Guide To Southside Place Houston Real Estate, Homes

Southside Place Houston Real Estate Guide

Spanning 10 blocks within the Inner Loop, Southside Place is an affluent independent city featuring some of the most expensive real estate in Houston.

Nicknamed “The City of Tallows” for its abundant Chinese Tallow trees, Southside Place covers a 10-block area south of West University Place and east of Bellaire.

Residents enjoy:

  • EXCLUSIVITY: Forbes feature Southside Place in its list of the “Most Expensive Suburbs Surrounding Major U.S. Cities”. The median sales price is at upwards of $1,000,000. (See Income Needed To Live In Houston’s Top Neighborhoods).
  • NEAR MED CENTER: One of Houston’s major employment hubs, the Texas Medical Center is a couple of miles away from the city. The district has more than 50 medical-related institutions, schools, hospitals and clinics with more than 100,000 employees and volunteers.
  • GREAT COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE: The small city spans 10 blocks of picturesque tree-lined streets. The close-knit community holds annual block parties, holiday parties, and other events.
  • RETAIL AND ENTERTAINMENT NEARBY: Braes Heights Shopping Center, a two-story Mid-Century modern along Bellaire Boulevard, is a retail and dining hub in Southside Place. Fire Truck Park, on the other hand, features two tennis courts, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and pavillion, and sports facilities.
  • INDEPENDENT CITY: The City of Southside Place operates a council-manager form of government and its own police and fire departments.
  • GREAT SCHOOLS: Top ranked schools like West University Elementary, Twain Elementary, and Pershing Middle School all serve the community. Two of Houston’s best public high schools are zoned to Southside Place homes: Lamar High and Bellaire High.
  • STEADY REAL ESTATE APPRECIATION: Southside Place homes posted great real estate and land value appreciation (with West U) numbers in the past decade. Its new construction luxury homes and vintage bungalows from the 1930s and 40s fetch price tags rivalling homes in nearby West U, Southampton Place, and Boulevard Oaks.

Southside Place real estate can be challenging to navigate due to older homes (some of which may need extensive renovations). Different school zoning and different new home developers (some have quality track records, while others do not) in the area may also present some challenges to homebuyers. Contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s Best Realtors and one of Southside Place’s most active real estate agents, if you’re looking to buy or sell Southside Place homes for sale.

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12 Things Southside Place Real Estate Buyers Should Know

One of the Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods, Southside Place is a small independent city spanning around 10 blocks south of West University.

  • In 2016, Forbes included Southside Place in its list of the “Most Expensive Suburbs Surrounding Major U.S. Cities”. The median sales price is at upwards of $1,000,000.
  • One of Houston’s major employment hubs, the Texas Medical Center is a couple of miles away from the city. The district has more than 50 medical-related institutions, schools, hospitals and clinics with more than 100,000 employees and volunteers.
  • The City of Southside Place operates a council-manager form of government and its own police and fire departments.
  • The small city spans 10 blocks of picturesque tree-lined streets. The close-knit community holds annual block parties, holiday parties, and other events.
  • Braes Heights Shopping Center, a two-story Mid-Century modern along Bellaire Boulevard, is a retail and dining hub in Southside Place. Fire Truck Park, on the other hand, features two tennis courts, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and pavillion, and sports facilities.
  • The neighborhood has West University to the north, Braeswood Place to the south, and Bellaire to the west.
  • Top ranked schools like West University Elementary, Twain Elementary, and Pershing Middle School all serve the community. Two of Houston’s best public high schools are zoned to Southside Place homes: Lamar High and Bellaire High.
  • Southside Place real estate posted great real estate and land value appreciation (with West U) numbers in the past decade. Its new construction luxury homes and vintage bungalows from the 1930s and 40s fetch price tags rivaling homes in nearby West U, Southampton Place, and Boulevard Oaks.
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  • Homes in the area typically feature 3- to 4-bedroom homes. Sizes range from 1,500 to more than 6,500 square feet.
  • Homes in the area often sit on generous lots, (mid- to large-sized by Houston standards) ranging from 6,000 to around 18,000 square feet.
  • Architectural styles tend to lean toward traditional designs. Contemporary styles are popular among the neighborhood’s newer homes.
  • Pricing for Southside Place homes for sale can start at around $800,000. New construction and bigger properties in the neighborhood can fetch upwards of $2,000,000.

Southside Place Maps and Location

Southside Place sits south of West University Place, north of Braeswood Place, and east of Bellaire. It is about 5 miles southwest of downtown Houston.

The neighborhood is located north of Gramercy Street, west of Edloe Street, south of University Boulevard, and east of the 4200 block of Bellaire Boulevard. Streets are alphabetized starting from the west edge with Auden Street to the north end with Jardin Street.

Southside Place features easy accessibility to major roads and thoroughfares including Loop 610, Bellaire Boulevard, and Bissonnet Road. Holcombe Boulevard, University Boulevard, and Buffalo Speedway are all easily available from the community.

For retail, residents can visit Braes Heights Shopping Center, a quaint two-story Mid-Century Modern mall with a variety of stores and restaurants. Rice Village, a 16-block shopping district, is also nearby.

Southside Place enjoys proximity to Uptown and Downtown Houston, Texas Medical Center, and the Galleria.

One of the Bayou City’s major employment centers, the Texas Medical Center is about two miles east of Southside Place. The district is home to over 50 hospitals, schools, and medical-relate institutions with more than 100,000 employees and volunteers.

Southside Place real estate have a 77005 zip code. (View Houston zip code map.)

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Southside Place Houston Schools

Southside Place homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Established in the 1920s, Houston ISD is the largest school district in the state (with 283 schools). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave the district a “Met Standard” rating in 2016. HISD features several International Baccalaureate (IB) World schools, including Lamar High School and Twain Elementary School.

Students zoned to Pershing Middle School may opt to attend Pin Oak, a National Blue Ribbon School, instead.

Students in the area may attend the following public schools:

Elementary Schools

  • West University Elementary School at 3756 University Blvd. Residents located north of Bellaire Boulevard are zoned to the West University Elementary. West University Elementary serves kindergarten to 5th grade students. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.
  • Mark Twain Elementary School at 7500 Braes Blvd. Residents located south of Bellaire Boulevard are zoned to the Mark Twain Elementary School. It is an International Baccalaureate World School and offers a PYP (IB Primary Years Programme) and a Literary Development Magnet program.

Middle Schools

  • Pershing Middle School at 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd. Pershing is a Neighborhood Vanguard and a Fine Arts Magnet school noted for its great academic programs. The school offers four levels of academics: Grade Level, Pre-AP, Vanguard/GT, and Accelerated Vanguard/GT. It also offers several enrichment classes, including a ropes course, concepts in engineering, robotics, and music production, among others.
  • Pin Oak Middle School at 4601 Glenmont St. Located in nearby Bellaire, Pin Oak is an “application only” Foreign Language Magnet school. It offers classes in Chinese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. It was named a Higher Performing School by the Texas Business and Education Coalition and as a National Blue Ribbon School (2008).

High Schools

  • Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer Rd. Home of the Lamar Texans, Lamar High School is located in Upper Kirby. It offers a business administration magnet program, advanced placement, and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Like its exemplary academics programs, Lamar also features great athletics programs.
  • Bellaire High School at 5100 Maple St. Also an IB World School, Bellaire High also offers advanced placement and IB Diploma programs. It is a magnet school for foreign languages, and offers classes in Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Chinese, and French, among others.

Southside Place Houston Private Schools

Credit to the neighborhood’s proximity to Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, Southside Place homes have plenty of private school from which to choose. Listed below are some of them.

  • St. Nicholas School Medical Center Campus at 1920 North Braeswood Blvd.
  • St. Vincent de Paul School at 6800 Buffalo Speedway.
  • Episcopal High School at 4650 Bissonnet St.
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal School at 3816 Bellaire Blvd.
  • Beresford School at 2501 W Holcombe Blvd.
  • Sheridan Montessori School at 2433 Sheridan Street

To find an updated listing of all Southside Place 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.

Southside Place Real Estate Trends

The median sales price of Southside Place homes is at over $1,300,000. The city features some of the most expensive real estate in Houston’s Inner Loop.

The neighborhood continue to post strong property values despite slight fluctuations, and like West University Place, Southside Place has shown  great land value appreciation as well.

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

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

Southside Place Single-Family Home Sale Trends

Southside Place is known for its upscale homes and vintage homes that date back to the 1930s and 40s. New construction homes (some with as many as 6 bedrooms) are common in the area, though some of the neighborhood’s original homes have been updated.

Older Southside Place homes are typically smaller (2 to 3 bedrooms) than their newer counterparts. Most harken back to the late 1930s, a mix of bungalows and two-story homes with wood and brick exteriors.

These homes may sell at lot value, though can still fetch upwards of $700,000. Updated homes can sell for higher prices.

On the flipside, recent or new construction homes in Southside Place often offer 4- to 5-bedroom floor plans. Luxury amenities and finishes are common, including ensuite baths, spacious living areas, and private swimming pools, among others.

Home sizes typically range from 1,500 to more than 6,500 square feet. Lots are mid- to large-sized (by Houston standards), from 6,000 to around 18,000 square feet.

Architectural styles in Southside Place range from traditional designs to more modern/contemporary aesthetics.

Prices for Southside Place homes for sale start at around $800,000 and can go upwards of $2,000,000.

Southside Place Houston Townhomes Sale Trends

There are no Southside Place townhomes as most homes in the area are detached single-family dwellings. Surrounding areas like the Medical Center and Museum District, however, do have townhomes available.

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the Museum District area, see Houston Museum District Condos.

Southside Place TX History

Developer Edlo L. Crain opened a small new home community called Southside Place in 1925. The community debuted with bungalows, a new swimming pool, and a park. Crain also enhanced the development with Chinese Tallow trees and Radiant Red rose bushes.

The developer also engineered what were then considered modern advances into the streets of Southside Place such as concrete curbs and sidewalks, and gravel streets.

Residents were attracted to Southside Place both by its updated facilities and the park that served as a central gathering place for the residents — forming a community bond that still exists today.

Southside Place incorporated in 1934, electing a mayor and five council members. Today, the city has a council-manager form of government, and operates its own police and fire departments.

Fun Things To Do Near Southside Place Houston

Credit to its Inner Loop location, Southside Place also has easy access to the best Houston hotspots. Homes in the neighborhood are just a short drive away to some of Houston’s best retail hubs such as Uptown Park, Highland Village Shopping Center, and River Oaks Shopping Center. The Galleria, with its world-class retail and upscale dining options, is around 4 miles away from the neighborhood.

For options closer to home, the city has Braes Heights Shopping Center. The 2-story Mid-Century modern strip mall features a variety of retail stores and casual dining spots. Nearby Rice Village, which spans around 16 blocks, is one of Houston’s most popular shopping destinations. With over 300 commercial establishments, tt showcases an array of restaurants (with samplings of different cuisines) and retail stores.

The City of Southside Place also features a park and pool area (Fire Truck Park), with a park, a swimming pool, a club house, basketball courts, a baseball field, and tennis courts.

Here are some of Southside Place Houston must-visit places:

Dining

  • Fabio’s Fresh Pasta
  • Central Market Houston
  • Tacos Tierra Caliente
  • Phoenicia Specialty Foods
  • Pat Greer’s Kitchen
  • New York Coffee Shop
  • Common Bond Café & Bakery

Retail

  • Braes Heights Shopping Center
  • Rice Village
  • The Galleria
  • Highland Village Shopping Center
  • Uptown Park
  • River Oaks Shopping Center
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Nightlife

  • Monarch Restaurant & Lounge
  • Grand Prize Bar
  • Absinthe Brasserie
  • Harp
  • Revelry on Richmond
  • Ruthie’s Place
  • Bar 5015
  • Kaiser’s Korner Pub
  • The Alley Kat Bar & Lounge
  • Bosta Wine and Coffee
  • Mosaic Bar and Lounge

Hermann Park

  • Japanese Garden
  • Houston Zoo
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre
  • Hermann Park Golf Course

Museums

  • Museum of Natural Science
  • Children’s Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Asia Society Texas Center
  • Czech Center Museum
  • African American Culture
  • Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Lawndale Art Center
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Jung Center of Houston
  • Rice Art Gallery

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