Houston Heights Neighborhood Guide
The Houston Heights is one of the Bayou City’s older neighborhoods and one of the first planned communities in the state.
Houston Heights real estate have remained popular due to the neighborhood’s central location within the Loop, excellent accessibility, and great schools.
- GREAT ACCESSIBILITY: Located in the area south of Loop 610, west of I-45, and north of I-10, the Heights is within minutes of other key Houston districts including Downtown, and the Medical Center.
- CENTRAL LOCATION: Schools, parks, restaurants, and retail centers are minutes away from the Heights homes.
- EXCELLENT SCHOOLS: Houston Heights homes are zoned to the Houston ISD. Multi-award winning schools like Harvard Elementary School serve the neighborhood.
- ACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is responsible for maintaining some of the community’s historic sites and enforcing deed restrictions.
- STRONG PROPERTY VALUES: Houston Heights real estate have posted some of the most impressive appreciation rates in the last 10 years.
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The neighborhood is known colloquially as the Historic Heights, or simply, The Heights.
- Located in the area south of Loop 610, west of I-45, and north of I-10, the Heights is within minutes of other key Houston districts including Downtown, and the Medical Center.
- Schools, parks, restaurants, and retail centers are minutes away from the Heights homes.
- Houston Heights homes are zoned to the Houston ISD. Multi-award winning schools like Harvard Elementary School serve the neighborhood.
- The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is responsible for maintaining some of the community’s historic sites and enforcing deed restrictions.
- Houston Heights real estate have posted some of the most impressive appreciation rates in the last 10 years.
- Retail and entertainment centers in the Galleria and Montrose/Neartown are also highly accessible from Houston Heights homes.
- The neighborhood features a wide variety of housing options, including single-family homes and townhomes.
- Like most neighborhoods in the area, a number of the Heights’ original homes have been torn down to make way for newer custom-built homes.
- Some of the older houses, however, have been restored and updated.
- Two- to three-bedroom homes are available, though the most expensive Houston Heights real estate can feature as many as four to five bedrooms.
- Home sizes are typically between 1,000 more than 4,000 square feet. Lot sizes range from 2,000 to more than 13,000 square feet.
- Prices for Houston Heights homes for sale are typically between $200,000 to more than $1,300,000.
The Houston Heights is nestled in the area west of I-45 (North Freeway), north of I-10 (Katy Freeway), and south of Loop 610.
The neighborhood is commonly called “The Heights,” which can also refer to the Greater Heights area. The actual Houston Heights is a distinct neighborhood, with a rich history dating back to the early 1900s.
One of Houston’s first planned communities, the Houston Heights features plenty of restaurants, stores, parks, entertainment hotspots, and schools. More options are available in nearby neighborhoods.
Houston Heights homes are centrally located and have easy access to main roads including Main Street, Heights Boulevard, and Shepherd Drive. Key neighborhoods like the Galleria, Downtown, and the Medical Center are minutes away from the neighborhood.
Houston Heights real estate have 77007 and 77008 Harris County zip codes.
Zip codes near Houston Heights include 77091, 77076, 77055, and 77008. (View Houston zip code map.)
Houston Heights Historic Districts
- Houston Heights Historic District West
- Houston Heights Historic District East
- Houston Heights Historic District South
In these areas, deed restrictions are in place to keep the neighborhood’s character and charm.
As you can see on the map, they are clustered around Heights Blvd, north of I-10 and below 20th. These historic districts are in addition to neighboring Norhill Historic District, Woodland Heights Historic District, and Germantown Historic District.
Residents of The Heights need not stray far to find dining, retail, and entertainment options. The Houston Heights Association operates three properties for public use: the Heights City Hall & Fire Station, Donovan Park, and Marmion Park.
Built in 1914, the Historic Heights City Hall & Fire Station is a 7,000 square foot building. It has been renovated and updated and now serves as a community center and an events venue.
Donovan Park, at 700 Heights Boulevard, features the beautiful The Heights Playground. The playground features elements reminiscent of the community’s history: a wooden train and a Victorian-inspired fortress complete with turrets and rope bridges. The park was transformed into what it is today thanks to community efforts and 5 days of work.
The city of Houston also maintains a number of parks in the Heights, including Milroy Park and Community Center. Park amenities include lighted tennis courts and a playground.
Here are some of Houston Heights must-visit places:
- Gumbo Jeaux’s
- Urban Eats
- Republic Diner + Sojubang
- Hunky Dory
- Southern Goods
- Happy Fats
- Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar
- Zelko Bistro
- Velvet Taco
- Public House Heights
- Lei Low
- Underdogs Pub
- Down the Street
- Onion Creek
- Johnny’s Gold Brick
- Revolver Bourbon Special
- 13 Heights Bar
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- El Tiempo Market
- Fiesta Food Mart
- Love Park and Community Center
- Milroy Park and Community Center
- Marmion Park
- Donovan Park
- White Oak Bayou Trail
- Heights Hike and Bike Trail
Neighborhoods near Houston Heights include:
- Garden Oaks
- Memorial Park / Rice Military
- Cottage Grove
- Camp Logan
- Oak Forest
- Sawyer Heights
- Woodland Heights
- Sunset Heights
- Shady Acres
- Independence Heights
- Northside Village
The Heights traces its roots back to 1891, when Oscar Martin Carter, through the Omaha and South Texas Land Company, purchased 1,756 acres of land a few miles northwest of downtown Houston. O.M. Carter and a number of investors further expended $500,000 into building streets, parks, schools, and utilities.
The neighborhood is one of the first planned communities in Texas and was one of Houston’s streetcar suburbs.
The Heights had its own municipality until the City of Houston annexed the neighborhood in 1919.
Growth in the area continued until the 1940s. After World War II, many industrial buildings and factories sprouted around the Heights, and for a period, the community experienced a decline.
Houston Heights real estate started to bounce back during the 1990s due to gentrification (average income increases and average family size decreases). Urban professionals, most of whom worked in Downtown Houston, began purchasing historic homes. Some were renovated, while others were torn down and replaced with newer upscale homes.
Today, Houston Heights is a diverse mix of renovated Victorian-themed houses and new construction single-family homes and townhomes.
Like other redeveloping neighborhoods, commercial establishments are cropping up around the neighborhood, from upscale boutiques to restaurants and bars.
Real estate in The Heights have appreciated significantly over the last 10 years (this community has been one of the fastest appreciating neighborhoods in the Bayou City), with developers building more single-family and townhomes to meet growing demand.
Houston Heights homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
- Crockett Elementary School at 2112 Crockett St. Crockett is a Vanguard neighborhood school serving students from Pre-K to 5th grade. It offers a traditional bilingual program as well as speech therapy services. The school also features a great fine arts program that covers dance, ballet, visual art, music, and rhythmic dancing.
- Field Elementary School at 703 E 17th St. Eugene Field Elementary received a Gold Ribbon Award from Children at Risk. The school offers special education programs, along with a Gifted and Talented neighborhood program. Field also features a music program with classes in keyboard instruments, singing, and creative movement.
- Harvard Elementary School at 801 Harvard St. Founded in 1898, Harvard Elementary is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The school offers a Vanguard neighborhood program for Gifted and Talented students, and a magnet program centered on STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Mathematics). Harvard was also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008.
- Helms Community Learning Center at 503 W 21st St. Formerly known as Helms Elementary School, HCLC is a dual language magnet school. It is an International Spanish Academy, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. The school also offers Neighborhood Vanguard and HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) programs.
- Love Elementary School at 1120 W 13th St. Founded in 1926, Love Elementary is a Neighborhood Vanguard school that offers a Gifted and Talented program. In addition to GT, Love also features robotics, after-school, Early Act First Knight, Bilingual/ELL, and special education programs.
- Sinclair Elementary School at 6410 Grovewood Ln. Sinclair ES offers a unique STEM, Communications, and Technology Magnet Program. The program seeks to develop skills in TV and multimedia productions, multimedia publishing, and Drama/Broadway productions.
- Hogg Middle School at 1100 Merrill St. James Hogg Middle School is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The school also offers various academic programs including Advanced Placement courses, Pre-AP Core classes, and algebra. Electives in Theater Arts, Music, STEM, Foreign Languages, and Band are also offered at Hogg.
- Hamilton Middle School at 139 E 20th St. Established in 1919, Hamilton Middle School is located within the Houston Heights. It is a Vanguard/Magnet school that offers high school credit courses, and Vanguard and Pre-AP courses, among other academic programs.
- Waltrip High School at 1900 West 34th St. Stephen Pool Waltrip High School is the HISD’s Research and Technology magnet school. The school opened its doors in 1959 to relieve Reagan. Today, it offers a number of academic programs including Advanced Placement and Foreign Language. Waltrip’s magnet program allows students to explore different research topics including history, literature, mathematics, chemistry, and biology, among others.
- Reagan High School at 413 E 13th St. John H. Reagan High School is a Computer Technology magnet school located in The Heights. Apart from its magnet program, the school also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and several AP courses. Other academic programs at Reagan include health and science, business, engineering and design, and transportation.
Charter Schools in Houston Heights
- Houston Heights Learning Academy at 902 W 8th St.
- Houston Heights High School at 1125 Lawrence St.
- Arabic Language Immersion School at 812 W 28th St.
Houston Heights Private Schools
The following are some of the more notable private schools near Houston Heights.
- St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 3600 Brinkman St.
- Temple Oaks Baptist School at 2101 W 34th St.
- The New School in the Heights at 403 Heights Blvd.
- Immanuel Lutheran Church and School at 306 E 15th St.
- Houston Outdoor Learning Academy at 2731 Houston Ave.
To find an updated listing of all Houston Heights real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.
One of the hottest Inner Loop neighborhoods, Houston Heights real estate has posted impressive appreciation rates over the past decade.
The neighborhood has remained a popular option thanks to its proximity to key Houston districts. New construction in the area and continuing demand are two of the factors that contribute to the Heights’ strong property values.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
For updated information regarding Houston Heights real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.
Over the past decade, single-family homes have been the predominant type of real estate bought and sold in the Houston Heights.
Recently, developers have been purchasing lots and building patio homes and townhomes, but single-family homes are still the most common housing option in the area.
Houston Heights homes were originally built as either one-story bungalow or Victorian-themed structures.
Much like other neighborhoods within Loop 610, the Houston Heights experienced a shift in home styles during the 1990s. New residents bought old properties and proceeded to either renovate historic homes or demolish them in favor of newer, upscale housing.
This created a stir among old-time residents fearing that their community is starting to turn away from its roots.
Deed restrictions were then enforced to preserve The Heights’ history, both architecture- and atmosphere-wise. This paved the way to a diverse neighborhood with a healthy mix of history, character, and modern touches.
Houston Heights townhomes are a very popular option to live within a few miles of Downtown Houston for under $400,000.
Many developers have purchased lots in the Houston Heights and begun construction on new townhomes.
The Heights is among the most popular neighborhoods for new townhomes, along with Rice Military, EaDo, and Midtown.
The most common townhomes in the area are in the $300,000 to $600,000 range, with the prices depending on the lot size, style, and location.
There are a limited number of highrise or midrise condos in the Greater Heights (especially given the neighborhood’s preference for deed restrictions and Victorian homes). Condos within the 77008 zip code include:
Condos within the 77009 zip code include:
Other condos within 10 minutes of the Heights include:
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