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Mixed-Use and Microunits

Houston Multifamily

Mixed-use and multifamily are becoming synonymous, says Ziegler Cooper senior principal Scott Ziegler. He tells us almost all of his current multifamily projects have some mixed-use component. That includes Gables Tanglewood, which started accepting residents in October and is still delivering units. The eight-story, 316-unit property features 22k SF of street-level retail. Dish Society has opened there (we hear it’s awesome), and Woodhouse Day Spa is coming soon. (Not soon enough, we've got a lot of lower neck tension.)


Scott tells us Gables Tanglewood includes some microunits ranging from 450 to 550 SF. They only comprise about 5% of the total units, but Scott says it’s a positive step in providing affordable options for entry-level renters who want the urban lifestyle. (This might be catching on; he says many projects Ziegler Cooper is working on include some microunits.) Another big selling point for the community is the elevated pool—from the eighth floor, residents overlook the Galleria and can see the sunset. (Get ready for some selfies.)


Scott feels the mixed-use trend is an important one for Houston’s future. Houston is “sorely lacking” in density compared to most major cities, and he believes that creating walkable urban village environments contributes to sustainable growth. He’s definitely got his finger on the pulse of mixed-use multifamily; he’s also designing One Lake’s Edge (the 400-unit property in Hughes Landing will deliver towards the end of the year), Regent Square’s multiple multifamily projects, and Hines’ Market Square project. (It’ll be a 32-story residential tower with retail on Market Square.)