Houston Heights is a neighborhood that is located in northwest-central Houston. When Houston Heights was founded, it was a streetcar suburb of Houston that attracted people who did not wish to live in the dense city. Its municipality was established on July 1, 1896. Due to poor tax revenue, it was decided that it would be annexed by the City of Houston in 1919.
The Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston, founded initially as a “utopian community” in the late 1890s. Named from the fact that its elevation is 23 feet higher than Downtown Houston, it’s a great place to be during one of Houston’s inevitable floods–as well as year-round. Though a few other neighborhoods are now considered in the Heights, this blog covers the original boundaries north of I-10, south of 610, west of Studemont, and east of Shepherd.
The Heights is where you want to live if you are highly social. The neighborhood is party central with a very active nightlife, especially if you enjoy annual events like Lights in the Heights. Lights in the Heights is hugely popular with Houstonians, thanks to the dozens of historic homes decked out in beautiful and elaborate Christmas decor. Neighbors from other parts of the Heights and across the city travel to sip hot chocolate and enjoy some of Houston’s best and most geographically concentrated Christmas decorations. Once you have enjoyed the Lights in the Heights, meet up with friends at 2nd Cup, a popular coffee house located just north of Euclid on East 11th Street. You will want to give their Cinnamon Toast Crunch Latte a try.
There is always something going on and fun things to do in the Houston Heights neighborhood. Oktoberfest at King’s Bierhaus is a wonderful place to get together with friends and enjoy beer, games, and music. If drinking is not your thing, the Heights holds many 5 k events throughout the year and this is another excellent way of getting involved in your community.
Houston is well known for having a great Museum district, and the Heights will be getting its own; the new Toy Museum is now open. It is located on historic 19th Street and is filled with iconic toys from as far back as 1800 through today. A nice treat after a visit to the Toy Museum would be ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, located just a couple doors down. This wonderful Ice Cream parlor works hard to give back to the community. Their business model is one of being always socially and environmentally conscious.
There is so much to see and do in Houston Heights. A fantastic neighborhood with an inviting community. If you are interested in finding a suitable apartment in this historical community, contact Uptown Apartment Locators today.