The Montrose neighborhood of Houston enjoys a rich cultural and ethnic diversity. Montrose is a polyglot, with graceful old mansions, Arts and Crafts bungalows, new townhouses and patio homes, duplexes, apartments, shops, a university, world-class museums and some of the finest restaurants in Houston.
Each of the neighborhoods which comprise Montrose District has their individual characteristics. Courtlandt Place is a gated boulevard with fine old early 20th century homes, most built 1909-1920. The neighborhood and every home are registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Westmoreland Place, platted 1902, and Avondale also offer historic old mansions plus new construction and multi-family housing. Hyde Park is the most diverse of the Montrose neighborhoods, home to traditional retail and new wave shops, trendy restaurants and clubs, remodeled bungalows, upscale new construction patio homes and town homes, lofts, and multi-family complexes.
Montrose’s melting pot creates a diverse and sophisticated urban personality. Some of Houston’s most exclusive shopping is found along W. Gray, from designer clothes to fine crystal and silver to antique furniture and rugs. Area restaurants rival or surpass others in the city. Montrose boasts a number of fine museums, including the Menil Collection and the Byzantine Chapel of the University of St. Thomas. There are a number of private and public schools, including the University of St. Thomas, Annunciation Orthodox School, St. Stephens Episcopal, St. Anne’s Catholic School.