The country’s fourth largest city, Houston
, is a cosmopolitan melting pot with residents hailing from every corner of the globe. The diversity is also found in its many neighborhoods. You can step back in time to the turn-of-the-century bungalows of the Heights or take off for the future at the Space Center. Montrose would appear at the top of many Houstonians short lists of their favorite neighborhoods. The area was originally laid out in 1911 as a wealthy streetcar suburb and mansions and bungalows from that era remains, like the Waldo Mansion seen here. Over the years, however, Montrose developed into a neighborhood with a counter-cultural reputation earning it the nickname of “the strangest neighborhood east of the Pecos.” The home of Houston’s mayor, Montrose has gone somewhat mainstream in recent years, though in no ways has it lost its lively edge. The Menil Museum and Rothko Chapel are the main draws, and central elements of the neighborhood’s legacy as an arts center, but leave time to also wander Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road, lined with some of the city’s best restaurants and most interesting shops.