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Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and is the largest city in the state of Texas. Nicknames for Houston include "Bayou City," "Clutch City," "Magnolia City," and "H-Town." Houston is the seat of Harris County and Houston is also the economic center of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. Houston also homes the Texas Medical Center and the NASA Mission Control Center, Johnson Space Center. Houston has a very broad economy which incorporates the energy, transport, aeronautics, manufacturing, and health care sectors and Houston is also a leading center for the manufacture of oilfield equipment. The Port of Houston is the busiest American port in terms of waterborne tonnage handled and is the second busiest port in terms of overall total tonnage of cargo handled. The Houston skyline is one of the most impressive in the United States inc. Houston commercial property and skyscrapers such as JPMorgan Chase Tower which was formerly the Texas Commerce Tower, Wells Fargo Bank Plaza which was formerly Allied Bank Plaza and Williams Tower which was known as the Transco Tower until 1999.
Recently, the Houston metropolitan area was ranked third in the entire U.S. by Forbes magazine within the Category of "Best Places for Business and Careers" and Houston is considered to be the energy capital of the world with five of the six supermajor energy companies having headquarters (hq) or a large base of operations in the city. Houston is a popular commercial real estate and business location and as a result offers a broad directory of Houston office space, commercial property and commercial real estate / realty. Office space options that are available in Houston locations inc. outright property sale and purchase, traditional long term leasing options, sublet / sublease Houston office space and Houston commercial property terms and various flexible monthly rental terms which are available at the many different business centers which offer executive suites and serviced offices.
Large, open-plan office spaces are generally available on the long terms of traditional leasing contracts though this type of commercial property in Houston generally comes without any extra corporate or executive services. These long term leasing contracts are generally managed by local realtors although officebroker.com may also be able to assist your business to search for this kind of office space in Houston commercial property. However, if your business can benefit from flexible rent terms, you will need to take offices in a Houston business center which offers serviced offices and executive suites. A huge variety of different sizes and specifications are available which range from just cubicle space or single workstation Houston offices to large, open-plan office spaces which are ideal for a company’s corporate hq (headquarters).
The many different Houston business centers generally offer a great directory of extra corporate and commercial executive business services inc. at least one ad hoc corporate meeting room suite (although most business center locations offer multiple meeting room suites) that can be rented by your business whenever necessary, tenant security provisions inc security services such as cctv, security key systems and / or security guards. Most executive suites and serviced offices in Houston commercial real estate offer executive reception services managed by trained, professional receptionist staff, broadband internet connections and phone systems (which are installed prior to tenant occupancy) via modern cat 5 wiring systems and are usually managed by onsite I.T. technicians or a commercial property management team. Administration and secretary services are also usually an option, and the majority of executive suites and serviced offices in Houston corporate centers are fully decorated and fully furnished inc. executive quality chairs and desks and the rental terms of a Houston executive suite or serviced office are generally very flexible monthly terms allowing your business the flexibility to grow as necessary.
Business organizations with offices or headquarters in Houston commercial property also benefit from excellent transport services. Any business Director or executive requiring air travel can take off and land at either George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or William P. Hobby Airport which was known as Houston International Airport until 1967. For local transport, the Houston Metro service provides light rail, lift vans and bus connections throughout the City. Corporate organizations in Houston also have a large pool of graduate potential employees as the city has more than 60 degree-granting institutions with total annual enrollment of circa 360,000 students. Institutions include the University of Houston (UHS) which is the longest established institution of the Houston higher education system, Texas Southern University (TSU) which was established in 1947, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law which is actually part of Texas Southern University, William Marsh Rice University which carries out a very high level of research activity, Houston Baptist University (HBU) which was founded in 1960, the University of St. Thomas (UST) which was founded in 1947 and South Texas College of Law which is the oldest law school in Houston.
The majority of locations in Houston are usually classified as being either outside or inside the Interstate 610 Loop with the city’s outlying areas being encircled by Beltway 8 which lies 8km (5 mls) further out. Like most cities, Houston is made up of multiple districts: “Downtown” which is near Houston Heights, Sixth Ward, and the Houston Museum District and the Downtown Houston area is bounded by U.S. Highway 59, Interstate 45 and Interstate 10. Downtown features inc. Main Street Square Pavilion and Fountains, Main Street Square Station, Houston Pavilions, the Skyline District which got its name from the numerous skyscrapers, the Sports & Convention area which inc. Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, the Theater District which features many arts venues along with the Houston Aquarium and Restaurant and Bayou Place; and finally the Warehouse District. “Uptown” Houston is west of Downtown and is centered along Westheimer Road (Farm to Market Road 1093), Post Oak Boulevard and the Galleria and is bounded by the I-610 (West Loop) to the east, Woodway Drive to the north, U.S. Highway 59 to the south and Yorktown Street to the west. “Uptown” represents more than 11 percent of Houston's total office space, commercial real estate and homes roughly 2000 companies.
“Texas Medical Center” is a district in its own right and is the largest medical center in the world containing 47 medicine-related institutions. “Midtown” is southwest of Downtown Houston, and it is bordered by U.S. Highway 59 and Neartown, “Greenway Plaza” is in a location next to the Lakewood Church, three mls (5 kilometers) east of Uptown Houston, five mls (8 kilometers) west of Downtown Houston and is Houston's first totally planned business-commercial-residential complex composed of 10 commercial buildings ranging from 11 to 31 stories and has more than 4.2 million square feet (395,000 m²) of space. The complex also homes the Houston City Club, the Renaissance Hotel Houston, and one of Houston's premier restaurants, “Tony’s”.
The “Energy Corridor” lies along Memorial Drive and Eldridge Parkway and is mainly office space and commercial property aimed at large petrochemical companies mixed in with residential neighborhoods, restaurants, and parks. The area is roughly bordered by Westheimer Road / Farm to Market Road 1093 to the south, the area just north of Interstate 10 (the Katy Freeway) Kirkwood Road to the east and Fry Road to the West. The two parks adjacent to the district are George Bush Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park. “Westchase” is a Houston business district in the western part of the city which homes more than 1,500 businesses located west of Gessner Road and south of Westheimer Road (Farm to Market Road 1093) and finally “Greenspoint” which is bordered by Airtex Boulevard to the north, the Hardy Toll Road to the east, West Road to the south and Veterans Memorial Drive to the west and homes more than 3,000 businesses in over 18,000,000 square feet (1,700,000 m2) of office space and retail space.
Along with water sources such as Lake Houston and Lake Conroe, Houston also has four major bayous which pass through it: “Sims Bayou”, which runs through south and Downtown Houston, “Braes Bayou”, which runs along the Texas Medical Center, “Buffalo Bayou” which also runs through Downtown Houston and “White Oak Bayou” which runs through the Heights neighborhood and is a tributary of the Houston Ship Channel which continues passed Galveston before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Houston is also a very green city and features numerous parks inc. Hermann Park, which homes the Houston Museum of Natural Science and popular Houston Zoo, Tranquility Park in Downtown Houston to the east of Smith Street between Rusk Street and Walker Street, Memorial Park which is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., Terry Hershey Park in west Houston, Sesquicentennial Park in Downtown Houston along the banks of Buffalo Bayou, Discovery Green which can be found on Avenida de las Americas opposite the Hilton Americas Hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center, Lake Houston Park whose location is between the suburbs of Crosby and Huffman to the east and Atascocita, Humble and Kingwood to the west and Sam Houston Park which is in a Downtown location.
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