The inner-loop Heights-area neighborhoods have experienced phenomenal changes since the Houston Heights was developed in 1891 by O.M. Carter and his group of forward-thinking investors. Houston Heights was the first “master-planned real estate community” in Texas, a marvel of its time. Throngs of curious visitors piled onto streetcars to share a glimpse of Carter’s utopian vision, a place where grand Victorian mansions and quaint working class cottages coexisted in harmony alongside industrial and business districts.
The Heights area today has experienced dramatic revitalization, attracting families and young professionals who value its architectural distinction, small-town character, and proximity to downtown. Available homes range from original bungalows to impressive new home construction, much of which actually mirrors the architecture of those grand Victorian mansions from times past.
Houston Heights is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and large portions of the Houston Heights are designated as historic districts by the City of Houston. Heights Boulevard serves as a living photograph of “how it used to be,” featuring turn-of-the-century homes, privately maintained parks, and special City of Houston designation as a “Scenic Right-of-Way.”
Amenities include the Heights Playground, completely designed, funded, and constructed by the people of the community; the unique 19th Street business district; and a variety of annual events, including the Heights Garage Sale, Historic Heights Home and Garden Tour, Heights Fun Run, Heights Festival, Christmas in the Heights; and White Linen Nights.