Med Center Home

Testimonials & Reviews

“We were very fortunate to find this house as it was an ideal fit for our needs. The huge yard was completely fenced in for security, privacy and our dogs. The house was very clean and all we had to do was show up with luggage and groceries. We recently relocated to the Houston area and the location of this property made the transition easy! It is conveniently located to major freeways and a very short commute to the medical district. THANKS AGAIN Helen and Van for all you did to make our stay as easy as possible!”

Carolyn and Alan

“We were residents of this property for close to six months. Safe, secure and quite close to medical center area. Located on a fenced in and gated property. Only 5 minutes from MD ANDERSON. A very comfortable house with many amenities and will sleep 6 easily. Internet wifi and cable tv with washer and dryer too. Very comfortable for, with no stairs, for individuals receiving treatment or recuperating from treatment. The owners are living on the property and are responsive to your needs and inquiries. A GREAT HOME AWAY FROM HOME!”

Oscar G.

“Highly recommend renting from Gerstone Properties. They were very accommodating with our schedule which made our relocation to Houston a bit easier. The home we rented was so comfortable, clean and nicely updated making it easy to show up with our luggage and have everything we needed right there. The house itself has been very well maintained and is located in a quiet neighborhood which is conviently located to many of the necessities we needed. Renting from Van and Helen was a pleasure, we will be recommending them in the future.”

Nancy and Bradley W.

“Wonderful Home away from Home! The place was Super clean, spacious yard and had everything we needed.

This amazing property was perfect for our family for cancer treatment in MD Anderson for almost 6 months. The home was immaculate and spacious with covered patio to relax and enjoy the birds singing! The yard is huge and lawn service is included and it really feels like home away from home. We had our four-legged babies with us and it was so awesome since they were able to run around the yard in circles (it’s an half acre lot). The fence goes all the way to the ground so we did not have to worry puppies getting out while we were out of the house. Plus landlords Van and Helen live across of street and are right there to help if we forgot something. Also the garage apartment is bonus when we had guests come visit us – so they had private house to sleep with full bathroom.

​Having a three car carport made parking a breeze, also there is garage to store car, bicycles, boxes, extra water cases… I even went for bike ride by Breaswood bayou – it’s so relaxing! Van and Helen shared their bicycles when my friends were in town. The nice kitchen made preparing meals a delight, there is also grill outside and dining table on patio – where we spent most of our time! It was close to everything we wanted to see. We appreciated the gated entry. We were so happy finding this home after staying in hotels and we were able to extend monthly after our original 3-month term. Thanks so much for your patience Van and Helen with all my questions before we arrived.

We would highly recommend using this property!”

Jane and Justin

“Great Location, Close to Medical Center and Galleria (Country in the City!) While our home was remodeled we needed to move out for a few months and found this beautiful fully furnished home. It had everything we needed and more. The home was super clean and just like the photos – actually better! The owners Van and Helen Arnold are very friendly and live on the block. They will help you 24/7 if you need anything. We loved the private gated home and enjoyed the outdoors allot. We had a rabbit outside in a cage who loved watching birds and squirrels that were running around in the back yard. It’s hard to believe this place is in the city – it makes you feel like you are in a country. Safe, Secure, Quiet and Relaxing!”

Jim and Randi

“ABSOLUTELY THE BEST! & CLOSE TO MD ANDERSON!!

My husband, myself and our two small dogs were residents of this gorgeous home for 3 months while I underwent cancer treatment at MD Anderson. The neighborhood is nice, welcoming, quiet and safe, in addition to being 10 minutes from MDA with no need to get on the interstate or any highways!! FABULOUS LOCATION!! You won’t get caught in traffic since you will only be on city streets. This is really important when you are getting treated at MDA and is a greater blessing than you can imagine. There are various options for groceries with one being only 3 minutes away. The home is beautifully decorated and has a layout that is very conducive to cancer treatment and recovery. There are no stairs to navigate and the bathroom is spacious with a large vanity to accommodate any amount of medications needed. It is also updated to the latest trends, including luxury towels! The shower is huge with two shower heads, making bathing extremely easy, especially for those who are fatigued from treatment, it was very comforting and restorative. The kitchen is FULLY equipped, including blenders (hand and countertop), crock pot, strainers, measuring cups and all of the cooking utensils you could need. We didn’t expect it to be so completely outfitted so we needlessly brought some of our own items (they weren’t needed!). The kitchen has lovely modern new cabinets and a beautiful granite countertop in addition to stainless steel appliances. The dishware is new, stylish, high quality and there are enough pieces for the entire family. The washer and dryer are front load and on risers which is also a benefit since you won’t have to reach down to deposit the wash or switch it between machines. The yard is fully fenced and even our tiny 8 lb dog couldn’t escape. It was so beneficial for my healing to have our pets with us. We were blessed to find such a perfect home. There is a lovely covered patio with furniture so you can get some fresh air. The home came equipped with a brand new 50″ tv and a tv in the bedroom, which has a very comfortable mattress. We had cable, including some premium channels and reliable internet. The owners are very responsive and such nice people! We highly recommend this property for anyone needing to spend time in Houston, whether for pleasure or treatments. You can’t go wrong with this house, which was our home away from home.”

Ronnie A. Charlottee, NC

“My wife and I rented a home from Van and Helen for several months for treatment at MD Anderson. The home and grounds were immaculately maintained. The location could not have been more convenient for treatment, shopping and restaurants. If I had to rate the best part of our stay, it was Van and Helen. We traveled over a 1000 miles for treatment and they made us feel as if we were home. Thanks Van and Helen.”

Tony Parker, Google or VRBO Review

“My stay at the property was perfect! Very clean and comfortable and in a safe area. The landlord was easy to contact with any issues we had while there. I would highly recommend renting from them.”

Dan M, Google or VRBO Review

“I reserved Rose Way for my son and I for a stem cell transplant he received at MD Anderson. Life becomes total chaos when your child (25 yo adult child) has cancer-but Helen and Van made it so easy for us. We were allowed to have his pets with us which made a huge difference to my sons emotional state and recovery. Super clean house, super close to MD Anderson and lots of good places to eat. The house has everything you need, and I felt totally safe and secure in the neighborhood and in the home when I was there alone. Can’t say enough about my experience with Van and Helen and I appreciate them offering short term housing to families in need. 5 Stars hands down!”

Tiffany England, Google or VRBO Review

“My wife and I stayed at 4109 Lymbar Dr. For 2 months while she was getting chemo treatment at MD Anderson Hospital. This house was a very nice alternative to a hotel. The neighborhood was friendly, clean and safe. I took many evening dog walks there. The house is well maintained and the private backyard was a real plus. Conveniently located to many amenities in the southwest quarter of Houston. ????????”

David Sovulewski, Google or VRBO Review

“Very safe and secure housing with great people as owners to work with. Close to all conviences and MD Anderson hospital. We highly recommend this housing. Actually felt like home during our stay in Houston.”

Ted Martin

“This place is an excellent, clean, safe, convenient place to stay. I can’t say enough good things about my experience at this location or Helen. She is kind and professional. The location is gated with covered parking; it has a full kitchen with everything you need, and a clean bathroom. I am a very particular person and Helen’s location exceeded my expectations. I stayed at this location for 3.5 months and had zero complaints. A++”

Farnando Lafuente, Google or VRBO Review

“We stayed at one of MedCenterHome’s properties from April 14th through July 13th. My previous spouse had cancer and we needed to be close to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, but wanted space, with private bedrooms gor family to visit, space to cook our own meals (to save money), good internet since I was teleworking, and a pleasant view since the situation itself was stressful enough. The home was perfect. All the comforts of home, and the best and most thoughtful hosts you could ask for. They were great communicators leading up to our stay, stayed in touch during our stay making sure everything was alright, and even were quick to respond two months after our stay when we needed invoices for our stay.

I hope we don’t need to go back to Houston for the same reason we were there this time. But if I need to go back for any stay of three months or longer, I’ll be checking in with MedCenterHome!!”

Russ RS

“Very accommodating, easy to work with, and good communication. House was clean and well furnished, obviously cared for, and maintained while we were there.”

Joshua Vajda

“Van & Helen were wonderful to work with. They each went above & beyond to assist in every possible way. Van grew up in the area & had great recommendations. When My husband found out he had cancer, it was a blur. Knowing MD Anderson was the place he needed to be & time was of the essence. Their place was such a blessing. House was everything we needed! Close to MD Anderson, fenced in yard & gated, every amenity, restaurants, pharmacy & groceries within 1 & 1/2 miles. They live pretty much next door. Nice little secluded area. Returned our deposit & cleaning fee. 10/10 Highly recommend.”

Sandra Burris Wright

“Great experience, super clean house and nicely decorated with all the essentials including attached garage, & fenced yard. We were relocating to Houston during the covid19 quarantine and appreciated being able to walk around the neighborhood in the evenings. Quite friendly neighborhood with a community park. Located near to shopping, Herman Park, Buffalo Bayou & Memorial Park. Highly recommend.”

N&M Vanderschaaf

“Wonderful Home away from Home! The place was Super clean, spacious yard and had everything we needed.”

Justin Albert

“Great selection of furnished homes near Med Center. Great service – always clean and welcoming. Highly recommend”

Eleny-Ly Ruiz

“My wife and I have stayed at one of Van’s & Helen’s homes for over a year and a half. Our home is tastefully decorated and well supplied with all extra needed accessories like dishes, pot & pans, silverware and towels. Everything you need is there when you move in. Just bring your clothes and enjoy.

But what makes the experience great it just how personal both Van and Helen treat us and their desire to make anything you need is always available upon request. Even when you don’t need anything they’re asking if you do.

Just like any restaurant when I eat at a nice place they all have great food. But you’re desire to come back is often based on how the staff treats you. Van & Helen should have their pictures in the dictionary next to customer service.

You will NEVER regret staying in one of their homes.

TK & Chaz

P.S. If you want to speak with us just ask Van Or Helen and they will give you our number.

Have a blessed stay.”

Takena Imeleye, Google or VRBO Review

“We recently began our relocation to Texas from overseas. Not knowing the area, we began a desperate search for corporate housing to make all the administration easier as we looked for a home.

Van and Helen and their host of houses under Medical Center Housing made the beginning or our transition incredibly easy. For 2 weeks, my oldest daughter and I spent most of our time running around Houston conducting the administration that comes with moving to a new state. Each day Van or Helen checked in on us to ensure we had what we needed.

Our location on Rose Way was perfectly set up for us. Internet, fully stocked kitchen and even someone taking care of the landscaping. The location was secure and made it easy for us to get to each side of the city.

Larger corporate housing staff should take a class from Van and Hellen.”

R Peregrino, Google or VRBO Review

“My friend is a patient at MD Anderson, and recovering from a stem cell transplant to cure his Leukemia. He stayed at one of Van and Helen’s houses on Craighead Rd, and it was one of the greatest decisions they made. The houses are beautiful, private and peaceful. The one we stayed in had an extra in-law unit in the back, which was great because it let his friends come and stay with him without being a burden.

The houses are 10 minutes away from MD Anderson, and are all super private with their own gates and yards. The neighborhood is very safe and quiet, since the property owners own all the houses on the block and live right there.

The owners have been very kind and considerate to us, and it has been such a blessing that we were able to find the place and that it all worked out. I would recommend anyone receiving treatment at MD Anderson who needs to live right near the hospital to talk to Van and Helen and rent one of their houses.
There’s no better place to get better. ;-)”

Micheal S.

“Property is just as advertised. Quiet location. Separate garage, private yard and gated, all amenities as listed. Owners respond promptly to all inquiries.”

Jill K.

“Visitors to MD Anderson. We had a wonderful stay at this home. It was very clean and everything was as described. My husband’s treatment at MD Anderson went on for months and it was great having Van and Helen so responsive to any repairs needed or just answering questions we had. The home was furnished beautifully and the private gated yard gave us a real feeling of safety and security. The home is only 10 minutes from the hospitals but gives the feeling of living in the country.”

Luetta H, Google or VRBO Review

“Last fall, my husband was diagnosed with Leukemia and we knew we needed to get to MD Anderson as quickly as we could. Treatment for this kind of disease is no small affair, so we had to find a place to live for several months, maybe up to a year. We also have two medium/large dogs who are older and wouldn’t understand our absence if we were to leave them with friends. (Plus, we believe dogs can be a big part of the healing process.) So along they came.

The hospital gave us a pretty substantial list of places we might be able to stay while we were in Houston, but none of them seemed to be panning out. I took it upon myself to check in with VRBO to see what else might be out there, and found Medical Center Home.

It was perfect…a real find. We were never going to survive what we were facing in a one room studio apartment or a hotel room or hostel. What we needed was a real home with a yard, and it needed to be within throwing distance of the hospital. And MCH had one ready for us.

The home itself was lovely. It was tastefully furnished with three bedrooms which was perfect when friends or family came to visit or help us out. A full kitchen with everything we needed so we didn’t have to bring dishes or cookware. And the yard was fenced, which the dogs really enjoyed. It’s close to groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, highways, and fun…great location. Quiet neighborhood too, we always felt safe and sound.

One feature that really took a few things off our plate was that everything was included…utilities, cable and lawn care. We didn’t have to think about those things while we were busy conquering cancer. All we had to do was settle back and heal.

And finally, I can’t say enough about the landlords. They were generous and kind, and helped us every time we needed it, quickly and without fail. They were very flexible when the 6 or 7 months we were planning on became 10, never even batted an eye. They’re pretty amazing, and we’re lucky to have found them. Even their young son was so thoughtful as to bring my husband a shell he found on the beach to help him get better.

I can’t imagine what kind of experience Houston would’ve been for us if we hadn’t landed at Medical Center Home. If you’re coming to Houston and need a place to stay, for whatever reason, get in touch with them. You’ll be really glad you did.”

Kim S, Google or VRBO Review

“Quiet home close to MD Anderson. We rented from Van & Helen for 4 months while I underwent treatment at MD Anderson. The house was just as advertised, quiet, and comfortable. With many hours of convalescing, I also appreciated the high-speed internet and full array of cable TV channels included as well! If I ever need to return to Houston, and need a nice place for myself and caregiver, I won’t hesitate to return here. Van & Helen were wonderful landlords– always quickly responding to any question, and offering great tips on where to get the best foods and services in town, etc.”

Lynne B.

“Wonderful Home away from Home! The place was Super clean, spacious yard and had everything we needed

The home was immaculate and spacious with covered patio to relax and enjoy the birds singing! The yard is huge and lawn service is included and it really feels like home away from home. We had our four-legged babies with us and it was so awesome since they were able to run around the yard in circles (it’s an half acre lot). The fence goes all the way to the ground so we did not have to worry puppies getting out while we were out of the house. Plus landlords Van and Helen live across of street and are right there to help if we forgot something. Also the garage apartment is bonus when we had guests come visit us – so they had private house to sleep with full bathroom.

Having a three car carport made parking a breeze, also there is garage to store car, bicycles, boxes, extra water cases… I even went for bike ride by Breaswood bayou – it’s so relaxing! Van and Helen shared their bicycles when my friends were in town. The nice kitchen made preparing meals a delight, there is also grill outside and dining table on patio – where we spent most of our time! It was close to everything we wanted to see. We appreciated the gated entry. We were so happy finding this home after staying in hotels and we were able to extend monthly after our original 3 month term. Thanks so much for your patience Van and Helen with all my questions before we arrived. We would highly recommend using this property!”

Justin A.

“‎Our family with 2 small children stayed here June through September. The house was simply great. There were many thoughtful considerations in this fully furnished rental. The two things that made this rental stand out for me was the kitchen with brand new appliances, and not having to deal with separate tv/wifi/utility bills. The open floor plan worked well for us- there was plenty of room for all the toys. The neighborhood was nice and the location is great: we never encountered bad traffic on the streets, and it’s a quick 4 minutes drive to the grocery store. Some families of 4 would feel cramped with just 2 bedrooms but we had an infant in a crib and the larger bedroom had enough space for it.
Thanks again!”

Galena, Scott, George and Milli Montross
“Summer home away from home. In searching for a home away from home as we experienced some flooding issues unexpectedly in our home this past summer, we found this gem. We have three young children and a small dog and we were looking for a furnished rental for our family while we dealt with the repairs to our home. This place was ideal! This property is clean and updated, spacious, comfortable, convenient, secure and quiet. The owners were absolutely terrific!”
Melissa, Mark, Cooper, Cortney, Carson Murray
“It was a pleasure to stay at your lovely house, it had everything we needed to make us feel at home and the boys loved the swimming pool.Thank you.”
Nikki, Ian, Alasdair, Stewart & Elspeth

“Private, Comfortable house close to Medical District. The house was great! Everyone who came to visit said it was very nice and clean and nicely decorated. It looked like the pictures on the internet which isn’t always the case when renting a property. I liked having the gated property as it made it easy to take our dog out and gives privacy. We sat outside for lunch several days when the weather was nice. The house is also very convenient and easy to reach MD Anderson, several grocery stores, and shopping without having to get on the interstate. I would recommend it to anyone needing a short term stay – it feels much more homey and inviting than a hotel.

Thanks!”

Kim J.