Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House

Looking for a new home in Houston? Here's a list of the best communities based on their 5-year real estate appreciation rates.

Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House

The question we've gotten the most this year is, "What are the best real estate investments in Houston?"

In exploring what an "ideal" real estate investment is, we've found that our clients typically look for:
- 5-7 year time horizon
- A track record that has outperformed the US stock market
- Consistent rental demand

Houston's 600+ square miles offer diverse investment options; half of the clients prefer to stay within specific regions, and half are open to any location.

We divided the city into 6 regions and noted the following information for each based on the following:
- Top-performing neighborhoods over the last 5 years
- Median home price
- Median sales price increase

Past success does not guarantee future results, but the top performers share common traits:
- Abundance of new construction
- Increase in public school ratings
- Proximity to major job centers

"The Houston Properties Team helped me find a fabulous new home. They provided excellent resources and helped me understand both the financial aspect and the ins and outs of the neighborhood. They are the best real estate agents near me." – Eric Gronkberg

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Table of Contents

  1. Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House: Inner Loop
  2. Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House: Close In (But Not Inner Loop)
  3. Best Suburbs in Houston: West / Southwest
  4. Best Suburbs in Houston: North / Northwest
  5. Best Suburbs in Houston: East / Northeast
  6. Best Suburbs in Houston: South / Southeast
  7. Houston Major Events In the Past 5 Years
  8. Best Places to Live in Houston Methodology
  9. Best Houston Realtor: The Houston Properties Team

Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House: Inner Loop

Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House: Inner Loop

"We lucked upon Paige and the Houston Properties Team when we decided to locate a property inside the Houston 610 loop. We were very impressed by her professionalism and warm personality. Not only was she knowledgeable about the current market trends, but as the process unfolded, she always provided us with valuable and timely advice, regularly updating us with progress and information. She was very patient as she walked us through a complex process. She is the best Houston realtor and we hope others won't have to depend on luck to find her. If you need a realtor in Houston, call her quickly and get ready to be wowed! – Eddie (Google Review)

Area Median Home Price Median Sales Price 5 Yr %
Braeswood Place $1,302,000 39.7%
Northside $268,500 36.3%
River Oaks Area $3,157,707 34.4%
Upper Kirby $1,171,375 34.3%
West University/Southside Area $1,845,223 32.0%
Heights/Greater Heights $675,000 29.3%
Bellaire Area $1,150,000 28.7%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $618,500 25.9%
River Oaks Shopping Area $992,583 25.0%
*Briar Hollow $777,500 25.0%
Cottage Grove $514,000 24.2%
Washington East/Sabine $552,250 23.5%
Knollwood/Woodside $552,500 21.4%
*Midtown Houston $400,000 20.4%
University Area $310,000 17.0%
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $555,300 16.9%
*Downtown Houston $320,000 16.6%
Montrose $757,000 15.0%
Denver Harbor $335,000 14.7%
*East End Revitalized $355,000 12.0%
Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks $1,075,000 10.8%
Riverside $370,000 3.1%
Rice / Museum District $1,025,000 2.5%
*Medical Center Area $253,250 1.3%
Memorial Park $1,427,000 -4.5%
*Greenway Plaza $499,500 -5.8%
Highland Village / Midlane $852,500 -21.4%

Inner Loop is home to some of Houston's Best Neighborhoods to buy a house. This area ranked as one of the top regions in Texas.

CNN Money dubbed the Inner Loop to have "one of the best commutes in the country", with proximity to Houston's major job centers.

The region features the hottest neighborhoods in Houston. Downtown, the Galleria and Museum District offer plenty of dining options, museums, and shops.

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See details on Inner Loop's best neighborhoods to buy a house.


Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House: Close In (But Not Inner Loop)

Best Neighborhoods in Houston to Buy a House: Close In (But Not Inner Loop)

"Every single member of the Houston Properties Team was a delight to work with. They are always available, attentive, and active in the pursuit of the right buyer. Their advice was spot-on and helped us sell our home in just 5 days. Best of all, when it really mattered, they bent over backward to ensure an easy closing. We cannot thank them enough. If you want a smart team with a solid understanding of the market on your side, I recommend you hire the Houston Properties Team – they won't let you down.” – Linda Chang

Area Median Home Price Median Sales Price 5 Yr %
*Charnwood/Briarbend $395,000 66.7%
Garden Oaks $935,000 60.5%
Northwest Houston $301,500 50.8%
Rivercrest $5,226,100 48.6%
Memorial Villages $2,350,000 46.0%
Briargrove Park/Walnutbend $665,000 45.5%
Gulfton $296,000 44.0%
Westchase Area $844,470 43.1%
Five Corners $246,750 35.2%
Meyerland Area $503,500 33.7%
Oak Forest East $513,500 30.2%
Briargrove $1,132,500 30.1%
Brays Oaks $308,500 28.5%
Tanglewood Area $1,985,075 26.4%
Oak Forest West $365,500 26.0%
Shepherd Park Plaza Area $429,900 24.6%
Spring Branch $430,000 24.6%
Medical Center South $238,500 23.6%
Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde $392,590 19.0%
Memorial Close In $2,100,000 16.5%
*Galleria $307,500 16.0%
Willow Meadows Area $340,000 15.3%
*Sharpstown Area $233,300 11.6%
*Winrock $161,133 -18.6%

Some of the most expensive zip codes in Houston are located near The Galleria and The Energy Corridor, with quick access to Downtown Houston.

This area is ideal for buying a house and is close to upscale shopping destinations such as The Galleria and River Oaks Shopping Center.

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See details on Close In Houston's best neighborhoods to buy a house.


Best Suburbs in Houston: West / Southwest

Best Suburbs in Houston: West / Southwest

“Paige Martin and her team are simply the best. She has worked with my husband and me for the last couple of years in our quest to find the perfect first home. She was patient with us throughout the process and took the time to answer all of our questions! She knows so much about the housing market so we felt very confident that we were in great hands!” – Dr. Jen Shroff

Area Median Home Price Median Sales Price 5 Yr %
Sugar Land East $497,425 57.4%
Brookshire $318,490 53.2%
Sugar Land South $651,000 49.7%
Fort Bend County North / Richmond $417,625 47.6%
Katy Southwest $512,291 46.4%
Katy Southeast $435,000 43.6%
Fort Bend Southeast $489,000 39.7%
Mission Bend Area $300,000 39.5%
Katy North $300,000 38.2%
Bear Creek South $280,000 38.0%
Energy Corridor $465,000 36.8%
Alief $260,000 35.6%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $450,000 35.5%
Sugar Land North $339,950 33.4%
Stafford Area $260,000 33.3%
Sugar Land West $455,900 32.2%
Katy Old Towne $380,000 31.0%
*Memorial West $715,000 30.0%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $330,000 29.4%
Missouri City Area $295,000 28.3%
Sienna Area $420,500 27.8%

West/Southwest is a great place to buy a house, offering multiple high-performing schools, including some of Houston's top schools.

It also has many master-planned communities, some with unique amenities like village farms.

The region is in Fort Bend County, listed by Forbes as one of America's fastest-growing counties, and home to headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies, employing top suburbs in Houston.

Based on Houston's house price history, some suburbs in this area are relatively affordable.
How much does a Houston home cost to close? Read our Home Buying Guide here.

See details on West / Southwest's best neighborhoods to buy a house.


Best Suburbs in Houston: North / Northwest

Best Suburbs in Houston: North / Northwest

"Our experience working with the Houston Properties Team is exceptional. From day one, we felt as though we had a personal team handling the sale of our home. They consistently provided us with reports and advice on how to proceed. All their efforts not only lead to a successful and lucrative close but also eliminated a great deal of the anxiety and pressure.” – Arpita Niranjan

Area Median Home Price Median Sales Price 5 Yr %
The Woodlands $627,000 52.4%
Spring Northeast $417,250 43.3%
Eldridge North $362,500 39.4%
Champions Area $354,950 38.5%
Willowbrook South $269,900 38.4%
Cypress North $380,000 38.2%
Copperfield Area $335,000 36.7%
1960/Cypress Creek North $307,500 36.7%
Hempstead $229,999 35.7%
Tomball South/Lakewood $400,000 35.6%
Waller $369,995 35.3%
Cypress South $434,530 34.8%
Aldine Area $235,000 34.3%
1960/Cypress $300,000 33.3%
1960/Cypress Creek South $255,990 33.3%
Spring/Klein $332,500 33.0%
Tomball Southwest $427,500 32.1%
Jersey Village $339,000 30.4%
Spring/Klein/Tomball $329,426 28.9%
Lake Conroe Area $339,000 26.5%
Hockley $291,992 25.9%
Tomball $376,140 23.7%
Magnolia/1488 East $399,000 20.9%
Magnolia/1488 West $309,990 15.7%
Conroe Southwest $315,000 10.5%

Houston's North/Northwest region boasts some of the best suburbs in our list, offering top-notch amenities and schools. This creates a high standard of living and attracts plenty of homebuyers.

The Woodlands, a well-known Houston suburb, is a hub for retail and employment, aiming to be the premier place to reside in Houston.

See details on North / Northwest's best neighborhoods to buy a house.


Best Suburbs in Houston: East / Northeast

Best Suburbs in Houston:  East / Northeast

"The Houston Properties Team is fantastic!!! I use to live in a townhome community. My neighbor’s home came on the market two weeks before we listed. My home sold and theirs is still sitting on the market (now a month after our closing!) Their marketing program works. I’d highly recommend them to anyone who wants to sell their home.” – Brian Donaldson Shell International Exploration & Production

Area Median Home Price Median Sales Price 5 Yr %
Northeast Houston $241,735 52.0%
Kingwood South $375,000 42.9%
Spring East $258,990 40.8%
Kingwood West $310,000 39.6%
Willis/New Waverly $255,000 37.8%
Kingwood East $425,800 36.5%
La Porte/Shoreacres $275,000 34.1%
Humble Area East $260,000 34.1%
Humble Area West $260,000 34.1%
Porter / New Caney East $320,000 33.3%
Atascocita North $287,500 32.0%
Fall Creek Area $440,000 31.7%
Deer Park $289,000 31.4%
Kingwood NW/Oakhurst $320,000 30.3%
Pasadena $240,000 29.7%
Humble Area South $260,000 28.2%
Conroe Southeast $290,000 28.1%
Summerwood / Lakeshore $379,990 27.9%
Crosby Area $277,000 27.1%
Atascocita South $301,000 26.2%
Conroe Northeast $256,000 22.5%
Porter / New Caney West $250,000 13.7%
Huffman Area $259,990 9.9%

East/North East offers sophisticated living with several master-planned communities. Its neighborhoods feature a good number of community amenities.

The region features proximity to job centers and several top-rated schools, raising the demand for home buyers and investors alike.
These advantages made its neighborhoods some of the best places to live in Houston.

Here's a curated list of the Best Neighborhoods in Houston Texas For Investment.

See details on East / Northeast's best neighborhoods to buy a house.


Best Suburbs in Houston: South / Southeast

Best Suburbs in Houston: South / Southeast

The Houston Properties Team provided excellent resources and guidance. Their staging, photography, and marketing were second to none. We joked that the pictures online could not have come from our house!!! They brought a lot of buyers through, and we were fortunate enough to have multiple offers to choose from. They helped us pick a great offer and negotiated very strongly on our behalf. In addition, they got us a free leaseback, so we had time to find our new home after closing. We highly recommend them for real estate needs.”-Jeff, Cinda &Billy Long

Area Median Home Price Median Sales Price 5 Yr %
South Houston $225,000 39.8%
Tiki Island $840,000 39.1%
Alvin North $400,000 38.4%
Santa Fe $352,320 37.8%
Southbelt / Ellington $274,000 33.7%
Pearland $370,500 33.3%
Hobby Area $239,000 32.9%
Rosharon $489,000 31.3%
Clear Lake Area $370,000 29.8%
Friendswood $385,707 29.4%
Alvin South $290,000 28.9%
League City $374,000 27.2%
Dickinson $268,495 16.2%
Bacliff/San Leon $249,000 13.7%
La Marque $225,000 8.2%

South/Southeast Houston is near major business centers, including the Texas Medical Center, Downtown Houston, and the Galleria.

It is home to excellent schools and beautiful master-planned communities. Find endless amenities such as resort-style pools, trails, lakes, parks, and some of Houston's best golf course communities.

South/Southeast neighborhoods require a lower cost of living. (Read Salary Needed For Living in Houston Neighborhoods.)

See details on South / Southeast's best neighborhoods to buy a house.


Houston Major Events In the Past 5 Years

Houston Major Events In the Past 5 Years

"The Houston Properties Team under the leadership of Paige Martin is one of the most successful real estate teams in Texas. Paige and her team take the pain out of the real estate experience through hard work, proprietary systems and processes, and a deep understanding of the hyper-local Houston real estate market. She's ranked #5 in Keller Williams worldwide and #1 in Houston with good reason." – Sandy (Google Review)

Key turning points in Houston real estate:

However, key investment themes remain the same:

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Best Places to Live in Houston Methodology

"It’s hard to find a team that has your best interests at heart, especially when dealing with real estate. Paige Martin and the Houston Properties Team are amazing! They’re incredibly candid about their recommendations, they care a great deal about their clients, and they make sure you won’t make decisions you’re bound to regret. I’d highly recommend them if you’re looking for a great Houston realtor. You will thank me!" – Elizabeth (Google Review)

1) Inner Loop. (All or most of the Geo Market Area resides in Houston's 610 Loop.)

2) Close In, But Not In the Inner Loop. (All or most of the Geo Market Area resides in Houston's Beltway 8, but not within 610 Loop.)

3) West / Southwest areas.

4) North / Northwest areas.

5) East / Northeast areas.

6) South / Southeast areas.


Best Houston Realtor: The Houston Properties Team

The Houston Properties Team has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member. Each member is a specialist in their role – which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.

Paige Martin, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty, and the Houston Properties Team are ranked among the top residential Realtors in the world.

They have been featured on TV and in dozens of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Reuters, Fox News in the Morning, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houstonia, and Houston Chronicle.

Paige Martin was just ranked as the #5 agent in the world with Keller Williams, completing over $1 Billion in Houston residential real estate sales.

Houston Properties Team awards

Recent awards include:

– 2022: #1 Residential Real Estate Team by Sales Volume, Houston Business Journal
– 2021: Best Real Estate Teams in America, RealTrends.com
– 2021: Top 100 Women Leaders in Real Estate of 2021
– 2021: America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents
– 2021: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
– 2021: Best Houston Real Estate Team, Best of Reader’s Choice
– 2021: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
– 2021: #1 Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Memorial
– 2020: America’s Best Real Estate Teams, Best of America Trends
– 2020: Best Houston Real Estate Team, Best of Reader’s Choice
– 2020: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
– 2020: #6 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
– 2020: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas (Top Keller Williams Realtor)
– 2020: #1 Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Memorial
- 2019: Top Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
- 2019: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2019: #5 Individual Agent, KW Worldwide
- 2019: #1 Individual Agent, KW Texas
- 2018: #5 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
- 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2018: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2018: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
- 2018: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2017: #10 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
- 2017: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2017: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
- 2017: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2016: #20 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
- 2016: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2016: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, HBJ
- 2016: Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly
- 2016: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2015: #9 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, United States
- 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
- 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
- 2015: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2015: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, HBJ
- 2015: Five Star Realtor, Texas Monthly Magazine
- 2014: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2014: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial

...in addition to over 318 additional awards.

Paige also serves a variety of non-profits and civic and community boards. She was appointed by the mayor of Houston to be on the downtown TIRZ board.

Benefits Of Working With The Houston Properties Team

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Our team, composed of distinguished and competent Houston luxury realtors, has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member.

We find the team approach as the most effective way to sell homes. We have dedicated people doing staging, marketing, social media, open houses, and showings. Each Houston Properties Team member is a specialist in their role—which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.

The benefits of working with a team include the following:

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