The Neighborhoods in Inner Loop Houston

Over 7 million people call Houston and Greater Houston home. Over 2 million people call "Houston" home. It is the fourth most populated city in the United States, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. According to Forbes, Houston ranks first among U.S. cities where paychecks stretch the furthest. Houston is home to the second largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the country, 49, behind New York, 72. Houston ranks first in total park acreage among U.S. cities with more than one million residents. I really could go on and on, but to sum it all up, Houston is the land of opportunity. Houston is the land of growth. But where to live?

The Neighborhoods in Inner Loop Houston

Today I will be sharing with you all the different neighborhoods outside of Downtown but inside Houston's Inner Loop, or Loop 610 that encircles the core of the city.

Bellaire

Encompassed by the cities of Houston and West University Place, Bellaire is known for its quiet, tree-lined streets and highly ranked schools. Evelyn’s Park and its all-day café, Betsy’s, is a neighborhood hot spot, while Bellaire-Zindler Park features a pool and tennis courts as well as Bellaire Recreation Center and the Bellaire Civic Center. Nearby Meyerland is the center of Houston’s Jewish community.

Braeburn/Willowbend

The Braeburn area features tree-lined streets dotted with mid-century modern homes. The community sits along Brays Bayou, offering easy access to more than 15 miles of hike-and-bike trails, The Galleria, the Texas Medical Center, NRG Stadium, U.S. 59, the 610 Loop, and Beltway 8. Westbury, Willow Meadows-Willowbend, and Southwest Houston lie in close proximity to Braeburn and the Brays Oaks district.

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EaDo/East End

East Downtown — known as EaDo — is budding with a diverse and evolving mix of nightlife and art galleries. The area’s walkability is part of the appeal; a day may include a jaunt to the Houston Dynamo stadium and 8th Wonder Brewery, or Agricole Hospitality’s buzzy restaurants. A new METRORail line has improved connectivity. 

Fifth Ward

Northeast of Downtown, explore the Fifth Ward’s rich musical, artistic and cultural history — including six churches that are more than 100 years old, such as the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, founded by former slave Rev. Toby Gregg in 1865.

Uptown/Galleria

This area exudes urban sophistication and cosmopolitan energy. Centrally located in the city’s Uptown district, The Galleria is comprised of hundreds of upscale restaurants and retailers, as well as soaring office towers that see more than 200,000 working professionals and visitors daily. Uptown is also home to many of the city’s largest hotels and boasts an array of housing options. 

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Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

Together known as “GOOF,” these neighborhoods are increasingly popular among young families, a trend reflected in the rapid addition of new shopping centers and restaurants in the area. With grand magnolias and large lots, the Garden Oaks community is an architecturally unique area with traditional-style plantation homes and quaint cottages. Oak Forest is also charming, and slightly more affordable.

Heights/Timbergrove

The Heights is Houston’s oldest planned community, located northwest of downtown. The area is known for its diverse population and small-town quality of life while still being in the heart of the city. Tastefully updated turn-of-the-century homes stand next to newly constructed Victorian– and Charleston–style cottages with large, wrap-around porches. Numerous high-rise condos are currently being developed in response to the population growth that’s predicted for the area. House hunters are drawn to the 19th Street Historic Business District, which offers a unique variety of specialty boutiques, antique shops, and funky eateries. The First Saturday Arts Market features live music, crafts, art, and more.

Medical Center/NRG Park

Houston has long been known for its burgeoning energy and aerospace industries, but it’s also home to the world’s largest concentration of researchers, physicians, and medical professionals. In addition to world-class medical facilities, the Texas Medical Center—which treats more than 10 million patients annually and employs more than 106,000 professionals—is comprised of educational icons like the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, and the Baylor College of Medicine. Nearby NRG Stadium hosts a myriad of events throughout the year, including Houston Texans football games and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

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Memorial Park/Washington Corridor

Memorial is a wealthy area located along Buffalo Bayou on the 610 Loop west of downtown. The area is home to Memorial Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It’s popular for golf, running, and cycling, and reports nearly three million annual visitors. Popular attractions include the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Memorial City Mall, and Town & Country Village. A strip of popular restaurants, lounges, wine bars, and townhouses recently replaced a stretch of dilapidated properties. The Wave taxi-bus offers a fixed-route, fixed-rate shuttle within the Washington Avenue District, Midtown, and the Heights.

Midtown

Sandwiched between downtown and the Museum District, the trendy Midtown neighborhood is a popular choice for young and middle-aged professionals. Midtown is one of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods—it’s packed with high-rise apartments, boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and nightlife. Situated directly between downtown and the Texas Medical Center with three dedicated METRORail stations, location is a big attraction for prospective Midtown residents.

Montrose

Established in 1911, Montrose is one of the most eclectic areas in all of Houston. It’s home to music venues, vintage shopping, and historic residential architecture. South Montrose is nestled near the Museum District, which encompasses more than 50 cultural institutions, museums, and art galleries. TripAdvisor named Montrose one of the hippest neighborhoods in America in 2018. 

Museum District

Culture runs deep in Houston’s Museum District, which welcomes nearly nine million visitors a year. The area is home to 18 museums within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Rice University Art Gallery, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Children’s Museum, and more.

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River Oaks

River Oaks is well known as one of Houston’s oldest and most affluent neighborhoods. Located just three miles west of downtown in the Inner Loop, the area sports white-columned mansions dating from the 1920s, as well as Houston’s oldest country club. The community is protected by high architectural standards and comprehensive building restrictions. The median home value in River Oaks is over $1 million. 

South Main/Central Southwest

Central Southwest Houston is a predominantly African-American neighborhood that offers easy access to The Galleria and Texas Medical Center. Homes and apartments tend to be affordable. High-end shopping and fine dining has yet to move into the area, but it’s home to a large number of authentic ethnic restaurants.

Third Ward/Hobby Airport

The Third Ward, home to Texas Southern University and the University of Houston, is rich in culture and history, as evidenced in the beautifully revamped Emancipation Park. Residents enjoy easy access to Hobby Airport and Downtown.

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Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza

Upper Kirby is a network of historic neighborhoods that are intermingling with redevelopment. The area is just minutes away from Greenway Plaza, downtown, The Galleria, and the Texas Medical Center, offering residents easy access to the places they live, work, and play. West Ave is home to an assortment of top-notch restaurants, art galleries, and trendy boutiques.

West University/Rice Village

The third-most expensive neighborhood in Houston, the tree-lined West University area— West U, as locals call it—is a community of upper-middle class families. On every block you’ll find an abundance of upscale housing options, including unique bungalows and newly remodeled homes. Home to Rice University and Rice Village Shopping Center, the neighborhood appeals to families and young professionals alike. Morningside Boulevard offers a good mix of lunch, dinner, and happy hour spots.

Next in this series: The neighborhoods of North Houston.

Links for all posts in this series What are the districts in Downtown Houston?The Neighborhoods in Inner Loop HoustonThe Neighborhoods of East HoustonThe Neighborhoods of North HoustonThe Neighborhoods of South Houston, and The Neighborhoods of West Houston.

Relocating to the Houston Suburbs?

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There are some amazing communities all over the Houston suburbs. In this post, https://search.byjoandco.com/blog/best-neighborhoods-in-houston/, I deep dive into all the different suburbs/neighborhoods that you might want to consider, and why. There are many resources here, so please reach out if you are curious what to look at next! :)

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Homes for Sale in Houston, Texas

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Subdivision: Southside Place
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,600
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
1
Day on Site
7268695
MLS
This spectacular home is an entertainers dream with fabulous flow inside and out! Cooks kitchen with wolf appliances and island seating opens to family room. Large butler's pantry, great for buffet...
$3,995,000
Subdivision: Pine Wood Estates
5
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
7,305
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
2
Days on Site
51848786
MLS
Located in the heart of Memorial, Allegiance Construction brings you a one of a kind contemporary masterpiece. The attention to detail and over-the-top finishes of the interior captivate the eye at...
$815,000
Subdivision: Brooke Smith
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,729
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
2
Days on Site
81130700
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This fully renovated and newly expanded 3 bedroom, 3 bath bungalow with an open floor plan, huge master suite, and fantastic covered outdoor entertaining area is ready for MOVE-IN. Situated on a...
$650,000
Subdivision: Hutchingson II
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,364
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
2
Days on Site
26601732
MLS
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. Rare 3 story stunning stucco 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home (no HOA!) blocks from the medical center and close to restaurants, shops, Rice Village, Rice University, museum...
$765,000
Subdivision: 24Th Street Manor
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,277
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
59576016
MLS
Live in the Heart of Houston Heights in this gorgeously maintained & updated home! Built in 2007, this home has gone through slight updates. Updates include fresh paint throughout the home, no carpet...
$885,000
Subdivision: Southdale
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,962
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
2
Days on Site
81153710
MLS
Elegant & Stylish Inner Loop home in the City of Bellaire! Decorated with Crystal Chandeliers, Granite, Marble, Quartz, Travertine & Hardwoods! The Graceful curved 2-story Wrought Iron Staircase...
$615,000
Subdivision: Houston Heights
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,088
Sq.Ft.
2010
Year Built
3
Days on Site
70828458
MLS
One look & you'll know this home stands out! Recent construction by respected Heights builders Ostlind Thomas, known for their attention to quality & detail. Gated front yard leads to charming porch...
$519,000
Subdivision: Royal Oaks Sec 04 R/P
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,086
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
3
Days on Site
76882525
MLS
Centrally located in booming Spring Branch, this spectacularly remodeled home is nestled in the peaceful enclave of Royal Oaks, known for its tree lined streets, oversized lots and close proximity to...
Open 3/7
4114 Rice Blvd Houston, TX 77005
$1,199,000
Subdivision: Colonial Terrace Sec C
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,055
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
3
Days on Site
73210788
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Wonderful West U home sitting on a large 6,785 SF lot on a sought-after block near Colonial Park! This 5 bedroom home offers interior brick accent walls, beamed ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors,...
Open 3/7
3402 Morrison St Houston, TX 77009
$825,000
Subdivision: Woodland Heights
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,959
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
3
Days on Site
86588417
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Beautiful Woodland Heights bungalow zoned to sought after Travis Elementary has been thoughtfully renovated with timeless finishes & expanded to 3 Bedrooms & 3 Baths plus an office! Corner lot also...
$739,900
Subdivision: Craig Woods Partial Replat No 30
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,054
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
3
Days on Site
8799134
MLS
Mazzarino Construction unveils their new "Classic Series" residence in Spring Branch. This 2-story, 3-4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home will feature high end finishes, energy efficient home, spray foam...
$868,000
Subdivision: Bracher Estates
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,277
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
3
Days on Site
63784258
MLS
Stunning Bracher Estates masterpiece in a premier location next to the community gardens and fountain! This move-in ready home offers first floor living with lots of natural light, lovely views of...

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