Montrose Houston Neighborhood Guide
“Eccentric and eclectic” aptly describe the mixed-use, but largely residential neighborhood of Montrose.
A diverse and colorful community, Montrose was once in the American Planning Association’s list of top 10 great neighborhoods in America.
Montrose homes for sale are in great demand due to the following:
- CENTRAL LOCATION: Montrose enjoys a central location west of Downtown Houston just north of the Southwest Freeway and the Museum District.
- HIGHLY ACCESSIBLE: With Downtown and Medical Center within minutes of Montrose, it is considered as one of the most highly accessible neighborhoods in Houston.
- ACTIVE COMMUNITY: Montrose is home to several neighborhood organizations and business associations, including the First Montrose Commons.
- 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 SHOPPING OPTIONS: The River Oaks Shopping Center is located in the Montrose/Neartown area. Other retail options include the Galleria, a few minutes away from the neighborhood.
- ECLECTIC CHOICE OF HOMES: Montrose homes for sale can range from 1920s mansions, quirky townhomes, upscale condominiums, and old-style and new construction single-family homes.
The “Heart of Houston,” Montrose, offers a quaint and quirky mixture of history, art, and nightlife. Homebuyers will appreciate its artsy, Bohemian vibe, as well as its proximity to retail and entertainment hubs, job centers, and schools.
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Montrose’s borders are Allen Parkway on the north, Spur 527 on the east, Southwest Freeway (US Highway 59) on the south, and Shepherd Street 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. The Texas Medical Center 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.
Montrose Houston has a 77006 Harris County zip code.
Nearby zip codes include 77098, 77019, 77002, 77005, and 77004. (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 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
- Greater Heights
- Northside Village
- Museum District
- Rice Military
- River Oaks
- Upper Kirby
- Museum District
- Medical Center
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 Audobon Place.
Montrose’s notable residents include Howard Hughes, Lyndon Johnson, O. Henry, and Houston mayor Annise Parker.
Montrose is zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and is home to the University of St. Thomas (UST), a Catholic university in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
- 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 has a GreatSchools.org rating of 8/10.
- 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. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.
- 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 has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.
- 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 Redskins, this high school has one of the best Athletics programs in the area. Lamar also boasts of the oldest lacrosse programs in Texas. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 7/10.
- 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 also features several private schools. Here are some of them:
- 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 greatly appreciated over the past decade, with median sales price increasing by 84% from $315,800 in 2005 to $581,709 in 2014. Average price per square foot has increased at a similar rate, from $167 to $251, an impressive 50%.
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. Montrose also has an abundant selection of new construction townhomes, lofts, and condos.
Montrose homes for sale come in different architectural styles, including Colonial, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Queen Anne, and Victorian, among others.
A surge of redevelopment efforts in the 1990s spurred on the construction of newer townhomes, a trend that arcs up until today.
Planned residential developments in Montrose include mid-rise condos like Flats on Fairview (2312 Commonwealth), and a 7-story condo project at 3401 Damico Street. Riverway Properties also has an 8-story project slated for development at 3615 Montrose Blvd.
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.)
For updated information regarding Montrose real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.
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 feature 3 bedroom and 3 and a half bath floor plans, and 2- to 3-story construction.
Prices vary widely too. Older bungalows can sell for as low as $120,000, while beautifully renovated or maintained 1920s mansions can sell for almost $2,000,000.
Montrose townhomes for sale gained popularity during the neighborhood’s redevelopment in the 1990s. New construction townhomes and the older ones dating back to the 90s are still in demand in Montrose.
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.
With square footage averaging 2,042 square feet, townhomes in Montrose have an average of 2.48 bedrooms and 2.3 full baths. Newer construction tend to sell for higher, but the average sale price is at $393,453.
Montrose condos are an emerging trend. The neighborhood is expecting a few new mid-rise condos in the future.
Lofts and condos in Montrose can range in size from 630 to 2,156 square feet, with an average of 1,113 square feet. Average sales price is at $189,333.
Highrise condos 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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