lifestyle. Since emerging as a nightlife destination for thousands of Houstonians, the attractions on Washington Ave continue to impress as a thrilling spot for an evening on the town. Bars like Kung Fu Saloon and Liberty Station keep their atmospheres fun, while Canyon Creek in Memorial Park offers a laid-back “Hill Country” experience with plenty of patio space on which to enjoy craft beer.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
A sprawling 155 acres of trails, wetland, and specialty gardens define this non-profit center. Admission is free, and the center features weekly events for members of the community ranging from cheese tastings to bird surveys.
This epic biking or hiking trail is less than 5 miles from downtown. Standouts like the Waugh Drive Bat Colony attract droves of visitors seasonally to witness a fascinating natural spectacle.