Featured Houston Neighborhoods

I love Houston, and I love these great Houston Neighborhoods


Due to its affordability, location, and historic charm, Greater Heights is one of the most sought after communities in Houston. Most of the Heights was built in the early part of the 20th century. Although located in the center of town, the Heights is considered Houston’s 1st suburb. Trolley cars would bring Heights residents to their jobs downtown and ritzy boutiques along 19th street would provide entertainment at night and during the weekend. The neighborhood went through some rough times in the 70s and 80s, but now it is one of the hippest, family-friendly areas of town. The trendy boutiques and restaurants have returned to 19th Street and throughout the area. The Houston Heights offers a diverse mix of old and new Victorian homes, early century craftsman homes, and newly constructed homes.

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Located in the northwest corner of Houston’s Inner Loop, Timbergrove and Lazybrook are two adjoining neighborhoods that provide a great combination of the urban and suburban. Built in the late 1950s to early 1960s, these deed restricted communities provide a welcome departure from the urban density and congestion of Montrose, Rice Military, and other inner loop neighborhoods. Most of the homes are 1 story properties that stretch out over suburban sized lots. Lots range in size from 6500 to over 10000 square feet. Many of the mid-century homes in the neighborhood have been updated with modern amenities and floor plans. However, you’ll also find a fixer upper or even some recent or new construction if that’s more your style.

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Montrose is one of the most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods in the city of Houston. Home to some of the best restaurants and the best nightlife in the city, this neighborhood really is an ideal area of town for someone who really wants to experience a complete urban experience. Furthermore, besides wonderful restaurants and bars, some great cultural institutions, such as Anderson Fair, the Menil Collection, the Rothco Chapel, and Saint Thomas University. The housing options in this neighborhood is just as eclectic and diverse as the people who reside in the area. Mid-rise condominiums, renovated mansions, hip bungalows with great front porches, and newly developed townhome communities line tree-lined boulevards throughout the area. All of which lies within walking distance to a great urban experience.

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Savvy buyers, seeking the convenience of an Inner Loop balanced have quietly been discovering Shady Acres. Houston’s most northwestern Inner Loop neighborhood is seeing home values increase as Buyers fan out from the neighboring Houston Heights and Timbergrove. For the most part, Shady acres is dominated by multi-unit townhome communities and low maintenance patio homes. Most of these units were built within the past 5 to 10 years with a lot of new construction still coming online. There is a nice mix of both 3 story and 2 story units with some outdoor yard space available.

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It has been a wild ride in Oak Forest over the past few years. Located in the near Northwest side of Houston, the neighborhood is positioned just outside Houston’s 610 Loop. This near town location provides easy access to Houston’s two largest economic centers, Downtown Houston and Uptown Galleria. The area has seen a significant level of new development in recent years.  Many of the original smaller homes in the neighborhood have been leveled and replaced with large 2 story, suburban home that are a great fit for families. The driver behind this transformation has been Oak Forest Elementary, one of the top Elementary schools among near town neighborhoods. This neighborhood has a great family atmosphere. Many small parks dot the area and TC Jester Park provides a huge open outdoor space, complete with a dog park, frisbee golf course, swimming pool, and skate park.  Oak Forest has a great suburban feel in a great central location.

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With their huge, wooded lots and tight knit community, Garden Oaks has become one of the more sought after family friendly neighborhoods in Northwest Houston. Located just north of Houston Heights and east of Oak Forest, this neighborhood is conveniently located to most of what Houston’s inner loop has to offer and provides of an easy commute to downtown Houston. Established in 1937, the homes of Garden Oaks range from bungalows and cottages to traditional two story construction of the time. However, there has been a resurgence of new construction in the neighborhood in recent years, as families flock to great public schools like Garden Oaks Elementary and private schools like Saint Rose of Lima. Dining and shopping options near the neighborhood have improved tremendously in recent years. With the dramatic of resurgence of neighborhood Oak Forest and Houston Heights, restaurateurs and shop owners have entered the market to meet demand of the increasingly affluent residents. Recently established gastropubs like Shepherd Park and Cottonwood have quickly become neighborhood staples.

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Rice Military and the Washington Avenue Corridor is the new place to live and play in the city of Houston. Some of the trendiest bars, bistros, and gastro-pubs make the Washington Corridor their home. The residents of this area love the close proximity to Memorial Park, Downtown, and the Galleria. This area has seen a lot of residential and retail development over the past 10 years and this trend continue.

The housing in this area is very diverse. However, the dominant option is definitely luxury townhome and patio homes. In the mid-90s, new townhome developments began to pop up throughout the area. These developments have helped to create a truly urban and uniquely big city experience in Houston.

Other neighborhoods included in this area are Camp Logan / Crestwood, First Ward, and Sawyer Heights

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