History meets modernity in The Heights, one of the best performing housing markets in the Lone Star State. Located in Harris County, bordered by White Oak Bayou, the community gets its name from the high land on which it’s built. Home to a rapidly growing population of over 44,000, this community is coveted for its historic homes, fantastic restaurants, and block parties.
This neighborhood gives residents convenient access to Downtown Houston, which is roughly four miles away, as well as the Energy Corridor, Galleria/Uptown, and Medical Center.
Surrounded by the neighborhoods of Shady Acres, Woodland Heights, Independent Heights, and Near Northside, this community is one of the most desirable places to live in the Houston area, particularly for those who appreciate beautiful architecture and charming boutiques and cafés.
This established suburb has a rich and storied past that is reflected in the well-preserved historic homes that line its quiet, leafy streets.
Founded in 1896, The Heights is considered to be the first planned community in Houston. Developers Daniel Denton Cooley and Oscar Martin Carter are largely credited with the community’s founding.
The duo purchased over 1,700 acres of undeveloped land in 1891 on behalf of the Omaha and South Texas Land Company, choosing the area because of its elevation – something they thought favorable at a time when mosquito-borne diseases like cholera and yellow fever ravaged the population. Further its proximity to downtown gave would-be residents access to shops, restaurants, offices, and the streetcar system.
Nicknamed “Historic Heights” by locals, the community operated as its own city for a time, with a designated city hall, hospital, and jail. It was annexed to Houston, TX in 1918 due to lack of school funding. The move gave the community to access a larger tax base, and therefore, more funding.
Today, The Heights is among the most coveted places to live in the Houston area, with an in-demand housing market, acclaimed restaurants, and upscale shopping.
Despite its rapid growth and development, the community has managed to retain its character, with remarkably preserved Mid-Century buildings on 19thStreet, as well as historic Queen Anne and Craftsman-style homes throughout the area.
The Heights is a singular neighborhood northeast of Downtown Houston. It’s the largest intact historic neighborhood in the area and is one of the first suburbs to be developed.
The neighborhood has a suburban feel with a mix of residential pockets and commercial areas. Its commercial thoroughfare, 19th Street, is lined with bars and restaurants.
What’s known as the Greater Heights area includes Northside, Oak Forest, and Washington, but the specific Heights neighborhood is located north of I-10 and south of 610, to the east of Shepherd and west of Studemont, both of which are gated communities.
Available property types
Prevalent architectural styles include Traditional, Contemporary, Modern, and Ranch in addition to the historic Victorian, Bungalow, and Queen Anne architecture for which the community is known.
The most iconic properties in The Heights are undoubtedly the historic Victorians, Craftsman Bungalows, and Queen Anne homes constructed between 1900 and 1925, whose beautifully preserved façades give the community its unique character
Some of the most distinctive properties in the community include:
Click here for a list of notable historic homes and buildings in The Heights.
Living in Heights, Houston
The Heights lifestyle is second to none, with world-class shopping, dining, education, and entertainment.
Attractions and activities
The community is served by the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in the state and 7th largest in the U.S. There are 276 schools under HISD. Heights, TX residents can send their children to these schools in and around the community:
- Harvard Elementary School
- Travis Elementary School
- Heights High School
The Heights residents can commute to Downtown Houston, Inner Loop, Medical Center, and Galleria with relative ease. The community is accessible via major highways like I-10 and 610.
Retail hotspots include Heights Boulevard and Yale and 19th streets, where you’ll find rows of major retailers and independently owned stores selling everything from clothes and antiques to vinyl records and home furnishings:
Click here for a list of stores on 19th Street.
Houston is known for having one of the most diverse and exciting culinary scenes in Texas, and this extends to The Heights, where your dining options include bakeries, cafés, sushi joints, and mom-and-pop eateries:
Houston, TX is famed for its music scene, and The Heights is no exception:
Some of the community’s most anticipated events include:
Featured properties in Heights, Houston
Heights, TX offers an exquisite selection of single-family homes and townhomes to suit each taste. As one of the most in-demand housing markets in the Houston area, the community has seen strong real estate appreciation over the last few years.
A cross-section of properties:
Single Family Homes – Use MLS# 25367501
Lots – Use MLS# 53359133
Luxury – Use MLS# 46082052
New Construction – Use MLS# 92005982
If you’re ready to explore your options in The Heights, you can contact me, Matthew Krueger of The Buyer’s Rep, here. You can also call 832.349.4156 or email Info(at)TheBuyersRep(dotted)com for inquiries. As a luxury Realtor, I work with discerning clients in the acquisition of luxury residential homes and vacant lots in and around Houston, TX.
In addition to my educational background in Land and Property Development, I’m an exclusive buyer of luxury in-fill lots with extensive knowledge of existing and new construction luxury homes. My job is to make the search process easier and more enjoyable by offering professional advice and material facts.
I believe in “intense and intelligent deal-making” in real estate. With strong negotiation skills, I help clients secure the best deals in the market. I don’t take listings nor represent sellers, and so I don’t have a vested interest in the traditional real estate process – only a genuine desire to help clients make informed decisions. Contact me today for more information.
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