What are the best neighborhoods to buy a home in Houston?
Houston has a total of 88 “super neighborhoods” and can be divided into main geographical areas, such as Downtown, South Side, Northside, Uptown, Midtown, Southwest, Southeast and Neartown. Below are four of the most important areas.
The city’s downtown area is home to two Chinatowns; a large number of bars and restaurants; and museums, theaters and other entertainment venues. Many businesses and financial institutions are based here, especially in the blocks known as the Skyline District. Despite being a central area, downtown has surprisingly affordable prices for both apartments and houses.
Situated south of Downtown and east of the Meyerland and Fondren communities, South Side is home to communities with large African American and Latino populations, including neighborhoods such as Sunnyside, Hiram Clarke and South Park. Properties here are often more economically priced than elsewhere in the city.
Located north of the city’s downtown core, Northside is home to neighborhoods such as Houston Heights, Kashmere Gardens and Near Northside, which are largely within the 610 Loop. Other neighborhoods — like Acres Homes, Aldine, Greenspoint and Trinity Gardens — are outside of it. Houston Heights was one of the earliest planned communities in the entire state of Texas. Notably, properties situated in the historic neighborhoods of Northside are often detached, and most homes for sale are priced in the middle-income bracket.
Situated west of downtown and often referred to as the Galleria Area, uptown is just outside of the 610 Loop. It’s bordered by Woodway Drive to the north, Yorktown Street to the west and Richmond Avenue to the south. It’s home to several hotels and countless companies and diplomatic missions, and also features modern architectural gems. This particular area has diverse housing options ranging from smart, budget-friendly condos to million-dollar mansions and luxury penthouses.