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The Montrose neighborhood of Houston enjoys a rich cultural and ethnic diversity. Montrose is made up of graceful old mansions, Arts and Crafts bungalows, new townhouses and patio homes, duplexes, apartments, shops, a university, world-class museums and some of the finest restaurants in Houston. 

Each of the neighborhoods, which comprise Montrose District, has their individual characteristics. Several homes in Montrose are registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Westmoreland Place, platted 1902, and Avondale also offer historic old mansions plus new construction and multi-family housing. The Montrose area encompasses a park and one of Houston’s most historic schools, Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Hyde Park is the most diverse of the Montrose neighborhoods, home to traditional retail and new wave shops, trendy restaurants and clubs, remodeled bungalows, upscale new construction patio homes and town homes, lofts, and multi-family complexes. 

Montrose’s melting pot creates a diverse and sophisticated urban personality. Some of Houston’s most exclusive shopping is found along W. Gray, from designer clothes to fine crystal and silver to antique furniture and rugs. Area restaurants rival or surpass others in the city. Montrose boasts a number of fine museums, from the De Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel to the Holocaust Museum and the Byzantine Chapel of the University of St. Thomas. There are a number of private and public schools, including the University of St. Thomas, Annunciation Orthodox School, St. Stephens Episcopal, St. Ann’s School, and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA).

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Houston Heights

The Houston Heights is wonderfully unique in every way. “The Heights,” as it is called, even looks different from the rest of Houston with period and reproduction Victorian structures and Mission bungalows nestled among storefronts. The changes that swept Houston’s Inner Loop in recent years have, not surprisingly, been interpreted differently in The Heights. New construction is controlled by the scarcity of available land and the effectiveness of residential deed restrictions.Urban professionals favor the Heightsand families who appreciate its quality of life and short commute to downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Heights is enjoying a vibrant revival and strong upsurge in home values. Existing homes are often extensively renovated and updated while new construction is encouraged to conform to neighborhood vernacular styles. Prices on existing bungalows and cottages begin in the high $200,000s and range upward depending on location, condition, and lot size; recent and new construction prices range from around $500,000 to well upwards of $1 million. 

 The Heights offer some of Houston’s most innovative restaurantsand shops.

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Briarcroft is very popular neighborhood made up of traditional and well-maintained homes. Located within minutes of the Galleria, Downtown and close proximity to all major highways.Briarcroft only has 282 homes and its main access street is Chimney Rock. Briarcroft is also known for it’s highly rates schools Briargrove Elementary, Grady Middle School and Lamar High School. Briarcroft is also conveniently located to many well-known private schools. Briarcroft homes are competitively priced and lot sizes are large, averaging more than 13,000 square feet. Development of Briarcroft began in 1953, and is still home to many of its original homeowners. While most houses have been extensively remodeled and updated, like Briargrove and Tanglewood, Briarcroft has also opened to large two-story new construction.

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Afton Oaks

Afton Oaks subdivision is a welcoming neighborhood with its beautiful trees and wide smoothly resurfaced streets with antique-style street lamps, and sloping green lawns. Even in the grip of a Houston summer, the temperature seems to drop a few degrees within its borders – despite the fact that Afton Oaks is enviably located within Houston’s prestigious inner-Loop. 

This heavily deed-restricted neighborhood offers an impressive selection of updated vintage and recently constructed homes on approximately 500 home sites. Highland Village, on the subdivision’s east side, became the shopping center before the Galleria was built. The Afton Oaks Civic Club was chartered in 1955 and continues to actively enforce deed restrictions, mandatory HOA dues and architectural controls. The Afton Oaks security patrol, composed of off-duty Houston police officers, regularly patrols the neighborhood in marked cars. 

Afton Oaks is dominated by 1950s one-story homes, which many of them have been updated and in recent years we have seen an increase in the construction of luxurious two- to three-story homes, some in gated enclaves. There is room for both vintage and modern structures in Afton Oaks. 

The subdivision’s original structures sell in a range from the high $300,000s to close to $800,000 for those with substantial updating or on very large lots. Recent and new- construction homes sell for well over $1 million and range to $3 million. Afton Oaks is close to downtown and the Galleria, plus the availability of excellent public and private schools, Afton Oaks attracts a wide variety of demographic of residents.

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