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Houston’s Med Center High-Rise Revolution

The Complete Guide to the New Luxury Palaces

BY Chris Baldwin and Jailyn Marcel // 05.02.16

Cranes seem to be everywhere in Houston, changing the city with a skyward building boom that shows little sign of slowing down. The Bayou City, long resistant to vertical living, is suddenly embracing high-rises and a horde of tricked-out, new ultra-plush towers are become some of the most desirable properties in town.

There are more than 50 luxury high- and mid-rises in development, but they’re changing some neighborhoods more than others. The Med Center hasn’t seen a huge influx of new skyscraper projects, but a few high-profile ones are bringing a new lifestyle to one of Houston’s unquestioned hubs. You don’t have to be a doctor, a nurse or a health-care professional to want to live in one of these new luxe palaces in the sky.

While each towering stronghold offers a different range of amenities — everything from 24-hour room service to hydro massage stations — one advantage they all provide is prime access to one of the world’s most renowned hospital mecca.

With stats on floors, units, walkability, price point and more, we compare the most cutting-edge new residential towers in one of the city’s hottest locations.

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Project: THE MILLENNIUM KIRBY
Address: 7600 Kirby Drive.
Developer: The Dinerstein Companies.
Floors & Units: 5 floors, 378 units in two buildings.
Status: Completed.
Square Footage: 512 to 1,350 square feet.
Starchitect/Designer: Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects; North Hollywood-based Ariel Fox Design.
Amenities: State-of-the-art fitness center, yoga and spin room, Infinity-edge pool with covered cabanas and outdoor TVs, hydro massage, clubhouse coffee bar and pet park with washing stations.
Luxe Factor: A tech-lover’s paradise. A built-in smart sound and video system allows residents to control everything from their light to their TVs from an iPad.
Walkability: Hermann Park is not far away, and there’s easy access to the Med Center.
Why We’d Live Here: Great indoor air quality, with high-grade air filters, controlled fresh-air ventilation that increases overall air quality and low-VOC paints, sealants, adhesives and carpet.
Dollar: For lease; $1,250 to $2,850 monthly.
Move-in Date: Now.
Contact: On-site leasing, 832.209.1200, themillennium.com.

Kirby Final
The Millennium Kirby is now open. (Photo courtesy The Dinerstein Companies)

Project: MEDISTAR/GREYSTAR TOWER; OFFICIAL NAME TO BE DETERMINED
Address: 6750 Main Street.
Developer: Houston-based Greystar in concert with Medistar.
Floors & Units: 32 stories, 400 units.
Status: Construction to begin in April.
Square Footage: 349 to 3,800 square feet.
Starchitect/Designer: Atlanta-based Preston Partnership.
Amenities: Fitness center, business center, hotel, restaurant on-site.
Luxe Factor: This tower is connected to a new 21-story hotel and many of the perks and services of hotel living will be available to residents. Units can be customized to accommodate extended stay Med Center patients.
Walkability: The Texas Medical Center is across the street. Italian restaurant  Trevisio is an easy stroll. Rice University is a six-minute walk, and Hermann Park is within easy reach.
Why We’d Live Here: It makes commuting easy for medical professionals, and there are whispers that it could be the first high-rise in Houston with 24-hour room service.
Dollar: For lease; rates to be determined.
Move-In Date: Early 2018.
Contact: Not leasing yet, 713.535.9512, greystar.com.

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A rendering of The Vantage’s future lobby. (Photo courtesy The Dinerstein Companies)

Project: THE VANTAGE
Address: 1911 Holcombe Boulevard.
Developer: The Dinerstein Companies.
Floors & Units: 22 floors, 375 units.
Status: Under construction.
Square Footage: To be determined.
Starchitect/Designer: Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz.
Amenities: Infinity-edge pool, fitness center with separate yoga area and outdoor workout area.
Luxe Factor: The angled design pushes high-rise views into another stratosphere.
Walkability: Texas Medical Center.
Why We’d Live Here: This is the tallest project from Dinerstein in the company’s 60-year history and is being treated as showcase property (which means extra perks for you). The pool and fitness center are both health-club worthy.
Dollar: For lease; rates to be determined.
Move-in Date: Early 2017.
Contact: Merideth Savoie, merideth.savoie@tdc-properties.com.

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