Cmbake- Nice place. It's fairly new, and if you're new to Houston I think you'll love being in the Galleria area-- very hustle & bustle/ big city action up there. There is an absolutely wonderful martini/happy hour bar in the uptown park called the Belvedere, very plush, shi shi place, velvet pillows, lounge couches, etc. etc. and excellent specialty drinks. And my favorite perk there, wasabi nuts and carmelized pecans to snack on!
Scurvy, et. al.- Yes, you can take Westheimer all the way and it turns into Elgin then go don't have to get onto any freeways, but 'everyone, their brother, and their dog' as our realtor once told us, takes Westheimer (the section of Westheirmer that crosses through the Galleria), and there is a very poorly placed train track which crosses the street and is again unfortunately in operation during a.m. and p.m. rush hour. So... my suggestion (althought I'm sure everyone has their own and/or will find their own favorite route) is to (i) Stay off of 610, which is directly in front of Providence apartments, it is hellayshish in the mornings, (ii) go up two blocks on the back streets near your place in the Galleria, hop onto either Woodway Drive or Memorial, they each take you the same place and merge together, but most importantly there are NO stop lights, so it is free sailing until downtown, and which point (iii) hop onto 45 ,which by-the-way is where I'll come in off of Allen Parkway (Allen runs parallel to memorial), once on 45 you'll have only two exits to pass until you take the UH exit and wolla, there you are.
Hmmm, come to think of this, I would like to invite anyone who's interested to a car-pool. My place is right at the junction of allen parkway/montrose/kirby/memorial and then at 45 and downtown, Yes that seems confusing and probably impossible to be at the cross of all of those random streets--- but if you're familiar with Houston maps all of those places do really intersect in the same 1/2 mile radius, and I do really live there, I promise, I'm not crazy, really, Just super excited about LS.
Ok, I'm gonna stop rambling now, sorry about that.