It's 2019, and people live downtown now—about 10,000, actually. The neighborhood's concerted revitalization efforts— particularly over the last five years—have challenged old assumptions that downtown, with its quirky, sprawling tunnel system and 3,000-plus businesses (including some major corporate headquarters) is only for working. Development is booming thanks to new builds like Hines's 46-story residential tower coming on the scene, plus major renovations of historic buildings like The Star, which formerly housed Texaco.

So, when it comes to home tours, why should the Heights get all the love? This weekend, Downtown District is showing off its own goods with a self-guided spring home tour of six unique properties on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For $25 in advance ($35 day of)—a portion of which will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County—tour-goers will get a taste of downtown living through luxury lofts, converted condos, and brand new rentals in high-rises and restored historic structures alike.

A ticket also scores you deals at participating downtown bars and restaurants, like 25 percent off your House of Blues tab and a free Xochi margarita. See the full list here, plus details on $5 parking and METRO's free transportation between properties. The tour starts at Heritage Texas Properties in the W.L. Foley Building at 214 Travis.

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Xochi

$$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 1777 Walker St.

This elegant eatery on the ground floor of the Downtown Marriott Marquis isn't your average hotel restaurant. It's Houston's first upscale Oaxacan restaurant...