“Eccentric and eclectic” aptly describe the mixed-use, but largely residential neighborhood of Montrose.
A diverse and colorful community, Montrose was once in the American Planning Association’s list of top 10 great neighborhoods in America.
Montrose homes for sale are in great demand due to the following:
The “Heart of Houston,” Montrose, offers a quaint and quirky mixture of history, art, and nightlife. Homebuyers will appreciate its artsy, Bohemian vibe, as well as its proximity to retail and entertainment hubs, job centers, and schools.
Montrose’s borders are Allen Parkway on the north, Spur 527 on the east, Southwest Freeway (US Highway 59) on the south, and Shepherd Street on the west.
Montrose is centrally located in the Inner Loop. Its location affords its residents convenient access to other Houston neighborhoods.
The neighborhood has Downtown and Midtown to the east, Upper Kirby and River Oaks to the west, and Rice Military to the north. The Texas Medical Center and the Museum District are to the south of the neighborhood, just across the Southwest Freeway.
Several bus lines cover the neighborhood. Additionally, the planned METRORail University/Blue Line will have a stop in Montrose.
Montrose is a largely residential neighborhood, though several retail and entertainment establishments are within the area.
Property development in Montrose, like in Midtown and EaDo, is booming. New construction and renovation projects are a common sight, with more developments planned in the near future.
Montrose Houston has a 77006 Harris County zip code.
One of Houston’s cultural and historical centers, Montrose is home to a diverse mix of cafes, restaurants, dive bars, vintage shops, and art galleries. Montrose offers a fusion of new and old, upscale and artsy.
Montrose has several thrift, antique, and secondhand shops, as well as the River Oaks Shopping Center, one of the oldest shopping centers in the US. The Galleria is a few minutes away.
Rudyard’s, a pub at 2010 Waugh Street, is known as “Montrose’s Living Room.” It seems to have everything: on-tap selection of beer, great food, comedy and musical acts upstairs, beer tastings, and a dart league. Dog-friendly West Alabama Ice House is a favorite spot for Montrose residents. A casual ice house with a taco truck and a patio, West Alabama offers an unassuming place to kick back after a long day.
Da Marco Cucino E Vino, an upscale Italian bistro, is popular in the neighborhood. Brasil, on the other hand, draws in music lovers and creative types with its wide selection of beer, coffee, tea, and wine.
The Menil Collection, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, has about 17,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and rare books. The private art collection includes some works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, alongside contemporary pieces from Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
The Rothko Chapel, also founded by the de Menils, is an interfaith chapel that houses various books and writings from different religions. It also features art and the Broken Obelisk, a sculpture dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.
Montrose also plays host to festivals, including the four-decade old Houston Greek Festival. The Houston Pride Parade and the bi-annual Westheimer Colony Arts Festival used to be held at the neighborhood.
• African Art Room
• Art League of Houston
• Blue Orange
• Contemporary Arts Museum
• Menil Collection
• Domy Books
• Magick Cauldron
• Spec’s Liquor
• Lola’s Depot
• Poison Girl
• Griff’s Houston
• Cecil’s Pub
• Firkin & Phoenix Pub
• Absinthe Restaurant Lounge
• The Next Door
• Anvil Bar & Refuge
• Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
• West Alabama Ice House
• Baba Yega’s
• La Mexicana Restaurant
• Niko Niko’s
• The Breakfast Klub
• Cafe Brussels
• Mark’s American Cuisine
• Da Marco
• Brennan’s of Houston
• Buffalo Bayou Park
• Eleanor Tinsley Park
• Ervan Chew Park
• Mandell Park
• Cherryhurst Park
Montrose is zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and is home to the University of St. Thomas (UST), a Catholic university in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Montrose also features several private schools. Here are some of them:
• Annunciation Orthodox School at 3600 Yoakum Blvd.
• The Harris School at 900 Lovett Blvd.
• Avalon Academy at 1616 Indiana St.
• Kipling Street Academy at 1425 Kipling St.
• School For Young Children at 810 Sul Ross St.
• St Stephens Episcopal School at 1800 Sul Ross St.
To find an updated listing of all Montrose real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.
Montrose real estate have greatly appreciated over the past decade, with median sales price increasing by 84% from $315,800 in 2005 to $581,709 in 2014. Average price per square foot has increased at a similar rate, from $167 to $251, an impressive 50%.
Montrose real estate is as eclectic as the neighborhood’s reputation. It offers a diverse array of old mansions, single-family bungalows, and patio homes. Montrose also has an abundant selection of new construction townhomes, lofts, and condos.
Montrose homes for sale come in different architectural styles, including Colonial, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Queen Anne, and Victorian, among others.
A surge of redevelopment efforts in the 1990s spurred on the construction of newer townhomes, a trend that arcs up until today.
Planned residential developments in Montrose include mid-rise condos like Flats on Fairview (2312 Commonwealth), and a 7-story condo project at 3401 Damico Street. Riverway Properties also has an 8-story project slated for development at 3615 Montrose Blvd.
Commercial developments are also on the rise, including the renovation of WestMont on the northeast corner of Lovette and Montrose.
Montrose Single-Family Home Sale Trends
Despite an increase in new construction townhomes and condos, Montrose single-family homes are still quite a popular housing option.
From 2-story homes with sprawling land areas to smaller, older bungalows, Montrose offers a variety of styles and sizes. Some feature 3 bedroom and 3 and a half bath floor plans, and 2- to 3-story construction.
Prices vary widely too. Older bungalows can sell for as low as $120,000, while beautifully renovated or maintained 1920s mansions can sell for almost $2,000,000.
Montrose Townhomes Sale Trends
Montrose townhomes for sale gained popularity during the neighborhood’s redevelopment in the 1990s. New construction townhomes and the older ones dating back to the 90s are still in demand in Montrose.
Like most Inner Loop neighborhoods, Montrose also features upscale multi-level townhomes with game rooms, 2-car garages, and roof decks/terraces. Some even feature front and/or backyards.
With square footage averaging 2,042 square feet, townhomes in Montrose have an average of 2.48 bedrooms and 2.3 full baths. Newer construction tend to sell for higher, but the average sale price is at $393,453.
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