City Historic Districts

Land use is decidedly mixed in the Montrose District with six historic single-family residential subdivisions as well as many other blocks occupied by single-family homes and townhomes, a large number of apartment complexes of all sizes and substantial commercial development in the form of restaurants, bars and retail stores in many areas of the District. The River Oaks Shopping Center, dating back to the 30s, is well known throughout Houston for its upscale shops, restaurants and the River Oaks Theater which shows foreign and art films along with American classics. The major streets in the District: Montrose Boulevard, Westheimer , Waugh Drive, Commonwealth, West Gray, Richmond, Alabama, Fairview and West Dallas – are known for their wide variety of dining, entertainment and shopping options, with most businesses being small family operated enterprises that most residents and visitors prefer. These businesses give Montrose a certain character that is unique to Houston.



District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.