Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty


Neighborhoods Midtown Houston

Midtown Houston

Midtown Houston is one of the city’s most historic areas. Well established by the mid-nineteenth-century, Midtown is a living chronicle of Houston’s past from ante bellum days to the revitalization of today.

Midtown refers to the neighborhoods south and west of downtown, east of Montrose Boulevard, and north of Interstate 59. One of the most historic is the old Fourth Ward, dubbed Freedmen’s Town. After the Civil War, the Fourth Ward was one of very few places in Houston where black people could own property. Freed slaves built shotgun cottages and moved in. Now a nationally registered historic site, many of their descendents still live there. In its heyday in the 1920’s and -30’s, Fourth Ward was Houston’s Harlem, with jazz clubs and restaurants lining Dallas street. Some of the cottages remain, along with a few brick-paved streets, but many valuable structures were lost when the area declined from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. Further south, the neighborhoods of Westmoreland, Courtlandt Place and Avondale were the River Oaks of their day, where turn-of-the-20th-century lumber, cotton and oil barons built spacious mansions on tree-lined streets. In the 21st-century, these neighborhoods, along with the old Fourth Ward, are again considered some of the city’s most desirable areas in which to live. Their proximity to downtown and established “look” are drawing people from far-flung suburbs.

In 1994, Midtown was officially declared a Tax Increment Finance District (TIFC), opening the area to renovation and development. Today, many remaining historic structures are protected, sharing brick-paved streets with architecturally cutting-edge townhouses and sophisticated low-rise lofts. The population is diverse, and includes long-time residents, young professionals, empty nesters, students, and academics. Home prices range from the high $100,000s into the millions.

Midtown is home to wonderful restaurants, from humble barbeque joints to some of the city’s most elegant purveyors of continental cuisine. New upscale retail shopping abounds, sharing space with the established shops of some of Houston’s finest traditional tradesmen. The new light rail system links Midtown with downtown, the Medical Center and the Astrodome complex.

Browse the Neighborhoods


Search Tools

Map Search

Search for listings by zip code or within a proximity of an address.

Open House Finder

Search for and view open houses for properties listed in the Greater Houston Area.

Neighborhood Information

View subdivision price trends and tax rates, statistics and appraised values.

Property Value

Search for recent home sales and property tax information in the Greater Houston area.

School Finder

Search for information on schools based on the county, district, campus and/or zip code.

School Zone Locator

Assists you in finding school districts zoning information.

Toll Free 888-520-1981
Relocation 800-927-2774

Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice | Texas Real Estate Commission Information About Brokerage Services

Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty and all affiliated agents are licensed as either brokers or salespersons by the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Copyright © 2016 Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, All Rights Reserved. Sotheby's International Realty and the Sotheby's International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby's International Realty, Inc. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | DMCA Notice

Real estate agents affiliated with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty are independent contractor sales associates and
are not employees of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.