The Heights is booming. The neighborhood charm, location, and amenities attract a wide range of home buyers including first-time homebuyers, families, empty nesters, and relocating buyers. There’s top-rated restaurants, excellent schools and lots of outdoor areas to enjoy. We’ve compiled a must-see list for homebuyers that want to get the lay of the land so they can understand where they’ll be spending most of their time in the Heights. For the long-time Heights residents, this list should be a no-brainer. For the folks that are new to Houston and the Inner Loop, these attractions are a great place to start to learn more about one of the most popular neighborhoods in Houston.
1. 19th Street
The first stop for visitors in the Heights is usually 19th Street. It’s home to numerous boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment. The can’t miss restaurants include Torchy’s Tacos, Squable, Boomtown Coffee, and Harold’s. For live music, you’ll want to check out the Heights Theater. 19th Street is also home to some great events like White Linen Night and the First Saturday Arts Market. The small-town vibe takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and offers a great option to plan your whole day in this section of the Heights.
2. Heights Hike and Bike Trail
The Heights Hike and Bike trail runs along Nicholson Street and connects all the way to Downtown and the White Oak Hike and Bike Trail. This is one of the most popular outdoor activities for Heights residents that enjoy running, riding or simply going on an evening stroll. Most residents in the Heights live within walking distance or a short bike ride away. In an urban setting like the Heights, the Hike and Bike trail helps the neighborhood enjoy the outdoors and explore the city. On any given day, you’ll see families pushing strollers, fitness seekers running and biking, and area residents walking their dogs.
3. Heights Boulevard
Heights Boulevard is the main artery that basically runs thru the middle of the neighborhood. Lined with historic Victorian homes and massive oak trees, this Boulevard will make you think you aren’t in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country. It also features some great art installations in the esplanade along with a trail that connects with the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. There are also numerous dining and entertainment options along the way including EQ Heights, Dish Society, and Revival Market.
4. White Oak Drive
White Oak Drive is another popular dining and entertainment district that runs along the Southern Edge of the Heights. There are numerous dining options that range from casual bar & grills to more upscale options. Some of the highlights include Coltivare, Onion Creek, BB’s, and Christian’s Tailgate. This is a great area to grab some breakfast, coffee, have a nice dinner out with friends, or watch the big game.
5. Heights Mercantile
The Heights Mercantile is one of the newest developments in the Heights and it has quickly become one of the most popular. There’s numerous dining and shopping options, a great family-friendly park across the street, and lots of outdoor space to hang out. Be sure to check out Local Foods, Cloud 10 Creamery, and Postino. Since it’s located on Heights Boulevard, you can connect with the Heights Hike and Bike Trail to explore other parts of the Heights.