EaDo (East Downtown)
  • Overview
  • Schools
  • Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Things To Do
Overview
Overview

The area that is now known as East Downtown, or affectionately EaDo, began to be populated in the 1930s by immigrants seeking more inexpensive land than the surrounding up-and-coming neighborhoods. In the late 2000s, the neighborhood received its current name, and rebranding efforts in 2010 led to artists beginning to form a new community in EaDo. With stadium venues like the BBVA Compass Stadium, a historic Chinatown, and new retail construction plans underway, EaDo is estimated to be a booming neighborhood of Houston within the coming years, which makes current and prospective residents pioneers. The Houston Independent School District services the younger residents of EaDo. Transportation by car is made simple with nearby major Houston roadways and the newly-completed METRORail that runs through the EaDo and surrounding areas. With a large population being immigrants, EaDo’s residents are a diverse group of individuals all dedicated to seeing their households and neighborhood thrive and prosper.

The Neighborhood Experience
Convenient Location Near Downtown Up-and-Coming Neighborhood Widely Diverse Population Great Stadiums/Venues Historic Chinatown Affordable Housing
  • Location
  • Commute

Location

As a neighborhood of Houston, TX, East Downtown is located right where the neighborhood’s title implies. East Downtown is just east of the main Downtown district of Houston, at the corner of Interstate 69 and Interstate 45. Directly north and across from Interstate 45, South Central Houston makes up the northern border, while to the east, Greater Eastwood blends into EaDo. The community is also bracketed by the George R. Brown Convention Center and the East End district. The Second Ward defines the neighborhood’s northeast border. EaDo is also just east of the center of Houston, TX.

Commutes

As a central neighborhood of Houston, TX, commutes between the next-door communities are quick undertakings thanks to Interstate 69 and Interstate 45. The University of Houston is a fast 5 minute commute by car from East Downtown. Similarly, only a 5 minute commute is needed starting in the center of EaDo to reach Downtown. From East Downtown, the Gulf of Mexico is a 45 minute drive. Since 2015, METRORail has been used by East Downtown’s residents and visitors on the Green and Purple lines, while the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) provides bus routes throughout the area.

Culture

EaDo’s population ranges around 107,000, with around 56,000 being male and 51,000 or so being female. Demographics within the past three years show that an average of 63% are American born citizens, while 37% are immigrants. Private companies employ a third of the population, while 25% are white-collar workers and 18% are blue collar employees. Of the 35,000 households in EaDo, non-family households make up the large majority, while a smaller percentage are family households. A portion of residences are owner occupied, but a larger percentage are renter occupied. The education level of residents varies between some high school and some college experience, while only 10% hold a college degree or higher.

Schools
Schools

East Downtown is served by the Houston Independent School District, which currently is Texas’s largest public school system and ranks as the 7th largest school district in the United States of America. With a history stretching back to the early 1900s, Houston Independent School District has always sought to expand infrastructure to accommodate all students aged K-12 in the Houston area. The neighborhood of East Downtown is home to a few specialty schools and within a 5-10 minute morning commute distance to nearby campuses. Reflecting the diverse residents of EaDo, elementary, middle, and high schools serve a range of students from multiple ethnicities. Because Houston has such a rich history, the schools in the EaDo area often have reputations stretching back decades, if not a hundred years. While buildings may be dated, Houston public schools offer students modern education, updated facilities, qualified teachers, and diverse learning options to launch happy, successful lives.

Elementary Schools
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Great Schools Rating

Lantrip Elementary School at 100 Telephone Rd
Address:
100 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77023
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Lantrip Elementary School is a nearby school in Eastwood. Founded in 1916, Lantrip Elementary is a part of the Houston Independent School District and features the Environmental Science Magnet Program. With outdoor study areas and an emphasis on STEM, teachers are especially qualified.

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Great Schools Rating
David G. Burnet Elementary School at 5403 Canal St
Address:
5403 Canal St, Houston, TX 77011
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David G. Burnet Elementary School services grades K-5 and is proud of its culture of supporting parents, staff, and community, but most importantly lifts up the students themselves. As a school in the Houston Independent School District, David G. Burnet Elementary School distinguishes itself with its emphasis on involvement and encouragement.

Middle Schools
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Great Schools Rating
Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School of Excellence at 5100 Polk St
Address:
5100 Polk St Houston, TX 77023
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Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School of Excellence, previously known as Jackson Middle School, services the areas east of Downtown Houston. The community of this middle school is one where student families are active in the children’s education. The dynamic community of teachers and staff work together to cultivate an educational environment and encourage students to reach for new heights.

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Project Chrysalis Middle School at 4528 Leeland St
Address:
4528 Leeland St, Houston, TX 77023
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Project Chrysalis Middle School is a proud part of the Houston Independent School District. As a charter middle school, Project Chrysalis is focused on providing alternative means for students to receive their education. With 226 students and 15 dedicated faculty members, this school provides learning based on projects and interdisciplinary study.

High Schools
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Great Schools Rating
Stephen F. Austin High School at 1700 Dumble St
Address:
1700 Dumble St, Houston, TX 77023
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Stephen F. Austin High School is only six minutes from East Downtown. The school’s calendar is full of parent meetings, student activities, performances, games, and extracurricular school activities. As a magnet school for maritime studies and teaching professions, Stephen F. Austin High School provides students with foundations necessary to lead successful lives.

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Wheatley High School at 4801 Providence St
Address:
4801 Providence St, Houston, TX 77020
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Wheatley High School is a 10 minute commute away from EaDo and services a diverse cast of students from many walks of life. The staff at Wheatley High School emphasize communication with the parents and families of students in order to provide students with a comprehensive and clear educational path in and out of the classroom.

Private Schools
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Great Schools Rating
High School for Law and Justice at 3505 Coyle St
Address:
3505 Coyle St, Houston, TX 77003
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High School for Law and Justice is right at the southeast corner of EaDo. Previously known as the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, this 9-12 school is a part of the Houston Independent School District and focuses on curriculum relating to preparing students for specified future professions.

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Incarnate Word Academy at 609 Crawford St
Address:
609 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
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Incarnate Word Academy was founded in 1873 as an all-girls school that serves grades 9-12. As a Roman Catholic college predatory school, this school is run by the Congregation of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Right across the road from EaDo and Interstate 69, Incarnate Word Academy has rigorous coursework and high standards for students.

Housing
Housing

Right next to Downtown, which is ranked as one of Houston’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods, EaDo is right next to highly rated restaurants, breweries, gyms, and bars. With ample things to do and places to be in and around the EaDo area, housing options in this neighborhood rank highly among Houston’s neighborhoods in terms of land value appreciation. The residential properties in EaDo enjoy a reputation of being more affordable than other communities in the Houston area including Rice Military, Montrose, and Midtown. The majority of EaDo residential properties consist of townhomes and condominium units. Single family homes can also be found. As a neighborhood currently in the process of gentrification, EaDo residents reap the benefits of being close to the downtown area while they enjoy a lower cost of living. New construction means the housing market for EaDo features modern layouts for the best of urban living.

Single-Family Homes
While many housing options in EaDo are townhomes, apartments, or condominiums, single family homes can still be found. Many are recently constructed and consist of 2-3 beds and 2-3 baths. Homes range between 1-2 stories and can feature space-efficient 1-2 car garages with a driveway.
New Construction

New apartment buildings and townhome complexes have been invested in from 2014-2019. As a neighborhood is currently under redevelopment, new, affordable housing with modern layouts and amenities are available, from apartments to condominium units. Because new often means more expensive, newly constructed residential homes are above the average price of a home in EaDo.
Apartments
Apartments in EaDo can be found in a variety of layouts consisting of 1-2 beds, 1-2 baths, and 570-1,300 square feet. Smaller apartments are available on the southeast side for a lower spectrum of rent per month. As of information gathered between early 2017 and March 2019, apartments range between $1,000 and $2,500 in monthly rent.
Townhouses
The majority of townhome units in EaDo are expansive units with reasonable prices. Most buildings were finished between 2002 and 2006, and the majority of townhomes range between 1,000-2,500 feet. With 2-3 beds and 2 baths, prices have ranged from 2016-2019 between $265,000 and $399,000 with a median sale price of $330,500.
Real Estate
Real Estate

For the past one, five, and ten-year periods, EaDo’s real estate market has been ranked as one of the best performing Houston neighborhoods in terms of real estate market. Due to the neighborhood’s proximity to Downtown Houston, EaDo is one of the most accessible districts in the city. Through January-December 2014, the median sales price of a property averaged around $275,000, and on average saw an increase of $25,000 through until January 2018, where the median sales price came in at $325,000 over the next eleven months. Over five years, the median sales price has increased at 11%, with an overall increase of 38% over the last ten years. Over the same period of time, the price per square foot also showed an increase of 149%, which is an impressive statistic. The median rent price has fluctuated from March 2018-August 2018, but has shown a steady increase since September 2018 to its peak number of $2,500 per month in January 2019.

Things To Do
Things To Do

EaDo’s location means residents and visitors are never far from attractive restaurants, modern retail options, fun attractions, and memorable times. While Downtown Houston is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from EaDo’s western border, EaDo itself features destinations like Old Chinatown, the BBVA Compass Stadium, the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Giant Beatles Statues, and more. For arts and photography enthusiasts, there are a range of options that include the We Love Houston sign, Graffiti Park, Houston Graffiti, and more spaces for creative expression. Shopping fans rejoice at the short drive to the Galleria, Houston’s most well-known shopping center, while the whole family can enjoy themselves and furry friends at the nationally-ranked Houston Zoo. For nightlife, the 8th Wonder Brewery’s long history and current featured beverages are sure to entertain both young and experienced adults. The residents of EaDo enjoy being at the center of Houston’s goings-on by having ready access to amazing adventures.

Retail and Entertainment
Visit Houston’s Old Chinatown
Within East of Downtown, Old Chinatown is found within the area bracketed by Interstate 69, Joseph Parkway, Emancipation Avenue, and Preston Street. As the older of Houston’s two Chinatowns, EADO’s Chinatown is rich with history and local attractions from eateries to traditional, oriental retail.
Catch a Game at the BBVA Compass Stadium
Home for the Houston Dynamos and the Texas Southern University football team, the BBVA Compass earns its place in Houston’s history by being the first soccer stadium in the downtown area. With 22,039 seats, you’re welcome in the stands to cheer on soccer matches, football games, concerts, and boxing matches
Experience the George R. Brown Convention Center
As a popular convention center within a short commute from EaDo, the George R. Brown Convention Center has a General Assembly Theater that sits 3,600. This is an amazing venue for Broadway shows, conferences, large meetings, concerts, and a range of other indoor events. With a rotating schedule and constant events, there’s always something to see at this convention center.
Spend Time Helping the Homeless
East Downtown features many agencies that offer services to the large homeless population in this and surrounding neighborhoods. Nonprofit and faith-based organizations provide clothing, toiletries, food, and other services. The Star of Hope, a service for homeless women and children, is only one of the many operations worthy of participating in.
Get Artsy at Graffiti Park or Houston Graffiti
As a popular local location for professional and beginner photographers alike, these graffiti parks offer expansive canvases for local artists to explore their creativity. With a cluster of buildings nearby, these locations host a variety of colorful and ever-changing street art.
Take a Picture at the We Love Houston Sign
Open 24 hours a day, the We Love Houston Sign is a popular tourist attraction of the EaDo area. This iconic photo opportunity works in any weather, rain or shine. Whether you’re looking for your next best Instagram post, an aesthetic for your new selfie, or a destination to take a family photograph, the We Love Houston Sign makes for a great backdrop.
Visit the Giant Beatles Statues
Another amazing site to visit and take pictures at is the location of the Giant Beatles Statues and President Heads display. Designed by artist David Adickes, these giant statues and works of art are around 36 feet tall each and weigh around 7,000 pounds. 43 Presidents are also on display and include presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Make a Day Trip to the Houston Zoo
Thirteen minutes away from East Downtown lies the famous Houston Zoo, where over 6,000 animals live in natural habitat-style exhibits. New exhibits are added regularly, and for Houston’s notorious hot and humid days, cool off sections are readily available. This spacious, scenic, and clean location is sure to make for a memorable trip.
Experience the 8th Wonder Brewery
First opened in 1965, East of Downtown’s local brewery is all about creating flavorful and fresh brews for the Texas beerscape. As a domed and air-conditioned stadium, this warehouse houses a range of beers across the world, as well as locally-created favorites.

Shop Around at the Galleria
From EaDo, only a quick drive down Interstate 69 is all it takes to reach Houston’s top shopping and retail destination, the Galleria. A glass roof throughout the center provides the Galleria with amazing natural light. Within the open-layout that provides a spacious, modern atmosphere, the Galleria offers ice-skating, cafes, electronics, and department stores for visitors to explore.