Feeling good about the community you live in can be just as important as selecting the right home. As a local expert, I can help you find a neighborhood that best suits your needs. From local restaurants and activities to school information and market trends, explore the communities I serve below.

 

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77027
River Oaks & Avalon Place
77019, 77027
Bellaire
77401, 77402
Braeburn
77031, 77071, 77074
Braeswood Place
77025
Briarforest
77042, 77077
Briargrove
77057
Camp Logan & Rice Military
77007
Cottage Grove & Shady Acres
77007
Crestwood & Glen Cove
77007
Downtown
77002, 77010
EaDo
77003
Galleria & Uptown Park
77056, 77057
Garden Oaks
77018
Upper Kirby & Greenway Plaza
77027, 77046, 77081, 77098
The Heights
77007, 77008, 77009
Lazybrook & Timbergrove
77008
Museum District & Texas Medical Center (TMC)
77005, 77006, 77030
Memorial
77024, 77079
Memorial Villages
77024
Hunters Creek Village
77024
Piney Point Village
77024
Hedwig Village
77024
Bunker Hill Village
77024
Hilshire Village
77024
Meyerland
77035, 77096
Midtown
77002, 77004, 77006
Montrose, Neartown & Hyde Park
77006, 77019, 77098
Museum District & Texas Medical Center (TMC)
77005, 77006, 77030
Royden Oaks & Oak Estates
77019
Oak Forest
77018
Camp Logan & Rice Military
77007
River Oaks and Avalon Place
77019
Royal Oaks Country Club
77082
Royden Oaks & Oak Estates
77019
Shady Acres
77007
Spring Branch
77043, 77080
Tanglewood
77057
Lazybrook / Timbergrove
77007
Upper Kirby & Greenway Plaza
77027, 77046, 77081, 77098
Galleria & Uptown Park
77036, 77056, 77057
West University Place
77005
Westchase District
77042, 77063, 77072, 77082
Willowbend
77035

 

 

<a href=#"Afton Oaks">Afton Oaks</a>
77027
The quiet, close-in community of Afton Oaks is a tight-knit residential enclave of mostly modernized, mid-century single family homes just steps from the Galleria, Highland Village, Upper Kirby, Greenway Plaza, and West University. This neighborhood has the distinct advantage of being completely surrounded by countless conveniences such as grocery stores, highways and shopping centers well within walking distance. Homes in Afton Oaks exude elegance maintaining an impressive look of luxury, complete with high-end finishings like gas-lit lamps or stone and iron street signs. For nearly 60 years, the Afton Oaks Civic Club has been the enforcing body of the neighborhoods deed restrictions and also provides residents with private, round-the-clock security. Most recently, the civic club shot down a METRO proposal to develop a Light Rail extension along Richmond Ave. relieving a massive, prolonged construction project through the center of the neighborhood. The average home sells for around the mid 500s but properties can range anywhere from the low 300s to over 1M for newer, high end real estate.

 

River Oaks & Avalon Place
77019, 77027
River Oaks, Houston’s most prestigious neighborhood, is among America’s most affluent areas. With first-class amenities and unmatched comforts, residents of River Oaks’ residents enjoy living in the lap of luxury right in the center of all of Houston’s foremost business hubs- just a few minutes to Downtown, Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, and Galleria. River Oaks’ rich history began in the 1920s with William Hogg, son of former Texas governor Jim Hogg, developing high-end real estate around the revered River Oaks Country Club. River Oaks is popularly characterized by its marvelous, mult-imillion dollar mansions and elaborate, elegant estates- some sitting on several acres. A diversity in architecture is seen throughout the neighborhood, anywhere from traditional to more modern styling. In fact, a number of nationally acclaimed architects of the era had a hand in designing many of the properties in River Oaks, providing a vast variety of homes to fulfill any range of resident requirements. The ’average’ home today is over 3,600 square feet with a value exceeding $1,000,000. Properties for sale in River Oaks range in value from the upper 700s to over $20M for some elite estates. Adjacent to the south of River Oaks is a smaller enclave of homes known as Avalon Place. The 200 or so homes that make up Avalon Place have the similar style and sophistication you can expect of the multi-million dollar luxury properties in River Oaks, but on a more manageable budget anywhere from the 600s to 1.5M.

 

Bellaire
77401, 77402
Bellaire, “The City of Homes” is actually its own city in southwest Houston of nearly 17,000 residents. Located around the 610 loop just south of I-59, Bellaire is conveniently within a few minutes of the Galleria, the Medical Center, Downtown, and West University which in addition to its nationally recognized schools boosts the area’s popularity. Most homes sit upon larger 75’x130’ or even ½ acre lots, an idea in the original neighborhood planning so Bellaire properties would appeal to luxury seekers, and originally featured a 3 bedroom design. Because the community has a variety of older, renovated homes along with plenty of newly constructed homes, prices can vary from the low 200s to well into the millions for the more elaborate luxury estates. Since Bellaire is an independent municipality, homeowners have the added premium of their own community services such as the City of Bellaire Fire Department, Police Station, and Courthouse right inside the neighborhood.

 

Braeburn
77031, 77071, 77074
Braeburn is an area of subdivisions situated along Brays Bayou, located west of Hillcroft Ave and just south of Sharpstown in southwest Houston. Development of these subdivisions began in the mid 1940s (during World War II) and continued into the 1970s. Subdivisions within the Superneighborhood include Robindell, Braeburn Terrace, Braeburn Glen, Larkwood, Braeburn Valley, Bonham Acres, Braes Timbers and Brae Acres–known for its GIANT lots. Braeburn stands out for its array of mid-century modern homes, tree lined streets, and proximity to the Uptown/Galleria area, Texas Medical Center, Bellaire, West University, and NRG Park. The communities comprising Braeburn have been recognized by the city of Houston and carry the designation as the Braeburn Superneighborhood. The Braeburn Country Club stands prominently as the crowning jewel in the center of this Superneighborhood. Property and house sizes can vary greatly between subdivisions. Most real estate for sale in this area is 2-5 bedroom single family homes, while there are also several townhomes and condos on the market as well.

 

Braeswood Place
77025
Braeswood Place, also called Old Braeswood is an inner-loop community situated adjacent to Bellaire, West University and Texas Medical Center. Old Braeswood is right in the center of several of Houston’s hubs such as the Medical Center, Museum District, Greenway Plaza, Downtown and the Galleria. Braeswood also boats top-notch schools right in the neighborhood; The Rice School, Pershing Middle School, Lamar High School, Bellaire High School and Rice University are nationally ranked among the highest performing campuses in the US. Nearby Karl Young park, Braeswood park and Weekley Family YMCA provide weekend relaxation and activities while the Houston Library’s McGovern-Stella Link branch is an added convenience. Typical Braeswood properties feature larger lots than other neighboring communities like West University and are a mix of modernized, renovated homes starting around the low 300s and newly constructed houses which often sell upwards of the 500s or 600s. With strict deed restrictions throughout Braeswood, these marvelously maintained properties have seen stellar appreciation values of 70% over the past 10 years- second only to Rice Military.

 

Briarforest
77042, 77077
Briarforest is a neighborhood located in west Houston between Buffalo Bayou to the North, Westheimer rd. to the South and bisected by the Sam Houston Tollway. Because of its proximity to major business hubs such as Westchase, Energy Corridor, CityCentre and Memorial City and for being within mere minutes drive of Greenway Plaza, Galleria, Medical Center and Downtown, Briarforest is prime location where 42,000 Houstonians chose to call home Its peacefully quiet feel, along with above average safety & lower crime rates compared to other neighborhoods, while also offering diverse housing options . makes Briarforest an excellent choice for highly sophisticated urban professionals while maintaining the suburban vibe that families and even active retirees-often seek out. Briarforest has more residents of British and Brazilian ancestry in it than nearly any neighborhood in America. In fact, 2% of this neighborhood’s residents have British ancestry and 1.1% have Brazilian ancestry; in fact, about 5% of Briarforest residents speak Portuguese at home. Real estate in Briarforest real estate is primarily composed of medium-(3 or 4 bedroom) to small- (1 or 2 bedroom) single-family homes and numerous high-rise or mid-rise apartment complexes. There are also condos and townhomes for sale or rent in and around this area of Houston. Briarforest homes range in value from the 100s up to a million for high end real estate, and the median price for current MLS listings is around the $270s While Briarforest is predominantly a residential area, there are plenty of things to do around the neighborhood. You can get in a round of golf at either the beautiful Royal Oaks Country Club or Lakeside Country Club, take the family out for a weekend picnic in Mary Ann Francklow Park, go for a leisurely bike ride or jog along the trails of Terry Hersey Park, or do some cardio at Walnut Bend Recreation Center. There are also several places to shop in the Briarforest viciity, including City Centre, Memorial City Mall, West Oaks Mall, Town & Country Village, Dairy Ashford Plaza, Benefit Mall, and Calliope Shopping Center.

 

Briargrove
77057
Just west of Uptown Park is one of Houston‘s most coveted neighborhoods, Briargrove. The area is ideally located just blocks from the Galleria, Westheimer road, I-10 and loop 610 which means Downtown, the Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, and the Energy Corridor are just minutes away. The community center offers Briarove residents amenities such as a pool and recreation center, additionally nearby Briargrove Park (not to be confused with the neighborhood of the same name) and Memorial Park offer plenty of green space for the outdoor entusiast. Briargrove Elementary is one of HISD’s most sought elementary campuses. Because of the school’s very hands-on approach and heavy community involvement, Briargrove Elementary truly lives up to its “community school” moniker. Original construction in Briargrove featured ranch style houses backed by strict deed restrictions. These restrictions were revised in 1986 and now the area has plenty of 3-4 bedroom homes from which to choose, many 2-story, ranging from the 300s to the 900s with the average home value around the 520s..

 

Camp Logan & Rice Military
77007
Camp Logan is a neighborhood located basically within beautiful Memorial Park. Aside from having one of the city’s premiere parks in your own backyard, Camp Logan is also in close proximity to the Galleria, Downtown, The Energy Corridor, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, and The Heights. Many large, shady trees line neighborhood streets, giving the mostly detached homes a woodsy feel. Homes typically have 2-4 bedrooms and range in price from the low 300s-600s. Rice Military is a booming neighborhood in transition situated just west of Downtown, between Montrose and the Heights. Rice Military is within a few minutes of Houston’s major business hubs Downtown, Texas Medical Center, Galleria and the Energy Corridor. Some of Houston’s hippest nightclubs and restaurants are found here along Washington Ave., hence the rapidly growing interest to construct new homes, however there are many older homes in the area, which have been recently renovated. Prices here are still affordable from the 140s-300s for most homes, but newer luxury properties are selling between 700s-1M. Washington Ave. is one of the city’s hot spots, offers options to those who seek walkability, and is a destination for Critical Mass, a monthly event where bicyclists take to Houston streets. Two of Houston’s largest parks Eleanor Tinsley Park and Memorial Park also neighbor Rice Military and add to the neighborhood’s active lifestyle appeal.

 

Cottage Grove & Shady Acres
77007
Two rapidly evolving, close-in communities Shady Acres and Cottage Grove have come alive with growth and improvement in the last five years. Passing through these two neighborhoods, it’s clear how this area is in a whirlwind of development on every neighborhood street with new two construction emerging block after block.These two communities are situated just west of the historic Houston Heights and due east of the Lazybrook/TImbergrove Superneighborhood. Shady Acres is in the midst of a gentrification boom common in many inner loop neighborhoods where location is a major advantage but homes are up in age. While some homes are seeing renovations, many homes are completely new construction or even condominium buildings. Housing options are majorally single family 3 or 4 bedroom homes listed between the mid 100s up to the upper 300s. Cottage Grove was originally its own independent city that, today, features vintage cottage homes, newly constructed condominiums and townhomes, and emerging businesses. HISD’s Stevenson Elementary in the center of Cottage Grove has earned an academically-recognized status. 11th Street park, Memorial Park, numerous retail shops & boutiques, and world class restaurants are found in and around Cottage Grove.

 

Crestwood & Glen Cove
77007
Crestwood and Glen Cove are two subdivisions just 4 miles west of Downtown Houston located near Memorial Park in the River Oaks vicinity.Residents of Glen Cove and Crestwood boast of peaceful suburban style living and a very low crime rate with the added conveniences of prime location within the big city. Crestwood and Glen Cove’s along with neighbors such as Camp Logan and RIce Military like having a neighborhood green space by way of Memorial Park, a 1,466-acre urban park inside Houston’s bustling Inner Loop. Some of Memorial Park’s numerous amenities include jogging & biking trails, picnic facilities, golf course, playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pool and softball fields. Glen Cove and Crestwood are in close proximity to Downtown, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Cottage Grove, Montrose and Houston Heights and just a couple minutes drive from Midtown, Museum DIstrict, Uptown and the Galleria. Schooling is not a problem for residents of Crestwood and Glen Cove. The enclave is zoned to Memorial Elementary School, Hogg Middle School, and Lamar High School. Private schools such as Kinkaid School in Piney Point Village, St. Thomas High School on Sheperd and St. John’s School off Westheimer Rd are also adjacent to the Crestwood/ Glen Cove area. Property in Glen Cove is among the most desirable in Houston. The neighborhood has heavy deed-restrictions, allowing expansive single-family estates and luxury mega-mansion type homes. With a median lot size near 8,000 sq. ft, Glen Cove homes run well above the average lot size of other houses in the Houston real estate market. Glen Cove homes range in value from the mid 400s to around 2M. Most Glen Cove houses built in the 1940s have been replaced by modern houses. Current median prices of Glen Cove homes for sale is just under a million dollars making these properties some of the most expensive in Houston. The average Crestwood property has more than 3 bedrooms witha median appraised value well into the 600s and is around 3,000 sq feet. Several real estate listings in Crestwood have lots averaging close to 10,000 sq ft and can range in value from the 500s-1.75M.

 

Downtown
77002, 77010
For generations, downtown Houston has served as the city’s main business district but with several newly constructed and renovated high-rise condominiums and lofts, it is emrginging as a prime residence location. Several properties feature premium amenities for those seeking luxury living in a busy, active urban setting. 25 multi-unit residential buildings comprise the vast majority of living spaces downtown around which many developments increase walkability in the area hence the trend in a pedestrian lifestyle. More and more residents are ditching their cars and commute to work via METRO Light Rail which runs along Main st. connects Downtown to the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, NRG Stadium, and Midtown as well as to the new lines to EaDo, East End, UH and TSU. Direct access to Houston’s 3 main freeways I-45, I-10 and I-59 make downtown an ideal location for those desiring to eliminate commute from home to work. Along Main street, numerous new restaurants, bars and clubs have recently surfaced adding an appeal to the area. The Theater District, Bayou Place, Greenstreet, Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center provide year-round entertainment for the leisure enthusiast. One of the city’s best-hidden treasures is the miles of underground pedestrian tunnels that provides an alternative to managing city streets and is lined with dozens of restaurants, businesses and retail shops.

 

EaDo
77003
Directly across I-59 just EAst of DOwntown (hence the nickname EaDo) is where you’ll find the “art and soul of Houston.” The area has been popular for its warehouse-turned-art gallery reputation is now a rapidly developing community of mostly 1-3 bedroom high-rise condominiums & lofts in addition to detached homes. Typically priced from the 160s-300s, proximity to Downtown, Midtown, Houston Ship Channel and Texas Medical Center as well as minutes from both the University of Houston and Texas Southern University makes EaDo a desired location for residents from all walks of life. BBVA Compass Stadium is right at the heart of the neighborhood, so it is like having a concert venue and sports arena in your own backyard. St. Emmanuel street is also a hip place for those wanting a night out with concert venues, pubs and restaurants. The newly expanded METRO Light Rail runs through the center of EaDo connecting to areas like East End, UH, TSU, and Downtown.

 

Galleria & Uptown Park
77056, 77057
Off to the west of loop 610, just south of Tanglewood, Houston’s Galleria/Post Oak area, better known as Uptown Park, has developed into a prestigious residential community and business district amidst numerous retail stores, luxury hotels, condominium & high rise apartment towers. Uptown is made up of some of Houston’s most exclusive neighborhoods like Broad Oaks, Pine Shadows, Indian Trail, and Pine Hollow. The Uptown Galleria District also includes high-end town home properties such as Indian Circle, Post Oak Timbers, and Sage on the Bayou, as well as patio home communities including Arborway, Indian Bayou, West Oaks and Homewood. Uptown’s high-rise offices, hotels, fine dining, and high-end retail operations are a mainstay of employment and economic prominence throughought the city. Uptown is a growing neighborhood with a wide array of upscale, luxury townhomes, condos, and single family homes for sale near the Galleria . Over 1,700 high-rise condominium units are found throughout Uptown- over half of all Houston high-rise units. Single-family, homes are also available in some subdivisions around the area offering a private, secure urban retreat with their long, winding driveways and private access gates. Other luxury subdivisions feature larger luxury estates for sale with some of Houston’s most desired addresses.

 

Garden Oaks
77018
Garden Oaks is a large neighborhood located just north of loop 610 that offers the conveniences and amenities of big city living while maintaining the quiet feel of living amongst nature. Garden Oaks was initially intended to be “Houston’s next River Oaks,” when construction of plantation-style homes on large lots in excess of 10,000 square feet began in 1937. The neighborhood has a dedicated maintenance crew to help retain the neighborhoods appeal and charged with enforcing deed restrictions. As the name of the neighborhood would lead you to think, residents take gardening seriously around here and have their very own garden club. Because of the interest in lawn and home beautification, there is the annual Garden Oaks Home & Garden Tour where select homes are open for admiring visitors to get access to homeowners’ tips on home and lawn maintenance. There is also a neighborhood civic club that allows residents a voice for matters requiring resolution and a neighborhood newspaper The Garden Oaks Gazette. Most homes in this neighborhood are single family 2-4 bedroom houses with larger lots of land so neighbors have plenty room of their own and have prices that range from the 100s-500s. Garden Oaks is located near Oak Forest, Lazybrook, Timbergrove, Shady Acres and the Heights and is also within a few minutes drive of the Galleria and Downtown. The neighborhood has the feel of suburban living with the convenience and amenities of the big city.

 

Upper Kirby & Greenway Plaza
77027, 77046, 77081, 77098
The Upper Kirby and Greenway Plaza neighborhoods are an area in transition located near the popular River Oaks neighborhood of Houston. Between the Galleria area and downtown, Upper Kirby District is immediately adjacent to Greenway Plaza, River Oaks, West University, and Montrose. The area of Kirby between Westheimer rd. and Richmond ave. is the heart of Upper Kirby surrounded by plenty of retail and restaurants off Kirby Ln., West Ave, Rice Village & Greenway Plaza. This section of Kirby has become a hotspot for retail and restaurant developments in the past couple years and has brought many new condominium projects into the area. The area is synonymous with nearby River Oaks’ lush lifestyle and the ever-increasing popularity among young professionals has driven a spike in sales of mid rises in Upper Kirby. The single family home market in Upper Kirby is scarce compared with so many multi unit projects in the works nearby. Four major real estate developments composing a majority of area real estate options have been recently completed in Upper Kirby: Alexan Upper Kirby, La Masion, Gables Upper Kirby, and the Bellemeade. Similarly, Greenway Plaza has also been known as a business district that has recently undergone development to transition to a more residential area.

 

The Heights
77007, 77008, 77009
The Heights is one of the original neighborhoods in Houston. Victorian style homes coexist amidst brand new high-rises so there are myriad options when it comes to purchasing properties in the area. Homes range WIDELY anywhere from condominiums in the 100s to over 1.25M for a luxury or historical home. Properties in this area have seen appreciation rates over 200% over the past 7 years with so many businesses such as markets, restaurants, bars, and retail shops springing up seemingly every week. The Heights is also one of Houston’s most walkable neighborhoods for that very fact with many nearby accessible amenities especially along 19th street. The beginning of every month there is a neighborhood block party/arts festival called Heights First Saturday where locals take to the streets along 19th street to enjoy the area cultural displays and shop at any of the dozens of merchants. This has rapidly become of Houston’s hottest neighborhoods with all that it has to offer and its proximity to Downtown, Medical Center and Midtown. The Houston Heights

 

Lazybrook & Timbergrove
77008
Right inside the 610 loop, just west of the Heights and south of Oak Forest, you will find Timbergrove and Lazybrook; Two neighborhoods whose homes are seeing some of Houston’s best appreciation rates over recent years. Timbergrove’s history spans back to the 1800s with German settlers, but gained major popularity after an oil strike at the present-day Eureka Yard site. Today, Timbergrove is a residential community composed of two sections, each with their own separate homeowners association. The Timbergrove Civic Club is in charge of enforcing the neighborhood deed restrictions as well as neighborhood lawn maintenance and even provides all residents with a Citizens on Patrol security team. Most homes are mid-century, single story, ranch style brick houses with 2-3 bedrooms. Similarly, adjacent Lazybrook is also a deed-restricted neighborhood whose homes have found an over 75% appreciation rate over the last decade–among the highest anywhere in Houston. Lazybrook is also one of a handful of Inner Loop communities with homes ranging in value from the 250s-350s. The combined surrounding area has recently constructed upscale town home developments like Heritage Creek, Timbergrove Heights, Timbergrove, Terrace, Timbergrove Point, and Timbergrove Gardens. In October 2011, Houston City Council officially recognized the Lazybrook/Timbergrove Super Neighborhood Council, classifying the two subdivisions among the approximately 60 Houston neighborhoods carrying the “Super Neighborhood” designation.

 

Museum District & Texas Medical Center (TMC)
77005, 77006, 77030
7miles south of Downtown and just outside of Montrose, Midtown, and West University are two of Houston’s popular play places and workplaces are the neighboring communities of the Museum District and Texas Medical Center. These two areas are just minutes south of Downtown and Midtown and a couple minutes from the famed NRG Stadium. The Museum District houses some of the nations largest exhibits and galleries, in fact it plays host to over 50 of such notable culture, art and history institutions in addition to the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theater. The neighborhood also boasts incredible walkability factor among residents and the millions of annual visitors thanks to the METRO Light Rail serving through the heart of the neighborhood. Residential neighborhoods within the Museum District’s makeup include Boulevard Oaks, Broadacres, Shadyside, Shadow Lawn, Edgemont, Windemere, Wessex, and Southgate. The real estate market here varies among from several high rise complexes and condos for sale to single family homes with differing architectural styles from new construction to original, mid century that have been recently modernized and remodeled to preserve their architectural charm. Prices can also widely range from the mid 100s to several millions. Founded in 1945,

 

Memorial
77024, 77079
The Memorial area is a very long, narrow expanse of residential subdivisions and business districts in west Houston between Highway 6 and the 610 west loop along I-10, north of Buffalo Bayou. Memorial is one of Houston’s wealthiest areas and includes properties in five zip codes, over 30 subdivisions. Memorial offers magnificent custom homes for sale near the top of Houston‘s real estate market, excellent community amenities, and quick, easy access to Downtown, the Galleria, Uptown, and Energy Corridor. Residents are mostly zoned within Spring Branch ISD schools, but some communities further west toward Beltway 8 are zoned to Katy ISD campuses– none of Memorial attends HISD schools. Memorial residences have the opulence of high-class living in large, luxurious estates situated on expansive lots of sprawling green lawns. As Memorial has maintained and its tranquil image and is noted for the privacy it offers, many prominent business leaders, celebrities, and other members of Houston’s high society have sought houses within Memorial. Near I-10 and Beltway 8 are three of Memorial’s main hubs: CityCentre, Memorial City and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. To the east of the area is the park bearing the area’s name Memorial Park which is quite popular among residents. Memorial’s diverse real estate offerings include single family luxury homes in more exclusive neighborhoods such as Stablewood, Tanglewood, Piney Point Villages or Bayou Woods with a median appraisals of over $1,000,000 to upwards of $10,000,000 while more moderate pricing can be seen in neighborhoods like Memorial Bend, Memorial Forest, Memorial Hollow or Memorial Forest from the 250s–400s price point.

 

Memorial Villages
77024
Six independent, autonomous cities make up the Memorial Villages within west Houston’s Memorial neighborhood. These villages, ranked among some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation, was formerly an outlying estate-focused area considered “out in the country.” The mystique and feel of a private, luxury neighborhood hidden in majestic forestry has remained through the years for the wealthy residents of Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, Bunker Hill, Spring Valley and Hilshire Villages. These independent cities operate autonomously of Houston and have joint fire and police coverage with each having their own mayor and village government justice departments. The community has retained control over advertising, billboards and all general commercialism allowing shopping centers only along the outer edges of the neighborhoods. Close proximity to the 610 loop, I-10, and Beltway 8 puts residents within few minutes access to Memorial City, Galleria, City Centre, Downtown and Energy Corridor. The Memorial Villages offer a nearly incomparable luxury lifestyle deep in the heart of Houston with Memorial Park, Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial City Mall seemingly inside the neighborhood .

 

Hunters Creek Village
77024
Hunters Creek Village is located inside of Beltway 8, West of Chimney Rock Road and south of I-10. With a population of 4,413, Hunters Creek Village is rated the 5th wealthiest neighborhood in Texas in terms of per capita income. Like the surrounding villages in the immediate area, Hunters Creek offers residents a truly exclusive and desirable locale with multiple hike and bike paths, numerous forested private properties and a country-estate suburban lifestyle that’s hard to find within the busy Houston city. Lot sizes mandated by city ordinance usually start around a 1/2 acre as required. Many of the homes were constructed in the 1960s, but several have been replaced with beautiful, new custom homes. Property Values in Hunters Creek Village are over $1 million and real estate has appreciated over 10% on average since 2012.

 

Piney Point Village
77024
The City of Piney Point Village is an impressive, intimate community of upscale luxury homes located in west Houston and is one of the most affluent of the six Memorial Villages. Piney Point encompasses approximately 2.5 square miles of exclusively residential land with a distinct country-estate atmosphere, totally restricting commercial businesses of any sort since its incorporation in 1954. Piney Point Village has maintained these restrictions and presently allows only single family homes, schools, and churches within the neighborhood; maintaining its exclusively elite charm amongst its homeowners. These same strict village ordinances require houses be built on huge lot sizes of no less than 40,000 square feet (termed a “village acre”), although some smaller lots remain that have grandfathered in over the years. Here, average properties have a value near $1.1 million. This means real estate is not only among the most expensive in Texas, but Piney Point Village also ranks among the most expensive neighborhoods in all of America. As of 2010, Piney Point Village, a city of about 3100 residents, garnered the prestigious honor of the wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income . This tight knit community boasts a small-town feel, yet is just minutes away from Houston’s best best shopping and entertainment options with ease. Nearby hubs include the Galleria, CItyCentre, Memorial CIty and Uptown Park.

 

Hedwig Village
77024
Hedwig Village derives its name from a 19 year old German farmer and immigrant Hedwig Jankowski Schroeder, who generously donated seven acres to the county for use as a right-of-way for what would later become Hedwig Road. The small city of about 2500 residents maintains a relaxed rural lifestyle located in an urban setting. Hedwig Village is unlike the other Memorial Villages in that it was the only city to accept and not zone against the existing commercial developments, which has proved quite lucrative to the city. Hedwig Village boasts a number of amenities including operating its own police force, housing its own park, Hedwig Park just across the street from the Village Fire Department and housing the Spring Branch Memorial Library. Hedwig Village is also where the Spring Branch Independent School District headquarters is located. Real Estate is comprised of single-family homes with a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet in one area and 21,000 in another. Homes sell anywhere from the 400s to nearly a million and average out somewhere in the mid 600s.

 

Bunker Hill Village
77024
Forbes.com has selected Bunker Hill Village along with Hunters Creek Village as one of the three Houston-area “Top Suburbs To Live Well.” The city of Bunker Hill Village is where 3,680 residents call home and is comprised of a total of 1307 real estate properties. Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, and Piney Point Village jointly operate the Memorial Villages Police Department while the Village Fire Department serves all of the Memorial villages. Students in Bunker Hill Village attend school in the highly rated Spring Branch Independent School District, several of which have received National Exemplary School recognition. Only single-family homes are permitted within Bunker Hill Village and must have a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet in District B while 20,000 square feet is the mandate in District A.

 

Hilshire Village
77024
The smallest of all the Memorial Villages, Hilshire Village’s population is only 803. Setting north of I-10 and west of Wirt Road, Hilshire Village was the 10th wealthiest location in Texas based on per capita income. Interestingly, a Hilshire Village zoning ordinance passed in 1957 restricts property owners to no more than two horses on a single lot. Additionally, the neighborhood has a very active civic club. For the most part, Hilshire Village is a city of white-collar professionals with more residents working in the technology and mathematics sectors than 95% of the communities in the entire U.S. The median home value in Hilshire Village is in the mid 500s and properties have seen appreciation over the recent years of about 12% Nestled amidst towering evergreens are posh, luxury homes and an award-winning exemplary rated school district. Hilshire Village is a tranquil, urban paradise offering an exceptional quality of life just 10 miles from Downtown.

 

Meyerland
77035, 77096
A 1958 edition of House and Home magazine featured Meyerland as the “ideal plan” for a subdivision. Meyerland, one of the city’s first deed restricted and planned neighborhoods, is a community in southwest Houston transformed from rice paddies in the mid 1950s. So notable was this new neighborhood, Vice President Richard M. Nixon was invited to make a special trip to Houston to serve as official ribbon cutter for Meyerland’s grand opening in 1955. Meyerland has garnered notoriety for its strong deed restrictions enforced by Meyerland’s Community Improvement Association, round-the-clock residential security patrol, and its solid real estate appreciation value. With its location just southwest of the 610 Loop, the Texas Medical Center, Downtown, Greenway Plaza, and the Galleria are but mere minutes away. Also inside the neighborhood is Meyerland Plaza is a large 80-acre retail and dining complex along Beechnut street. Today Meyerland has over 2300 homes, many of which are being sought by second- and third-generation Meyerlanders. The mix of construction types has given ride to a wide range of home values from the 250s to upwards of a half-million dollars with the average selling in the mid 300s.

 

Midtown
77002, 77004, 77006
If you enjoy being right in the thick of the action, then Houston’s Midtown is the place for you. Bordered by Downtown, Museum District, Texas Medical Center, University of Houston, and Montrose, it is all about prime location here. Popular amongst locals for its active nightlife and its scores of eclectic restaurants, there is never a shortage of activities in the area. This neighborhood is well known by locals for its cultural arts, trendy hotspots, world-class dining and casual bohemian atmosphere. Everywhere you turn in midtown is a not-so-subtle reminder of the hip, urban vibes of the midtown lifestyle. Residents can be seen daily out and about, largely on foot, thanks to the neighborhoods convenient walkability. More and more residents are ditching their cars and commute to work via METRO Light Rail that runs through the center of the neighborhood connecting Midtown to the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, NRG Stadium, and Downtown as well as to the new lines to EaDo, East End, UH and TSU. The headache of Houston traffic is a thing of the past for pedestrians, but if driving is a must, I-45, US 59, and SH 288 border midtown so travel throughout the city is still quite easy. There are several newly constructed High-rise condominiums in Midtown along with town homes and detached homes giving the area a wide variety of home purchase options varying from the 100s up to the 400s for some larger, luxury properties.

 

Montrose, Neartown & Hyde Park
77006, 77019, 77098
Montrose is a very diverse community boasting an active arts scene adjacent to River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Rice Military, Midtown and the Museum District. The streets of Montrose host hundreds of eateries, bistros, cafes, coffeehouses, gastropubs, bars, nightclubs, boutiques, bookstores, and retail shops and has a very active nightlife. most homes in the area are 2-4 bedroom detached homes and bungalows but the are also has several duplexes, condos, townhouses, and high-rises with prices from the 130s to 400s for older homes and 400s-1M for newer town homes in Montrose, new construction, large estates/mansions or luxury penthouses. Montrose is quite walkable and has a notable amount of pedestrian foot traffic especially around the University of St. Thomas. The area’s main street Westheimer rd connects Montrose to Upper Kirby, the Galleria and Midtown while the other main artery, Montrose, runs from the Heights down into the Museum District, West University Place and Texas Medical Center. The neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Neartown are nextdoor to Montrose and offer many of the same styles of homes found throughout Montrose. Older bungalows and duplexes are commonly available starting in the upper 100s while newly renovated or new construction, condos or townhomes in these popular Montrose area neighborhoods can sell closer to the 500s.

 

Museum District & Texas Medical Center (TMC)
77005, 77006, 77030
7miles south of Downtown and just outside of Montrose, Midtown, and West University are two of Houston’s popular play places and workplaces are the neighboring communities of the Museum District and Texas Medical Center. These two areas are just minutes south of Downtown and Midtown and a couple minutes from the famed NRG Stadium. The Museum District houses some of the nations largest exhibits and galleries, in fact it plays host to over 50 of such notable culture, art and history institutions in addition to the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theater. The neighborhood also boasts incredible walkability factor among residents and the millions of annual visitors thanks to the METRO Light Rail serving through the heart of the neighborhood. Residential neighborhoods within the Museum District’s makeup include Boulevard Oaks, Broadacres, Shadyside, Shadow Lawn, Edgemont, Windemere, Wessex, and Southgate. The real estate market here varies among from several high rise complexes and condos for sale to single family homes with differing architectural styles from new construction to original, mid century that have been recently modernized and remodeled to preserve their architectural charm. Prices can also widely range from the mid 100s to several millions. Founded in 1945, The Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest medical hub with over a thousand acres (approximately 1.5 square miles) and over 4 dozen medical campuses all inside Houston’s 610 loop. It alone is the nation’s eighth largest business district following just behind the entire city economies of Seattle and Philadelphia. TMC neighborhoods can include Lower Montrose, Southmore, Linkwood, Southgate, Broadgate, Southampton and Boulevard Oaks. Real estate listings in this area include some single family dwellings, but is mostly comprised of high rise condos and town homes for sale. The neighboring Museum District plays host to over 50 of such notable culture, art and history institutions in addition to the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theater. The are also boasts an incredible walkability factor among residents and the millions of annual visitors thanks to the METRO Light Rail with several stops throughout the heart of TMC.

 

 

Royden Oaks & Oak Estates
77019
The neighboring subdivisions of Royden Oaks and Oak Estates offer an exquisite, convenient close-in location adjacent to prestigious River Oaks. This quiet couple of communities on either side of Willowick between Westheimer and San Felipe feature majestic, shady trees along the winding neighborhood streets. Residents enjoy the luxury of being in the “River Oaks area” and closeness to Highland Village, one of Houston’s premier shopping and dining areas. Property owners associations in both Royden Oaks and Oak Estates are adamant about preserving their subdivisions’ picturesque appeal, thus these are heavily deed restricted, upscale enclaves. Royden Oaks features approximately 200 properties, mostly one-story homes, priced from the 500s to close to a million for original homes with substantial updating and renovations. New construction, typically 2- or 3-story houses, sell well over a million to near $3 million for the high end properties. Royden Oaks is elegantly decked out with decorative mosaic tile street signs and classy wrought iron street lamps in similar fashion as those seen throughout River Oaks. Oak Estates has around 150 home sites, comprised mostly of original one-story homes on large, substantial lots anywhere from 8,500 to 17,000 square feet. Since lots can cost about half as much as those in nearby River Oaks depending on location, the neighborhood has been attractive for new construction that can sell upwards of $1 million to near $3 million, while original homes sell in the $400,000-$900,000 range.

 

Oak Forest
77018
One of the city’s largest neighborhoods, Oak Forest is a community of 23,000 residents just north of the 610 loop and east of US 290. Through the years, tight deed restrictions have preserved Oak Forest‘s grandeur and has now multiplied to over 5,500, mostly single family homes, making this the third largest neighborhood in Houston behind only Sharpstown and Kingwood. Oak Forest is located near Garden Oaks, Lazybrook, Timbergrove, Shady Acres and the Heights and is also within a few minutes drive of the Galleria and Downtown. The neighborhood has the feel of suburban living with the convenience and amenities of the big city. Another added bonus is the area’s award-winning schools, including the notable Oak Forest Elementary. Over the past few years, the neighborhood has experience a boom in popularity and incredible property appreciation rates. There is a wide variety of homes to be found in the neighborhood, but a recent wave of new construction in Oak Forest has drawn much attention from new homebuyers. Homes in Oak Forest have historically been more affordable than neighboring Garden Oaks, but an article in Houstonia Magazine explains how Oak Forest “is starting to resemble a baby Bellaire or West University, with some new homes cracking the $700,000 mark.”

 

Camp Logan & Rice Military
77007
Camp Logan is a neighborhood located basically within beautiful Memorial Park. Aside from having one of the city’s premiere parks in your own backyard, Camp Logan is also in close proximity to the Galleria, Downtown, The Energy Corridor, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, and The Heights. Many large, shady trees line neighborhood streets, giving the mostly detached homes a woodsy feel. Homes typically have 2-4 bedrooms and range in price from the low 300s-600s. Rice Military is a booming neighborhood in transition situated just west of Downtown, between Montrose and the Heights. Rice Military is within a few minutes of Houston’s major business hubs Downtown, Texas Medical Center, Galleria and the Energy Corridor. Some of Houston’s hippest nightclubs and restaurants are found here along Washington Ave., hence the rapidly growing interest to construct new homes, however there are many older homes in the area, which have been recently renovated. Prices here are still affordable from the 140s-300s for most homes, but newer luxury properties are selling between 700s-1M. Washington Ave. is one of the city’s hot spots, offers options to those who seek walkability, and is a destination for Critical Mass, a monthly event where bicyclists take to Houston streets. Two of Houston’s largest parks Eleanor Tinsley Park and Memorial Park also neighbor Rice Military and add to the neighborhood’s active lifestyle appeal.

 

 

River Oaks and Avalon Place
77019
River Oaks, Houston’s most prestigious neighborhood, is among America’s most affluent areas. With first-class amenities and unmatched comforts, residents of River Oaks’ residents enjoy living in the lap of luxury right in the center of all of Houston’s foremost business hubs- just a few minutes to Downtown, Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, and Galleria. River Oaks’ rich history began in the 1920s with William Hogg, son of former Texas governor Jim Hogg, developing high-end real estate around the revered River Oaks Country Club. River Oaks is popularly characterized by its marvelous, multi-million dollar mansions and elaborate, elegant estates- some sitting on several acres. A diversity in architecture is seen throughout the neighborhood, anywhere from traditional to more modern styling. In fact, a number of nationally acclaimed architects of the era had a hand in designing many of the properties in River Oaks, providing a vast variety of homes to fulfill any range of resident requirements. The ’average’ home today is over 3,600 square feet with a value exceeding $1,000,000. Properties for sale in River Oaks range in value from the upper 700s to over $20M for some elite estates. Adjacent to the south of River Oaks is a smaller enclave of homes known as Avalon Place. The 200 or so homes that make up Avalon Place have the similar style and sophistication you can expect of the multi-million dollar luxury properties in River Oaks, but on a more manageable budget anywhere from the 600s to 1.5M.

 

Royal Oaks Country Club
77082
Considered as one of the city’s newest, most luxurious masterplanned neighborhoods is Royal Oaks Country Club, an exclusive, private community located just outside the Westchase District and Briarforest in southwest Houston. ROCC is conveniently located on the Westpark Tollway near Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) which gives access to the Galleria, CItyCentre and Memorial City in just minutes, while both Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport are accessible from the beltway. Royal Oaks Village, also one of Houston’s newest retail centers, is home to a number of well-known restaurants and retail storefronts. The country club itself was the first country club built within the Houston city limits in the last fifty years and offers a lengthy list of amenities for residents including a breathtaking golf course, family aquatic center including a waterpark, spa facilities, tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center and a supervised children’s play space. The community’s approximately 850 single-family custom and semi-custom, newly constructed homes are priced between the mid 400s to over 3M for the neighborhood’s 43 estate houses. The neighborhood has the distinct advantage of being not only gated with limited access through a controlled 24-hour manned gatehouse, but also a masonry wall surrounds the entire property to make this neighborhood a peaceful paradise.

 

Royden Oaks & Oak Estates
77019
The neighboring subdivisions of Royden Oaks and Oak Estates offer an exquisite, convenient close-in location adjacent to prestigious River Oaks. This quiet couple of communities on either side of Willowick between Westheimer and San Felipe feature majestic, shady trees along the winding neighborhood streets. Residents enjoy the luxury of being in the “River Oaks area” and closeness to Highland Village, one of Houston’s premier shopping and dining areas. Property owners associations in both Royden Oaks and Oak Estates are adamant about preserving their subdivisions’ picturesque appeal, thus these are heavily deed restricted, upscale enclaves. Royden Oaks features approximately 200 properties, mostly one-story homes, priced from the 500s to close to a million for original homes with substantial updating and renovations. New construction, typically 2- or 3-story houses, sell well over a million to near $3 million for the high end properties. Royden Oaks is elegantly decked out with decorative mosaic tile street signs and classy wrought iron street lamps in similar fashion as those seen throughout River Oaks. Oak Estates has around 150 home sites, comprised mostly of original one-story homes on large, substantial lots anywhere from 8,500 to 17,000 square feet. Since lots can cost about half as much as those in nearby River Oaks depending on location, the neighborhood has been attractive for new construction that can sell upwards of $1 million to near $3 million, while original homes sell in the $400,000-$900,000 range.

 

Shady Acres
77007
Two rapidly evolving, close-in communities Shady Acres and Cottage Grove have come alive with growth and improvement in the last five years. Passing through these two neighborhoods, it’s clear how this area is in a whirlwind of development on every neighborhood street with new two construction emerging block after block.These two communities are situated just west of the historic Houston Heights and due east of the Lazybrook/TImbergrove Superneighborhood. Shady Acres is in the midst of a gentrification boom common in many inner loop neighborhoods where location is a major advantage but homes are up in age. While some homes are seeing renovations, many homes are completely new construction or even condominium buildings. Housing options are majorally single family 3 or 4 bedroom homes listed between the mid 100s up to the upper 300s. Cottage Grove was originally its own independent city that, today, features vintage cottage homes, newly constructed condominiums and townhomes, and emerging businesses. HISD’s Stevenson Elementary in the center of Cottage Grove has earned an academically-recognized status. 11th Street park, Memorial Park, numerous retail shops & boutiques, and world class restaurants are found in and around Cottage Grove.

 

Spring Branch
77043, 77080
Northwest Houston’s Spring Branch area is a large collective of neighborhoods with influence by a number of different cultural populations. Founded in 1830 as a German farmers‘ settlement, Spring Branch is actually older than Houston itself. Tree-lined streets, plenty of green spaces, reasonably affordable housing, excellent Spring Branch ISD schools and the ideal location in Houston are just a few qualities drawing people towards Spring Branch. Residents here enjoy an outstanding quality-of-life enhanced by recreational opportunities, several health care facilities and easy access to everything else that matters. The area is split into 5 sections with the Superneighborhoods of Spring Branch Central and Spring Branch West containing a majority of Spring Branch’s subdivisions. In Spring Branch Central, homes found are mostly mid century ranch-style houses with attached garages. Sizes can typically vary from 1,100 to 2,100 square feet, with a number of larger two-story houses. The Spring Shadows neighborhood of 7,223 households along Gessner between Hammerly and Kampwood is one of the neighborhoods recently popular among prospective property owners. Townhomes for sale in Spring Shadows seem to pique recent interest in the area as well as the recently developed gated community to the south of the subdivision. Most homes in Spring Shadows are 3 or 4 bedroom single family houses from the low 100s-mid 200s. Single family homes, mostly in deed restricted subdivisions, are the main makeup of Spring Branch West Superneighborhood. New residential developments have sprung up over the past five years due to the area’s proximity of the area to CityCentre, Memorial City Mall and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center as well as the Energy Corridor hub. The area also includes multi unit complexes located primarily along Gessner, Long Point, and Westview Roads.

 

Tanglewood
77057
Among the wealthiest areas in Houston is the neighborhood of Tanglewood. Once home to former president George H.W. Bush, Tanglewood initially received recognition from the National Association of Home Builders in Washington D.C as one of the five best-planned neighborhood subdivisions in the nation. The neighborhood was developed from 1949 to 1959 into 15 sections. Nowadays, This Galleria area subdivision has a total of 1,052 of Houston’s most exclusive and desirable homes divided into 19 sections, all of which are managed by the Tanglewood Homes Association (THA). The resident-controlled THA provides services for residents beyond deed restriction enforcement, such as 24-hour security escorts, beautification of public areas and privatized trash collection. Since its inception, Tanglewood has been one of Houston’s premiere luxury neighborhoods. Tanglewood’s location near I-10 and IH-610 puts residents in the center of Houston hubs such as Downtown, Galleria, Greenway Plaza, Westchase, and Energy Corridor. The Houston Country Club purchased 150 acres from Tanglewood along with 125 acres from the Bering family in 1955. In order to have plenty land to add a golf course, an additional 25 acres were also acquired.

 

Lazybrook / Timbergrove
77007
Right inside the 610 loop, just west of the Heights and south of Oak Forest, you will find Timbergrove and Lazybrook; Two neighborhoods whose homes are seeing some of Houston’s best appreciation rates over recent years. Timbergrove’s history spans back to the 1800s with German settlers, but gained major popularity after an oil strike at the present-day Eureka Yard site. Today, Timbergrove is a residential community composed of two sections, each with their own separate homeowners association. The Timbergrove Civic Club is in charge of enforcing the neighborhood deed restrictions as well as neighborhood lawn maintenance and even provides all residents with a Citizens on Patrol security team. Most homes are mid-century, single story, ranch style brick houses with 2-3 bedrooms. Similarly, adjacent Lazybrook is also a deed-restricted neighborhood whose homes have found an over 75% appreciation rate over the last decade–among the highest anywhere in Houston. Lazybrook is also one of a handful of Inner Loop communities with homes ranging in value from the 250s-350s. The combined surrounding area has recently constructed upscale town home developments like Heritage Creek, Timbergrove Heights, Timbergrove, Terrace, Timbergrove Point, and Timbergrove Gardens. In October 2011, Houston City Council officially recognized the Lazybrook/Timbergrove Super Neighborhood Council, classifying the two subdivisions among the approximately 60 Houston neighborhoods carrying the “Super Neighborhood” designation.

 

Upper Kirby & Greenway Plaza
77027, 77046, 77081, 77098
The Upper Kirby and Greenway Plaza neighborhoods are an area in transition located near the popular River Oaks neighborhood of Houston. Between the Galleria area and downtown, Upper Kirby District is immediately adjacent to Greenway Plaza, River Oaks, West University, and Montrose. The area of Kirby between Westheimer rd. and Richmond ave. is the heart of Upper Kirby surrounded by plenty of retail and restaurants off Kirby Ln., West Ave, Rice Village & Greenway Plaza. This section of Kirby has become a hotspot for retail and restaurant developments in the past couple years and has brought many new condominium projects into the area. The area is synonymous with nearby River Oaks’ lush lifestyle and the ever-increasing popularity among young professionals has driven a spike in sales of mid rises in Upper Kirby. The single family home market in Upper Kirby is scarce compared with so many multi unit projects in the works nearby. Four major real estate developments composing a majority of area real estate options have been recently completed in Upper Kirby: Alexan Upper Kirby, La Masion, Gables Upper Kirby, and the Bellemeade. Similarly, Greenway Plaza has also been known as a business district that has recently undergone development to transition to a more residential area.

 

Galleria & Uptown Park
77036, 77056, 77057
Off to the west of loop 610, just south of Tanglewood, Houston’s Galleria/Post Oak area, better known as Uptown Park, has developed into a prestigious residential community and business district amidst numerous retail stores, luxury hotels, condominium & high rise apartment towers. Uptown is made up of some of Houston’s most exclusive neighborhoods like Broad Oaks, Pine Shadows, Indian Trail, and Pine Hollow. The Uptown Galleria District also includes high-end town home properties such as Indian Circle, Post Oak Timbers, and Sage on the Bayou, as well as patio home communities including Arborway, Indian Bayou, West Oaks and Homewood. Uptown’s high-rise offices, hotels, fine dining, and high-end retail operations are a mainstay of employment and economic prominence throughought the city. Uptown is a growing neighborhood with a wide array of upscale, luxury townhomes, condos, and single family homes for sale near the Galleria . Over 1,700 high-rise condominium units are found throughout Uptown- over half of all Houston high-rise units. Single-family, homes are also available in some subdivisions around the area offering a private, secure urban retreat with their long, winding driveways and private access gates. Other luxury subdivisions feature larger luxury estates for sale with some of Houston’s most desired addresses.

 

West University Place
77005
West University Place (West U), its own independent municipality, is a tight knit community with some of the best appreciating real estate values anywhere in Houston over the past decade. When it comes to finding the ideal place to call home, location is everything, and West U has seemingly anything a homeowner could hope for from its excellent schools, to upscale amenities like “Rice Village” a collection of restaurants & retail shops in the heart of the neighborhood. In fact, in 2014, national real estate blog Movato named West U (77005) as the second best ZIP code in the entire nation in which to live. As the name implies, West University derives its name from its orientation just west of neighboring Rice University, the “Harvard of the South.” From its beginnings, the neighborhood has prospered from enforcement of strict zoning and deed controls to maintain residential integrity and appeal. West U has a 70-year history of construction, and therefore architectural styles vary greatly from home to home. Located southwest of Downtown and just south of the Greenway Plaza, West University has immediate access to some of Houston’s best museums in the nearby Museum District, the state-of-the-art Texas Medical Center, and the Uptown Galleria district. West U residents with their strong neighborhood involvement have helped foster a true community spirit within their own small town in the heart of Houston. The City of West University Place community center houses city hall, the city’s police station, and a community recreational facility. Just south of West U is the community of Collegeview. Homes in this neighborhood have seen appreciation of over 60% in the past several years and the real estate market seems increasingly promising.

 

Westchase District
77042, 77063, 77072, 77082
No other Houston neighborhood offers the unique qualities of the Westchase District. Home to over 1,500 businesses, including major corporations such as Chevron, Dow Chemical, Halliburton, Jacobs Engineering, MI Swaco, BMC Software, and ABB business is ’the business’ in Westchase. There’s over 2 million square feet of retail space throughout Westchase and it’s within minutes of the Galleria, CityCentre, Memorial City Mall and Sugar Land Town Center. Wherever you need to go, you can get there quickly and easily from Westchase District. The Westpark Tollway and Sam Houston Tollway run right through the district, allowing quick and easy access to I-10 and US 59. Area amenities include the Robinson-Westchase Neighorhood Library, jogging trails that lead to Art Storey and Terry Hershey parks and several restaurants all around the area. Westchase also hosts a weekly farmer’s market, where locals can pick up fresh produce and other locally sourced goods all while supporting small, local businesses.

 

Willowbend
77035
A neighborhood that, in recent years, has seen a resurgence in popularity due to its proximity to Houston area hubs such as the Texas Medical Center, NRG Park, Greenway Plaza, Uptown and Galleria is the cozy neighborhood of WIllowbend, Found along the southeast corner of the Loop 610, Willowbend has increased attraction to buyers wanting location over more modern or new construction homes for sale in Houston. Mid century, 3-5 bedroom ranch style homes are the norm in this subdivision. Properties in the area have also benefitted from steady appreciation rates climing steadily over the past few years, yet homes are still moderately priced often between the upper 100s to the high 200s, and in some cases the low 300s. One neighborhood amenity is Willow Park is located on Cliffwood, near Red Elementary School. The large community park features picnic facilities, a children’s playground, tennis courts, softball and soccer field, and even a sand volleyball court, It is the central spotlight of the WIllowbend neighborhood, providing plenty of family fun and relaxation. Proximity along Lopp 610, US 59 and the Westpark Tollway also provides quick access into Downtown, to I-10 or toward the Beltway.

 

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