Circa Real Estate is pretty lucky to have snagged an office on 19th Street, and we couldn’t be more excited about our amazing neighbors. If you’re new to the ‘hood, 19th Street is the historic heart of the Heights, and you’d be hard pressed to find any place in Houston with more quirky and cool small businesses, delicious restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops in the same place. Not to mention the area is totally walkable and bike-friendly, so it’s perfect for enjoying the outdoors on a nice day, strolling from antique shop to brew pub to fro-yo.
Luckily, we’ve got a cheat sheet to help you decide what to check out first. This handy map lays out all the best places to eat and shop, plus some of our other favorite businesses where you can work up a sweat, get your hair done, take in a show…you name it!
The Heights was developed in 1890 as a planned community centered around a commercial hub at 19th Street and Ashland. 19th Street has been the heart and soul of the Heights since the very beginning, and it’s where you’ll find the iconic Heights theatre sign, the first Saturday arts market, and the majority of the action on White Linen Night.
A lot of things have changed over the years in the Heights. In its long (by Texas standards) history, the neighborhood has been home to an Army camp during the Spanish-American War, then spent a few years as a booming manufacturing community, and by the 1950’s the area had fallen into disrepair. The Houston Heights Association was formed in 1973 and worked hard to change that, turning the neighborhood into the mecca for young families and urban professionals it is today. More than 100 structures within the small neighborhood earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
There’s always change underway in the Heights, but the community spirit and unique personality is a constant, and 19th Street remains the center of the action and the place you want to be. We hope you come to love it as much as we do, and enjoy making it your home. Next time you’re on 19th visiting some of the places highlighted on the map, stop in and say hello!