The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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No one likes moving, but sometimes an opportunity that you just can’t pass up presents itself, and the only way you can take advantage of it is to move. The Houston area is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Texas, which means more people are moving there every day. In case Houston is on your list of cities to consider, we’ve put together the ultimate “Moving to Houston” checklist to help make your move a little less stressful. Step One: Find an Apartment You want to have somewhere to live when you get to Houston so that you don’t have to spend days or weeks in a hotel while you search for a new house or apartment. Start by figuring out your living expenses — establish a baseline using your city’s median rental rates. In Houston, the median rental rate as of October of 2018 is $1,082 per month, but that cost can vary dramatically depending on your needs. For instance, a studio apartment will cost you around $784 a month while a three-bedroom home will cost an average of $1,434 a month. Make sure you aren’t budgeting more than 30 percent of your income for housing costs. If you’re moving to the city for a new job, try to negotiate a relocation package with your new boss. Once you’ve found a potential rental, take some time to research the neighborhood — things like walkability, public transportation, shopping, restaurants and nightlife can all help you determine…

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Don’t Let Traffic Make You Cry: Houston’s Most Accessible Neighborhoods

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Lets be honest, traffic in Houston can be the absolute worst. Its a complete hassle scheduling social outings and errands around times where traffic is at its best. So, finding an apartment in a neighborhood with easy access without spending hours in a car is a must! Therefore, we’ve complied a list of the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston depending on where you work or what your social life looks like. Take a look at our top pick neighborhoods which allow you all the excitement of the big city minus traffic. THE HEIGHTS The Heights is honestly one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. With tons of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, retail stores, and parks to choose from, you’ll never be without entertainment in the area. This neighborhood is a low-key destination inside the Loop for foodies and creative types to come together; its location north of I-10, south of 610 Loop, and west of Highway 45 makes it one of the most accessible neighborhoods in the entire city of Houston. The Heights Theater MONTROSE This neighborhood is in the center of Houston’s Inner Loop. Located just minutes from downtown and the Med Center neighborhood, it has one of the best commutes of any neighborhood to the biggest employment hubs in the greater Houston area. In addition to its crazy accessibility, you’re honestly drowning in bars and restaurants. Uchi, Anvil, Brasil, Underbelly, and Hugo’s are all in the neighborhood. You’re close to an HEB, Trader Joe’s and Whole…

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7 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Houston

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My goodness, Houston is one of the greatest cities in the country! And growing more impressive every day. Finally getting the recognition it deserves, Houston has begun to appear on Best Cities lists in every conceivable category. We are so excited you’re here and looking for an apartment in the city, but we think there are some things you should know first! Houston is full of surprises, but if you know what to expect, you’ll survive any curveball thrown your way! Image from: 365 Things to Do In Houston So humidity is a thing. Currently standing as the third most humid city in the United States, the humidity in Houston is no joke. Although the temperature rarely exceeds 105 even on the hottest days of the year, once you factor in the humidity, you’re looking at heat index temperatures at 130+ degrees. Don’t let these temps scare you off!! The fall, winter, and spring temperatures around here are to die for. While your friends and family up north are out shoveling the driveway or huddled by a fire trying to keep warm, you’ll be outside enjoying beautiful 70 and 80 degree days. What could be better than rubbing that in?! Image from: Friends It’s growing. Like, really quickly. Part of what makes Houston so incredible, is it’s literally a melting pot of people from all over the world. According to recent Census data, between July 2015 and July 2016 the Houston area added 56,587 people. That’s roughly 155 people PER…

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MUSIC AND EATS: Houston’s Best Restaurants For Live Music

By | Houston

Nothing goes together quite as well as great food and swanky tunes. Supporting local artists while getting your burger fix can be a great way to spend a night out, especially when you’re in the mood for music, but don’t want to deal with the club crowds or prices. Whether you’re looking for something a little different than your usual dinner and conversation or just really don’t want to talk to the person you’re heading out with, hit up one of these Houston hotspots for live music and delicious food! Cafe 4212 Let us break this down for you, Cafe 4212 is the ultimate combination of city life infused with cultural New Orleans charm. It is Houston’s top upscale and international jazz lounge with live music and a small menu full of delicious eats. There’s a weekly Monday Night Jazz Jam and old-school and underground hip-hop and R&B fill the air on Friday nights. Check the hours before you go–Club 4212 is only open select days of the week. Image Source Location: 4212 Almeda Rd. Capone’s Oven and Bar Capone’s is a 1920s style brick oven pizza joint featuring live music on weeknights and a DJ on the weekends. Gourmet pizzas, salads, and appetizers as well as an extensive wine and bourbon list are specialties of Capone’s. Local musicians cover rock, pop, and blues tunes throughout the week and you can catch a DJ spinning popular hits on the weekend with no cover charge. If you aren’t sold yet, we should…

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The Four Best Bars In Downtown Houston

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Whether they’re looking for a casual night out or trying to paint the town red, Houstonians can be found heading out to the bars every night of the week for a little stress relief in the form of perfectly poured cocktails or draught beer. Downtown Houston is one of the best neighborhoods to hunt down your perfect drink because the streets are lined with unique bars and restaurants, and it’s easily accessible from the surrounding neighborhoods. For some, the proximity of their apartment to popular watering holes is just as important as the amenities that the apartment offers. No matter your drink of choice, these are some of the best bars in Downtown Houston that we think you HAVE to try! Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge This cocktail bar serves a variety of cocktails and spirits in a cozy setting with a speakeasy vibe. Located on the second floor, Bad News Bar offers a balcony with a beautiful view of Main Street, terrific service, and a solid whiskey selection. No need to head North to find an expertly crafted Old-Fashioned, either! This classic is served for only $5 during Happy Hour. If you prefer beer to cocktails, Bad News Bar also has a small menu of craft beer. Image Source Location: 308 Main St.   La Carafe Praised as being the oldest bar in Houston, La Carafe sets the mood as “the local haunt” with dim lighting and candlelight. Unlike the previous bars on this list, La…

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