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Introduction

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.

Community overview

This established suburb has a rich and storied past that is reflected in the well-preserved historic homes that line its quiet, leafy streets.

History

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.

Fun facts

  • Vinyl Edge, a local records store, has been in business for over 30 years, having relocated to 19th street in 2015 to be closer to avid records collectors and long-time customers
  • Over 100 buildings and structures in The Heights are listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Heights is roughly 23 feet higher than Downtown Houston
  • The community is home to several famous murals including “Geometric Wall” and “#ILoveYouWall”
  • The Heights is widely considered one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Houston
  • The community is famous for street block parties like White Linen Night and Lights in The Heights
  • White Linen Night was inspired by a centuries-old New Orleans tradition in which locals would wear white linen clothing to stay cool the summer heat, and which gallery owners used as a theme for parties to attract art collectors to the state in the 1990s. Residents feeling the devastation of Hurricane Katrina brought the tradition to The Heights changing the party scene forever.
  • Neighborhoods

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    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.

  • Woodland Heights was founded in 1907 and is the most in-demand area in The Heights
  • Houston Heights West was recognized as an historic district in December 2007
  • Houston Heights East was designated in February 2008
  • Houston Heights South was the last of the districts to designated in June 2011
  • 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:

  • 945 Harvard – Also known as the Robert L. Cole Manor, this home was built in 1908 and is a City of Houston landmark. It has retained many of its original features, including hardwood floors, exposed brick, and diamond-cut windows.
  • 121 East 10th – This Victorian dates back to 1910 sits on a massive 8,200-square-foot lot and has had several updates and remodels.
  • 1525 Cortlandt St – Built in 1911, this stunning Craftsman home still has most of its original woodwork, though modern improvements have been made to update the interior.
  • Click here for a list of notable historic homes and buildings in The Heights.

    Living in Heights, Houston

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    The Heights lifestyle is second to none, with world-class shopping, dining, education, and entertainment.

    Attractions and activities

  • Heights Theater – The building dates back to the 1930s and currently houses a row of antiques shops, art gallery, event space, and live music venue with a bar and kitchen.
  • Art Car Museum – Motorheads should pay a visit to the local museum, which hosts rotating car exhibits, car shows, contemporary art exhibits, and art shows.
  • MFA Contemporary at Heights Mercantile – The collaborative effort between Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Heights Mercantile creates a unique shopping experience that fuses retail with digital art and art programs.
  • Donovan Park – Go for a stroll and take the kids to play at the neighborhood park, which features The Heights Playground, which was designed by New Ork-based Robert S. Leathers & Associates. This railroad-themed play space features Victorian-era turrets, a nod to the community’s historic character.
  • Spotts Park – This roughly 16-acre park in South Heights just west of Downtown Houston features a picnic area, children’s playground, walking trails, and basketball and volleyball courts.
  • Momentum Indoor Climbing – This 43,000-square-foot indoor climbing facility is home to one of the largest full-service bouldering gyms in the world. It also features eight climbing zones and a training area. Members have exclusive access to a semi-private cardio room, yoga studio, children’s climbing area, and lounge and co-working space.
  • White Oak Bayou Trail – Just outside the neighborhood you’ll find this greenway trail which is ideal for jogging and biking.

    Schools

    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:

    Visit the HISD website to see which schools serve The Heights residents or click here for a list of schools in the Greater Heights area.

    Transportation

    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.

    Shopping

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    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:

  • Heights Mercantile – Shop major brands like Lululemon, Outdoor Voices, Aesop, and more in this low-rise urban market district, which also features cafés and snack shops. This shopping center also hosts outdoor yoga classes, holiday markets, and other special events.
  • Manready Mercantile – Located on 19th Street, the store specializes in classic men’s clothing. They also carry an assortment of home décor and wares that appeal to all shoppers.
  • Kind Collective – The store champions fair trade and ethically sourced goods like knitwear, handbags, kitchenware, and scented candles from Argentine, Ireland, and other faraway destinations.
  • Heights Common Market – Here you’ll find several specialty stores selling vintage items, comic books, memorabilia, and more.
  • Click here for a list of stores on 19th Street.

    Restaurants

    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:

  • Hando – Feast on chicken karaage, teriyaki beef, hand-rolled sushi, and other Japanese favorites at Hando, one of the most celebrated restaurants in the neighborhood.
  • Taqo Mexican Kitchen y Tequileria – Enjoy tacos with shrimp, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and all kinds of fillings in this local gem.
  • Savoir – This popular brunch spot serves French, Mediterranean, and Tex-Mex dishes to satiate your appetite. The menu includes roasted hummus, pork chops, risotto, and other mouth-watering dishes.
  • Down House – The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients when preparing tasty dishes like spicy pork hash, chicken sandwiches, and fish tacos.
  • Field & Tides – Enjoy Southern fare like low country fried chicken piccata, hot chicken livers, Cajun country man and cheese, and more in this restaurant and bar.
  • Squable – The restaurant serves Modern European fare including marinated mussels, spicy amatriciana, polenta, and more.
  • Entertainment

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    Houston, TX is famed for its music scene, and The Heights is no exception:

  • Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar – Come to Dan Electro’s for live music, comedy, craft beer, and wine.
  • White Oak Music Hall – The music hall has hosted live musical acts like Deftones, Kaytranada, Lil TJay, and more.
  • Events

    Some of the community’s most anticipated events include:

  • 19th Street Wine Walk – Wine lovers can’t miss this fun event, in which 19th Street turns into a wine bar serving fantastic wine and small bites courtesy of the local stores.
  • 19th Street Third Thursday Sip & Strolls – Sponsored by various businesses, this event invites residents and their guests to check out the local stores in 19th Street while enjoying complimentary cocktails.
  • White Linen Night – Have the time of your life at this block party, which draws guests from all over the Greater Heights area.
  • First Saturday Arts Market – This popular fine arts event has been going strong for over 16 years.
  • 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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