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Extra Special Extras: Awesome Amenities Await

by Amber Ambrose, Lauren McDowell, Lauren Patterson    March 2, 2020

Houstonians know that home is more than just a place to hang your hat. It’s a place to relax, recoup, and have fun. From entertainment and nightlife to exercise and greenspace, the amenities of Houston’s Downtown high-rises were made to enrich a variety of lifestyles. Check out these extra special offerings at some of the city’s top-rated residential high-rises.

1. Cantilevered glass-bottom infinity pool at Market Square Tower.

Have the swim of your life 500 feet up in the Houston skyline. A truly resort-style residential community, Market Square Tower invites tenants to splash among skyscrapers on the building’s 40th floor, LED-lit rooftop infinity pool with an overhang not for the faint of heart. Other amenities include a “sky gym,” arcade game room, movie theater, sauna, and bicycle storage with a bike fix-it station.

2. Architectural details at The Star.

The historic Texaco Building, constructed in 1915, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, and was given a second life as high-rise ​luxury apartments in 2013. The building’s renaissance revival-style interior features beautiful vaulted ceilings and Tuscan-inspired columns sure to please residents with an eye for architectural detail. (The Star also features a covered dog run and pet washing station for four-legged residents.)

3. Rooftop putting green at Commerce Towers.

Fore! Tenants can practice their golf game on the Nicklaus-designed putting green located, along with the rooftop gardens, on the 25th story of Commerce Towers, a luxury high-rise of condominium homes in the heart of Downtown Houston. The building also offers a 24/7 concierge, an indoor jacuzzi, and a dedicated pet service elevator.

4. Quirky history at the Houston House.

One of the city’s oldest residential high-rise buildings, the 31-story Houston House was originally built in 1966 and has welcomed upper echelon guests throughout the years, including royalty ranging from the King of Spain to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Amenities include a fully renovated rooftop deck with grilling stations, a pool and lounge area, and breathtaking balcony views. 

5. Rooftop deck at Bayou Lofts.

Drink in some of the best scenes of Houston’s historic district from these spacious lofts. Originally built in 1910, the Southern Pacific Railroad Building was converted into Bayou Lofts in the late 1990s. The ninth floor rooftop terrace includes a pool and lounge area (and a behind-the-scenes view of the building’s iconic namesake sign).

6. Big city-feel at One Park Place.

Houston’s version of the formidable structures found in New York, Boston and Chicago, One Park Place is a more traditional residential high-rise that offers incredible non-traditional amenities. Residents enjoy convenient access to the award-winning two-story Phoenicia Specialty Foods located on ground floor, in addition to the 1,500-SF Brasserie du Parc French restaurant, poolside cabanas and a gorgeous 12-acre front yard known as Discovery Green.

7. Room service and five-star treatment at the Four Seasons.

Billed as “Houston’s living room,” the Four Seasons Hotel Houston is a five-star hotel that offers residential and corporate living on floors 21 through 25. Among other amenities like the first-ever TopGolf Swing Suite, which accommodates up to eight players at a time, and the Four Seasons’ 24-hour fitness center and room service, the hotel’s lobby bar, Bayou & Bottle, serves 160 varieties of bourbon and whiskey.

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