The residential neighborhoods Montrose is a demographically diverse area with renovated mansions, bungalows with wide porches and cottages located along three-lined boulevards. It was named one of the 10 greatest neighborhoods in America in 2009. Montrose is surrounded by Downtown Houston, Midtown Houston and River Oaks among others. A lot of homes have been updated and renovated in Montrose, but they still have homes that have remained untouched by time. But both types of homes contain a lot of character. In Montrose you have small neighborhoods that have their own atmosphere. For instance Courtlandt Place is a gated boulevard with old early-20th century homes. In Westmoreland Place and Avondale have even older homes, but also newly build homes. Montrose has a lot of entertaining places and activities to offer; it is the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night, with numerous types of entertainment such as bistros, outdoor patios, coffeehouses, art galleries, antique shops, bookstores, libraries, diners and parks. It is host to the bi-annual Westheimer Colony Arts Festival held in April and October. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston are also located in Montrose. Montrose’s melting pot creates a diverse and sophisticated urban personality, something that buyers find one of the most appealing aspects of the community. The well-rounded mix of different homes – old and new - and people – artists, musicians, professionals and students – make for an interesting and fun neighborhood.