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HOUSTON-GALVESTON METROPOLITAN AREA

Recently rated as a beta world city, Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S. and was also selected by Forbes Magazine as "The Best Place To Live" based on quality of life, job growth and cost of living. As our Regional Center continues to redevelop and restore the culture and history of the Galveston Bay area, we take great pride in knowing that Galveston Island is a thriving resort destination known for its coastal attractions, and according to The New York Times, is the most promising undervalued beach vacation spot in the US. Ultimately, the Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Area offers its residents and visitors the access to incredible cultural hotspots, a booming economic and housing market, transportation, and world-renowned landmarks.

We will be creating low risk revenue generating opportunities in the Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Area (Harris/Galveston Counties), as well as in the 'Golden Triangle' of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Area,and Orange County region. These two Metropolitan Areas are adjacent to other Star of Texas Regional Center approved Targeted Employment Area (TEA) areas within Liberty, Chambers and Jefferson counties, on or near, the bustling petro-chemical, Liquefied natural gas and shipping ports situated on southeast gulf borders of Texas.

Source: www.visithoustontexas.com, Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

ECONOMIC MARKET

In addition to quality of life, Texas residents can also claim that amongst the 25 largest states, it’s the only state in which single-family home prices have increased over the last 3 years, adding yet another value mark to their tally. Houston’s booming economic market, anchored in the industrial base of energy, manufacturing, transportation and healthcare, has paved the way for new businesses to grow and thrive. This energy capital is not simply based in oil, but rather leads the nation in green power and incorporates progressive technology with 32% of their electricity load being purchased from wind energy. The Galveston Bay area’s economy is greatly supported by its thriving coastal tourist attractions, and with 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches, it is considered to be the economic engine of beach vacation real estate in the U.S.

CULTURE, DINING & SPORTS

Houston boasts 96 performance halls, and is home to permanent professional companies for all major performing arts institutions, which include the Grand Opera, Symphony Orchestra, Ballet, and The Alley Theater. Houston also encourages and celebrates up-and-coming progressive artists and hosts one of the top art festivals, the Bayou City Downtown Art Festival.

Along with visual and performing arts, Houston is known for its 17-block theater district that exhibits nationally recognized plays, live concerts, and small independent films. Within the well-known Museum District, residents can explore and enjoy their passion for art, history and science at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Holocaust Museum Houston, and Houston Zoo. And if you build up an appetite after a lengthy day of cultural exploration, Houston is one of the best cities to dine in with over 10,000 restaurants (Forbes Traveler.com). In fact, Houston residents dine out more than residents from any other city.

After exploring their cultural side, residents can encourage their competitive edge as they enjoy watching Texas sports teams from every professional sports: two major league baseball teams (Texas Rangers & Houston Astros), three NBA teams (Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks), one national Hockey League team (Dallas stars), and last but not least, two NFL teams (Dallas Cowboys & Houston Texans) that can be seen in the first domed stadium in the world with the NFL’s first retractable roof.

TRANSPORTATION & OPEN SPACE

Houston residents have access to a variety of transportation options, which include 7.5 miles of a public light rail system (the first in the southwest U.S.), 400 accessible buses, along with walkable tunnels, rail, roads, water and two of the world’s busiest airports(IAH and Hobby airports). Galveston, also known for its access to water transportation, has the largest coastal seaport in Texas that serves as a cruise line terminal. Beyond the buildings, Houston is home to 337 parks and over 200 additional green spaces, which includes the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Overall, the Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Area offers a diverse landscape of coastlines, mountain ranges, miles of river and national forests.

LANDMARKS

Houston is not only the home of NASA’s Mission Control Johnson Space Center, but is also a leader in urban architecture with the 3rd tallest skyline in North America. Galveston, in comparison, is rooted in cultural history with its architecturally and historically significant Strand Historic Landmark District. Known as the ‘Wall Street of the South,’ the Strand is comprised of over 60 Victorian era buildings (the largest grouping in the nation) that provide residents with modern experiences of galleries and restaurants in a historic setting.

The Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Area truly offers the perfect environment that encourages economic success and personal enjoyment, which greatly impacts residents’ ability to succeed and their incredible quality of life.

HOUSE PRICES

Amongst the 25 largest states, Texas is the only state in which single-family house prices have increase over the last 3 years. HOUSEPRICES
Data Source: Federal Housing Finance Agency, House Price Index Q4 2006- Q4 2009