Texas is known for doing things big. So it would stand to reason that the biggest city in the Lone Star State would do things, well, bigger. Welcome to Houston.

Known for its huge energy industry, growing population and towering skyline, H-Town is brimming with culture and history — NASA’s Space Center, a thriving arts community and four professional sports teams all call Houston home, along with over two million residents. And it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re living at Waterwall Place, Elan Med Center or the Reserve at Garden Oaks, you’ll never be far from your next big adventure.

Entertainment & Dining

Houston’s endless entertainment options ensure residents are never in short supply of things to do. Football, basketball and baseball fans will find themselves cheering for the Texans, Rockets and Astros, all of which have lively and devoted local fan bases at NRG Stadium, Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, respectively. More of a soccer aficionado? The Houston Dynamo MLS team was founded in 2005 and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston.

Shopaholics will delight in the huge assortment of retail options from the Houston Galleria to the boutiques of Highland Village. Designer fashion enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Chloe Dao Boutique, owned and operated by renowned Project Runway winner Chloe Dao. Fashion Houston, an annual week-long series of runway shows featuring top international designers, has been Texas’ premier fashion event since its inauguration in 2010.

Foodies will rejoice in Houston’s wide variety of dining options including Sparrow, where former Top Chef contestant Monica Pope crafts delicious seasonal dishes infused with Southern flair. Also noteworthy is nationally recognized Oxheart, which offers a creative, elegant menu composed of Texas’s finest ingredients. Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland serves authentic Texas barbecue so mouth-watering it has customers lining up around the block.

Events & Attractions

To release your inner cowboy or cowgirl, head over to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the biggest Houston events of the year. Rodeo profits are used to further Houston children’s education — more than $23 million in college scholarships were given to area high school students this year alone.

Performance art buffs will appreciate the vibrant Houston Theater District in downtown, which features four venues and nine celebrated performing arts organizations including the Houston Ballet, the Da Camera jazz ensemble and Broadway at the Hobby Center. Also located in the theater district is Bayou Place, a multi-level entertainment complex that houses a variety of trendy bars and restaurants as well as an art-house movie theater. In the fall, Houston hosts the annual Bayou City Art Festival, which celebrates over 300 local artists and raises money for arts education and community service groups.

Other attractions include NASA’s world-famous Space Center, the Houston Museum District, the Houston Zoo and Downtown Aquarium, where you can stand in a room with sharks swimming behind glass all around you!

Business & Industry

H-Town is known around the world for its booming energy industry. Oil and gas giants Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips and Enterprise Products are headquartered in Houston, just to name a few. Alternative energy sources like wind and solar are also gaining traction in the city, which is aptly nicknamed the Energy Capital of the World.

Houston is also home to Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, which along with the energy industry employs tens of thousands of Houstonians. In fact, in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Statistics named Houston the top city in the United States for job creation.

Come On Down!

Whether you’re a sports fanatic, foodie, rodeo-goer or music aficionado, Houston has something for just about everyone. And with Greystar, moving to the big city doesn’t have to be a big hassle. Check out all our Houston, TX, apartments today.

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