Welcome to Houston Heights
Designed with utopia in mind, this historic Houston neighborhood checks all the boxes of residential desirability.
From its position northwest of Downtown Houston, the vibrant neighborhood of Houston Heights serves as a prime example of what happens when a historic foundation is infused with modern and hip sophistication. It’s as much a haven for retro-lovers and specialty shoppers as it is a quiet suburban paradise for families, outfitted with quiet, leafy streets and its renowned Victorian homes.
Despite its pristine, residential feel, Houston Heights is also a dynamic urban neighborhood, due in part to its close proximity to Downtown. The area was established in the 1890s as an idyllic streetcar suburb for those wishing to escape the density of Downtown living without losing the convenience of city amenities.
Houston Heights’ residential real estate market is revered for its historic homes, which range in style from quaint, Queen Anne and Craftsman bungalows built in the 1920s to stately Victorian estates. And while these character-rich abodes are some of the most coveted in the neighborhood, “The Heights,” as it’s sometimes referred to, is also saturated in impressive new-builds that fit right in with the charming, upscale community.
What to Love
- Eclectic, artsy vibes with a suburban lifestyle
- Only 11 minutes north of Downtown’s energetic pulse
- Stunning historic homes nestled on quiet streets
Houston Heights residents appreciate the unique and the eccentric, often spending their time browsing niche shops or enjoying events like the monthly Arts Market. Locals are equipped with all the ease of suburban living, while still residing in a neighborhood steeped in quirky, suburban charm.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
When it comes to the commercial heartbeat of Houston Heights, there’s no place more enthralling than the stretch of 19th Street. Home to art galleries and clothing boutiques, vintage stores, and record shops, 19th Street is a must-see for anyone visiting the Houston area. Here, too, is the landmark Heights Theater, a music venue built in the 1920s and revamped to be one of Houston’s hottest performance halls.
Heights Mercantile is another of Houston Heights’ signature retail destinations, a low-rise, urban market district that’s both distinctive and trendy. Shoppers will encounter both national brands such as lululemon and Kendra Scott, as well as independent stores like Saint Lo Boutique.
Dining in Houston Heights is as diverse as its shopping. Craving something sweet? Fat Cat Creamery specializes in small-batch ice creams that come in flavors like milk chocolate stout and whiskey butter pecan. Health enthusiasts will love the variety found at Kale Me Crazy, whose menu of superfoods and nutrient-packed smoothies will delight customers of all palates.
Things to Do
Houston Heights is brimming with incredible venues for live performances and the arts, and the iconic White Oak Music Hall stands out as one of the best. Two indoor spaces and a spacious outdoor amphitheater provide plenty of variety for its many performances, which range greatly in genre.
The venue known as 1111 Studewood Place is a hit for private events and special occasions, particularly weddings and celebrations. When they’re not attending a local show or family party, locals can attend any of the many annual neighborhood events, including the much-anticipated Lights in the Heights Christmas festival. This special celebration invites residents to decorate their home exteriors for a competition, and also gives them the chance to host live musical performers.
Houston Heights is also well-equipped with outdoor recreation options, including the scenic stretch of Heights Boulevard, a distinctive running trail through the neighborhood loved by those of all skill levels. Running more than four miles, the Heights Hike and Bike Trail is a concrete path that traces along the White Oak Bayou.
Houston Heights is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
St. Thomas High School, 9-12, highly rated, private, all-boys Catholic High School ranked as the #8 best Catholic high school in the state of Texas
Field Elementary School, PK & K-5, highly rated, standout public elementary school ranked among the top in the Houston area
Travis Elementary School, PK & K-5, highly rated public elementary school