The Houston Heights, one of the earliest planned communities in Texas, is located 4 miles northwest of Downtown Houston. A National Geographic article says “stroll the area’s broad, tree-canopied esplanades and side streets dotted with homes dating from the early 1900s and you may think you’ve landed in a small town.”John Nova Lomax said that the Heights, which he describes as “Houston’s own mini-Austin,” had many “low-key” restaurants and beer gardens.
The Woodlands offers many entertainment venues including over 150 restaurants, a public waterway, dancing waterfalls with music, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, summer home of the Houston Symphony and catering for many large acts. The Woodlands Waterway will eventually be more than 1/2 mile long, reaching from The Woodlands Mall around to Lake Woodlands and with wide, lighted sidewalks along both sides and Waterway Taxis.
“The Neighborhood City” and is mainly a bedroom community for upper-class families. West University Place is surrounded by the cities of Bellaire, Houston, and Southside Place. The United States Postal Service uses “Houston” as the city designation for all West University Place addresses. Almost all street names in West University Place are allusions to universities, colleges, and poets throughout the United States and the world.