Houston’s east side has a completely different “personality” from its west side. Much of the land is committed to industrial use, and some of the world’s largest companies have manufacturing facilities and refineries there. For example, Baytown is home to one of ExxonMobil’s refineries. The Houston Ship Channel, one of the largest port facilities in the United States, is also located there.
Many historical events related to Houston and Harris County occurred on the East Side, and some of its most famous alumni grew up there. For example, Howard Hughes, the billionaire industrialist from the 20th century, was raised in Houston’s East Side. The original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant was located there, and John Harris (as in Harris County) founded the settlement of Harrisburg there in the 19th century. Perhaps the most famous historical site is the San Jacinto Battlefield, where Republic of Texas forces fought against Santa Ana’s Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The defeat of Santa Ana’s army directly resulted in Texas’ independence from Mexico. The San Jacinto Memorial and the Battleship Texas, both on the site of the historic battle, are open to the public and are major tourist attractions.
Some parts of the East Side are likely opportunities for investors.
There is vacant land available for development, and there are neighborhoods ready for urban renewal just as The Heights was several years ago.
Click on any of the 3 links below to find more information about each of the 3 areas on the East side.