First things first - what is EaDo, how do you pronounce it, and where in the world is it? EaDo is a bit of a naming anomaly in Houston. We are not a city known for hacking names of areas into syllables, so when EaDo starting floating around, even Houstonians were confused! EaDo stands for East Downtown, and is properly pronounced as "ee-doh". EaDo is considered to be the area immediately east of downtown and I-69 and north of I-45 bordered by a rail line that rambles through the area and cuts through streets like Leeland, Polk, York, Harrisburg, and Jensen.
EaDo's renaissance in the last several years is evident. Shotgun cottages, craftsman bungalows, and new construction single family and town homes mingle with industrial warehouse space, early 20th century factories, and small, locally run businesses. The area is home to BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo and Dash, as well as many area breweries, pubs, and entertainment venues.
As residential demand increases in the EaDo area, retailers are following closely behind. Coffee shops, restaurants and shopping options are increasing in the area. With easy access to 69, 45, METRO Transit and Light Rail transportation, the area is becoming increasingly popular with home buyers seeking properties they can pour TLC into, buy move-in ready, or buy to build.
Artists have embraced the blank canvases of EaDo. Sprawling commercial buildings often have one or more sides covered in murals of varying themes, colors, and styles. It is not uncommon to see tourists and locals alike taking photos against the vivid walls, as well as couples, brides, and children!
Multi-family options exist in EaDo as well, with new Class A properties, as well as smaller, privately owned properties available. Eado's proximity to downtown, the Texas Medical Center, the Houston Ship Channel, and other employment hubs also add to the area's appeal.