Best Houston Neighborhoods

There are SO many great neighborhoods and communities that make up Houston and its surrounding areas. My neighborhood guides serve as a resource for newcomers and locals alike, giving you a snapshot of life in each neighborhood.  Plus, I like to feature a few of my favorite restaurants, shops and activities! Just as Houston is an ever-evolving city, be sure to check back to this page as I update and add more neighborhood guides.  

Beautiful homes with manicured lawns and close-knit communities attract families looking for a suburban atmosphere within the city. Nearby Rice Village offers an impressive mix of shopping, dining and entertainment options for the whole family.

A fantastic place to live, alongside the suburban streets and horses moseying about stables. Cypress is also home to many master planned communities, each with its own unique features.

East of downtown is a happening area for creative and corporate types who enjoy the skyscraper views and numerous entertainment options, from sportswatching to barhopping.

Garden Oaks & Oak Forest
Tree-filled yards greet families in this neighborhood popular for its mix of mid-century ranch and modern homes along with green space and restaurants with a laid-back vibe. 


Lots of families and young professionals live in the Heights because of its Main Street charm and amazing restaurants. With the backdrop of Victorian-inspired homes, craftsman bungalows and plenty of parks and trails, the Heights is a city oasis.


A prime location for family life, Katy offers top-notch schools, restaurants, shopping and entertainment all within commuting distance of Houston.

Families flock to this area just outside the loop for the schools and lovely homes with large lots.  A respite from the city where residents have access to plenty of shopping and a diverse dining scene.

Away from the hustle and bustle, these two neighborhoods are still conveniently located for an easy commute to both work and play. Nearby shopping centers offer an array of well-known national stores with a wide variety of local dining options.

Midtown is an attractive neighborhood because of its walk-ability, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. On the edge of downtown, residents enjoy a mix of condos, townhouses and single-family homes.

Montrose is a hip, walkable neighborhood with a bustling restaurant scene that ranges from white tablecloth to laid-back and eclectic boutiques and antique shopping. River Oaks is known for all things luxury: stately mansions, scenic boulevards, high-end shopping and fine dining.

Museum District & Medical Center

Home to world class museums, picturesque Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, and the heart of the health care industry, these popular neighborhoods  are perfect for combining work with pleasure.  



Sugar Land is a suburb with a historic town center conveniently located just southwest of Houston, offering a fun shopping and dining scene and plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

Tiki Island & Galveston

Galveston and Tiki Island are great escapes from the city. From strolling the Seawall to the Strand, locals and visitors alike love to take in the historic charm and laid-back beach vibe of the area.  


Upper Washington Corridor & Rice Military

Washington Avenue is the heart of this area known for trendy restaurants and nightlife. Residents take advantage of the 10-minute commute to downtown, easy access to 1-10 and proximity to both Memorial and Buffalo Bayou Parks.    


Families settle in this large area west of downtown because of the diversity in housing options, abundance of green space and trails and the variety of restaurants and shopping.

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