Hilshire Village TX Homes, Real Estate, Neighborhood Guide

Hilshire Village Texas Real Estate Guide

Known for its country-living atmosphere and vintage ranch-style homes, Hilshire Village is one of the six independent Memorial Villages.

Located north of the Katy Freeway, Hilshire Village is a quiet residential enclave about 10 miles west of Downtown Houston. Hilshire homes are in high demand due to the following:

  • EXCLUSIVITY: The smallest among the Memorial Villages, Hilshire Village is the 10th wealthiest area in Texas by per capita income in 2000. On average, homes in the city tend to fetch price tags of over $1,200,000.
  • PRIME MEMORIAL VILLAGES LOCATION: The Memorial Villages collectively is among Houston’s best neighborhoods in terms of real estate market growth and most expensive real estate, known for its large wooded lots and sprawling luxury properties.
  • INDEPENDENT CITY: The city of Hilshire Village incorporated in 1955 and operates with a mayor-city council type of government. The city shares a police and fire departments with the other Villages.
  • PROXIMITY TO MEMORIAL CITY AND UPTOWN HOUSTON: Two of Houston’s busiest districts, Memorial City and Uptown are within minutes of Hilshire Village. Memorial City is home to medical complexes, multi-family homes, and retail and office space. Uptown Houston (the Galleria area), on the other hand, offers more than 23 million square feet of office space, with over 2,000 businesses and 50,000 workers.
  • NEAR MEMORIAL CITY MALL: A shopping destination since the 1960s, the Memorial City Mall features over 1.7 million square feet of retail space, with 140+ stores, restaurants, and entertainment hubs.
  • PEACEFUL COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE: Hilshire Village offers quiet atmosphere just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Bayou City. It offers the best of both worlds: the comfort of living in a quiet neighborhood and the convenience of being minutes away from city’s main districts.
  • SBISD ZONING: Two of Spring Branch ISD’s multi-award winning schools (and two of the best schools in Houston), Spring Branch Middle School and Memorial High School serve the community. Both are National Blue Ribbon Schools.

There are very few Hilshire homes put on the market every year and the market can be very challenging. The city’s deed restrictions (can be an issue depending on your goals) and old homes (some may need extensive renovations) can also pose challenges. For help in navigating this challenging market, contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s Best Realtors and one of Hilshire Village’s most active real estate agents.

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12 Things Hilshire Village Real Estate Buyers Should Know

One of the most desirable places to live west of Downtown Houston, Hilshire Village is an independent city within the Memorial Villages.

  • The smallest among the Memorial Villages, Hilshire Village is the 10th wealthiest area in Texas by per capita income in 2000. On average, homes in the city tend to fetch price tags of over $1,200,000.
  • The Memorial Villages collectively feature some of the best real estate market growths in the Houston area. The Villages is also among Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods, known for its large wooded lots and sprawling luxury properties.
  • The city of Hilshire Village incorporated in 1955 and operates with a mayor-city council type of government. The city shares a police and fire departments with the other Villages.
  • Two of Houston’s busiest districts, Memorial City and Uptown are within minutes of Hilshire Village. Memorial City is home to medical complexes, multi-family homes, and retail and office space. Uptown Houston (the Galleria area), on the other hand, offers more than 23 million square feet of office space, with over 2,000 businesses and 50,000 workers.
  • A shopping destination since the 1960s, the Memorial City Mall features over 1.7 million square feet of retail space, with 140+ stores, restaurants, and entertainment hubs.
  • Hilshire Village offers quiet atmosphere just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Bayou City. It offers the best of both worlds: the comfort of living in a quiet neighborhood and the convenience of being minutes away from city’s main districts.
  • Two of Spring Branch ISD’s multi-award winning schools, Spring Branch Middle School and Memorial High School serve the community. Both are National Blue Ribbon Schools.
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  • The city of Hilshire Village is deed-restricted and has zoning ordinances in place. It is made up of several subdivisions and communities.
  • A number of the city’s original homes have since been replaced with bigger custom-built homes and estates.
  • Most homes in the city are vintage ranch-style homes on large lots. Three- to four-bedroom floor plans are common. Living areas are typically between 1,700 to around 5,000 square feet.
  • Lot sizes range from around 9,000 to more than 20,000 square feet.
  • Prices for Hilshire Village homes for sale tend to start at around $700,000 for older and smaller homes. The most expensive luxury properties in the city can go upwards of $2,500,000.

Hilshire Village Maps and Location

Hilshire Village is one of the two Memorial Villages located north of Katy Freeway (Interstate 10).

Adjacent to Spring Valley Village, Hilshire is the easternmost city in the Memorial Villages and with only 0.3 square miles of land area, it is also the smallest.

The neighborhood’s western borders follows the contours of a waterway called Spring Branch, while it has Westview Drive, Wirt Road, and Katy Freeway to the north, east, and south, respectively.

With convenient access to the I-10, Hilshire Village is minutes away from Sam Houston Parkway and Loop 610. Key Houston hubs like Downtown, The Galleria, Medical Center, and the Museum District are highly accessible from the neighborhood.

One of Houston’s key districts, Memorial City is around 15 minutes away from Hilshire Village homes. The mixed-use district features the Memorial City Mall (an shopping destination in the area since the 1960s) and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Multi-family complexes, office spaces, and retail stores are also within the district.

More retail is available further west, along the Beltway. These include the CityCentre Plaza and Town & Country Village.

Hilshire Village Texas is under the 77055 zip codes. (View Houston zip code map.)

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Hilshire Village Schools

Hilshire Village is zoned to schools from the highly regarded Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD).

Spring Branch ISD is known for its multi-award winning schools, most of which have been named National Blue Ribbon School. Headquartered in Hilshire Village, the SBISD received a “Met Standard” accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency in 2016.

National Blue Ribbon Schools Spring Branch Middle School, and Memorial High School serve Hilshire Village.

Elementary Schools

  • Valley Oaks Elementary School at 8655 Emnora Ln. Located in Spring Branch, Valley Oaks serves students in grades Pre-K to 5. It offers several academics programs including Bilingual/ESL and Gifted and Talented programs, as well as a well-rounded curriculum that includes art, music, health and fitness, and special education.
  • The Bear Boulevard School at 8860 Westview Dr. Located in Spring Valley Village, Bear Boulevard is one of the Spring Branch ISD’s early learning centers. BBS boasts of a specialized curriculum for four-year old children.

Middle Schools

  • Spring Branch Middle School at 1000 Piney Point Dr. SBMS, located in Hedwig Village, was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1997-98. It offers great academic programs and elective in various subjects like Foreign Language and Technology Education.
  • Cornerstone Academy at 9016 Dr. Charter school Cornerstone is located within Spring Valley Village. Like SBMS, it offers electives in Foreign Languages, as well as CESIT (Career Explorations, Special Interests and Talents). In 2008, it was recognized as National Charter School of the Year.

High Schools

  • Memorial High School at 935 Echo Ln. Memorial High School is a multi-award winning school located in Hedwig Village. It was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1988-89, and has appeared in Newsweek’s list of top high schools multiple times. Along with its great academic programs, MHS also offers an excellent athletics program.
  • Academy of Choice at 9016 Westview Dr. The Academy of Choice is an alternative school located in Spring Valley Village. It is also known as the Spring Branch School of Choice (SBSOC) and houses another alternative learning center called the Spring Branch ISD Virtual High School.

Hilshire Village Houston Private Schools

The following are some of the more notable private schools near Hilshire Village.

  • Campbell Learning Center at 1440 Campbell Rd.
  • Spring Branch Presbyterian Learning Center at 1215 Campbell Rd.
  • Paratus Classical Academy at 1440 Campbell Rd.
  • St. Mark Lutheran School at Hillendahl Blvd.
  • School of the Woods at 1321 Wirt Rd.
  • Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart at 10202 Memorial Dr.
  • St. Cecilia School at 11740 Joan of Arc Dr.
  • The Parish School at 11001 Hammerly Boulevard.
  • The Kinkaid School at 201 Kinkaid School Dr.

To find an updated listing of all Hilshire Village 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.

Hilshire Village Real Estate Trends

Hilshire Village and Spring Valley are the two Memorial Villages that are located north of I-10. The other four Memorial Villages are located south of the interstate.

Historically, there have been less than two dozen Spring Valley home sales per year and less than one dozen Hilshire Village homes sold per year.

On average, Hilshire Village and Spring Valley homes sell at a 5-15% discount (based on an average price per square foot) to home sales in Bunker Hill, Hedwig, Hunters Creek or Piney Point Villages.

Given the limited data set for these two Memorial Village properties (since we didn’t want to display non-statistically significant information), we’ve displayed pricing trends for ALL Memorial Village homes below.

Please note that this data above overstates the average and median pricing for Hilshire Village and Spring Valley.

Email me with any questions, or for more information on pricing trends, or specific property recommendations in Memorial Villages.

(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

For updated information regarding Hilshire Village real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.

Hilshire Village Single-Family Home Sale Trends

Its zoning ordinance is responsible for keeping the look and feel of the neighborhood, and as a result, single-family homes are Hilshire’s main housing attraction.

Like most of the Memorial Villages, a teardown trend is also slowly replacing old Hilshire Village homes with newer construction custom-built homes. Others are updated and carefully maintained.

Hilshire homes feature a number of architectural sensibilities, including Contemporary, Traditional, and Ranch, among others.

Prices for Hilshire homes for sale can range from $700,000 (for older and smaller properties) to more than $2,500,000.

Hilshire Village Townhomes Sale Trends

As mentioned, Hilshire homes are typically detached single-family dwellings due to the city’s zoning ordinance.

This is a common trait among the Memorial Villages, though Hedwig does have a few older multi-family buildings. A number of townhomes can also be found on the the fringes of Bunker Hill Village.

Hilshire Village Condo Sale Trends

Hilshire Village’s zoning ordinance discourages multi-family dwellings like condos and complexes. However, there are plenty of mid-rise and high-rice condos in Houston, including ones in the Memorial area. Units in The Galleria and the Museum District are also quite popular.

Here are a few condos located near Hilshire:

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see more condos within and near the Memorial area, please see Memorial Houston Condos.

Hilshire Village TX History

In 1940s, Frank Bruess, along with his mother, purchased about 30 acres of land in what is now known as Hilshire Village. Bruess saw Houston as burgeoning city, and moved his family there from his native Missouri.

As the story goes, the name Hilshire came from an article about Hillshire, a country estate in England that Bruess chanced upon while on a business trip. Hilshire Village eventually won over two other names considered for the budding development.

Hilshire’s first home was that of Bruess’ mother, on the neighborhood’s first street, Pine Chase.

Some years later, Houston was looking to expand toward the area beyond Wirt Road. As a response, notably because of fears over high taxes and the lack of zoning laws, concerned residents filed a petition for incorporation.

Hilshire was incorporated in 1955, with a mayor-city council type of government.

Apart from improved city services and roads, nothing much has changed in Hilshire Village. The neighborhood encapsulates traits for which the Memorial Villages are best known: tree-lined streets and wooded lots, elegant homes, and a distinct country-living atmosphere.

Fun Things To Do Near Hilshire Village

With a number of retail, dining, and entertainment centers within driving distance, Hilshire Village residents have a plenty of options from which to choose.

Memorial Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, is about 15 minutes away from Hilshire Village. The vast 1,466-acre park features a number of nature trails, picnic grounds, and biking and jogging paths, an 18-hole municipal golf course, and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The Memorial Park Golf Course has a course rating of 73 and a slope rating of 122.

For retail options, The Galleria, the Memorial City Mall, the Northwest Mall, and the CityCentre are minutes away from Hilshire homes. Retail stores and shops abound in nearby Spring Branch and Hedwig Village as well.

Here are some of Hilshire Village Texas must-visit places:

Dining

  • The Capital Grille
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Pappas Bros Steakhouse
  • Masraff’s
  • Truluck’s
  • Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Patagonia Grill & Cafe
  • Vietnam Poblano
  • True Food Kitchen
  • Hollister Grill
  • Jonathan’s The Rub
  • EurAsia Fusion Sushi

Retail

  • The Galleria
  • Highland Village
  • Memorial City Mall
  • CityCentre
  • Town & Country Village
  • Katy Reed Shopping Center
  • Hedwig Village Shopping Center
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Country Clubs and Golf Courses

  • Memorial Park Golf Course
  • River Oaks Country Club
  • Lakeside Country Club
  • Houston Country Club
  • Houston Racquet Club

Parks

  • Memorial Park
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
  • Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail

Grocery

  • H-E-B
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Super H Mart
  • 99 Ranch Market
  • Whole Foods
  • Kroger Food Stores
  • The Fresh Market

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