The neighborhoods of Southgate, Old Braeswood and the multi-neighborhood Morningside Place that combines Wessex, Brantwood, and Windermere, are known collectively as the Rice University/Texas Medical Center area. These neighborhoods provide homes for Texas Medical Center professionals and downtown Houston executives as well as professors and teachers desirous of a short commute to Rice and other area universities.
Stately mansions on large lots front tree-lined boulevards, interspersed with vintage two-story residences and one-story brick bungalows. Strict real estate deed restrictions govern all new construction as well as on-street parking, and a constable service patrols the community. Home owners enjoy the amenities provided by close proximity to Rice University, especially the jogging trail that surrounds the campus.
Rice University/Texas Medical Center neighborhoods’ sustained popularity has been increased by the Main Street light rail and the redevelopment of the nearby Rice Village. Trendy boutiques, eateries, markets, home furnishings, salons, and retail stores are available to satisfy every shopper’s needs. The area’s location affords quick access to downtown and Minute Maid Park, the Galleria, Greenway Plaza, Hobby Airport, and NRG Stadium and NRG Hall complex, host to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.