Real Estate / High-Rises

This Rare River Oaks Rental Skyscraper Is More Than Just a Party Palace

In the Land of the Shopping Giants

BY Chris Baldwin and Jailyn Marcel // 12.20.15

With more than 40 new luxury high-rise and mid-rise projects in various stages of construction in Houston, keeping up with the city’s vertical building boom requires much more than counting cranes. In this PaperCity online series, we’ll look at the top high-rises and mid-rises in various stages of completion throughout the region. During the coming months, we’ll give you inside looks at upscale apartment and condo buildings from The Woodlands to Galveston and all points between.

We’ll compare square footages, amenities, views from the top, luxe factors, walkability and price for the definitive guide to Houston’s new luxury high life. You’ll find out about everything from the starchitects to the kitchen specs to the pet perks.

Today, let’s check out the Skyhouse River Oaks. This is the rare rental skyscraper amid the high-rise building boom right by the River Oaks District. It’s a 25-story party palace with a vibe that would fit right into the Midtown or Washington Avenue party corridor. Only the amenities are much more high class — two resort-style heated pools, a billiard lounge and a nail salon.

Having the River Oaks District as a neighbor pays off in more ways than having a walkable area, movies and future restaurants a short stroll away. Some of the tony stores even give Skyhouse residents gift cards to help get them in a shopping frame of mind,

Sometimes, it’s good to tower over the neighborhood.


Address: 2031 Westcreek Lane.

Developer: Simpson Housing, Novare Group, Batson-Cook Development Co. and Houston developer Peter Dienna.

Floors & Units: 25 floors, 352 units.

Status: Open.

Square Footage: 561 to 1,428 square feet.

Starchitect/Designer: Houston-based MP Studio Design.

Amenities: Floor-to-ceiling windows with solar shades, car charging stations, extra-large bathrooms with soaking tubs.

Luxe Factor: The SkyLounge top deck is a twentysomething’s dream playground. We’re talking two heated pools, billiard lounge, stunning views galore, and a nail salon on the ground floor.

Walkability: The first high-rise close by River Oaks District to open, SkyHouse River Oaks is an easy stroll to Brunello Cucinelli, Canali, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Van Cleef & Arpels, restaurants, iPic Theaters and Equinox gym.

Why We’d Live Here: It’s the rare rentable option in the heart of Houston’s new high-rise and shopping area. With its new high-rise neighbors selling units for millions of dollars, SkyHouse River Oaks offers leases that aren’t far out of line with what you’d pay in Midtown.

Dollar: For lease; $1,600 to $3,900 monthly.

Move-In Date: Now.

Contact: On-site leasing office, 713.239.1436, skyhouseriveroaks@simpsonhousing.com, skyhouseriveroaks.com.

For all the news about Houston’s high-rises, check out more of PaperCity’s exclusive series:

Inside the Apartment: The Alexan Midtown Stands Out from Houston’s Cookie-Cutter Party Pads

Palaces in the Sky: Inside Houston’s High-Rise Revolution and Its City-Changing Consequences

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