Rent an apartment in the Memorial neighborhood of Houston, TX, and you will enjoy some seriously serene home time. Although secluded from the noisy city, you don't have to give up the perks of city life. Just 18 miles west of downtown, you have easy freeway access to all the cultural and recreational diversions the city has to offer. The area also is home to Houston's Energy Corridor, the third largest employment center in the region. The corridor puts jobs within an easy commute of Memorial.
Memorial sprang to life in the late 1960's as Houston grew beyond its original boundary, the I-610 loop. The Memorial area includes the neighborhoods west of the 610 all the way to State Highway 6. It is south of the Katy (I-10) freeway, which helped open the area for development, and north of Buffalo Bayou. Memorial offers some of West Houston's best neighborhoods with beautiful places to call home on tree-lined streets. It boasts some of the state's swankiest addresses. Among these are The Villages, a group of small independent communities, like Piney Point Village, that are not part of Houston.
Memorial offers a quiet suburban lifestyle far from the hectic pace of the city. Yet, if you are looking to get your shopping on, you don't have to go far. Memorial is home to two malls. The Memorial City Mall is anchored by Dillard's, Macy's and JC Penney and features hundreds of stores as well as an NHL-sized ice skating rink! Or, there is the more intimate Town & Country Village with 75 shops and wonderful dining options, like McCormick & Schmick's. Plus you are only minutes from the famed Galleria Houston.
If you are interested in outdoor activities, Memorial features some great parks. Memorial Park is just east of the 610 Loop. Opened in 1924, it is one the largest urban parks in the U.S. The nearly 1,500 acre park is dedicated to the soldiers who served in World War I. The land had been a U.S. Army training camp during that war. The park is very popular with joggers who enjoy a 2.93 mile exercise trail. The park includes facilities for most sports. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center sits on 155 acres within the park.
The apartment rental market in Memorial tends toward the upscale. Starting rent for one-bedroom units is about $750 monthly. Higher prices are more common, at about $1,000 to $1,400 a month for a mid-rise or high-rise one bedroom. Condos, townhomes and single-family homes also are available, but the selection is limited. Your commute time will depend on where you work. If you work in the Energy Corridor, you commute could be 10-15 minutes from a Memorial neighborhood.
Memorial residents of The Villages vote for their own mayors and city councils. The remainder are part of Houston City Council District G. Visit Houston city government for more information. The area is served by the Kendall Neighborhood Library of the Houston Public Library, and the Spring Branch Memorial Library operated by Harris County. Children in Memorial attend schools operated by either the Spring Branch Independent School District or the Katy Independent School District.
Zip codes serving the Memorial area include: 77024 and 77079.