Montrose
Located along Buffalo Bayou, Memorial is known for its picturesque views.
  • Overview
  • Schools
  • Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Things To Do
Overview
Overview

Montrose is different from anywhere else in Houston. The area was established in 1911, and was named one of the “ten greatest neighborhoods in America” in 2009. It goes against the grain in terms of traditional Texas culture and establishes its own unique counterculture. It is an offbeat neighborhood with a plethora of gay bars, vintage stores, and hip dining. Here there are no zoning laws, which means there is a wide variety of housing types available to residents.

One can find luxury mansions down one street, hip townhomes down another, and condominiums down the next. Residents in Montrose are extremely diverse. The area attracts both young people and families alike as Montrose offers top-tier amenities and highly-rated schools unlike anywhere else. Not to mention the neighborhood is centrally located and commutes here are quick and painless with a wide variety of major roadways and interstates right around the corner.

Neighborhood Highlights
Economically friendly Plethora of parks, trails, and nature walks Over 100 restaurants Top-rated schools Large amount of employment Easy access to Houston’s expressways and Downtown
  • Location
  • Commute

Location

Montrose is a residential neighborhood located within the booming city of Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the entire United States. The neighborhood is a part of the geographical area of Harris County. The area generally lies in the Neartown region.

Montrose is conveniently located in the central portion of Houston within the Loop, which means it is in extremely close proximity to areas such as Downtown Houston, the Medical Center, and Galleria. Residents and visitors staying in Montrose can explore Houston from any direction within minutes.

Commute

Montrose is looked at to be one of the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston. The area is closely located to main roads, freeways, and interstates, through streets like Richmond Avenue, Shepherd Drive, Allen Parkway, and Montrose Boulevard. Not only that, but the area is also extremely walkable, making commutes a breeze.

Montrose hosts a number of dining, shops, entertainment, etc., within a couple of miles. This means many residents who work in the area opt to walk or bike rather than drive. Public transportation is also available through means such as METRORail, Houston Metro, and the 82-Westheimer Bus.

Culture

Montrose is considered to be the true birthplace of Texas counterculture. The neighborhood is one of an eclectic spirit and residents here have a true “anything goes” mindset. Montrose is the host of one of the city’s largest gay pride parades. It is also the home to award-winning restaurants and bars.

As Houston’s cultural center, you can find loads of art museums and major festivals. The area is a melting pot of diverse residents. People from all over flock to Montrose because of its close location to major attractions, quick commute, and overall quality of life.

Schools
Schools

The Montrose area is exceptional in the sense of quality primary and secondary schooling. There are both public and private institutions to choose from and options here are far from limited. All students are zoned to either: MacGregor, Poe, or Wharton Elementary; Lanier Middle or Gregory-Lincoln Education Center; or Lamar High School. If students opt for school choice, the Carnegie Vanguard High School, Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, and the Challenge Early College High School are highly looked upon to be some of the best institutions in the Montrose-Neartown area.

When it comes to colleges and universities, the neighborhood is home to many. Some examples include: the University of St. Thomas, Rice University, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College Central, and the University of Houston–Downtown.

Elementary Schools
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Great Schools Rating
MacGregor Elementary
Address:
4801 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004
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MacGregor elementary employs about 35 teachers, of which the average amount of teaching experience is approximately 14 years. MacGregor encourages students to “take advantage of every opportunity” and maintains a high level of academic rigor through its teaching and programs.

10
Great Schools Rating
Poe Elementary
Address:
5100 Hazard St, Houston, TX 77098
Website:
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Poe Elementary School is located on the Chevy Chase subdivision of Boulevard Oaks. Poe Elementary is a great option for students who want an excellent bilingual program for all grade levels. The School also offers a fine arts magnet program.

10
Great Schools Rating
Wharton Elementary
Address:
2030 E Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488
Website:
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The Wharton Dual Language Academy operates on the saying “two languages, one journey.” Wharton is an IB World School for the Primary Years Program (PYP) and thus, it promotes the learning of both Spanish and English. Wharton provides a stimulating and challenging learning environment.

Middle Schools
10
Great Schools Rating
Lanier Middle School
Address:
2600 Woodhead St, Houston, TX 77098
Website:
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Lanier Middle School hosts a diverse group of students which provides attendees with the opportunity to make valuable connections and enhances the overall school experience. The School is a recognized International Baccalaureate World School which provides students with difficult curriculum intended to prepare them for future studies.

10
Great Schools Rating
Gregory-Lincoln Education Center
Address:
1101 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019
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Originally built in 1966, the Edgar Gregory-Abraham Lincoln Education Center is a school located in the Fourth Ward area of Houston. It has a fine arts magnet program suited for both elementary and middle school students. Here students are required to wear uniforms.

High Schools
10
Great Schools Rating
Lamar High School
Address:
3325 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
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Lamar High School has a four-year program designed for students 9th to 12th grade. The School is known for its Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. It also has a business management course and provides students with internships and scholarships.

10
Great Schools Rating
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Address:
4001 Stanford St, Houston, TX 77006
Website:
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The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is divided into six different departments: (1) instrumental music, (2) vocal music, (3) dance, (4) theater, (5) visual theater, and (6) creative writing. Students are required to audition for one of the six departments after enrollment.

Private Schools
10
Great Schools Rating
Annunciation Orthodox School
Address:
3600 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
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Annunciation Orthodox School is a private christian school located in Montrose. It was first established in 1970 and has been going strong ever since. The school begins with students aged three years and ends at eighth grade. Each year the school hosts the Original Greek Festival held in Houston and gives the money earned to charities.

10
Great Schools Rating
Harris School
Address:
6210 Rookin St, Houston, TX 77074
Website:
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The Harris School boasts extremely small class sizes, a small student population, and individualized learning. The School is of non sectarian religion and serves students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. About 33 students attend school here and the average student-teacher ratio is 3:1.

Housing
Housing

Here in the urban neighborhood of Montrose, housing tends to be extremely diverse. The area is made up of several smaller neighborhoods as well as five city-designated historic districts. Housing spans across four square miles and within the neighborhood boundaries lies Hyde Park and 78 other subdivisions. There are a wide array of mansions, townhomes, condos, apartments, high rises, and much, much more.

Some homes date all the way back to the 1920’s while others may be newly constructed. Most people tend to rent their properties rather than own them, and the average sale prices of a home in this area amount to $386,353. Here, there is a large amount of residential development especially when it comes to townhomes and condos. More specifically, the new construction is centered around Midtown and Eado, with additional developments planned for the near future.

Single-Family Homes
Most home listings in the area are generally two to four bedrooms. Single family homes in the Montrose area tend to be on mid-sized to large-sized lots. The price varies based on the age of the home, where it is located, and more.
New Construction
There is a driving demand for two different housing types in the area. More specifically — new townhomes and condominiums. Thus, a bulk of new construction comes from these two home types. Some homes have also been taken down and replaced by new construction of modern, custom-built properties.
High Rises or Mid Rise Condominiums
Montrose has plenty of high rises for sale and for rent in the neighborhood. Most are luxury high-rise developments and are located in close proximity to Downtown and Westheimer Road, wherein lies some of the area’s finest dining and shopping destinations.
Apartments
Montrose has a wide variety of apartments available that range from extremely high-end to affordable living. Prices here will vary depending on location, square footage, and amenities included within the apartment complex chosen. Some may be pet friendly while others are not.
Student Housing
There are a large amount of colleges and universities located close to, or in, the Montrose geographical area. Some college campuses may offer student the option to stay on-site while others may urge students to live in apartments or condominiums within reasonable driving distance. Luckily there are many options available.
Real Estate
Real Estate

Montrose is an ever-growing and popular neighborhood in Houston, Texas. Since establishment more and more people are settling down in the area. For this reason real estate has been steadily appreciating for the past ten years. In fact, there has been a whopping 84% increase since 2005. In the past five years there has been an increase of 41%, and in the current year an increase of 17%.

Just like appreciation, price per square foot has also increased. Since 2005, the price has gone up approximately 50%. No matter the housing type, property sales in Montrose are going strong. Townhomes, condos, homes, high rises, and apartments alike have solid sales numbers. When it comes to inventory, the amount of listings greatly decreased from the years of 2013 to 2014, but is back on the rise with a large amount of new construction in the area.

Things To Do
Things To Do

You know what they say “anything goes in Montrose.” The colorful neighborhood is unlike anywhere else in Houston. The area might only be four square miles, but it is packed with loads of bars, shops, restaurants, clubs, entertainment, parks, and more. In fact, Houston’s Montrose area made the list of the top 14 coolest hipster neighborhoods in the entire United States.

Walk the urban streets to find unique vintage clothing shops, award winning food, and tattoo parlors. If you are a museum buff try browsing around places like: Menil Collection, Houston Center for Photography, or the Printing Museum. Avid art lovers will surely appreciate Stages Repertory Theater and the Art League Houston. If you’d rather just have a relaxing day, take a hike around the serene Buffalo Bayou Park and go out for a drink or two to Rudyard’s British Pub.

Retail & Entertainment
Menil Collection
The Menil Collection was founded by John De Menil and Dominique de Menil. The institution is a museum which houses a private art collection from a number of different artists. All in all, there are about 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books.
Buffalo Bayou Park
Head to the Buffalo Bayou Park of Downtown Houston for 160 lush acres of green space. The park is the perfect place to go to when in need of entertainment for the whole family. Here you can find beautiful gardens, hiking and biking trails, dog park, public, nature play area, and picnic tables.
Stages Repertory Theater
Stages Repertory Theater is known to be “the equivalent of off-broadway in Houston.” It puts on quality plays in the inviting environment of an intimate setting. Don’t be fooled by the small performing space, as Stages Repertory Theater has been nationally recognized for its work and covered in a variety of magazines.
Houston Center for Photography
The Houston Center for Photography was founded in 1981 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1982. Stop by to see a variety of different curated exhibitions. Including, but not limited to the Print Auction Exhibition and the Online Exhibition: Girls’ Own Stories.
Space Montrose
Space Montrose is one of the hippest shops in Houston. They have handmade cards, one of a kind gifts, and exclusive brands only available for purchase at Space. Not to mention the shop supports products which are made in the USA.
Rothko Chapel
Rothko Chapel is what you could call a work of modern art. Step inside to stand in awe of its beauty. The shape of the building mirrors an octagon and on each wall there are black, color-hued paintings by the talented artist Mark Rothko.
Cipher Escape Room
At Cipher Escape Room a team of up to twelve people can join together to solve one of their escape rooms. Once shut in the room, you and your group have 60 minutes to piece together all clues given and solve the puzzles to escape.
The Printing Museum
On the urban edge of Clay Street lies the Printing Museum. Walk through to look at exhibits involving the history of printing. You may find ancient clay tablets in one corner and modern presses down another. Guided tours are also available in addition to regular museum entry.
Art League Houston
The Art League Houston is a long-standing museum that has been around for seventy years. Even if you’ve never been inside, you surely remember passing the eye-catching, colorful building a time or two. The Art League has various exhibitions and even has a school for people who want to learn the arts themselves.
Rudyard’s British Pub
If you want a place to unwind after a long day, head straight to Rudyard’s British Pub. Here you can eat some of the best classic grub possible, while playing your choice of darts and billiards. The Pub also has open-mike nights and live music.