The Heights isn’t just a historic Houston neighborhood. It’s a lifestyle. Heights residents have cultivated a unique and flourishing culture within its live oak-lined streets. Over the past few decades, the neighborhood has perfected a small-town charm within the bustling inner loop.
At an elevation 23 feet above downtown Houston, Houston Heights was built as a safe haven from mosquitoes in a time when flooding, yellow fever, malaria, and cholera were common. The original dedication to a resident-involved community has shaped an ideal neighborhood for families. Today, there are more marked historic districts in the Heights than the rest of Houston combined.
Students in the Heights are served by Houston Independence School District and a number of private education institutions. The zoning area includes Harvard Elementary School, which is Houston’s oldest school, in continuous operation since 1898. Notable alumni of Heights-zoned schools include professional wrestler The Undertaker, actor Patrick Swayze, and Mary Kay Cosmetics founder Mary Kay Ash.
For those who prefer an element of surprise and quirkiness during their shopping trips, 19th Street is an eclectic adventure. Unique home goods, treasure-filled antique and vintage shops, and funky boutiques are all packed together in just a few blocks for an afternoon of fun.
White Linen Night
Once a year, thousands gather to the Heights donning white to explore and celebrate local culture. Centered on 19th Street, the event features food, art, live music, and shopping. Many of the shops and restaurants in the area feature pop-up parties and special sales for attendees to enjoy.
As a community-maintained park, Donovan Park is one of the signature venues of the Heights. Located right on Heights Boulevard, this park has been a haven for neighborhood children since 1983. The park features hilly terrain, fortress-like wooden play structures, and a ¼-sized train. The park is gated, so parents can chaperone at ease.