According to the US Census Bureau, Odessa, TX was one of the fastest growing metros in terms of population growth in 2017-2018. This growth has continued to increase into 2019. The Midlands-Odessa area is one of the oil centers of Texas, which means much of its growth is due to the flourishing oil industry there as well as the growing logistics industry. It goes without saying that with so much business coming into and through Odessa, a quality extended stay apartment is something many workers and executives are in need of.
What Are Extended Stay Apartments?
Extended Stay Apartments (or Corporate Housing) is a type of lodging that is intended for what is called a short term stay but is typically longer than your average hotel stay. The minimum for a short term stay is 30 days or more. Due to the length of these stays, hotels—no matter how luxurious, are not well equipped to be living spaces. A hotel is more favorable for those who wish to have somewhere to stay overnight so they can explore the locale or conduct business in the day time. However, when business turns into a temporary job relocation or work-related travel, corporate housing becomes the best solution to have a comfortable stay.
Corporate housing provides living spaces that are two to three times larger than standard hotel rooms. These spacious accommodations are what make residents feel more at home instead of being cooped up in a hotel room night after night. In addition to the size, extended stay apartments are usually fully furnished and have all the utilities you require, such as a full-size kitchen for cooking up a taste of home. An interesting benefit to a turnkey rental is that you will be neighbors with other residents who are also staying for an extended period of time. This tends to be a great opportunity to network and meet new people from all walks of life—as they are also away from home and more open to meeting people to relax with in your off hours.
Things to Do in Odessa
Like many cities apart from the most well-known ones, there is more to do than you might expect in Odessa. The most fun aspect of being in a new city is adventuring out into the unknown and never knowing what will end up being fun and what will fall flat. That being said, it’s good to have a few fallback options that are a surefire good bet. Here are a few major attractions in Odessa, TX that most people native to the region are familiar with.
The Odessa Meteor Crater
Odessa is home to the second largest meteor crater in the United States. When driving down interstate 20, many travelers notice signs for tourists that talk about the Odessa Meteor Crater. The crater was originally 550 feet wide and 100 feet deep, but today it is mostly filled up due to sands traveling in the wind as well as silt accumulation. The crater has a walking trail around the perimeter and a museum that provides more detailed information about the impact as well as sells fragments of the meteorite. The site has been classified as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.
Performing Arts in Odessa
The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale is the regions largest orchestral organization. It was founded in 1962 and presents Pops and Masterworks arrangements throughout the years. It is a professional organization that consists of many highly talented musicians from the region.
Also native to Odessa is the Globe of the Great Southwest, which is located on the campus of the Odessa College. It is a theater that is designed to be an authentic replica of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The theater is a non-profit that performs classical and modern stage plays. The history of the inception of the theater is interesting. Apparently, a student in the 1950’s had created a miniature display replica of the Globe Theater for class. He had made a casual comment to his teacher, Mrs. Marjorie Morris, that it would be cool if there was a lifesize replica right there in Odessa. Ordinarily, everyday situations such as this come and go. But for Mrs. Morris, this lit a curious fire in her and she eventually went on to make that comment a reality.
Going to see a live orchestra or becoming engrossed in a stage play, the performing arts have always been a cultured and historically favored way for people to spend an evening fruitfully. These are perfect activities to take a night out on the town from your turnkey rental.
At the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, there is a Stonehenge replica that matches that of the original Stonehenge in southwestern England. It was created in 2004 and while the replica matches the original Stonehenge in width, the height is about 15% shorter. It took only six weeks to complete the replica while the original probably took a bit longer than that! While it is a replica, the creators did not skimp one bit on the heft of the project. Each stone slab weighs more than 20,000 pounds and is comprised of limestone which was obtained from a TexaStone quarry near Big Spring, TX.
Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin
This Smithsonian affiliated museum offers several art exhibitions in the 20,000 square foot building. These exhibitions are constantly rotating in and out so be sure to check their website for more information. However, if you’re looking to step from your extended stay apartment for the day, you can head on over to the art museum and enjoy a weekend class for novice artists that relate back to what is on exhibition.
Jack Ben Rabbit
They say no trip to Odessa is complete without paying a visit to Jack Ben rabbit—the worlds largest Jack Rabbit statue. The statue sits at about 8 feet tall and is a strangely popular historic landmark. The statue was built in 1962 in homage to the cities former jackrabbit roping competition which was held annually for the local rodeo. The competition was shut down by the humane society in 1978. Regardless, Jack Ben has become something of the symbol of Odessa.
Trade and Logistics
There are tons of reasons why you may need to stay in Odessa. The Permian Basin oil boom has brought many oil workers and project managers to the region. In addition to that, Odessa is a popular location for businesses to set up logistics operations due to the La Entrada al Pacifico—Trade Corridor 56. It is an international project between Mexico and the United States which serves as a major trade route from Mexico to Texas. It passes through the Midland-Odessa area and is partly responsible for increased traffic and logistical interest in the area.
Corporate Housing in New Mexico, and Texas
So, we’ve gone over the many tourist activities available to you if you are relocated to Odessa for work. All that’s left is a high-quality and reputable place to stay! Corporate Comforts is a leader in providing turn-key apartment rentals to workers in New Mexico and Texas. Our temporary housing is fully furnished and possesses all the amenities you could ever need. If you are looking for a furnished apartment in the Midland-Odessa area, look no further than Corporate Comforts. Our spacious housing gives you access to:
- Large Flat Screen TV’s
- Access to premium cable channels
- Personal Wi-Fi internet access
- Washer and dryer units
- State of the art appliances and a full kitchen
You’ll also have your own housing specialist at your disposal to guide you with any issues or questions you may have. The only thing our patrons need to bring is any personal items they feel are indispensable to their day to day experience. A trip to the grocery store to fill out our luxurious appliances will be the small touch to make your stay feel like home. Who doesn’t like a fully stocked fridge? Whether you are an individual seeking short term housing or are with an employer who is sponsoring your stay, we have temporary housing solutions available for a variety of situations and needs. Visit our contact page to request information or give us a call at (800)-579-2550 to turn your temporary stay into a temporary vacation!