Montrose, Texas Apartments

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Montrose, which is also commonly referred to as The Montrose, is both the name of a neighborhood and of an area in Houston, Texas. Within the Houston gay community, this area is frequently referred to either as "the Area" or as "the Neighborhood". Montrose Boulevard extends from the southbound I-10 freeway all the way to the Mecom Fountain which can be found north of Herman Park, but the Montrose neighbor is actually typically thought of as an area which centers on the Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road intersection. The Montrose area is a hybrid of the Castro in San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury, and was originally a magnet for the hippie movement in Houston, Texas.

Montrose, Texas was originally envisioned to be a planned community, or possibly a street car suburb dating as far back as the early 20th century, before River Oaks was developed. Montrose hosts a diverse community of different people; including young adults, lesbians and gay men, artists, punk rockers and a vibrant shopping district filled with second hand, thrift and vintage stores. In Montrose you will also find a large concentration of vibrant restaurants, shopping and gay bars.

During the 60s and 70s, Montrose was most well known for its unique Bohemian flavor. This Bohemian culture spawned both the Westheimer Colony Art Festival which was formed in 1971, and the Westheimer Street Festival which initially began in 1973. The Montrose area is a central location for teenaged runaways located in the Southeast Texas region much like Haight-Ashbury. Montrose has become somewhat of a safe haven for young gay and lesbian runaways.

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