Midtown Houston Neighborhood Guide
Midtown homes for sale are in great demand due to the following:
- PRIME LOCATION: Midtown enjoys a central location near Downtown Houston, Medical Center, and the Museum District.
- GREAT ACCESSIBILITY: Midtown is one of the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston. With Gulf, Southwest, and South freeways to the north, south, and east of the district, other Inner Loop neighborhoods are easily accessible from Midtown.
- AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS: For a neighborhood that serves two major Houston job centers, the Texas Medical Center and Downtown, Midtown has relatively affordable homes for sale.
- THRIVING MIXED-USE COMMUNITY: Midtown is a mixed bag of retail stores, restaurants, and lounges alongside mid-rise condos, apartments, and townhomes.
- EXCITING ENVIRONMENT: Midtown features over 180 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The neighborhood has a lively street scene, with a variety of dining, shopping, and nightlife options.
Midtown Houston presents an excellent choice for homebuyers in the market for homes near job centers, retail establishments, and great schools.
Midtown is still in the midst of redevelopment.The neighborhood saw a decline in the 1980s and 90s, however, an injection of funds from the Midtown TIRZ has made renovation efforts possible.
Several new developments are under construction in the neighborhood, so consulting the best Midtown realtor greatly benefits homebuyers.
For any inquiries about Midtown homes recommendations, or off-market MLS listings, get in touch with Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com and one of the top ranked realtors in Houston.
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It offers comfortable access to job centers, as well as retail and entertainment hubs.
The 617-acre district is located north and west of the Southwest Fwy (US Highway 59) and south of Gulf Fwy (Interstate 45). Apart from the having direct access to major freeways, Midtown also has excellent transportation facilities.
The MetroRAIL Red Line runs through Midtown’s Main Street, with three stops: Wheeler, Ensemble/HCC, and McGowen. The district houses Houston’s intercity bus station and has access to the city’s bus routes.
Like its eastern neighbor EaDo, much of Midtown is undergoing redevelopment and new construction is a common sight in the area.
Midtown is known as a mixed-use district, with about 180 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops interspersed with townhomes, apartment complexes, and mid-rise condos. New construction single-family homes are also available in the district.
Midtown is still growing – more residential and commercial developments are expected in the district. Some 365 of its 617 acres is still up for development.
Midtown Houston has 77002, 77004, and 77006 Harris County zip codes.
Nearby zip codes include: 77003, 77006, 77011, 77010, 77019, and 77054. (View Houston zip code map)
The neighborhood’s mixed-use urban planning provides its residents with great options right by their doorsteps. It has a lively street scene with a variety of dining, shopping, and nightlife options.
True to its new “trendy” reputation, Midtown houses a number of bars and lounges, including a dog-friendly bar called Saint Dane’s Bar and Grille. Double Cross Lounge is quite popular for serving craft beers and cocktails. The Nouveau Antique Art Bar, on the other hand, serves cocktails alongside eclectic art choices.
Owing to its history as Little Saigon, Midtown is also home to several banh mi and pho restaurants like Kim Tai and Thien An Sandwiches.
Retail options are equally eclectic. Though there is a curious lack of big box retail stores in Midtown, the district does offer a large variety of smaller stores.
There’s Adkins Architectural Antiques, a store that sells vintage home decor and also does restorations. The Tinderbox Craft Collective sells art and craft items from local artists and provides craft workshops for interested patrons.
Midtown also has a number of parks within and around the district. Elizabeth Baldwin Park, a 4.88-acre area between Crawford and Chenevert streets, has a Vietnamese Heritage Plaza.
Peggy’s Point Plaza Park is also located in the district, while Discovery Green in Downtown Houston is just minutes away from Midtown.
Here are just some of the must-visit places in and around Midtown:
- Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge
- Saint Dane’s Bar and Grille
- Double Cross Lounge
- Nouveau Antique Art Bar
- Community Bar
- Leon’s Bar
- Bar Munich
- Mongoose vs. Cobra
- 3rd Floor Bar
- Alley Kat Bar & Lounge
- 13 Celsius
- Kim Tai
- Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch
- Thien An Sandwiches
- Les Givral’s Sandwich & Cafe
- Brennan’s of Houston
- The Breakfast Klub
- Tacos a Go-Go
- Artisans Restaurant
- The Pass
- Sparrow Bar + Kitchen
- My Flaming Heart
- The Tinderbox Craft Collective
- High Fashion Home
- Texas Junk Company
- Adkins Architectural Antiques
- Al’s Handmade Boots
- Art Supply
- Midtown Food Store
- Randalls Food & Pharmacy
- Mid-Town Market
- Fiesta Mart
- Lankford Grocery & Market
- Howl at the Moon
- Painting Above the Bar
- Numbers Night Club
- Pinot’s Pallete
- Capitol Bar
Arts and Museums
- Buffalo Soldier National Museum & Heritage Center
- Station Museum of Contemporary Art
- Houston Fire Museum
- Houston Museum of African American Culture
- The Ensemble Theatre
- Bryan Miller Gallery
- Art Palace
- Mixed Emotions Fine Art Inc
- Midtown Park
- Bethel Park
- Peggy’s Point Plaza Park
- West Webster Street Park
- Elizabeth Baldwin Park
- Discovery Green
Neighborhoods near Midtown include:
- Downtown Houston
- Second Ward
- Third Ward
- East End
- Fifth Ward
- Greater Heights
- Northside Village
- Museum District
- Rice Military
- River Oaks
Back in the 1940s, Midtown was one of Houston’s most popular residential districts.
The neighborhood flourished due to the Humble Oil and Refining Company, though the surge of commercial establishments in the district lead to some residents moving to less busy Houston neighborhoods.
In the 1970s, Vietnamese immigrants and Vietnamese Americans established Little Saigon on Travis, Milam, Webster, and San Jacinto streets.
The oil production decline during the 80s and 90s hit Midtown hard. The district saw a decrease in population and an economic slowdown. Boarded-up buildings and graffiti lined the district’s streets.
In 1995, Houston established the Midtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). Four years later, the Midtown Management District was born.
Redevelopment initiatives effectively increased Midtown’s population, along with condos, apartments, townhouses, restaurants, bars, and retail stores in the area.
The neighborhood’s now has distinct street signs, landscaping, lights, and paved sidewalks. Midtown’s resurgence, however, is not over yet. With more and more people moving to the trendy and highly accessible district, more improvements are expected to follow.
Midtown is home to the Houston Community College System’s Central Campus. The district is zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
- Edward Blackshear Elementary School at 2900 Holman. Blackshear serves students in grades PK to 5. It offers after school programs, along with extracurricular activities like cheerleading and drumline.
- Henry F. MacGregor Elementary School at 4801 La Branch St. Serving PK to 5 students, MacGregor offers several magnet programs in music and science. It also offers an Extended Day Program.
- Gregory-Lincoln Education Center at 1101 Taft St. GLEC is a combined elementary and middle school serving K-8 students. The school has a diverse student body and requires students to wear uniforms. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 3 out of 10.
- Young Scholars Academy for Excellence at 1809 Louisiana. Young Scholars is a public charter school that serves PK to 8 students. It offers programs that are family-centered and focused on the development of the whole child.
- Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer. Home to the Lamar Redskins, this high school offers one of the best Athletics programs in the city. Lamar also has one of the oldest lacrosse programs in Texas. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 7 out of 10.
- John H. Reagan High School at 413 E 13th St. JH Reagan offers both sports and academic programs. Each student is brought to a specific “academy”: Business, Engineering & Architectural Design, Freshman, Health Science, and Magnet Academy for Technology.
- Houston Academy for International Studies at 1810 Stuart St. This alternative secondary (magnet early college) school was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2014. It offers academic programs like Advanced Placement and Early College/Dual Credit. HAIS has a GreatSchools.org rating of 9/10.
- Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy at 1906 Cleburne St. A result of a partnership of the Houston ISD and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, YWCPA offers Pre-AP and AP courses for grade 6 to 12 students. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 9/10.
There are a number of private schools and higher learning institutions within and around the district. Here are some of them:
- Imagination Campus Midtown at 2000 Crawford St. This private early education school caters to infants, toddlers, early- and pre-school students. Imagination offers unique programs in child development including Sparks I and II.
- LaBranch Child Development Center at 2320 Labranch. Located at the LaBranch Federal Building, this center also offers child care and early education programs.
Other early childhood centers in Midtown include Erinns Heart Early Learning Academy, Crayon Club, and Genesis Learning Center.
- Precious Jewels Alpha Learning Center, LLC at 2301 Main St. Precious Jewels is a private school serving PK-6 students. It offers extracurricular activities in fine arts including music and creative movement.
- The School For Young Children at 810 Sul Ross St. This school is under the Special Schools Coalition of Greater Houston and serves grades 1-6 special needs children. They specialize in providing elementary education to children with language-based learning difficulties.
- The Harris School at 900 Lovett Blvd. This school offers a specialized curriculum for students in grades PK to 8. The curriculum centers on academic and therapeutic programs.
- Incarnate Word Academy at 609 Crawford St. The Incarnate Word Academy is a “Catholic college preparatory for young women.” IWA offers both academics and athletics programs.
- St. Stephen’s Episcopal School at 1800 Sul Ross St. A part of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, St. Stephen’s is a diverse, coeducational school. It serves grades 6 through 12.
- UH Small Business Development Center
- Houston Community College
- Houston Graduate School of Theology
- Houston Technology Center
To find an updated listing of all Midtown 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.
Midtown Houston’s real estate prices have steadily increased over the past 10 years, marking a 49% positive growth in median sales price.
From $207,745 in 2005, average sales price has increased to $308,906 in 2014, with average price per square foot jumping from $119 to $169 over the same period.
The increase in sales prices is more notable in the last 5 years, with property values increasing by 34%.
As a newly revitalized mixed-use neighborhood, the most popular Midtown housing options are townhomes and condos.
New construction multi-level townhomes are common in the area, ranging from contemporary and traditional styles. Compared to similar properties in the Inner Loop, Midtown homes for sale are relatively cheaper, with prices starting at $100,000.
Midtown has some of the most affordable prices per square foot in the Inner Loop. Townhomes in the area averaging 2,000 square feet can sell for $400,000.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
For updated information regarding Midtown real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.
Following a trend of new construction townhomes, Midtown single-family homes for sale have decreased.
Due to the trend, median sales prices in Midtown have gone up by 13% in the past year alone. The number of homes sold have also increased in the area, however, more townhomes were sold compared to single-family homes.
With more residential and commercial developments slated for the neighborhood, those numbers may rise even more.
Midtown’s main housing attraction, townhomes have revitalized the district’s real estate market.
Most of the homes in the area are new construction townhomes. Midtown townhomes for sale are generally 2- to 3-story homes. Standard floor plans include second- to third-floor living, 3 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths, and 2-car garages.
These new construction homes have an average of about 2,000 square feet with prices ranging from $300,000 to upwards of $400,000,
Property developers have started a number of projects in the neighborhood, with some still under construction.
Loft living is popular in the district. A number of Midtown luxury lofts, like the Rise Lofts on 2000 Bagby Street, offers views of the Downtown Houston skyline, open floor plans, and great accessibility.
Many offerings feature 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of living space with 2 parking spaces, with access to great amenities like lounges, pools, and garden terraces.
Some Midtown condo buildings include:
Downtown Houston Condos:
- Stanford Lofts
- Commerce Towers
- Bayou Lofts
- Franklin Lofts
- St. Germain Lofts
- Hermann Lofts
- Capitol Lofts
- Keystone Lofts
Museum District Area Condos:
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