One of Houston’s most historic neighborhoods, Woodland Heights is often grouped together with the Houston Heights and Norhill neighborhoods and referred to collectively as “The Heights”. Thought they have much in common, Woodland Heights has its own unique history and identity.
Woodland Heights is bound by I-10 to the south, I-45 to the east, Michaux Street to the west and Pecore Street to the north. The neighborhood enjoys one of the best locations in the city, and is one of the closest neighborhoods to Downtown. The community is heavily deed restricted and is well known for its canopies of large oak trees that line its streets.
Woodland Heights was originally platted in 1907, some 16 years after its neighbor to the west, Houston Heights. Like its neighbor, it was planned as a “Streetcar Suburb”. It was originally designed as a working class suburb and as such contains some of Houston’s best examples of Craftsman style cottages and bungalows, most of which are still standing.
While Houston Heights experienced a decline following World War II, Woodland Heights avoided this decline and the neighborhood has remained well-maintained and desirable since its beginnings.
In 2011, over 100 years after its creation, Houston City Council approved plans to name Woodland Heights a historic district. Each December, Woodland Heights hosts the Lights in the Heights event, in which most residents decorate their homes with large Christmas displays.
Good to Know:
Police protection and patrol services are provided by the Houston Police Department’s Central Patrol Division. The Central Patrol Station is located just south of Woodland Heights at 61 Riesner Street.
Fire protection is provided by Houston Fire Station 15, which is located at 5306 North Main Street, in neighboring Norhill.
Postal services are provided by the Heights post office, located at 1050 Yale Street.
Shopping & Dining:
The Heights area is quickly becoming a hub for unique Houston restaurants, including Liberty Kitchen and Zelko Bistro. Woodland Heights is in close proximity to the Washington corridor and the Midtown area, both of which are full of some of Houston’s most popular restaurants and bars.
Nearby is the Galleria, Houston’s premier shopping destination. The Montrose area and the Heights itself are full of unique shops and boutiques. Recent downtown developments such as GreenStreet are bringing even more trendy retail and dining options to the area.
Woodland Heights is served by the Houston Independent School District. Most elementary school students (K-5) residing in Woodland Heights are zoned to attend Travis Elementary School. A small portion at the southwest corner of the community is zoned to attend Crockett Elementary School.
Middle school students (6th-8th grades) are zoned to attend Hogg Middle School. High school students (9th-12th grades) are zoned to attend Reagan High School. Some HISD Magnet High Schools are nearby, including The Energy Institute High School and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
There are several private schools nearby, including Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Thomas High School, and Incarnate Word Academy.
Libraries, Parks & Recreation:
The Heights Neighborhood Library is located at 1302 Heights Blvd, and is operated by the Houston Public Library system.
Several parks in Woodland Heights are located along White Oak Bayou. Stude Park features a playground, swimming pool, community center, and sports fields. A jogging/bike trail begins in Stude Park (1031 Stude Street) and continues through adjacent White Oak Park (1513 White Oak Drive), which boasts incredible views of the downtown skyline. Woodland Park features a community center (212 Parkview St), playground, tennis court and basketball court.
Memorial Park is in close proximity and boasts a public golf course, driving range, tennis facilities, hike and bike trails, a 3-mile jogging trail, a pool, a playground, an arboretum and sports fields.