Montrose – Houston Neighborhood Overview

Established in 1911, the neighborhood is very demographically diverse with renovated mansions, bungalows with wide porches, quaint cottages on tree-lined boulevards.  Some of its popular nicknames have been “the Heart of Houston”, the “Strangest Neighborhood east of the Pecos” and “one of the ten greatest neighborhoods in America” in 2009.

Montrose is primarily a residential neighborhood located in west-central Houston.  It is one of the major cultural areas of Houston that is 7.5 square mile area from Interstate 69/US Highway 59 to the south, Allen Parkway to the north, South Shepard Drive to the west and Taft /Fairview/Bagby Area to Highway 59 to Main to the east.  Neighborhoods included are Cherryhurst, Courtlandt Place, Hyde Park, First Montrose Commons, Vermont Commons, North Montrose, East Montrose, Mandell Place and Winlow Place and Neartown.

Each of the neighborhoods, which comprise Montrose District, has their own individual characteristics. Several homes in Montrose are registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Westmoreland Place, platted 1902, Montrose’s melting pot creates a diverse and sophisticated urban personality. Some of Houston’s most exclusive shopping is found along W. Gray, from designer clothes to fine crystal and silver to antique furniture and rugs. Area restaurants rival or surpass others in the city. Montrose boasts a number of fine museums such as the De Menil Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is located in the Houston Museum District.  The area is also hosts the Rothko Chapel to the Holocaust Museum and the Chapel of St. Basil on the campus of nearby University of St. Thomas.

Montrose is home to traditional retail and new wave shops, trendy restaurants and clubs, graceful old mansions, remodeled bungalows, upscale new construction patio homes and town homes, lofts, and multi-family complexes. 


There are a number of private and public schools, including the University of St. Thomas, Annunciation Orthodox School, St. Stephens Episcopal, St. Ann’s School, and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and is also close to Rice University, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College Central and University of Houston -Downtown.

Need a Montrose Realtor?

Not working with a realtor? We recommend you call Victoria Upton at Upton Gray Properties. Ms. Upton specializes in the luxury home market. She can be reached at 281.497.4729 or you can email her at victoria@uptongray.com.

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