The Taj Mahal. The Great Wall of China. Petra, Jordan. That was the company kept by the Houston Astrodome when it was built in the South Loop area of Houston back in 1965, and was affectionately given the nickname of the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” While much of the “wonder” has dissipated since its time as the first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, it is still a symbol of the bustling area around it—it’s an ideal time to lease office space in South Loop Houston. Located south of Downtown Houston along I-610, the South Loop straddles the border between Houston proper and the many outlying cities that make up the southern portion of the Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land metropolitan area. An ample amount of office space for lease can be found in the South Loop, as it includes parts of Pasadena at the I-650 and I-45 junction, Southeast Houston between Highway 288 and I-45, and even offers quick access to Pearland via Highway 35.
In addition to the unique characteristics and individual charms of the southern cities adjacent to the South Loop, on the northern side of I-610 the neighborhood plays host to some of the Houston area’s most noteworthy attractions. The NRG stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, is located just off I-610 at Kirby Drive, between Highways 90 and 288. While just north of the stadium along Main Street is Herman Park, where The Houston Zoo and The Houston Museum of Natural Science can be found. An offshoot of the large Buffalo Bayou River in eastern Houston, known as the Bays Bayou, meanders its way through the South Loop area, and cuts through the southern part of Herman Park.
The athletic and natural attractions of the South Loop are just one of its many faces, though, as the neighborhood is also well-represented by institutions of higher education. Just across Main Street from Herman Park is Rice University, and just east of there on the northern side of the Bays Bayou River are Texas Southern University and the University of Houston. The proximity to three prominent Texas universities means that there is plenty of incentive for companies to rent or lease business space in surrounding areas.
The most prominent South Loop tenants are undoubtedly found in the Texas Medical Center, which stretches from the southern end of Herman Park to the Old Spanish Trail. It is the largest medical center in the world, and encompasses 54 medically-related institutions, 21 hospitals, eight specialty institutions, eight academic and research institutions, six schools of nursing, three schools of medicine, and variety of other schools (such as dentistry and public health). The center is spread out over 1,000 acres, and employs over 106,000 people.
As a convenient transportation corridor to both Downtown Houston and the surrounding metro area, and a hub for academic study and world-class medical research, the South Loop provides an ideal professional environment for companies looking to lease office space in the Houston area.
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