These Are The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Houston

Each neighborhood holds its own unique trademark.

By Danielle Wright and Sofia Gonzalez December 28, 2021 Published in the Winter 2021 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Eateries and outdoor shopping at Rice Village located in West U.

Stretching over four hundred thousand acres, Houston offers an escape from a busy city life by boasting its substantial spaces and affordable living. From gourmet eateries and a vivacious nightlife, to top-notch school districts and family-friendly fun; each neighborhood holds its own unique trademark.

With demure suburbs, a bustling downtown, and culturally enriched streets, there’s no doubt one of the city’s exemplary neighborhoods anxiously awaits the arrival of a fresh Houstonian. However, the real question stands, Which areas reign supreme for hopeful locals? Here’s an in-depth look at the city’s top spots to settle down.

West University
Named America’s Best City To Live in 2019 by 24/7 Wall St., the affluent suburb of West University is one of the safest spots in Houston to reside. Home to top collegiate choice Rice University, the prominent outdoor shopping plaza, Rice Village, and many trails for a serene walk in the park. West University checks all the boxes for families and young professionals looking to enjoy the likes of the city within their own territory. 

Check out bands at Heights Theater on 19th Street in the Heights.

Greater Heights
The Greater Heights area is rising to become Houston’s next best neighborhood for singles to establish a vibrant lifestyle. Four miles away from Downtown and Uptown’s bustling Business District, Heights residents can enjoy authentic southern Cajun spice at Gumbo Jeaux, and its historic 19th Street, which is lined with locally owned shops and boutiques. And while some offices may not be fully available, the newly renovated coworking office SheSpace, which is convenient for women to access a feasible workspace while enjoying its energetic interior and ‘60s amenities.

Located in Sugar Land, Cullinan Park is a preserve featuring lakes, bird-watching, trails & picnic areas on 750 acres of prairie & woods.

Sugar Land
Retirees seeking a place to enjoy the life of stillness should feast their eyes on Sugar Land. The area is quintessential for single family households to enjoy the Town Center’s outdoor plaza, the new Houston Museum of Natural Science location and the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.  Score a winning ace at one of the neighborhood’s lush golf courses then visit the Town Center to shop for exclusive designs at local boutiques. Grab a drink at Bar Louie or try the delectable signature entrees at Jupiter Pizza & Waffles Co.

No area of Houston comes close to the eclectic capacity that binds the neighborhood of Montrose. Dedicated to collegiate graduates that are embarking on the “adult world,” the neighborhood creates a safe space that portrays growing up as a playground. The area includes a street of trendy thrift shops such as Leopard Lounge, Out of the Closet, and Pavement,  as well as a portion of Montrose’s prized nightlife possessions. One in particular is Present Company, an Alice in Wonderland-like ambiance with low-lighting, colorful Instagrammable interior and standout beverages. With a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, Montrose is the place for an individual to truly be themselves.

Hughes Landing in The Woodlands offers dining options with patio views of Lake Woodlands.

The Woodlands
Located in Northwest Harris County, The Woodlands is the ultimate family-friendly suburb, accommodating three of Houston’s accredited school districts: Tomball ISD, Conroe ISD and Klein ISD. In addition, the posh neighborhood offers the notable Market Street, a mini city centre equipped with an outdoor shopping mall, dining and a green space available for children’s amusement. Visitors can splurge on notable brands such as Lululemon and grab a bite to eat at Tommy Bahama for an effortless shopping experience. The Woodlands is an ideal utopia for families that aim for the perfect balance of suburb space and city life.


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