Category Archives: Neighborhoods

West University

West University is an area located on the southwestern edge of Houston’s central business district and just north of the Texas Medical Center. The City of West University Place was established in 1911.The City of West University Place is a residential town within the confines of the City of Houston. West University (or even just ‘West U’) grew up with Rice University founded in 1912, and its academic charm and residential purity make it one of Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods. Professionals wanting to plant family roots tend to target this small town due to all of its charm. 

The West U area boasts beautiful architecture, and newcomers may opt to remodel a vintage home, choose a lot for new construction, or select a finished home to suit their tastes. From its beginning, the neighborhood prospered from strict zoning and deed restrictions. The residents are protected against invasion of industrial development and West U has emerged as an island of residential stability. 

Allowing for lot size, condition, and neighborhood location, West U area home prices range from near $400,000 for a lot into the millions for a substantially renovated and updated classic home built before 1970. Homes constructed between 1970 and 1995 range from the $500,000s into the millions. Prices for homes constructed after 1995 range upwards from the $500,000s for patio homes, and from the $800,000s upwards of $2 million for single-family homes. 

The West U area offers access to a variety of Houston’s finest museums, Restaurants and Reliant Stadium. The community center at Auden Street and University Blvd. houses the City of West University Place City Hall, the West University Place Police Department, and recreational and community gathering facilities. 

Some of the Houston Independent School District’s finest schools serve the area including West University Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Mirabeau B. Lamar and Bellaire high schools, and the Rice School, magnet school for kindergarten through the eighth grade. A number of private schools are also available.

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River Oaks

River Oaks, a landmark neighborhood and one of Houston’s most exclusive residential areas, was developed in the early 1920’s.River Oaks includes the beautiful River Oaks Elementary School, shopping centers and various upscale restaurants. Rigid building codes, deed restrictions and centralized community control assured exclusivity, and approval of house designs by an architectural panel. 

River Oaks became famous for impressive homes designed by the country’s foremost residential architects, including John Staub, Birdsall P. Briscoe, Hiram Salisbury, and Howard Barnstone. Its most famous house, Bayou Bend, was a collaborative design by Staub and Briscoe, and is now administered by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and houses the Bayou Bend Collection, a premier resource for American decorative arts. The subdivision’s borders are: Buffalo Bayou on the north, San Felipe or Westheimer Roads to the South, South Shepherd Drive to the east, and the Union Pacific Railroad track to the west. River Oaks Corporation has been replaced by the River Oaks Property Owners’ Association (ROPO), which maintains, from a central command center, a neighborhood security force with 24-hour patrols. ROPO also handles permanent maintenance, monitors deed restriction compliance, maintains the esplanades and parks, and contracts for trash collection services. 

The median home in River Oaks has more than 3,600 square feet and an appraised value of over $1,000,000; property values range too greater than $20M.

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Meyerland

Three generations of the Meyer family were instrumental in the development of Meyerland. Joseph F. Meyer was five years old when his family moved to Houston soon after the Civil War. During the 1890’s, Meyer bought rice fields southwest of Houston, accumulating over 6,000 acres. In 1955, one of his sons, George Meyer, developed 1,200 acres of his father’s purchase into a subdivision for single family dwellings; in the spring of that year, Vice President Richard M. Nixon cut the ribbon for Meyerland’s grand opening. 

In October, 1957, Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center opened with a celebration of “Around the Shopping World in 80 Acres,” featuring hot air balloon rides, and Little League Baseball was introduced to Meyerland Park. Residents started garden clubs, and by 1958, the Meyerland Teen Club and the Meyerland Civic Club were thriving. The Meyerland Club, home of the nationally recognized Meyerland Swim Team, opened its doors. 

As a planned community, Meyerland was famous. Look magazine devoted four pages to it in 1957, and House and Home magazine did a feature in 1958 touting Meyerland as the “ideal plan” for a subdivision. 

Today, there are over 2,300 homes in Meyerland. Its location makes it accessible to all areas of Houston; it is close to the 610-Loop, the Texas Medical Center, downtown, Greenway Plaza, and the Galleria. Meyerland is highly regarded for its strong deed restrictions enforced by an active civic association, its 24-hour security patrol, and its solid real estate value. 

New and younger families are moving into the neighborhood. Many are second-generation Meyerlanders who are returning to this community of friendly people, excellent schools, and first-class shopping. Home prices range from the low $100,000s upwards to under $1 million.

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Briargrove



Brairgrove is a neighborhood with approximately 1,000 homes; it is one of the most desirable subdivisions in the city. It is bordered by Briar Ridge on the east, Briargrove on the west, Westheimer on the south, and Woodway on the north. Home prices range from the high $400,000’s to more than $1.5 million for new construction. 

At the center of the subdivision is its award-winning elementary school. Briargrove Elementary has tremendous parent and resident participation in its scholastic and social events. The school was upgraded to a modern facility during 2004-05 and reopened during the 2006-07 school year. The new multi-level building is furnished with a security system, wireless computer access, large screen digital monitors, a new phone system, and a new computer lab. Many of the old school’s landmarks are preserved including the park area and trees and the well-known mural from the entrance hall. 

Briargrovealso has a community center with a pool and recreation facility offered to all residents. It includes an amazing pool, which has been known for holdingswim team competitions and birthday parties. 

Briargrove subdivision has retained a 1950’s sense of neighborhood and neighborliness, which, in addition to its fine school and central location, contribute to the neighborhood’s popularity.

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Bellaire

With its close proximity to the Galleria, the Medical Center and downtown Houston, Bellaire is a community that prospective buyers find irresistible. Recently experiencing a building boom, with older homes being replaced with new construction, Bellaire offers a diversity of residential choices for the new homebuyer. 

Bellaire had it’s first burst of growth in the 1940’s and by 1950, there were over 3,000 homes with that number doubling during the next ten years. Bellaire’s physical boundaries were gradually extended, one-half mile at a time. During 1949, the city of Houston annexed the land on three sides of Bellaire and West University formed the fourth boundary, thus eliminating any possible plans for Bellaire’s future expansion. 

The construction of Loop 610 had a significant impact on Bellaire.

One thing all residents agree on is that Bellaire is a grand place to live. Quiet neighborhoods, excellent libraries, parks and recreational facilities, award-winning schools make Bellaire one of Houston’s most desirable areas. When the city changed its long-standing no-growth building permit process in the 1980s, a building boom occurred. Builders flocked to Bellaire and purchased small, post-World War II housing to tear down and rebuild. The result is a divergence of architectural styles with spacious homes on large lots. Home prices begin in the $200,000s for lots and range to upwards of $2 million for recently constructed homes. 

Bellaire combines the charm and ambiance of a warm, small-town setting with extraordinary amenities, big city conveniences, and an accessible location. Residents agree that Bellaire is truly an outstanding community in which to raise a family.

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Tanglewood

Tanglewood is one of Houston’s most exclusive and desirable neighborhoods with a charming architectural mix of spacious updated California Ranch homes and magnificent recently built Traditional, Mediterranean and Contemporary-style residences. In1949 seven beautiful new homes were ready for the grand opening of Tanglewood. The homes were built to take advantage of the newly popular Houston lifesaver – air conditioning. In fact, the new Tanglewood had the distinction of being the most air-conditioned subdivision in the Southwest. Since most of the land was open prairie, each home site was planted with two large oak trees plus three oaks added on every corner. As a result, Tanglewood is now one of Houston’s most beautiful wooded areas. The Tanglewood Homes Association rigidly enforced 

Tanglewood’s deed restrictions. These included front and sideline setbacks for every home. Prior to any construction, plans had to be approved by an architectural control committee. 

The original ideals and restrictions of the developer are still carried out by the Tanglewood Homes Association. 

In 1951, Tanglewood was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. as one of the five best-planned neighborhood subdivisions in the United States. 

In 1954, the Houston Country Club purchased 150 acres from Tanglewood and an additional 125 acres from the Bering family. In order to have enough land for a golf course, an additional 25 acres were also acquired. 

Today Tanglewood subdivision consists of 1,052 homes in these 15 sections. Prices for building sites exceed $1 million; recently built homes range well into the multi-millions.

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Montrose

The Montrose neighborhood of Houston enjoys a rich cultural and ethnic diversity. Montrose is made up of graceful old mansions, Arts and Crafts bungalows, new townhouses and patio homes, duplexes, apartments, shops, a university, world-class museums and some of the finest restaurants in Houston. 

Each of the neighborhoods, which comprise Montrose District, has their individual characteristics. Several homes in Montrose are registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Westmoreland Place, platted 1902, and Avondale also offer historic old mansions plus new construction and multi-family housing. The Montrose area encompasses a park and one of Houston’s most historic schools, Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Hyde Park is the most diverse of the Montrose neighborhoods, home to traditional retail and new wave shops, trendy restaurants and clubs, remodeled bungalows, upscale new construction patio homes and town homes, lofts, and multi-family complexes. 

Montrose’s melting pot creates a diverse and sophisticated urban personality. Some of Houston’s most exclusive shopping is found along W. Gray, from designer clothes to fine crystal and silver to antique furniture and rugs. Area restaurants rival or surpass others in the city. Montrose boasts a number of fine museums, from the De Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel to the Holocaust Museum and the Byzantine Chapel of the University of St. Thomas. There are a number of private and public schools, including the University of St. Thomas, Annunciation Orthodox School, St. Stephens Episcopal, St. Ann’s School, and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA).

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Houston Heights

The Houston Heights is wonderfully unique in every way. “The Heights,” as it is called, even looks different from the rest of Houston with period and reproduction Victorian structures and Mission bungalows nestled among storefronts. The changes that swept Houston’s Inner Loop in recent years have, not surprisingly, been interpreted differently in The Heights. New construction is controlled by the scarcity of available land and the effectiveness of residential deed restrictions.Urban professionals favor the Heightsand families who appreciate its quality of life and short commute to downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Heights is enjoying a vibrant revival and strong upsurge in home values. Existing homes are often extensively renovated and updated while new construction is encouraged to conform to neighborhood vernacular styles. Prices on existing bungalows and cottages begin in the high $200,000s and range upward depending on location, condition, and lot size; recent and new construction prices range from around $500,000 to well upwards of $1 million. 

 The Heights offer some of Houston’s most innovative restaurantsand shops.

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Briarcroft

Briarcroft is very popular neighborhood made up of traditional and well-maintained homes. Located within minutes of the Galleria, Downtown and close proximity to all major highways.Briarcroft only has 282 homes and its main access street is Chimney Rock. Briarcroft is also known for it’s highly rates schools Briargrove Elementary, Grady Middle School and Lamar High School. Briarcroft is also conveniently located to many well-known private schools. Briarcroft homes are competitively priced and lot sizes are large, averaging more than 13,000 square feet. Development of Briarcroft began in 1953, and is still home to many of its original homeowners. While most houses have been extensively remodeled and updated, like Briargrove and Tanglewood, Briarcroft has also opened to large two-story new construction.

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Afton Oaks

Afton Oaks subdivision is a welcoming neighborhood with its beautiful trees and wide smoothly resurfaced streets with antique-style street lamps, and sloping green lawns. Even in the grip of a Houston summer, the temperature seems to drop a few degrees within its borders – despite the fact that Afton Oaks is enviably located within Houston’s prestigious inner-Loop. 

This heavily deed-restricted neighborhood offers an impressive selection of updated vintage and recently constructed homes on approximately 500 home sites. Highland Village, on the subdivision’s east side, became the shopping center before the Galleria was built. The Afton Oaks Civic Club was chartered in 1955 and continues to actively enforce deed restrictions, mandatory HOA dues and architectural controls. The Afton Oaks security patrol, composed of off-duty Houston police officers, regularly patrols the neighborhood in marked cars. 

Afton Oaks is dominated by 1950s one-story homes, which many of them have been updated and in recent years we have seen an increase in the construction of luxurious two- to three-story homes, some in gated enclaves. There is room for both vintage and modern structures in Afton Oaks. 

The subdivision’s original structures sell in a range from the high $300,000s to close to $800,000 for those with substantial updating or on very large lots. Recent and new- construction homes sell for well over $1 million and range to $3 million. Afton Oaks is close to downtown and the Galleria, plus the availability of excellent public and private schools, Afton Oaks attracts a wide variety of demographic of residents.

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