Given its long history of business-friendly development, it’s no surprise that companies from around the country are lining up to lease office space in the Houston metropolitan area. One of the few major cities that hasn’t segregated residential and commercial districts through strict zoning laws, Houston is an eclectic patchwork of mixed residential and commercial development. For a company looking for business space in the Houston area, one of the most promising patches of Houston’s metropolitan quilt is the North Loop neighborhood.
The neighborhood is situated around the northern section of I-610, which curves down in a U shape around the heart of the city. Just a few miles away, the North Loop area provides easy access to Downtown Houston via I-45 or Highway 59. Close proximity to the bustling center of commerce to the south is perfectly bookended by the residential charms and luxuriant office spaces to the north. With I-610 as the neighborhood’s main artery, virtually any part of the metropolitan area is conveniently accessible; however, the area plays host to a variety of noteworthy tenants right in its own backyard, such as the upscale neighborhood of Houston Heights.
A residential community that has reaped the benefits of ongoing gentrification since the 1990s, many of the young professionals who staff the office parks and buildings of Downtown Houston and the surrounding North Loop area call “The Heights” home. Described by National Geographic Traveler as a “destination for foodies, architecture buffs, and creative types,” it’s presence among the businesses of the North Loop is a perfect example of the neighborhood’s unique allure.
One organization with roots in the North Loop area nearly 50 years old, and just across from The Heights, is the Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. The hospital is part of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, which is the single largest employer in the Houston metropolitan regions (with nearly 20,000 employees). Their North Loop location has a modern 165,000-square-foot South Tower, and the entire hospital complex employs over 600 medical professionals and other staff.
The North Loop neighborhood also hosts its share of commercial business spaces, with recent construction projects just a short drive north up Highway 290 opening up a new, modern office park for lease. One of North Loop’s marquee corporate residents is the web hosting company (and Boxer Property tenant) HostGator. The company moved its corporate headquarters to the neighborhood back in 2006, and since then was acquired by one of the preeminent global web hosting companies, Endurance International Group. HostGator still directs operations from their 20,000-square-foot office just north of the Highway 290/I-610 junction.
While great neighborhoods and first-class corporate neighbors are great aspects to North Loop office space in Houston, it’s the area’s potential that really makes it an attractive place for any company to call home. With the unique blend of residential and commercial space available for lease, there really is something available for companies of all sizes.
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