The historic Norhill neighborhood is sought-after for its ideal location in the shadow of Downtown and its collection of charming 1920s bungalows. Though it is referred to with neighboring communities Woodland Heights and Houston Heights as “The Heights” collectively, all were developed separately with their own unique characteristics.
Norhill’s first section is located at the western edge of Woodland Heights, bound by Michaux, Usener, Studewood and Pecore Streets. North Norhill expanded the northern boundary to North Main Street. East Norhill includes the portion of Norhill east of Michaux Street, south of Fugate Street, west of Moss Street and north of Key Street. Norhill is a deed-restricted community, and these restrictions are carefully enforced.
The community was developed on pastureland originally purchased by Henry Stude in 1873. Following his passing, his widow traded the land for stock in the Stude Holding Association. In the 1910s, the Association’s name changed to Varner Realty Company, and teamed up with William C. Hogg, a wealthy and well-connected investor who was instrumental in the growth of Houston at the time.
The first Norhill section opened in 1920, followed by North Norhill in 1923 and East Norhill in 1924. Along with Woodland Heights and Houston Heights, it was developed as a streetcar suburb, to provide working class residents affordable homes with easy access into the city.
Norhill, with its well-built and character-filled homes, largely avoided the decline the much older Houston Heights experienced following World War II, and has long remained a sought-after neighborhood. In 2000, the Norhill Neighborhood Association sought historic district designation from the City of Houston, which led to the creation of the Norhill Historic District.
Today, most of the original bungalows still stand and many have been carefully renovated and restored to their original appearance. Some new construction is also taking place in the area, and the new construction carefully emulates the historic home styles prevalent in the area.
Good to Know:
Fire protection is provided by Houston Fire Department Station 15, located at 5306 North Main Street, just outside of the Norhill boundary.
Police protection is provided by Houston Police Department’s Central Patrol Division. The Central Patrol Station is located at 61 Riesner Street.
The Heights Post Office is located at 1050 Yale Street, in the adjacent Houston Heights neighborhood.
Shopping and Dining:
The Heights area has developed its own unique character that some compare to that of Austin. Unique dining and shopping establishments now characterize the main streets of the Heights area. From the hip, new-American offerings of Down House to the tex mex offerings of Andy’s Cafe, the Heights area offers something unique for all tastes.
For more upscale offerings, the Washington corridor and lower Westheimer, both nearby, offer some of Houston’s finest culinary establishments. And with the development of GreenStreet and other new projects Downtown, there’s no shortage of great eats near the Heights.
Shoppers looking for everything from quirky boutiques to high-end luxury stores will be delighted to learn of Norhill’s proximity to both, with the Galleria and lower Westheimer each only a few minutes away.
Norhill is served by the Houston Independent School District. Most elementary school students residing in Norhill south of Pecore Street are zoned to attend Travis Elementary School, with some at the southern tip of Norhill zoned to attend Crockett Elementary School. Elementary school students residing north of Pecore street are zoned to attend Browning Elementary School. Some students in the northern edge of the community are zoned to attend Field Elementary School. For precise attendance information by address please visit www.houstonisd.org.
Middle school-aged students (6th-8th grade) are zoned to attend Hogg Middle School, located right in Norhill.
High school-aged students (9th-12th grade) are zoned to attend Reagan High School, which is located only 2 blocks outside of Norhill within Houston Heights. Magnet schools nearby include Energy Institute High School and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Private schools nearby include Incarnate Word Academy, St. Thomas High School, and Immanuel Lutheran School.
Libraries, Parks and Recreation:
The Heights Neighborhood Library, operated by the Houston Public Library system, is located in the adjacent Houston Heights at 1302 Heights Blvd.
Stude Park and Community Center (1031 Stude St) located at the southern edge of the community along White Oak Bayou features a swimming pool, playground and sports fields. It also features a jogging/biking trail that runs along White Oak Bayou, continuing on into White Oak Park and offering superb views of downtown.
Nearby Memorial Park offers further recreation opportunities, with a golf course and driving range, tennis courts, sports fields, jogging and biking trails and more.