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Houston's most popular neighborhood reaches new Heights, but Washington Ave makes a surprise charge

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Heights house for sale September 2013 405 Woodland St. double lot
The Heights has emerged as Trulia's most visited neighborhood by visitors on its popular real estate site. (405 Woodland St., pictured September 2013) Houston Association of Realtors
Shelby, On the Market, 405 Timberwilde Lane, December 2012
405 Timberwilde Lane in the Memorial area, pictured December 2012 Photo courtesy of John Daugherty, Realtors
4 On the Market 201 Westmoreland November 2013
Waldo Mansion at 201 Westmoreland in Montrose, pictured November 2013 Photo courtesy of © TK Images
Heights house for sale September 2013 405 Woodland St. double lot
Shelby, On the Market, 405 Timberwilde Lane, December 2012
4 On the Market 201 Westmoreland November 2013

Which Houston neighborhood reigns supreme? In terms of hot real estate at least, it's becoming clear.

Trulia.com has revealed the list of the most-searched Houston neighborhoods on its popular real estate site for 2013. And after a banner year in residential sales across the city, the ever-popular Greater Heights area managed to secure top position with its tree-lined streets, family-friendly atmosphere and a housing stock still relatively heavy with historic homes.

The Washington Avenue corridor came in at second while the Great Uptown district — roughly the Galleria area west of the 610 loop and between I-10 to Westheimer (click here for a map) — grabbed the No. 3 slot. The Montrose / Neartown area and Clear Lake took fourth and fifth, respectively.

See the Top 20 list below and keep in mind that areas beyond the city proper (Woodlands, Katy) are not included.

In December, Trulia dubbed Houston one of the nation's 10 best "back to normal" markets as the housing market continues to recover. Texas cities like Austin and Dallas also found their way to the list alongside San Francisco, Denver and Seattle.

Interestingly, however, the Bayou City failed to chart on Trulia's top "markets to watch" list for 2014, which employs data such as recent job growth, longer-term economic success and construction activity. Fort Worth was the only other Texas city to make the grade.

Here are the Top 20 most-searched Houston neighborhoods on Trulia for 2013.

  1. Greater Heights
  2. Washington Avenue / Memorial Park
  3. Great Uptown
  4. Neartown / Montrose
  5. Clear Lake
  6. Southbelt / Ellington
  7. Alief
  8. Eldridge / West Oaks
  9. Kingwood
  10. Memorial
  11. Central Southwest
  12. Midtown
  13. Greater Fondren Southwest
  14. Woodlake / Briar Meadow
  15. Briarforest
  16. Oak Forest / Garden Oaks
  17. Lake Houston
  18. Afton Oaks / River Oaks
  19. Downtown
  20. Greenway / Upper Kirby
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