Median home price: $540,000
Montrose has established a reputation as both a high quality neighborhood and a cultural destination during recent years. It was named one of the top 10 greatest neighborhoods in the country by the American Planning Association in 2009. "It's a jewel of a neighborhood," says Paul Farmer, chief executive of the organization. "Great places are places of lasting value, not a quick buck, but a place that serves generations. Montrose is eclectic and urbane."
Many are attracted to the area's character, which includes wealthy residents living in stately mansions along with middle class residents moving into newly built town homes. The University of St. Thomas can be found here, along with a great many of Houston's best museums. Access to downtown and the medical center also makes this a prime location. Montrose was
established in the early 1900s and has built a reputation for welcoming people from all walks of life.