Montrose Houston Neighborhood Guide
Montrose is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood located some three miles west of downtown Houston.
A diverse and colorful community, Montrose was once in the American Planning Association’s list of top 10 great neighborhoods in America.
Montrose real estate are constantly in high demand, thanks to the neighborhood’s:
- CENTRAL LOCATION: Montrose is centrally located within the Inner Loop and is minutes away from key districts like downtown, the Medical Center, and the Galleria.
- HIGH ACCESSIBILITY: One of the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston, Montrose homes have convenient access to main roads and freeways, including Richmond Avenue, Montrose Boulevard, Southwest Freeway, Shepherd Drive, Allen Parkway, and Westheimer Road, among others.
- EXCITING STREET SCENE AND NIGHTLIFE: The neighborhood houses numerous dive bars, wine lounges, music bars, and pubs, alongside several food joints, restaurants, and cafes.
- GREAT HOME OPTIONS: Montrose homes for sale can range from 1920s mansions, quirky townhomes, upscale condominiums, and old-style and new construction single-family homes.
- NEW DEVELOPMENT: Rising demand for housing in the area has driven new residential development in the form of townhomes and condos. New condos in the area include Flats on Fairview and 3615 Montrose.
Apart from relatively easy commutes and the neighborhood’s quiet suburban feel, Neartown/Montrose’s schools are also a great draw for homebuyers. Recent changes, including a trend in tearing down older homes for newer and bigger homes, has made the neighborhood’s market a bit tricky to navigate.
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Montrose Real Estate Guide
Montrose real estate is highly popular due to the neighborhood’s great location, quirky atmosphere, and high accessibility.
- Montrose is centrally located within the Inner Loop and is minutes away from key districts like downtown, the Medical Center, and the Galleria.
- One of the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston, Montrose homes have convenient access to main roads and freeways, including Richmond Avenue, Montrose Boulevard, Southwest Freeway, Shepherd Drive, Allen Parkway, and Westheimer Road, among others.
- The neighborhood houses numerous dive bars, wine lounges, music bars, and pubs, alongside several food joints, restaurants, and cafes.
- Montrose homes for sale can range from 1920s mansions, quirky townhomes, upscale condominiums, and old-style and new construction single-family homes.
- Rising demand for housing in the area has driven new residential development in the form of townhomes and condos. New condos in the area include Flats on Fairview and 3615 Montrose.
- Montrose is home to several neighborhood organizations and business associations, including the First Montrose Commons.
- One of Houston’s older neighborhoods, Montrose exudes a sort of Bohemian, anything-goes atmosphere.
- Older Montrose homes – some dating back to the 1920s – have since been updated and maintained. Others have since been replaced with newer custom-built homes.
- Some parts of the Neartown/Montrose area are deed-restricted, including Hyde Park and the historic district, Courtlandt Place.
- Homes in the area mostly offer 2- to 4-bedroom floor plans, with living spaces between 2,000 to more than 4,500 square feet.
- Montrose homes typically sit on mid to large-sized lots (by Houston standards), ranging from 1,500 to more than 9,000 square feet.
- Prices for Montrose homes for sale can start at around $150,000 and can go up to more than $2,000,000.
Montrose’s borders are Allen Parkway on the north, Spur 527 on the east, Southwest Freeway (US Highway 59) on the south, and Shepherd Drive on the west.
Montrose is centrally located in the Inner Loop. Its location affords its residents convenient access to other Houston neighborhoods.
The neighborhood has Downtown and Midtown to the east, Upper Kirby and River Oaks to the west, and Rice Military to the north. Boulevard Oaks and the Museum District are to the south of the neighborhood, just across the Southwest Freeway.
Several bus lines cover the neighborhood. Additionally, the planned METRORail University/Blue Line will have a stop in Montrose.
Montrose is a largely residential neighborhood, though several retail and entertainment establishments are within the area.
Property development in Montrose, like in Midtown and EaDo, is booming. New construction and renovation projects are a common sight, with more developments planned in the near future.
Neartown/Montrose Houston is under the 77006, 77098, and 77019 Harris County zip codes.
Nearby zip codes include 77002, 77003, 77004, 77007, and 77010. (View Houston zip code map)
One of Houston’s cultural and historical centers, Montrose is home to a diverse mix of cafes, restaurants, dive bars, vintage shops, and art galleries. Montrose offers a fusion of new and old, upscale and artsy.
Montrose has several thrift, antique, and secondhand shops, as well as the River Oaks Shopping Center, one of the oldest shopping centers in the US. The Galleria is a few minutes away.
Rudyard’s, a pub at 2010 Waugh Street, is known as “Montrose’s Living Room.” It seems to have everything: on-tap selection of beer, great food, comedy and musical acts upstairs, beer tastings, and a dart league. Dog-friendly West Alabama Ice House is a favorite spot for Montrose residents. A casual ice house with a taco truck and a patio, West Alabama offers an unassuming place to kick back after a long day.
Da Marco Cucino E Vino, an upscale Italian bistro, is popular in the neighborhood. Brasil, on the other hand, draws in music lovers and creative types with its wide selection of beer, coffee, tea, and wine.
The Menil Collection, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, has about 17,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and rare books. The private art collection includes some works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, alongside contemporary pieces from Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
The Rothko Chapel, also founded by the de Menils, is an interfaith chapel that houses various books and writings from different religions. It also features art and the Broken Obelisk, a sculpture dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.
Montrose also plays host to festivals, including the four-decade old Houston Greek Festival. The Houston Pride Parade and the bi-annual Westheimer Colony Arts Festival used to be held at the neighborhood.
Here are some of the best places to visit in and around Neartown / Montrose:
- African Art Room
- Art League of Houston
- Blue Orange
- Contemporary Arts Museum
- Menil Collection
- Domy Books
- Magick Cauldron
- Spec’s Liquor
- Lola’s Depot
- Poison Girl
- Griff’s Houston
- Cecil’s Pub
- Firkin & Phoenix Pub
- Absinthe Restaurant Lounge
- The Next Door
- Anvil Bar & Refuge
- Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
- West Alabama Ice House
- Baba Yega’s
- La Mexicana Restaurant
- Niko Niko’s
- The Breakfast Klub
- Cafe Brussels
- Mark’s American Cuisine
- Da Marco
- Brennan’s of Houston
- Buffalo Bayou Park
- Eleanor Tinsley Park
- Ervan Chew Park
- Mandell Park
- Cherryhurst Park
Neighborhoods near Montrose include:
- Downtown Houston
- Museum District
- Rice Military / Washington Avenue
- River Oaks
- Upper Kirby
- Medical Center
- Boulevard Oaks
In 1911, Houston Land Corporation executive J.W. Link spearheaded Montrose’s development. Link purchased some 250 acres of land and developed the main street (Montrose Boulevard) through the property’s center. Montrose was one of Houston’s original streetcar suburbs, with the Montrose Line running through the neighborhood.
Link also built his own home on the property. The Link-Lee mansion now serves as the administration offices for the University of St. Thomas.
In the 1960s and 70s, Montrose attracted the counterculture movement and became home to alternative community centers, communes, and artists’ studios. During this time, Montrose developed its Bohemian, anything-goes flavor, with residents ranging from artists to members of the LGBT community, from writers to wealthy eccentrics.
Montrose has five city designated historic districts including Courtlandt Place, Westmoreland, Avondale East, Avondale West, and Audubon Place.
Montrose’s notable residents include Howard Hughes, Lyndon Johnson, O. Henry, and Houston mayor Annise Parker.
Montrose homes are zoned to Houston Independent School District (HISD) and students in the area can attend the following public schools:
- MacGregor Elementary School at 4801 La Branch St. MacGregor Elementary can trace its roots back to 1922. It serves students in grades PK to 5 and offers magnet programs in music and science. Afterschool activities include girl and boy scouts, as well as an Extended Day program.
- Poe Elementary School at 5100 Hazard St. Named after Edgar Allan Poe, this elementary school is a fine arts magnet school. It is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).
- Wharton Dual Language Academy at 900 W Gray St. An alternative primary school, Wharton offers a Language Magnet program for students in grades PK through 8. It features a program that incorporates both Spanish and English languages.
- Wilson Montessori at 2100 Yupon St. Also known as Wilson Elementary, this school offers a Montessori program that encourages self-reliance and independence.
- Lanier Middle School at 2600 Woodhead St. In 2011, Sidney Lanier Middle School received a Texas Gold Performance Award. It offers a Vanguard program for exemplary students and is an authorized IB World School serving the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
- Gregory-Lincoln Education Center at 1101 Taft. GLEC features a Fine Arts magnet program for students in grades K to 8. It offers classes in vocal and instrumental music, theater, dance, culinary arts, visual arts, and multimedia arts.
- Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan at 2610 Elgin St. BCMAR is a magnet middle school located in the campus where Ryan Middle School once stood. A relatively new school, it offers offers a unique Medical Magnet program that is centered on a health science based curriculum.
- Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer Rd. Home to the Lamar Texans, this high school has one of the best Athletics programs in the area and boasts of the oldest lacrosse programs in Texas. Lamar is also an International Baccalaureate World School, serving the IB Diploma Programme. The school also offers a business management magnet program, a neighborhood program, and an Advanced Placement program.
- High School for the Performing and Visual Arts at 4001 Stanford St. Also known as HSPVA, this school boasts of “an academic program with concentrated training in the arts.” HSPVA is divided into six departments, including creative writing, vocal music, instrumental music, dance, theater, and visual arts.
Montrose Houston Private Schools
The following are some of the more notable private schools near Montrose.
- University of St. Thomas
- Annunciation Orthodox School at 3600 Yoakum Blvd.
- The Harris School at 900 Lovett Blvd.
- Avalon Academy at 1616 Indiana St.
- Kipling Street Academy at 1425 Kipling St.
- School For Young Children at 810 Sul Ross St.
- St. Stephens Episcopal School at 1800 Sul Ross St.
To find an updated listing of all Montrose 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.
Montrose real estate have posted steady increases over the past decade. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including new residential development in the area, rising demand, and the neighborhood’s central location.
Montrose real estate is as eclectic as the neighborhood’s reputation. It offers a diverse array of old mansions, single-family bungalows, and patio homes. The neighborhood also has an abundant selection of new construction townhomes, lofts, and condos.
A surge of redevelopment efforts in the 1990s spurred on the construction of newer townhomes, a trend that arcs up until today.
New residential developments in Montrose include mid-rise condos like Flats on Fairview (2312 Commonwealth) and Riverway Properties’ 3615 Montrose.
Commercial developments are also on the rise, including the renovation of WestMont on the northeast corner of Lovette and Montrose.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
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Despite an increase in new construction townhomes and condos, Montrose single-family homes are still quite a popular housing option.
From 2-story homes with sprawling land areas to smaller, older bungalows, Montrose offers a variety of styles and sizes.
Some of the neighborhood’s older homes have been replaced with larger custom-built homes, though a number of its vintage homes from the 1920s (and older) have been carefully updated and maintained.
Montrose homes typically feature 3- to 4-bedroom floor plans, with living spaces from 2,000 to more than 4,500 square feet. Homes in the area feature mid- to large-sized lots, ranging from 1,500 to more than 9,000 square feet.
The most expensive Montrose real estate can offer as many as 5 bedrooms, spread over 4,000 square feet.
Montrose homes for sale come in different architectural styles, including Colonial, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Queen Anne, and Victorian, among others.
Prices vary widely too. Older bungalows can sell for as low as $200,000, while beautifully renovated or maintained 1920s mansions can sell for almost $2,000,000.
Demand for housing near Houston’s key districts has sparked development in neighborhoods within the Inner Loop, including Montrose. New construction Montrose townhomes and patio homes are located within gated communities, and have replaced some of the area’s older homes.
Three- to four-bedroom floor plans are common, spread across 1,000 to more than 3,500 square feet of living space. Lot sizes are smaller, between 1,000 to 2,500 square feet.
Architectural styles vary, though most new construction feature contemporary aesthetics.
Like most Inner Loop neighborhoods, Montrose also features upscale multi-level townhomes with game rooms, 2-car garages, and roof decks/terraces. Some even feature front and/or backyards. Townhomes within gated communities have controlled access and other amenities.
Prices for Montrose townhomes for sale range from $150,000 to over $1,000,000.
Montrose condos are an emerging trend. The neighborhood is expecting a few new mid-rise condos in the future. Some of the newest developments in the area include 1400 California, 3615 Montrose, and Flats on Fairview.
Condo units in Montrose typically feature 1 to 3 bedrooms, with living spaces ranging from 600 to more than 2,000 square feet. Bigger 4-bedroom properties with 4 and a half baths are also available in some residential buildings. Luxury Montrose condos feature 24/7 concierge services, controlled access, swimming pools, parking, and other community amenities.
Prices, floor plans, and architectural styles vary and there are many from which to choose, including:
- 1400 California
- 3615 Montrose
- Flats on Fairview
- Lovett Place Condos
- One Montrose Place
- Parc IV and V
- Tremont Tower
Montrose condos for sale can start at around $150,000. Units in newer residential developments can sell for more than $2,500,000.
Highrise condos and lofts located near and around Montrose include:
- Commerce Towers
- Four Seasons Residence
- Bayou Lofts
- Franklin Lofts
- Hermann Lofts
- St Germain Lofts
- Rise Lofts
- The Edge
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- 2016: One of the Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
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- 2014 – “One of the Top 40 Houston Realtors,” Houston Chronicle
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- 2014 – Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly Magazine
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