Gulfton Houston is a neighborhood situated inside the 610 Loop, just west of the City of Bellaire. Gulfton is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Houston and contains many residential facilities such as a park, public library, and a community center. The neighborhood dates back to 1950 when it was simply an area of farmland. By the 1960s and 1970s, many apartments were added during the prosperous times in Houston as a result of the oil boom. During the decline of the oil industry in the mid 1980s, many renters left Gulfton which resulted in many vacancies. However, in recent years, the Gulfton Area Neighborhood Organization has worked diligently to increase the occupancy levels and infrastructure in the community.
There are many apartments available for rent in Gulfton, with units containing anywhere from 124 to 1006 units. The average rent prices range from $525 rent per month for a one bedroom efficiency to $2299 rent per month for a two bedroom, two bath apartment. Amenities at these Gulfton apartments include gated access, covered parking, a business center, clubhouse, fitness center and swimming pool. In addition, some complexes contain oversized closets as well as a dryer and washer within each unit.
Residents of Gulfton enjoy the local Burnett Bayland Park for recreational amenities such as baseball and soccer fields, a nearly mile long walking trail, a basketball pavilion, a playground, and picnic tables. The park also contains a community center for hosting a variety of community events as well as family reunions and wedding receptions. There are many shopping venues near Gulfton, including those such as Sam's Club, T.J. Maxx and the Home Depot. In addition, the large Galleria Mall is less than three miles from town. Residents have access to a nearly endless supply of restaurants in the area, such as Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and El Pacifico Seafood Restaurant.
Most of the Gulfton TX apartments allow pets, but some only allow dogs and others do not allow pets at all. Residents who do have dogs enjoy walking their pet throughout the community and letting them get some exercise at nearby dog parks such as the Levy Dog Park, Officer Lucy Dog Park and Danny Jackson Family Bark Park. For pet care, there are multiple local veterinarians offering services including the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, Chestnut Animal Hospital and the Westheimer Animal Clinic. Residents can purchase pet food and supplies from local retailers such as PetSmart and Petco.
Most residents of Gulfton are less than one mile from entry points onto Interstate 69, providing efficient and easy access into downtown Houston. In addition, drivers can quickly connect to the 610 Loop and the Sam Houston Parkway for commuting to all areas of Houston. The city's public transportation provider, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, offers convenient bus service from Gulfton to downtown Houston on several routes. Bus fares start at just $1.25 per ride, but various discounted rates are available on day passes and other tickets.
Gulfton is zoned for schools in the Houston Independent School District. Local public schools include the Benavidez Elementary School, Condit Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Long Middle School, Pin Oak Middle School, Southwest Middle School, Challenge Early College High School, Liberty High School and Southwest High School. In addition, there are several area private schools such as the Episcopal High School, Faith Lutheran Day School and Oak Crook Baptist School.