Houston Heights Real Estate Guide
The Heights is one of Inner Loop Houston’s Hottest Neighborhoods.
The Heights is one of Inner Loop Houston’s Hottest Neighborhoods.
A popular historic district, The Heights is also one of the Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods for accessibility and real estate appreciation. Houston Heights homes are popular thanks to:
Navigating the Houston Heights real estate can be tricky with the deed restrictions, proximity to major thoroughfares (which can hurt resale), homes with choppy floor plans (which can hurt resale), and diversity of builders (some are far superior to others).
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.)
There are three historic districts located within the Houston Heights, appropriately named:
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.
The Heights is home to some of the best schools in the area. It is zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
The HISD features several National Blue Ribbon and multi-award winning schools. Houston Heights, in particular, have some of the best schools in district zoned to its subdivisions.
The neighborhood is zoned to Field Elementary School and Field Elementary School, two highly-rated public schools in GreatSchools.org.
*Note: For a more detailed information on specific schools zoned to different Houston Heights areas, please refer to our Houston Schools Guide OR email me.
Public Elementary Schools zoned to The Heights include:
Public Middle Schools zoned to The Heights include:
Public Middle Schools serving The Heights include:
The following are some of the more notable private schools near Houston Heights.
To find an updated listing of all The 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.
Note: Given the large Greater Heights real estate area, it may be best to take a closer look at each neighborhood and community with a reliable realtor for more accurate trends.
(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.
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.
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:
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