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The Heights

Just north of Buffalo Bayou and east of Shepherd is an area known as the Heights, a Houston-annexed town recognized for its turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions. Founded more than a century ago, the community has experienced a renovation effort to recapture the Victorian charm that once characterized the neighborhood.

Wood-frame homes with gingerbread trim complement the community's revitalized Main Street District that is home to quaint antique shops and other small stores. Because of its proximity to downtown, the Heights has become an attractive neighborhood to young professionals who want a short commute and are interested in renovating an old home. Homes are being updated to accommodate modern lifestyles -- without destroying the original charm of the home.

Because of its rise in popularity, Heights-area homes are commanding top dollar -- especially those that have been restored. Still, there are many homes to choose from that haven't been restored or fully restored. Hispanic influences add charm and diversity to neighborhoods in the Heights area.