Houston remains at the top when it comes to Texas cities: jobs, culture, sports and entertainment are just a few reasons people continue to flock to the area. While Houston‘s average rent — $1,036/month, according to Yardi Matrix — is already a bargain at $100 less than the national average, you can find even sweeter deals just outside the city limits.
If you’re looking to get more home for less money, here’s what’s available (in terms of both suburbs and rental options) within a commute of 30 minutes or less:
Commute time to downtown Houston: 30 minutes (25 mi)
Best find: Heritage Grand at Sienna Plantation, from $943 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $2,096 for a 3-bed, 2-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: no weight limit for pets; easy access to Hwy 6; balcony or patio option; in-unit washer and dryer; fitness center and pool
Southwest of Houston in Fort Bend County, the “Show Me City” was named one of the top four places to raise a family in the greater Houston area. Of course, if Daddy-Daughter Dances and weekly children’s art classes aren’t your thing, Missouri City has trails for jogging and biking, several golf courses, and more than 100 restaurants ranging from fast food to cajun.
At a short 30-minute drive from downtown, Heritage Grand at Sienna Plantation is a popular place to call home for those who want to work in the city but live in the suburbs.
Commute time to downtown Houston: 28 minutes (24 mi)
Best find: The Place at Green Trails,from $809 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,189 for a 2-bed, 2-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: nationally-ranked school district; easy access to freeway and Park & Ride options; located within a residential community; resort-style swimming pool
The city of Katy lies directly west of Houston and is particularly known for the shopping opportunities at Katy Mills and LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, among others. Its three museums — Contemporary Arts, Heritage, and Veterans Memorial — add to the thriving culture of the area, while Mary Jo Peckham Park attracts fishermen and families alike.
The Place at Green Trails is just one of the many apartment options in Harris County, but you’ll have a hard time finding another location that is so close to I-10 and priced at $200 less per month than the rental average for Houston.
Commute time to downtown Houston: 19 minutes (15 mi)
Best find: Waterford Place, starting at $829 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,599 for a 3-bed, 2-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: in-unit washer and dryer; bathrooms with garden tubs; cable TV outlets in the kitchen; built-in computer desks; cardio and yoga/meditation facilities; billiards room; swimming pool
Who wouldn’t want to live a mere 20 minutes (or less!) from downtown Houston and save hundreds of dollars in rent, all in the fastest-growing suburb in the area? Pearland — pronounced PEAR-land, as the city’s fruit-themed logo implies — offers all that and more. Their Parks and Recreation Department even finds a way to make it snow every year for Winterfest!
The apartments at Waterford Place are located at the northern edge of Brazoria County and have easy access to TX-288 for a short commute to work in the city.
Commute time to downtown Houston: 26 minutes (21 mi)
Best find: Stoneleigh on Kenswick Apartments, from $872 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,074 for a 2-bed, 2-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: gated access; select apartments with washer/dryer and soaking tub; infinity pool with lake view; fitness center; dog park; outdoor pavilion and entertainment area
If you want to sound like a local, make sure to drop the “H” when you talk about the city of Humble (named after founder Pleasant Humble, who pronounced his surname with a silent “H”). Home to Mercer Botanic Gardens and the annual Good Oil Days celebration, this Harris County community maintains its small-town feel while offering all the advantages of being within the Houston metro area.
The amenities and location of the Stoneleigh on Kenswick Apartments provide its residents with ample opportunities to savor suburban life, while still having Houston close at hand.
No matter where you look, you’re sure to find an apartment in the greater Houston area that puts you close to what matters to you, at a price you can afford. See more apartments for rent in Houston on RENTCafé.