The Heights is easily the most evolving neighborhood in Houston. A couple decades ago, the historic area was an impoverished food desert, but now there are well-known shops, award-winning restaurants and more — with enough going on that you don’t need to wander outside the vibrant Heights ecosystem.
While most lump all the neighborhoods north of I10 and south of 610 into the Heights — even sometimes including the neighborhoods north of 610, the main Heights area is a relative square with the borders of TC Jester, I10, 45 and 610. Those borders double as convenient escapes to the rest of Houston. The Heights is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Downtown Houston, Uptown/Galleria Area, Montrose or Midtown.
Founded in 1891 by millionaire Oscar Martin Carter as a streetcar suburb, the area was popularized by families wanting out of the dense city but still remaining close by — a feature still favored by Heights residents. The city of Houston later annexed the area, and after World War II, the area fell in to decrepancy. By the 1970s, it was considered one of the most impoverished parts of the city. Beginning in the 1990s, new gentrification and development polished off the edges and spruced up the areas, leading the Heights into a new era.
The area has a young, active community and, for the first time, the neighborhood has walkability, no matter what area of the Heights you’re in. We have some new development, like Heights Mercantile, and historic 19th Street, which has a steady set of retail and dining, to thank for this.
A weekend morning in the Heights starts with a morning run on the Heights hike and bike trail or a bike ride along White Oak Bayou and then a bite at Lola — a diner with a huge breakfast menu and a loyal set of regulars. Top off the day with locally brewed beers at Eureka Heights, dinner at Down House and live music at Fitzgerald’s. Plus, there are weekly farmers markets and regular festivals that leave little to be desired from Heights residents.
The vibrant history and wealth of activities welcomes in thousands of residents and visitors regularly, and boasts an active and diverse lifestyle for residents young, old, or anywhere in between.
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