With its premiere healthcare institutions, research centers, and academic institutions, the Texas Medical Center is one of Houston’s largest employment centers.
Also known as the Medical Center Area, the Med Center, and the TMC, the district is densely packed with clinical facilities for various hospitals. Homes in the district are in high demand due to its:
The Medical Center Area offers high accessibility to great schools, workplaces, and other Inner Loop neighborhoods.
The Medical Center Area is nestled along three major Houston thoroughfares: Southwest Freeway on the north, South Freeway on the east, and Loop-610 on the south.
Bordered by Museum District, West University Place and Rice University to the west, and Midtown to the north, the Medical Center Area is centrally located within the Inner Loop. With easy access to the best Houston has to offer, the district is an ideal location in which to live.
Transportation services in the area include several bus lines. The METRORail Red Line runs through the Houston Medical Center and has three stations in and around the district: TMC Transit Center, Dryden/TMC Station, and Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station.
The Texas Medical Center Area is under the 77030 and 77054 Harris County zip codes.
The Medical Center Area is not all about the fine institutions and healthcare facilities. It also offers great entertainment options.
Its proximity to the Museum District give Houston Medical Center residents access to the city’s foremost arts and cultural center.
The Medical Center Area boasts of excellent access to entertainment hotspots like the NRG Stadium and Hermann Park as well.
The NRG Stadium, formerly known as Reliant Center, is a multi-purpose stadium. It is home to the Houston Texans and the Texas Bowl. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is also held at NRG.
Hermann Park is one of the city’s most visited public parks. The 445-acre park features the Houston Zoo, Houston Garden Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Hermann Park Golf Course.
Here are some of the best places to visit in and around the Medical Center Area:
In Hermann Park
• Hermann Park Golf Course
• Houston Museum of Natural Science
• Houston Zoo
• Houston Garden Center
• Miller Outdoor Theatre
• Chacho’s – Loop 610
• Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor
• Mo’s Knockout Grill
• Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
• Pappasito’s Cantina
• Smash Burger
• Trevisio Restaurant and Conference Center
• Whataburger Restaurant
• M&M Grill
• Antone’s Import Co Original
• Le Donut
• Sleepy’ Po-Boys
• Houston’s Famous Deli
• Asahi Sushi
• Gus and Lyndall Wortham Park
• McGovern Centennial Gardens
• Old Braeswood Park
• Hermann Park
• Ross Dress for Less
• The Volunteer Gift Shops
• Texas Hookah
• Toys R Us
• Ten Thousand Villages
• Cavender’s Boot City
• Houston Maritime Museum
• Houston Museum of Natural Science
• Museum of Fine Arts Houston
• The Menil Collection
• Holocaust Museum
• Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The Texas Medical Center was officially established in 1945, through the help of the M.D. Anderson Foundation. Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a wealthy businessman, famously started the foundation to prevent the dissolution of his partnership (Anderson, Clayton & Co) due to estate taxes.
Two years before his death in 1939, Anderson put in an initial $300,000 to start out the foundation and left an additional $19 million in his estate. In 1941, the foundation supplied funds and land to the University of Texas’ then planned cancer research hospital.
A number of developments followed suit, including the naval hospital Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital, among others.
Recent expansion and renovation in the Medical Center Area started with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s $248.6-million project. Other projects include the Baylor College of Medicine’s The Baylor Clinic, expansion of the Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System’s Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute.
Today, the Texas Medical Center includes 21 hospitals, 8 specialty institutions, 3 medical schools, 8 academic and research institutions, 6 nursing schools, and other health-related institutions.
As the Medical Center Area grew, so did its neighboring areas. Also known as the Med Center and TMC, the district also has a number of communities located within it.
Luxury condominiums, upscale townhomes, and single-family homes in gated communities took root in the Medical Center Area. This is to cater to the thousands of workers, medical personnel, students, and patients that frequent the premiere healthcare facilities in the district.
The Medical Center is zoned to some of the best schools from the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
The Medical Center area has a number of early childhood and kindergarten schools. This includes:
The neighborhood has a number of private schools that offer primary and secondary education. Here are some of them:
Higher academic institutions, mostly in the medical field are within the neighborhood. Among the most prominent are Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston, Rice University, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
To find an updated listing of all Medical Center Area real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.
Medical Center Area Real Estate Trends
Medical Center Area homes for sale have been slowly appreciating over the past 5 years, with median sales price increasing by 37%, from $230,000 in 2009 to $324,500 in 2014.
Average price per square foot also increased over the same period, jumping from $126 to $161.
The number of residential properties sold have increased, too, from 289 in 2010 to 542 in 2013. This can be attributed to the fact that more people are moving to the Medical Center, as well as the increasing number of the newly constructed and under construction condos and townhomes in the neighborhood.
Upscale condos and luxury townhomes are popular in the neighborhood, though single-family patio homes are also available in the Medical Center area. Some of these homes date back to the 1940s.
A number of properties are located in gated communities and have deed restrictions in place.
Medical Center Area Single-Family Home Sale Trends
Though townhomes are Medical Center’s main housing attraction, single-family homes are also quite popular in the neighborhood. Offerings range from patio homes to two-story homes. Some homes date back to 1940s.
Homes in the Medical Center are typically located within gated communities. Architectural styles vary.
Some Medical Center area single-family homes feature 4 bedrooms with 4 baths and 3 half baths. These properties tend to be larger than townhomes and condos, with living areas ranging in size from 1,000 to 3,800 square feet.
Medical Center Area Townhomes Sale Trends
Medical Center townhomes are typically located in gated communities.
These townhomes feature two-story construction and 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath floor plans. The median size is at 1,000 square feet, but there are units available that are as spacious as 2,800 square feet. Average prices per square foot are $119.32.
Townhomes are quite popular in the Medical Center area, with some units spending just 13 days on the market. Others are not listed at all.