Best place to retire: Museum District
Pros: Smack in the middle of a park, museums, and medical center.
Cons: If you want groceries, you might have to go to midtown.
Real estate: Basic townhouses list in the $200,000s. High-end condos can run as much as $450,000. Two bedrooms rent for as little as $1,400.Houston is known for sprawl, but you'd never know it in the Museum District, a unique corner of the city. You'll find 10 museums there: contemporary arts, fine art - even a weather museum.
The neighborhood also borders Hermann Park, Rice University and Texas Medical Center, a gigantic collection of 46 non-profit medical institutions that each "exist to serve all of mankind," regardless of age or income. Houston's new light rail system has a stop right in the middle of the district.
"I have a house not very far away," says Anne White, a 62-year-old real estate broker. "If I were going to move out, I would move over there."
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