Often colloquially referred to as “The Heights” along with neighboring communities, Norhill and Woodland Heights, Houston Heights has its own distinct history and identity. Houston Heights is bound by, roughly, Studewood Street to the east, White Oak Bayou and the Katy Freeway to the south, North Durham Drive to the west, and the North Loop to the north.
The neighborhood is only minutes from Downtown Houston, and is populated with charming, 100-year old victorian style homes, as well as slightly more recent bungalows. The extensive new construction in the area typically reflects both historical styles, in effort to retain the historic character of this charming neighborhood.
In the 1890s, Oscar Martin Carter established the South Texas Land Company and purchased 1,756 acres to develop what would become Houston Heights, establishing the necessary infrastructure for the new community. Houston Heights became a “Streetcar Suburb”, attracting residents that wished to escape the dense hustle and bustle of nearby Houston. Houston Heights became an independent municipality and in 1912, residents voted to establish a prohibition on the sale of alcohol within the Houston Heights municipality, which is still in effect today.
In 1919, Houston Heights was absorbed and annexed into Houston proper. Following World War II, Houston Heights and the surrounding areas experienced a decline as residents moved further and further outside the rapidly expanding city.
Beginning in the 1990s, Houston Heights experienced a renaissance with a large-scale gentrification efforts taking hold in the area. Older homes were restored to their original glory and newer townhomes and patio homes were constructed, still retaining the craftsman and victorian style of the original homes.
Good to Know:
Police protection is provided by Houston Police Department’s Central Patrol Division, which operates a location at 910 North Durham.
Fire protection is provided by Houston Fire Department’s Station 15, located at 5306 North Main Street.
Postal services are provided by the Heights Post Office, which is located at 1050 Yale Street.
Shopping & Dining:
Many Heights area dining hotspots are located just outside the neighborhood boundary due to the still in-effect prohibition. The Heights area as a whole has acquired what some have described as an “Austin” feel, with many casual beer gardens and unique shops and boutiques opening in the area. Of particular note nearby are highly-regarded Houston BBQ joint Gatlin’s Barbecue, and New American hot spot Zelko Bistro.
Lower Westheimer and the Washington corridor, both located nearby, are home to a wide variety of restaurants from the casual and low key to the high-end upscale. The Uptown area’s many upscale shopping destinations are only a few minutes to the west off of the Katy Freeway.
Those looking for access to the best of Houston’s nightlife need look no further: Houston Heights is only a few minutes from Houston’s hottest bar districts, Midtown and the Washington corridor.
Houston Heights is served by the Houston Independent School District. Much of the southern portion of Houston Heights is zoned to attend Harvard Elementary School; much of the western portion is zoned to attend Love Elementary School. Other elementary schools in the area include Helms, Sinclair and Field elementary schools. For detailed attendance zone information, please visit www.houstonisd.org.
Most middle school students residing in the southern portion of Houston Heights are zoned to attend Hogg Middle School; those in the northern portion are typically zoned to attend Hamilton Middle School.
High school students are typically zoned to attend Reagan High School, while some on the western edge of Houston Heights may be zoned to attend Waltrip High School. The Houston ISD Magnet School program allows students to apply to attend other high schools, with each school offering additional coursework devoted to specific areas, such as Energy Institute High School and the nearby High School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Private schools in the area include St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, St. Pius X High School, and St. Thomas High School.
Libraries, Parks & Recreation:
The Houston Public Library system operates the Heights Neighborhood Library, located at 1302 Heights Boulevard.
The 4.62 mile MKT/SP hike and bike trail, converted from unused rail lines, winds through the southern end of Houston Heights.
Houston Heights is home to several small parks, including Lawrence Park, Milroy Park and Community Center, as well as the larger Love Park, which is home to a public pool, a basketball pavilion, and a community center.