Bellaire TX Neighborhood Guide
Affectionately known as the “City of Homes,” Bellaire TX is a small city within the Inner Loop. Its small-town vibe mixes quite nicely with its easy access to big city comforts.
Bellaire homes for sale are consistently in high demand due to the following:
- SUPERB LOCATION: Bordered by the cities of Houston and West University, Bellaire enjoys a central location within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan area.
- EXCELLENT ACCESSIBILITY: Bellaire residents enjoy easy commute to other Inner Loop neighborhoods, along with Downtown Houston, The Galleria, and the Texas Medical Center.
- CITY OF HOMES: The Bellaire neighborhood is largely residential. It boasts of tree-lined streets, a good number of parks, and award-winning schools.
- HIGH-RANKING SCHOOLS. Bellaire is home to Bellaire High School, a top performing high school, and Pin Oak Middle School, a National Blue Ribbon School award winner.
- SPACIOUS LOTS: Lot sizes in Bellaire vary widely, though its standard 75 feet by 130 feet lot parcels are noticeably more spacious than West University’s 50 by 120 foot lots.
Bellaire is a popular neighborhood within the Inner Loop, valued for its great accessibility, location, and close proximity to The Galleria and both West Loop S and Southwest freeways.
For any inquiries about Bellaire homes recommendations, or off-market MLS listings, get in touch with Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com and one of the best Bellaire Realtors in the area.
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Located in southwest Harris County, Bellaire is bordered in large part by Houston neighborhoods: River Oaks, Southside Place, West University, Meyerland, Gulfton, Uptown, and Sharpstown. Southwest Fwy is just north of Bellaire, while Loop 610 cuts through the neighborhood.
Since Bellaire is incorporated as a city, it has its own independent police and fire departments. The city has a council-manager type of government and has a mayor, a city manager, and six city council members.
The city’s city-within-a-city location and small town vibe makes its attractive to families and individuals who are in the market for locations near The Galleria, Uptown, and the job centers of Medical Center and Downtown Houston.
Bellaire is within the 77401 zip code of Harris County.
Zip codes near Bellaire include 77005, 77030, 77098, 77019. (View Houston zip code map.)
Bellaire’s excellent location gives it great access to The Galleria, the Museum District, and Downtown Houston. Bellaire residents also enjoy close proximity to commercial and entertainment establishments at the River Oaks Shopping Center and Highland Village Shopping Center.
The neighborhood houses a good number of parks that offer various amenities for indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities.
Bellaire Zindler Park, named after journalist Marvin Zindler, is one of the biggest parks within city limits. It’s a 7.5-acre park with a neighborhood pool, two tennis courts, a picnic area with grill, a little league field, a gazebo, and a playground.
The Bellaire Recreation Center and the Bellaire Civic Center, which offers auditoriums and meeting rooms, are also located within the park.
Paseo Park, on the other hand, features a historical trolley which used to ply Bellaire Boulevard, a special events area, and an esplanade. Other parks near Bellaire single-family homes feature softball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, open play areas, baseball fields, and outdoor fitness areas.
Bellaire also has its own public library, supported by a non-profit organization called The Friends of the Bellaire Library.
Other must-visit places within Bellaire include:
- Casa Dominguez Bellaire
- La Madeleine French Bakery
- Saltgrass Steak House
- Thai Cottage
- Charlie’s Bar-B-Que & Catering
- Costa Brava Bistro
- Café Piquet
- Bernie’s Burger Bus Stop
- Pappa Geno’s
- Bellaire Broiler Burger
- Samurai Japanese Steak & Sushi House
- Auntie Pasto’s
- MargieBeth’s Bake Shop LLC
- Romeros Trattoria Italian Grill
- Brennan’s Restaurant
- Cafe Annie
- Damian’s Cucina Italiana
- Sorrento’s Ristorante
- Cafe Le Jadeite
- Little Woodrow’s
- Firehouse Saloon
- Richmond Arms Pub
- Big Woodrow’s
- Pinot’s Palette
- The Deck on Fountainview
- The West End
- H-E-B Pantry Foods
- Randall’s Food Market
- Davis Food City
- Bellaire Zindler Park
- Loftin Park
- Paseo Park
- Jaquet Park
- Joe Gaither Park
- Feld Park
- Locust Park
- Mulberry Park
- Russ Pitman Park
- Henshaw House Community Center & Nature Discovery Center
- Evergreen Park
- Horn Field
- Lafayette Park
Neighborhoods near Bellaire include:
Bellaire, which means “good air” or “good breeze”, started out as part of William Marsh Rice’s 9,449-acre Rice Ranch.
In 1908, William Wright Baldwin, president of the South End Land Company and native of Iowa, purchased a 1,000-acre parcel located in the eastern part of the ranch, six miles from Houston.
He then founded Westmoreland Farms on the property, with Bellaire at the center to serve as a residential neighborhood.
Bellaire is said to have been named for its breezes, but it has been posited that the name may have come from Bellaire, Ohio, one of the towns served by Baldwin’s rail lines.
In 1918, Bellaire TX was incorporated into a city. It housed a population of 200 at the time. Thirty years later, Houston annexed the areas around Bellaire, stopping any further land growth.
The post-World War II building boom exploded in Bellaire, leading to the construction of more homes and the relocation of more families to the city.
In the 1980s, another boom occurred in the city, and this time, it was geared toward updating the small bungalows that were the rage back in the day.
Those old structures were replaced with gorgeous two and three story houses in modern, traditional, Mediterranean, and Spanish architectural styles. Zoning requirements were put in place, thus enhancing Bellaire’s small town feel.
Today, Bellaire remains as one of the most popular – and most family-friendly – neighborhoods in Harris County.
Bellaire is home to some of the best schools in the area. It is under zip code 77401 in Harris County, zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
- Condit Elementary School at 7000 South 3rd Street. Condit Elementary School serves PK to 5 students. It has a student population of 648 and its students have above average TAKS scores. It has a TEA Exemplary rating and a GreatSchools.org rating of 9 out of 10.
- Horn Elementary School at 4530 Holly Street. Horn Elementary School, like Condit, serves PK to 5 students. It is a magnet school with a TEA Exemplary rating. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10 out of 10.
- Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School at 6300 Avenue B. Affectionately called MCLIMS, it is a relatively new magnet primary school located in the former Gordon Elementary School. It caters to PK-5 students and has a diverse student body.
- Ripley House Charter School at 4410 Navigation Boulevard. Ripley House is a co-educational charter school that has a student population of 1,530. It serves grades PK to 5 students.
- Pin Oak Middle School at 4601 Glenmont Drive. Pin Oak is a National Blue Ribbon School that serves students in grades 6 to 8. It as an Exemplary TEA rating and has a similarly excellent rating at GreatSchools.org, 10/10.
- Ripley House Middle Campus at 4410 Navigation Boulevard. This is Ripley House Charter School’s middle school campus. It serves grades grades 6 to 8 students.
- Bellaire High School at 5100 Maple Street. Bellaire High School is one of the best secondary schools in the area, offering great academics and athletics programs. It has produced a lot of professional athletes and other accomplished alumni with notable achievements in various fields.
Bellaire is also home to excellent private schools. Listed below are some of them:
- Episcopal High School at 4650 Bissonnet Street. It is a co-educational private day school with a curriculum based on four pillars, Academics, Religion, Fine Arts, and Athletics.
- The Post Oak School at 4600 Bissonnet Street. The Post Oak is a Montessori school with campuses in both Bellaire and the Museum District in Houston. It has received accreditation from both the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS).
- Veritas Christian Academy at 7000 Ferris Street. It is a private school that offers an accelerated Classical Program. It also has excellent arts, academics, and athletics programs.
To find an updated listing of all Bellaire real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.
Despite its proximity to two major freeways, Bellaire managed to preserve its small town, family friendly vibe through its strong zoning requirements.
The city is a mixture of older single-family bungalows, new construction houses, and even sprawling estate-style homes. Lot sizes can vary from property to property – bigger parcels tend to fetch higher prices.
Properties in the Bellaire area have a 7,340 median lot square footage, with a median appraised value of $585,797. Prices per square foot for Bellaire homes for sale have risen over the past 10 years, reaching a peak of $300. Median price per square foot in 2013 is $229.42.
Bellaire properties have experienced steady and continuous appreciation in the last 10 years, peaking at $238 per square foot.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
For updated information regarding Bellaire real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.
Bellaire TX single-family homes can range from old bungalow houses to more luxurious two story houses. Like most properties in the area, older homes in Bellaire have lower sub-$500,000 market prices, while new construction can go for up to $1,900,000.
Lot sizes can vary widely, with some single-family homes boasting of large 8,000 square foot lot areas. Houses that feature smaller, 3,000 square foot plots are also available.
On average, single-family homes in Bellaire feature three to four bedrooms, with 2 and a half baths.
The average Bellaire housing lot measures 75 feet by 130 feet, considerably bigger than comparable lots in West University. These bigger lots can accommodate detached car garages, swimming pools, or sprawling front and back yards. Bellaire offers both space and accessibility, in addition to more competitive prices.
Like single-family homes, Bellaire townhomes for sale offer the same size and pricing averages. Some feature a standard floor plan two story construction with three bedrooms and two and a half baths.
Townhomes can also come in different architectural styles and feature front and back yards. This type of housing is typically more accessible to young families and professionals and can be cheaper to maintain than single-family homes.
Townhomes prices in the Bellaire area can range from $500,000 to $800,000.
There are no high rise condos in Bellaire, but there are condo units available in mid-rise or multi-level townhouses.
There are condos available in the surrounding areas including:
To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos.
Paige Martin is a dependable realtor in Bellaire and the State of Texas.
Featured in the Houston Business Journal, Houston Magazine, Houston Chronicle, and Fox News in the Morning, Paige Martin has received various awards as a Top Producing Broker-Associate and is owner of HoustonProperties.com.
Paige is also a top ranking Keller Williams agent in the Houston area. Read more about the over 65 awards she’s won in the last few years.
Paige works with a tremendous number of buyers and sellers in Bellaire.
For a specific recommendation of neighborhoods, homes or properties based upon your personal preference, goals and price point, please contact Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com & Broker Associate at Paige@HoustonProperties.com or 713-384-5177.