Greater Heights :: A Guide To Houston Neighborhoods

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The Heights is a community in the center of Hwy 45, 610, and I10. If you are looking for a short commute to work or to head to one of Houston’s many major sports arenas, the Heights is a perfect location for your next home. 

Greater Heights has many great neighborhoods to consider, like Shady Acres, Timbergrove, Norhill, Sunset Heights, Pinelawn, Lazybrook, and many more! is a great place to start to find out more about these neighborhoods and to find a house.

Why Moms Love it

Moms love the Heights life because of its unique subculture. It is an artsy little neighborhood that provides a small town atmosphere in a big city. There is an explosion of funky restaurants popping up that are perfect to help feed your family. The Heights is also one of the most bike friendly neighborhoods in Houston. 

Local Family Favorites :: {Playgrounds, sports, activities, parks}

At HMB, we love family-friendly activities. If it’s hot outside {because, it’s HOUSTON}, we recommend these indoor play places and these awesome splash padsWe also love taking care of ourselves. We have compiled a list of mommy-favorite fitness classes around town that can help you with self care.

  • Houston Public Libraries boast quite a few family friendly activities. Find your closest location here. Your kids will love the library and all of its FREE fun things to do. A few of us may even want to move into it! A lot of neighborhoods even boast Free Little Libraries that can help your kid keep their love of reading alive.  
  • The Little Gym of Houston Heights is a children’s gym offering activities for kids including parent/child classes, kids dance, gymnastics, sports skills and karate.
  • Wonderwild is an indoor play ground with a jumping pillow, 3-story playscape, crocodile slide, and more. The interactive games provides the kiddos with the freedom to explore, play, imagine and create a world all their own. 
  •  Donovan Park in the Heights features wooden play structures built by the local residents when they recognized the need for their neighborhood to have a safe, fun park for the kids. This extra-large park has enough variety to keep children occupied for a while, and even features a fun train they can climb aboard. The park has a side for younger children, a challenging side for older kids, and a hill that is perfect for rolling down! This park has made our list of the BEST Parks in Houston!
  • Jaycee Park is a neighborhood park that is one of the best-kept secrets inside the loop. It’s got a small splash pad, great playground equipment, and plenty of street parking. This park is perfect for toddlers! This park has made our list of the BEST Parks in Houston!

Childcare and Schools

We know finding great child care and schools is a daunting task.  There are hundreds of great day care options in this area, but finding the right one for your family takes work. For grades K-12, the area is zoned to HISD and parents should research carefully how to navigate the HISD schools. There are also many charter schools across Houston, like YES Prep and Harmony Schools.

Perfect Date Night/Staycation

Mommy breaks like date nights, an occasional brunch, and staycations are an important part of self care. 

We love Cedar Creek Bar and Grill {Umm, frozen mimosa, anyone?!}. A few other Heights area restaurants are on our list of the 30 Most Family Friendly Houston Patios and our list of Family Friendly Restaurants around Houston. We even know the most kid friendly breweries in this area. Interested in bringing your own alcohol and saving a bit of money? Check out our list of BYOB restaurants around town! To top your evening off, check out one of the Top Ten Ice Cream Shops in Houston!

We feel comfortable “peacing-out” and leaving our kiddos in the trustworthy hands of Best Buds Babysitting, knowing they will be taken care of {especially after we pick up one of the best pizzas in the area for everyone to enjoy}. They are happy. We are happy. Everyone wins!

Learn More

It’s important that you find the best area that fits you! We know what it means to find the right neighborhood and neighbors that fit your family! For more information on the Greater Heights in Houston, check out Greater Heights section on There are tons of great resources about moving here, photos, and more helpful details on this area. We love Houston and love that we get to raise our families here. Check out why here. is a full service brokerage and an easy to use online real estate resource that helps people find the perfect home as well as the ideal neighborhood. We believe that the neighborhood you live in is just as important as the home you live in. The people, places, schools and amenities that surround your home have an enormous impact on your quality of life. When you’re looking for a place to live, you aren’t just picking out a house. You are also deciding who your children will play with and who you might become friends with. So while many people search for their dream house, we believe you should look for your dream home. And your neighborhood is a huge part of that dream.

Check out the other areas featured in our Houston Neighborhood Guide for Families and learn more about our guide sponsor,