What are the best neighborhoods in Houston?

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Southampton, which is right near the Museum District and Rice University area, and I love Memorial as a great family neighborhood place because it’s beautiful, wooded, green and spacious. It’s a great place to raise a family.

Mai Pham

The Heights. The Heights is part of historic Houston, that part of town that's kept the old town charm of period houses and quaint, retro-chic. They have their own Opera, Fitzgerald's live music venue, countless restaurants, and even an old-town strip on 19th and Yale. 

Montrose. Located smack dab in the middle of Houston, Montrose is the neighborhood with personality, a neighborhood for the young at heart. Hipsters, artsy types, the gay community, thirtiesomethings and young professionals make this neighborhood their home. You'll find restaurants, art galleries, boutique shopping, bars, tattoo parlors, antique shops, coffee shops and more. 

The Galleria. If there were two downtowns in Houston, the Galleria would be the second one. There, you'll find high rise condos and hotels galore, upscale boutique shopping, restaurants, hotels, businesses and more. 

River Oaks. Considered the Beverly Hills of Houston, River Oaks is where you'll find the mega mansions and big money. Anchored by the River Oaks Country Club, a River Oaks address means you're playing in the big leagues.

West University. Just as the name would suggest, this area is West of Rice University. A family community, the large homes are clustered together with little space in between, but people who don't mind living in close quarters flock to this area for its great location and proximity to Rice Village, Medical Center, and every amenity you can think of.

Rice Military. Located close to Memorial Park and Washington Boulevard, this area is easily accessible to downtown dwellers, and great for folks who enjoy outdoor activities as well as fine dining. 

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