The Ultimate 2023 Houston Neighborhood Guide
Looking for the best neighborhood in Houston? Our experts have done the research for you. See our comprehensive Houston neighborhood guides.
Welcome to Houston! We're the 4th most populous city in the US, covering over 600 square miles.
To help you find the best neighborhood to live in, we've created 47 different neighborhood guides.
These resources include 3,153 pages of:
- Neighborhood profiles
- Custom neighborhood maps
- Key community statistics
- 10-year real estate sales trends
- Exclusive buyer and seller tips from Paige Martin (one of the top-ranked Realtors in the United States, having sold over $250 million of Houston real estate).
Explore Houston by reading below, or contact Paige Martin now for personal recommendations and advice on what Houston neighborhoods may be best for you.
"The Houston Properties Team went above and beyond during the home buying and selling process. We first worked with Paige and her team in 2012 and chose to work with them again in 2021. Their knowledge of the market and trends by neighborhood made them trusted advisors and helped us negotiate the best prices. Additionally, they were with us every step of the way to ensure things were as simple and efficient as possible for us. They also have a fabulous list of contractors. We were especially happy with their recommendations for painting walls and refinishing floors before we moved in.” – Jessica Graham
Table of Contents
- Explore the Best of Houston & Most Popular Guides
- Central Houston Neighborhoods
- Western Houston Neighborhoods
- Top Ranked Houston Suburbs
- Neighborhood Guides By Amenities
- Houston Neighborhood Map
- Houston Zip Code Map
- Houston At A Glance: City Of Houston Overview
- The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home
Explore the Best of Houston & Most Popular Guides
Contact us, the #1 boutique real estate team in Houston, for more comprehensive advice on choosing the right neighborhood for your lifestyle.
Guide To Houston's Best Neighborhoods
Get a free guide of the best Houston neighborhoods featuring neighborhoods overview, and real estate trends. We have also compiled homes for sale, pictures, and maps.
Take a virtual tour of Houston's Best Neighborhoods! See complete Houston neighborhood profiles, 10-year real estate trends, maps, homes for sale, luxury real estate pictures, and more!
Best Houston Relocation Guide And Packet
Houston Real Estate is dynamic and diverse, with a strong economy and employment rate. Among the top 10 most populated metropolitan areas in the United States, Houston homes are the most affordable! Thanks to this, 49,800 people moved to Houston last year. Plus, around 4,000 more are relocating each month.
Grab a copy of the best Houston Relocation Packet! Get a comprehensive Houston neighborhoods guide, virtual tours and overviews, homebuying assistance, custom neighborhood comparisons, and more!
Guide To The 15 Best Suburbs Near Downtown
We created a list of the best suburbs that are within 45 minutes of the heart of Houston. The “Best Houston Suburbs To Live” feature homes on sizeable lots, accessibility, top-ranked public schools, and excellent community amenities.
Considering a home outside the heart of Houston as you’re looking for more space, more top-ranked schools, or more affordable homes? Then this resource guide is for you.
Guide To The 14 Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods
We reviewed 200,000+ Inner Loop home sales since 2000 and ranked the best neighborhoods in real estate appreciation. The neighborhoods within, or with good access to The Galleria and Energy Corridor, Downtown Houston, and The Medical Center are the top neighborhoods of the past decade.
Houston’s Inner Loop is one of the top-ranked regions within Texas. 14 neighborhoods stand out with the best real estate appreciation over the past year. See them all here.
16 Best Luxury Gated Communities In Houston
Security, convenience, and low maintenance are the appeal of Houston gated communities. The charm of the lock-and-leave lifestyle drives many homebuyers toward Houston’s many gated communities.
Most of Houston’s luxury gated communities are located within either the Inner Loop’s Best Neighborhoods, Houston’s Top Suburbs, or Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods.
Houston’s close-in neighborhoods offer more than 100 gated communities. We ranked the 16 luxury gated neighborhoods and are within 35 minutes of The Loop.
Greater Memorial Houston Guide
Memorial houses several of Houston’s 20 most expensive neighborhoods. Excellent schools, spacious lots, great location, and a great selection of homes make these neighborhoods some of the most desirable real estates.
Memorial is made up of several neighborhoods, gated communities, and independent cities. Memorial real estate is one of Bayou City’s most desirable and most expensive.
Get a closer look at the accessible and convenient Memorial neighborhoods including Memorial Villages, Frostwood, and Memorial Forest.
Greater Houston Heights Guide
Houston Heights homes are popular thanks to its strong community, historic homes, great commute, parks and trails, and emerging schools. It is also one of the best performing Houston neighborhoods thanks to its strong real estate appreciation, aside from being one of the Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods for its accessibility.
Houston Heights is an exciting neighborhood of 3,700 homes. The Heights has experienced tremendous property appreciation and development over the past decade.
20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods
We have reviewed over 400,000 home sales over the last 10 years. The top luxury neighborhoods are among Houston’s Most Accessible Neighborhoods - close proximity to the city’s entertainment hubs and major job centers. They also show the best performance in terms of land value appreciation and real estate appreciation.
Houston has 10 of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation. See which communities made the "20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods" list.
For more information on Central Houston Neighborhoods and personal recommendations, email Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com.
Central Houston Neighborhoods
“We relocated to Texas from out of state 3 years ago, and Paige’s intimate knowledge of Houston neighborhoods, valuations, trends, and pitfalls was simply unmatched. We would never have been able to find our perfect home without her. She was calm and focused when everything seemed most challenging — a true professional and advocate who has become a dear friend. We are grateful to have met her!” - Gretchen & Brad Richter
|Afton Oaks||Hyde Park||River Oaks Neighbors|
|Avalon Place||Montrose||Royden Oaks|
|Glendower Court||Rice Military||Upper Kirby|
|Highland Village||River Oaks||Weslayan Plaza|
|Cottage Grove||Lazybrook||Shady Acres|
|Garden Oaks||Northside||Sunset Heights|
|Houston Heights||Oak Forest||Timbergrove|
|Independence Heights||Sawyer Heights||Woodland Heights|
|Briar Hollow||Galleria Condos||Tanglewood|
|Broad Oaks||Highland Village||Weslayan Plaza|
|Braeswood Place||Bellaire||Sunset Terrace|
|Braes Heights||Meyerland||West University|
|Boulevard Oaks||Museum District||Southgate|
|Fannin Station||Museum District Condos||Southampton|
|Downtown Lofts||EaDo||Midtown Townhomes|
|Arlington Terrace||Crestwood||Rice Military|
|Briar Hollow||Glen Cove|
|Camp Logan||Memorial Park|
|Audubon Hollow||Eaton Square||Ravenna|
|Caceres||Park at Memorial Heights||River Hollow|
|Courtlandt Place||Raintree Place||Winfield Gate|
Western Houston Neighborhoods
Choosing the best neighborhood can be overwhelming. Get advice from the best Houston Realtors when searching for the right neighborhood to live in.
|Bayou Woods||Hudson Forest||Tanglewood|
|Briargrove Park||Memorial Forest||Whispering Oaks|
|Memorial Villages Overview||Hilshire||Spring Valley|
|Bunker Hill||Hunters Creek|
|Briarcroft||Parkway at Eldridge||Royal Oaks|
|Briarmeadow||Parkway Terrace||Royal Oaks Country Club|
|Energy Cooridor||Talia Trails|
|Lakes of Parkway||Upland Lakes|
|Kolbe Farms||Spring Branch|
|Oak Forest||Westview Terrace|
|Farnham Park||Stablewood||Parkway Terrace|
|Indian Trail||Lakes of Parkway||Royal Oaks Country Club|
|Ravenna||Parkway at Eldridge|
For more information on Houston Neighborhoods and personal recommendations, email Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com.
Top Ranked Houston Suburbs
“Paige demonstrated all qualities you want in a realtor – knowledgeable, attentive, responsive, patient. She put us into our first dream home, and due to that experience, we’ve returned to her time and again for our other real estate needs. You will quickly realize after working with Paige that while she focuses on completing your deal, her endgame is to ensure her clients’ needs are preserved and satisfied.” – Peter McGillivray & Jillian Jopling
|Fall Creek||Kingwood||The Groves|
|Champion Forest||Jersey Village||Towne Lake|
|Cypress||Kluge Lake||Lakes of Cypress Forest|
|Gleannloch Farms||Stonebrook Estates|
|Aliana||Missouri City||Sugar Creek|
|Cinco Ranch||Richmond||Sugar Land|
|Grand Lakes||Seven Meadows|
|Clear Lake||League City||Silvercreek|
|Audubon Hollow||Raintree Place||Indian Trail|
|Arlington Terrace||River Hollow||Ravenna|
|Eaton Square||Farnham Park||Lakes of Parkway|
|Park at Memorial Heights||Hudson Forest||Royal Oaks Country Club|
Neighborhood Guides By Amenities
Houston, TX has many neighborhoods that offer amazing amenities and access to primary Houston employment and commercial hotspots. To help you, we made 47 neighborhood guides so you can find the right neighborhood for you and your family.
10 Most Accessible Houston Neighborhoods
Based on the 40th annual study from Rice’s Kinder Institute, traffic is one of the worst problems facing Houston. Along with its dynamic growth, the city's population is expected to surpass 7.1 million before the year ends. This means Houston traffic is likely to get worse over the next decade.
We analyzed the "Best Restaurants", compared Forbes studies, assessed venues, compared neighborhoods, and interviewed dozens of our clients to find out the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston.
According to Forbes Magazine, Houston is the most “walkable major city in Texas” and the 23rd most “walkable city in the United States.” See which neighborhoods made the list.
Best Condos Near The Houston Metrorail
Houston’s Red, Green, and Purple three lines make up the 22.7-mile light rail system of the city. These lines run north to south, from East Downtown to Downtown's Main Street, and branches out to the South Union area and University of Houston in the southeast. Choosing to live near the METRORail is a great option of getting around the city.
Homebuyers looking to buy a Houston condo along the METRORail have 21 options (plus a few honorable mentions). We list them all and plot them on a map.
Downtown Houston Lofts & Condos Guide
Downtown Houston offers a lock-and-leave lifestyle plus luxury amenities such as 24-hour concierge and valet services, fitness rooms, conference rooms, and pools. It is also home to the second-largest theatre community in the US and has 400+ Yelp-rated dining and retail establishments. With its skywalks and tunnels, getting around Downtown is easy. The METRORail, Greenlink, Houston B-Cycle, and bus system also make Downtown Houston highly accessible.
Downtown Houston is home to over 150,000 workers and 3,500 businesses. Here's the complete guide to the 25+ condos and lofts Downtown.
Guide To Inner Loop Houston Condos
Some of the most popular Inner Loop Houston Condos are 2727 Kirby At River Oaks, Bayou Bend Towers, Royalton At River Oaks, The Huntingdon Royalton At River Oaks, Renoir Lofts at the River Oaks Shopping Center, and The Briarglen Houston Condo. These condos are conveniently located minutes away from Galleria, the River Oaks Shopping Center, Downtown, and Texas Medical Center.
Inner Loop condo residents are a few blocks from parks, running trails, and numerous entertainment hubs like restaurants, museums, and shopping centers.
Guide To Galleria Houston Condos
Galleria is home to some of the most popular and luxurious condos in Houston. Condos such as The Astoria sits along Post Oak Boulevard and is close to more than around 200 upscale shops and 50 world-class restaurants. Montebello is located across Uptown Park which features two upscale salons and fine dining, boutique shops, and antique and furniture stores.
Galleria is one of Houston's most exciting districts. The area provides one of the best highrise lifestyles in the city. See all the luxury condos and highrises within Galleria.
Guide To Houston Medical Center Condos
The Medical Center is one of the city’s main employment and business districts. It houses renowned hospitals, research and academic institutions, medical schools, pharmacy schools, dental schools, and nursing programs. Being the largest medical complex in the US, it is home to 3,500+ businesses and 100,000+ employees.
With its premier healthcare institutions, research centers, and academic institutions, the Texas Medical Center is one of Houston’s largest employment centers. See all condos in the area.
19 Best Golf Course Communities in Houston
Houstons’s best golf course communities have some of the loveliest gardens, parks, and public spaces. It can provide premium living with built-in recreation facilities, and proximity to highly rated school districts and commercial hubs.These golf course communities offer the luxury of a golf lifestyle both on and off the course.
We list 19 luxury neighborhoods that feature a well-ranked golf course and are within 35 minutes of Houston’s Inner Loop.
Guide To The Best Houston Patio Homes
Patio Homes, also called "garden homes", are smaller properties that are quite popular due to their low upkeep and maintenance costs. These usually detached homes are preferred for their privacy and affordability. Many Houston patio homes are located within sections of master-planned communities.
New patio homes in Houston are single-family, free-standing homes on small lots. Find the best patio homes for sale in Houston here!
Complete Guide To The Best Houston Townhomes
Townhomes are known for their smaller footprint, minimal maintenance, and affordability. Houston’s hottest neighborhoods including EaDo, Midtown, Montrose, Rice Military, Camp Logan, and the Houston Heights area have seen a spark in demand for townhome development.
Townhomes are one of the fastest-growing housing types in Houston as they are usually less expensive than single-family homes and condos.
Tour All Of Houston Multi Family Homes
Multi-family homes are preferred for becoming an easier solution to buying a larger more expensive home for close family and friends. There is an increasing demand for multi-family homes in the Houston area as they are becoming more attractive to Houston real estate investment. Some of these properties are located in highly sought-after eateries, shopping centers, and entertainment.
All areas of Houston have many different multi-family homes that are under construction. Find them all here.
Guide To New Construction Houston Condos
More people move closer to key districts to shorten commutes as Houston's bustling business districts grow. This relocation increased the number of residents in these key Houston areas and resulted in more than 25 new highrises being recently opened, or being developed.
Houston is 3rd US city with the most number of new constructions. Our city also now ranks 7th in Emporis’ list of “North American Cities With Most Number Of Highrise Developments”.
New construction condos are also rising in River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Briar Hollow, Rice Military, and the Museum District, Houston's most accessible neighborhoods.
Guide To The Best Houston Luxury Condos
Houston’s premier luxury condo buildings offer exclusivity and accessibility. These luxury condos are at the heart of sought-after neighborhoods, located near premier shopping destinations and business districts. These buildings also often feature resort-like amenities like infinity pools, party/conference rooms, private spas, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Residents can easily access Yelp-rated retail, dining, and entertainment establishments. Most of these properties also have some of the best 5-year appreciation rates among Houston's luxury highrises.
For more information on Central Houston Neighborhoods and personal recommendations, email Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com.
Houston Neighborhood Map
"Buying a house in Houston with The Houston Properties Team was just the start of our relationship. They helped me build friends, relationships and support as new residents in Houston. They truly went above and beyond to help make our lives better even after our move." – Brandon, Google Review
As Houston covers over 600 square miles (with 7.15 million people in the MSA) it can be a little overwhelming to choose which neighborhood to live in.
Having the best team with comprehensive knowledge about Houston neighborhoods will help in selecting the best location to buy the right property.
Houston Zip Code Map
With all the information available regarding Houston's best neighborhoods out there, deciding which area to choose could be difficult.Please contact us for more data or an analysis of which areas may be best for you.
Finding the right Houston neighborhood is an exciting but sometimes challenging process.
Having a great Realtor will help you with choosing the best property based on the neighborhoods you like, the type of properties you want, and how much you can afford.
Houston At A Glance: City Of Houston Overview
Curious to know which Houston neighborhood is best for you? Let us help! Contact Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com, ranked #1 Agent with Keller Williams in Texas and #5 Worldwide.
Houston is #1 on Forbes' "America's Fastest-Growing Cities" list.
Ranking in the top 10 for job growth, Houston also topped Forbes’ “Top 10 Healthiest Housing Markets” feature.
Houston's best neighborhoods are also listed among the most popular communities in the country. River Oaks, the most expensive neighborhood in Houston, is ranked among the 10 wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation.
The city is home of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest concentration of health care and research institutions, and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
Houston added over 100,000 jobs in the past year. In addition, Houston’s major employers are planning on boosting their workforce by another 100,000. This implies another 125,000+ people will be relocating to Bayou City within the next year.
The growth doesn't stop there. (See other Houston new construction stats.)
The construction industry is benefiting from new capital flowing into the city. Houston is 3rd in Forbes list of “Cities With Most New Constructions.”
Houston became the #1 city in the country for new single-family home construction permits over the past year.
Houston's new construction starts total $4.8 billion. Houston's total new construction communities are at an all-time high, representing an 8% year-over-year growth.
Houston also ranks 7th in Emporis’ lists of “North American Cities With Most Number Of Highrise Developments".
Including both residential and commercial, Houston has 28 highrises currently in development.
New luxury residential highrise buildings in Houston include: The Astoria, The Belfiore, Riva At the Park, and several new luxury gated communities in Houston.
In addition to the 28 buildings under construction, there are 83 additional buildings (that are at least 12 floors high) that are in “approved” or “proposed” phases with the city. The majority of these buildings are commercial and located in or near Houston’s four major job centers.
The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home
The Houston Properties Team has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member. Each member is a specialist in their role – which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.
Paige Martin, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty, and the Houston Properties Team are ranked among the top residential Realtors in the world.
They have been featured on TV and in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Reuters, Fox News in the Morning, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houstonia, and Houston Chronicle.
Paige Martin was just ranked as the #5 agent in the world with Keller Williams, completing over $1 Billion in Houston residential real estate sales.
Her recent awards include:
– 2021 Best Real Estate Teams in America, RealTrends.com
– 2021: Top 100 Women Leaders in Real Estate of 2021
– 2021: America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents
– 2021: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
– 2021: Best Houston Real Estate Team, Best of Reader’s Choice
– 2021: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
– 2021: #1 Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Memorial
– 2020: America’s Best Real Estate Teams, Best of America Trends
– 2020: Best Houston Real Estate Team, Best of Reader’s Choice
– 2020: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
– 2020: #6 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
– 2020: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas (Top Keller Williams Realtor)
– 2020: #1 Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Memorial
- 2019: Top Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
- 2019: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2019: #5 Individual Agent, KW Worldwide
- 2019: #1 Individual Agent, KW Texas
- 2018: #5 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
- 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2018: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2018: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
- 2018: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2017: #10 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
- 2017: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2017: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
- 2017: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2016: #20 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
- 2016: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2016: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, HBJ
- 2016: Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly
- 2016: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2015: #9 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, United States
- 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2015: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2015: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, HBJ
- 2015: Five Star Realtor, Texas Monthly Magazine
- 2014: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2014: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial
...in addition to over 318 additional awards.
Paige also serves a variety of non-profits, and civic and community boards. She was appointed by the mayor of Houston to be on the downtown TIRZ board.
Benefits Of Working With The Houston Properties Team
Our team, composed of distinguished and competent Houston luxury realtors, has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member.
We find team approach as the most effective way to sell homes. We have dedicated people doing staging, marketing, social media, open houses, and showings. Each Houston Properties Team member is a specialist in their role—which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.
The benefits of working with a team include:
- the ability to be in two or three places at one time; a member can handle showings, while another answer calls
- collective time and experience of members
- targeted advice and marketing of agent expert in your area
- competitive advantage by simply having more resources, more ideas, and more perspectives
- a “checks and balances” system; selling and buying a home in Houston is an intensely complex process
- more people addressing field calls and questions from buyers and agents to facilitate a faster, successful sale
- efficient multi-tasking; one agent takes care of inspections and repair work, while another agent focuses on administrative details
- multiple marketing channels using members’ networks
- constant attention: guaranteed focus on your home and your transaction
- lower risk for mistakes. Multiple moving parts increase oversights. A team approach handles these “parts” separately
- flexibility in negotiation and marketing
- better management of document flow
- increased foot traffic through more timely and effective showing schedule coordination; and
- increased sphere of influence and exposure to more potential buyers.
To meet all the award-winning members of the Houston Properties Team, please go here.
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