Northwest of Downtown sits a section of historic neighborhoods that date back to the late 1800s. Residents once flocked to the area to escape the big city, but today it’s home to diverse Houstonians that are drawn to its rich and character-filled architecture, mom and pop-type shops and funky restaurants.
Houston Heights made history as one of the first planned communities in Texas, and the first suburb of Houston. Developers invested heavily to build the community rapidly. The town was incorporated in 1896, and the population reached 830 four years later. By 1908, it had grown to 6,000.
Also referred to as The Heights, quiet Houston Heights is known for its Victorian homes along tree-lined Heights Boulevard, as well as its quirky stores. Retro-seekers head to the antique and record shops of West 19th Street, also home of the classic Heights Theater and the monthly First Saturday Arts Market. The Heights hike-and-bike trail follows a leafy path all the way to Downtown Houston.