I'm a little biased towards the Houston Heights since that's where I put down roots, but there's SO much more to Houston than my own neighborhood - try 600 square miles in Houston proper according to Wikipedia. And that figure doesn't take into account the array of established suburbs sprawling out north, south, and westward whose residents maintain their identity as Houstonians regardless of technical city boundaries. Here's my perspective on some of the best places to live in Houston, Texas. Click here for more on Houston's Best Neighbhorhoods .
MAKING THE LOOP "INSIDE THE LOOP": HOUSTON'S CLOSE-IN NEIGHBORHOODS
A haven for young professionals, artists, and college graduate students alike, Montrose is one of Houston's oldest neighborhoods where the old and new blend beautifully. The diverse folks that make up Montrose society live in equally diverse homes stately century-old mansions and charming handmade cottages co-exist comfortably and peacefully alongside modern stream-lined townhomes and mid-rise condos. Offering a wide array of fashionable restaurants, from world-renowned fine dining to gyros and sliders, Montrose boasts perhaps the highest concentration of the diverse eating establishments that make Houston famous. Encircling the peaceful UST college campus (pictured), Montrose boasts independent theatres, art galleries, coffee shops, antique stores, and boutiques, making this vibrant community a favorite among sophisticated Houstonians who enjoy their leisure time. Conveniently wedged between downtown Houston and River Oaks, Montrose steadily draws new residents into its fold.