The 10 hottest neighborhoods in and around Houston
[Posted on October 26th by Carnan Properties]
Houston is huge, and the neighborhood you choose will have a big impact on your living experience. Each of the following amazing neighborhoods boasts its own, distinctive character. Experience luxurious living, great schools, and plenty of access to all of Houston’s shopping, dining, shopping centers, restaurants and other amusements.
Let’s start with the heart of Houston itself. Developers have worked hard to transform the downtown area into a safe, walkable community with lots of things to see and do. Pedestrian tunnels wind beneath the downtown area, stretching up to a network of sidewalks and skyways that ensure nearby residents might never need a car again. In fact, many residents do choose a car-free lifestyle, working a few blocks from home.
Downtown offers everything residents might need, from groceries to entertainment—most of Houston’s incredible live theaters are right here.
You’ll find yourself loving life in an upscale, luxury high rise with features like rooftop pools, balcony views, hardwood floors and elegant architecture. Stepping into life in downtown Houston is like stepping into an urban fairy tale.
Montrose is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the downtown area. It’s a bohemian area full of artists, writers, musicians, and LGBT-friendly businesses. Houston’s independent eclectic radio station, 90.1 KPFT, calls Montrose home. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee at an independent coffee shop or a vintage dress shop, you’ll be able to find both experiences here. Animal lovers will enjoy having the Houston Zoo close by.
Montrose is another walkable community, though most residents choose to have cars, if only because you won’t find as many prestigious work opportunities here. What you will find is an eclectic mix of homes, from mansions on manicured boulevards to gleaming modern mid-rises with exciting open floor plans.
Living near Houston’s 1500-acre park is an experience in tranquil elegance. While the park’s many attractions are certainly Memorial’s main draw, they aren’t the only thing this stately, desirable neighborhood has to offer. Residents are also close to the Washington Avenue corridor, where upscale bars and clubs offer plenty of nightlife excitement.
Luxury living in Memorial Park means indulging in mansion living in the classic sense of the word. The stately homes and gardens of Memorial Park are nothing short of breathtaking and will block out the noise and bustle of the urban area swirling all around you.
The Medical Center neighborhood is all about access. It’s nestled into the southern part of the 610 Loop, offering fast access to any part of Houston within a matter of minutes. Residents can also take advantage of the Metro Rail line. As the name implies, the neighborhood is home to many of Houston’s medical and research professionals who work at the Texas Medical Center. Residents also have access to some of the best schools the Houston Independent School District has to offer, which makes the Medical Center area a fine choice for any family.
Enjoy modern high rises with amazing views when you move into this busy neighborhood. These penthouses and condos are divine, boasting amenities and design features which are thoroughly modern without losing any of their class.
The Rice/Museum District
The Museum District is close to the Medical Center district and so offers many of the same advantages. Residents enjoy proximity to Hermann Park, as well as art galleries and, of course, museums. As a result, this neighborhood is known as a cultural hot spot. A visit to the neighborhood’s website explains more about how this gorgeous neighborhood lives up to its reputation.
The luxury homes here bear a similar stamp. These mansions are all unique and visually appealing, carrying a modern edge that helps to distinguish them from their stately, old world counterparts in Memorial Park. Museum District homes have enough personality to make them conversation pieces in their own right.
The Heights is a planned community with a small-town feel. It’s a quiet, prestigious community tucked into the northern inner loop. Live music, fine dining and cool bars all combine to offer an atmosphere that is artsy, but not over-the-top. Many residents prefer to explore the neighborhood by bike; joining them is a great way to meet new friends.
Vaulted ceilings, outdoor kitchens and butler’s pantries are all common features of single-family homes in the Heights. Classic homes share space with ultra-modern, high-tech, eco-friendly structures and stately mid-rise condos.
The Galleria neighborhood is known for its upscale shopping. The Galleria Shopping Center’s 400 upscale stores aren’t even the end of it; you’ll find plenty of smaller shops inhabiting carefully sculpted strip mall structures throughout the area as well. And there are plenty of offices here, too; from financial conglomerates to oil and gas companies, the Galleria area is a sophisticated and stylish place to live, work and play. Many Galleria residents choose the neighborhood for its ability to keep them close to work.
Mid-rises, high rises and single family homes are all available. The condo options will keep you in the heart of Uptown excitement, whereas the single family homes will allow you to remain somewhat sheltered from the hustle and bustle until you’re ready to dive in and enjoy all it has to offer.
Bellaire is a city within a city—it has its own governing body and its own city services. It’s also one of Houston’s most prestigious destinations. It’s known for fantastic schools, so plenty of young families call this little gem of a neighborhood “home.” It retains a quiet, suburban feel, without the suburban commute, since I-610 rolls straight through the heart of the neighborhood.
The homes in Bellaire are spacious, both inside and out. Many of the homes just flow from one room to another as natural light comes spilling in from the windows to reflect from pristine surfaces.
When Houstonians think of upscale living, River Oaks is often the first neighborhood that comes to mind. Even the local library looks luxurious. The River Oaks Country Club offers a premium relaxation destination with its 18-hole golf course, red clay tennis courts and reception facilities.
River Oaks homes are openly prestigious. Many have gated driveways and dreamy landscapes. The interiors of these homes are usually high-class but not ostentatious, offering a comfortable space for in-home entertaining and day-to-day living.
Foodies will love living in Highland Village, which is known for offering a wide variety of culinary delights. This neighborhood is nestled into the east end of the inner loop. Westheimer Road cuts through its heart, offering residents easy access to the Galleria. Highland Village is also close to the Medical Center neighborhood and the Heights.
Even if you’re not a foodie you might enjoy this neighborhood’s “diamond in the rough” status. It tends to get overlooked as buyers flock to the Galleria, Medical Center, Downtown and Heights areas. Home hunting here means you might get the chance to enjoy everything these other neighborhoods have to offer without having to fend off the same level of competition for the homes you desire.
High-rises, mid-rises, and upscale townhomes in pretty gated communities are all available to home buyers in the Highland Village area. Many of these homes are new-construction homes, which means you’ll get the chance to enjoy truly modern amenities.
There’s More, Lots More!
Truthfully, Houston is full of amazing neighborhoods that are jam-packed with interesting places to visit, things to do, amenities, and great schools. It’s hard to pick just 10 of them to showcase. So if one of these neighborhoods didn’t get you excited, keep looking—there’s a lot more of Houston to explore and enjoy.