MONTROSE REAL ESTATE GUIDE

2022 Montrose homes for sale & insider real estate guide

Known for its bohemian flavor, Montrose has a unique combination of 1920s mansions, modern townhomes, luxury condos, art museums, wine lounges, and hip restaurants.

Montrose is constantly in high demand due to its:

Montrose real estate can be tricky to navigate due to its uneven development (no zoning laws), a wide variety of home types (some are difficult to value properly), and rising property values. In addition, certain blocks can be problematic as they back to bars (loud) and/or get a ton of street parking on certain days of the week. Also, some vintage homes in the area are within city-designated historic districts and are deed-restricted.

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Table of Contents

  1. Montrose Home Sale Trends
  2. Montrose Best Realtor Insights
  3. Montrose Maps, Location & Zip Code
  4. Montrose Schools
  5. Montrose Real Estate Market

Montrose Home Sale Trends

Montrose Real Estate Trends

Known for its Bohemian and diverse culture, Montrose is a vibrant neighborhood offering hip and stellar stellar restaurants, lounges, bars, art museums, 1920s mansions, new homes, and upscale condos. It competes with The Heights for the #1 highest Walk Score in Houston.

Montrose homes are constantly in high demand thanks to its:

Located south of the Buffalo Bayou and north of Southwest Freeway, Montrose is about 3 miles away from Downtown Houston. The area showcases several historic neighborhoods, including Courtlandt Place. Homes in these communities are beautifully restored and carefully maintained.


Montrose Best Realtor Insights

Once nicknamed the “Heart of Houston”, Montrose is one of the most accessible neighborhoods in the city.


Montrose Maps, Location & Zip Code

Montrose Map

Commute Time Montrose
Downtown (min) 15
Med Ctr (min) 15
Energy Corridor (min) 30
Galleria (min) 15
Exxon Campus (min) 45

Map of Montrose

Highlights Montrose
Amenities Montrose is nestled within the Inner Loop. Downtown, Medical Center, and Galleria are easily accessible to the area.

The neighborhood is bustling with restaurants, boutiques, bars, and cafes.
Golf Courses Limited Option
Run / Bike Trails - Menil Park
- Mandell Park
- Autry Park
- Cherryhurst Park
- Live Oak Park
- Spotts Park
- Cleveland Park
- Belle Park
- Ervan Chew Park
- Buffalo Bayou Park
- Eleanor Tinsley Park
- Peggy H. Shiffick Park
Nearby Retail / Dining Dining:

- Piggy's Kitchen & Bar
- Flora
- Jack in the Box
- BlendIn Coffee Club
- Izakaya Wa
- Khun KayRiel
- The Burger Joint
- The Pit Room
- Hugo's
- Riva's Italian Restaurant
- La Tapatia Mexican Cafe
- Bludorn

Entertainment:

- African Art Room
- Art League of Houston
- Blue Orange
- Contemporary Arts Museum
- The Riot Comedy Show

Groceries and Retail:

- River Oaks Shopping Center
- Walgreens
- Bakery Square
- Menil Collection
- Kroger
- Lankford
- H-E-B
- Central City Co-Op
- Whole Foods Market
- Mercantile Montrose
- Trader Joe’s
- Randalls
- Target
- Marshalls & HomeGoods
- Dollar Tree
Major Employers The neighborhood is in proximity to Downtown and Medical Center. These two areas are the home to company headquarters, professional service firms, and health and financial institutions such as:

- United Airlines
- Bank of America
- Kinder Morgan
- Plains All American Pipeline
- EnerVest
- Ernst & Young LLP
- Wells Fargo
- JP Morgan Chase & Co.
- CenterPoint Energy
- Chevron Corporation
- DataCore - IT Solutions
- Schlumberger Limited
- GE Energy

Montrose Schools

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Lanier Middle 9

Montrose homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Established in the 1920s, Houston ISD is the largest school district in the state (with 283 schools). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave the district a “Met Standard”.

HISD features several International Baccalaureate (IB) World schools. This includes Lamar High School, Lanier Middle School, and Poe Elementary School.

Students in the area may attend the following public schools:


Elementary Schools



Middle Schools



High Schools



Montrose Houston Private Schools


The following are some of the more notable private schools near Montrose.

To find an updated listing of all Montrose real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.

*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, the information provided above is accurate but not guaranteed. Please double-check by visiting the school’s website.


Montrose Real Estate Market

Montrose Maps and Location


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. Residents enjoy relatively easy commutes to and from job centers like Downtown, Texas Medical Center, and Galleria.

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 Southwest Freeway.

Several bus lines cover the neighborhood. Additionally, the planned METRORail University/Blue Line will have a stop in Montrose.

Montrose is a mostly residential neighborhood, though several retail and entertainment establishments are within the area. It is made up of several smaller neighborhoods and features five city-designated historic districts (Courtlandt Place, Westmoreland, Avondale East, Avondale West, and Audubon Place).

Montrose Map

Property development in Montrose, like in Midtown and EaDo, is booming. New construction and renovation projects are a common sight, with more developments planned soon.

Neartown/Montrose Houston is under the 77006, 77098, and 77019 Harris County zip codes. (View Houston zip code map.)


Montrose Real Estate Trends


Montrose Real Estate Trends

Montrose real estate has posted steady increases over the past decade. The increase in land values has been impressive over the past 10 years – Montrose is among the Best Houston Neighborhoods with the Best Land Value Appreciation.

This can be attributed to several factors, including new residential development in the area, rising demand, and the neighborhood’s location near major job centers.

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 development is also on the rise.

(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 PMartin@HoustonProperties.com.


Montrose Single-Family Home Sale Trends


Montrose Single-Family Home

Despite an increase in new construction townhomes and condos, Montrose single-family homes are still 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.


Montrose Townhomes Sale Trends


Montrose Townhome

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 have replaced some of the area’s older homes. Some of these properties are within gated communities.

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 features 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 Condo Sale Trends


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:

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:

[River Oaks (77019)](https://www.houstonproperties.com/houston-neighborhoods/river-oaks):

[Downtown Houston (77002 / 77010)](https://www.houstonproperties.com/houston-neighborhoods/downtown):

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the nearby Museum District area, see Museum District Area, Houston Condos.


Montrose TX History


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 office 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: Courtlandt Place, Westmoreland, Avondale East, Avondale West, and Audubon Place.

Montrose’s notable residents include Howard Hughes, Lyndon Johnson, O. Henry, and former Houston mayor Annise Parker.


Fun Things To Do Near Montrose


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.

The neighborhood has thrift, antique, and secondhand shops. The River Oaks Shopping Center, one of the oldest shopping centers in the US, is minutes away from Montrose homes. The Galleria, Uptown Park, Highland Village, and other retail hotspots are also nearby.

Rudyard’s, a pub at 2010 Waugh Street, is known as “Montrose’s Living Room.” It seems to have everything: an 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 offer 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.

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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 in the neighborhood.

Here are some of the best places to visit in and around Neartown / Montrose:

Dining

Art Galleries

Nightlife

Groceries

Parks

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