Best Neighborhoods in Houston for Singles & Young Professionals

Many singles and young professionals want to live in a city with great weather, job opportunities, a vibrant culture, exciting dining and nightlife, and affordable housing—and that’s exactly what Houston offers! This Texas metro’s cost of living is 9% lower than the national average and has everything from high-end shopping and professional sporting events to careers in growing fields like healthcare and energy technology! If you’re thinking about moving to Houston, check out this list of the best neighborhoods for singles and young professionals!

DOWNTOWN

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Home Price: $1,441 median monthly rent; $52,175 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 34% of cities in Texas

For singles and young professionals who want apartments, lofts, or condos in the heart of Houston, Downtown is the perfect neighborhood. With close proximity to the Central Business District, as well as performing arts venues, sports arenas, and a slew of restaurants and bars, this neighborhood is the ideal spot to be for those working within the Inner Loop or who want to experience Houston’s action. Plus, the area is extremely walkable and has plenty of public transportation options!

Explore

Houston is one of five cities in the nation that earns its Theater District title by having its own professional opera, ballet, music, and theatre companies. The Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Alley Theatre are just a few of your options for fine arts performances. If you’re leaning more toward sports, catch a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park or take in some WWE at Toyota Center. For other adventures, stop by the Downtown Aquarium to see the stingray reef, or visit Houston’s historic waterfront park Allen’s Landing.

Dine

For an upscale dining experience, check out Hearsay Gastro Lounge, an elegant restaurant in the historic W.L. Foley Building. Try their Smoked Duck Quesadillas or creamy Lemon Shrimp Pasta! Craving some Texas barbecue? Jackson Street BBQ won’t disappoint with their finger-lickin’-good brisket! If seafood and tacos are your two favorite foods, swing by La Fisheria. They’re well-known for their phenomenal Gulf of Mexico-influenced cuisine, and they have excellent happy hour specials, too!

Drink

Calling all tequila and mezcal lovers! The Pastry War will be your new favorite spot. With delicious margaritas and bar snacks like tamales and diced pineapple, this mezcaleria has something for everyone. Like a little bit of charity with your libations? Stop by OKRA Charity Saloon, where every drink you buy supports a local charity selected by OKRA staff and customers! Looking for good craft brews? 8th Wonder Brewery in East Downtown serves up brews like Rocket Fuel, a Vietnamese coffee porter.

GREENWAY/UPPER KIRBY

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Home Price: $1,125 median monthly rent; $480,583 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 59% of cities in Texas

Located between Uptown and Rice University, Greenway/Upper Kirby is a hot spot for singles and young professionals in Houston. With a mix of modern and older homes on beautiful, tree-lined streets, quick access to I-69, and public transportation options, this area is an excellent neighborhood for people who want the feel of the suburbs while still being close to Houston’s Central Business District.

Explore

Merge your love of art and food at Honey Art Cafe! This unique spot offers art classes, desserts, and gallery space for budding artists. Or learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Girl Scouts at the Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History (except for the Thin Mints cookie recipe). Or grab a gift for yourself at Tootsies, a 35,000-foot store with high-end clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Or take in a show at Houston’s only cabaret, The Music Box Theater. There’s plenty to do in Greenway/Upper Kirby!

Dine

Stop by The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen, a gastropub with a rotating beer list and delicious comfort food brimming with British and Indian influences. Try the velvety Peanut Chicken Tikka or the hearty Sausage & Mash. If you think pizza is the slice of life, check out Luna Pizzeria. This family-friendly spot offers pizza, salads, sandwiches, and desserts! For more adventurous foodies, you have to visit Fat Bao. This restaurant specializes in bao, which are Chinese steamed buns filled with meats like crab, duck, and beef.

Drink

Looking for a neighborhood hangout? The Cellar Bar offers strong drinks, free pool from Sunday to Tuesday, happy hour specials every day, and 12-inch pizzas. Love dogs AND beer? Kirby Ice House is a dog-friendly bar that boasts an extensive beer menu, happy hour deals, and a sunny outdoor patio. Need to unwind? The Sonoma Wine Bar offers wine flights, incredible food, and a great atmosphere for relaxing.

MONTROSE

Home Price: $1,076 median monthly rent; $355,040 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 59% of cities in Texas

Montrose is a young, artsy community with tons of local shops, galleries, and boutiques, which is why it’s often referred to as Houston’s “Arts District.” The neighborhood offers homes of all sizes and price points—from luxury apartments and condos to modest bungalows and cottages—making it a great place for singles and young professionals. It’s also just east of Downtown and Midtown, so commuting is a breeze!

Explore

Visit Rothko Chapel, a museum that’s free to the public and dedicated entirely to the work of artist Mark Rothko. Continue your art education at The Menli Collection, a free art gallery showcasing contemporary artists of all backgrounds. If shopping is more your speed, Westheimer Road is the place to be! Check out small boutiques like Space Montrose, Buffalo Exchange, and Tejas Custom Boots, where you can find handcrafted home goods, vintage clothing and accessories, and custom cowboy boots!

Drink

For delicious mixed drinks, stop by Anvil Bar & Refuge, an upscale bar with a huge spirits list that will please any palate! Try Pliny’s Tonic, a refreshing cocktail with dry gin, cucumber, and mint. If dive bars are more your style, visit Poison Girl, a spot known for its happy hour specials, laid-back atmosphere, and awesome whiskey selection. Want to catch a game instead? Sports bar Revelry on Richmond can help you out! Grab a craft brew on tap, pair it with some nachos or fish tacos, and enjoy the game!

Dine

Fans of brunch will love Boheme! Try the Brioche Custard French Toast or the Korean Pulled Pork Benedict with a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Looking for a good gastropub? The Hay Merchant offers dishes like wings, burgers, nachos, and even family-style dishes like chicken fried steak and lasagna along with 80 taps! For some savory Houston barbecue, follow the smoke to The Pit Room, where you can indulge in everything from brisket to ribs—and they have excellent to-go and catering options!

MUSEUM DISTRICT

Home Price: $935 median monthly rent; $189,152 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 48% of cities in Texas

One of the hottest Inner Loop neighborhoods is Museum District, where there’s tons of new development and real estate growth. Luxury apartments and condos are popping up everywhere in this neighborhood, making it an ideal area for singles and young professionals who want modern homes and close proximity to Rice University, Texas Medical Center, Midtown, Downtown, and Hermann Park‘s abundant green space.

Explore

True to its name, Museum District has 19 cultural centers, galleries, and museums to choose from, and 11 of them have free admission year-round! One of the most popular, of course, is the Houston Zoo, which features more than 800 species. If you’d prefer to spend more time outdoors, take a stroll through McGovern Centennial Gardens or play a round of golf at Hermann Park Golf Course.

Dine

Sit down for a refined dining experience at Lucille’s, where you can savor down-home Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits. Or head to Barnaby’s Cafe for diner staples like homemade lasagna, burgers, French dip sandwiches, and more. If you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex, you have to try Bodegas Taco Shop. Not only does this spot have amazing margaritas, but the Fajitas La Bodegas are to die for!

Drink

Sip on a craft cocktail or draft beer on the patio at BAR 5015. This sleek bar also serves brunch, lunch, and dinner and has live music on the weekends! Is wine more your style? UnWine is perfect for vino enthusiasts looking for a cozy atmosphere and an expansive bottle selection! If you want a chill vibe, lounge at Cafe 4212, where’s there’s weekly jazz, small bites, and signature cocktails prepared by master mixologists.

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