The phrase "best of both worlds" might be clichéd, but SkyHouse Houston lives up to it. The location in the southern end of downtown — and its proximity to the METRORail — means you can zip around easily to H-Town's other districts.
But there might also be times that leaving your luxurious apartment and all its amenities is the furthest thing from your mind. This high-rise has plenty to entice you to stay in, both within the community and in the units themselves.
Whether in a studio or a one-, two-, or three-bedroom floorplan, floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over downtown Houston are standard, as are the upgraded solar shades that cover them. Hardwood floors, granite countertops, Kohler fixtures, spa-style bathrooms — it's all here. There's also concierge service around the clock and a controlled access parking garage.
You can also enjoy plenty of activities without ever leaving the property. An onsite dog park and large fitness facility with separate yoga and spin rooms will get your blood pumping, as will heading up to the rooftop, where tennis courts await your serve. Of course, the rooftop's saltwater pool and sundeck offer pure relaxation, and the outdoor fireplace and gas grills mean you'll want to stay even after the sun goes down.
But even the most dedicated homebody must venture out on occasion, and SkyHouse Houston's location provides access to entertainment, several large employers, and more eateries than your stomach can handle. Stroll north on Main Street and you'll hit the Historic District and Market Square, where a curated collection of bars and lounges is complemented by Market Square Park's engaging programs.
Just beyond there you can drop into Buffalo Bayou Park and its hike and bike system. Kayakers and canoe enthusiasts are also in luck, as there's an opportunity to rent equipment and slip into the Bayou.
Heading east on foot from SkyHouse Houston will land you among several music venues in the hot EaDo district. Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, and the Theater District are also nearby, posing the question, sports or music?
Via the Main Street Light Rail stop, you can get quickly to Hermann Park, the Museum District, Rice University, and the Texas Medical Center, making SkyHouse Houston's locale ideal for grad students, nurses and doctors, and professors.
So whether staying in or going out, this high-rise actually does live up to its claim.