Home Is Where The Heart (Of the City) Is
by Amber Ambrose, Lauren McDowell, Lauren Patterson • March 2, 2020
All you need to know about the Downtown lifestyle
The Downtown landscape is a study in evolution. Through trials, tribulations, celebrations, booms, busts, floods, droughts, rain, sunshine and the inevitable passage of time, it’s ebbed and flowed into—and out of—various seasons of development.
As of 2020, Downtown is no longer simply a physical location. It’s a heartbeat, a hub, and when it comes to over 9,000 residents living in the boundaries of the District—a lifestyle. The number of people calling Downtown “home” has more than tripled in the last decade, with the residential population expected to more than double in the next few years.
And it’s not just young professionals moving in. The inner core of residents is a microcosm of Houston’s diversity, with families, empty nesters, people from all age groups, backgrounds and ethnicities. People are opting into lives of convenience and culture, cocktails and coffee, all (and so much more) of which converge Downtown.
For a neighborhood with change in its DNA, the start of a new decade is one brimming with opportunity, redefining what it means to be a Downtowner.
The Residential Rundown
- From 1990 - 2020, residential units have increased from 618 units to 7,496, over 1200% growth over 30 years.
- In 2023, it’s projected that low-rises, mid-rises and high-rises will make up 19%, 30% and 51% of residential buildings in Downtown, respectively.
- 65% of Downtown dwellers rent while 35% own.
- Over 160,000 residents live within a 2-mile radius of Downtown.
- 2,000+ units are either under construction or planned additions to the Downtown living scene.