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 %
Upper Kirby $1,507,500 83.6%
Memorial Park $1,790,000 53.6%
University Area $359,950 49.0%
Washington East/Sabine $547,500 32.4%
Heights/Greater Heights $685,000 32.1%
Denver Harbor $352,375 30.3%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $575,000 26.4%
West University/Southside Area $1,650,000 26.0%
Riverside $400,000 23.1%
Braeswood Place $1,325,000 22.6%
Rice / Museum District $1,100,000 22.2%
River Oaks Area $2,698,000 22.2%
Knollwood/Woodside $505,000 20.3%
Cottage Grove $495,000 19.8%
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $555,000 19.0%
*Midtown Houston $369,500 17.4%
Bellaire Area $1,065,000 17.0%
River Oaks Shopping Area $872,500 16.7%
*Downtown Houston $337,500 13.3%
Highland Village / Midlane $1,150,000 13.0%
*East End Revitalized $351,750 12.7%
Montrose $754,999 12.7%
Northside $236,000 8.3%
*Briar Hollow $571,000 0.2%
*Medical Center Area $215,000 -16.8%
*Greenway Plaza $416,500 -18.7%
Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks $878,000 -45.1%

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 %
Gulfton $350,000 72.4%
Northwest Houston $289,900 58.8%
Garden Oaks $707,750 44.4%
Five Corners $245,000 37.3%
Medical Center South $243,000 37.2%
Spring Branch $442,965 33.2%
Brays Oaks $286,187 33.0%
Westchase Area $706,500 28.2%
Briargrove Park/Walnutbend $577,500 27.2%
Tanglewood Area $2,065,000 26.1%
Willow Meadows Area $372,500 25.0%
Oak Forest East $479,900 25.0%
Meyerland Area $465,000 21.9%
*Galleria $303,000 21.2%
Memorial Villages $1,801,000 16.2%
Memorial Close In $1,962,500 13.1%
Shepherd Park Plaza Area $446,950 5.7%
Briargrove $870,000 3.6%
*Charnwood/Briarbend $195,750 -16.4%
*Winrock $140,000 -27.8%
*Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde $120,000 -45.5%
*Sharpstown Area $2,150 -98.5%
*Oak Forest West $2,900 -98.8%
Rivercrest $0 N/A

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 %
Brookshire $284,900 50.0%
Katy North $300,000 46.3%
*Fort Bend Country North / Richmond $395,000 44.2%
Mission Bend Area $285,560 42.1%
Missouri City Area $305,995 41.7%
Alief $250,000 41.2%
Stafford Area $260,000 40.5%
*Sugar Land West $449,999 38.5%
*Katy Southwest $460,125 37.4%
*Katy Old Towne $310,000 29.2%
*Fort Bend Southeast $495,500 27.9%
Sugar Land East $410,000 25.1%
*Memorial West $580,000 25.0%
*Fort Bend South / Richmond $275,550 23.0%
Energy Corridor $411,775 22.7%
*Katy Southeast $241,250 20.6%
Sienna Area $384,990 18.1%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $400,000 11.4%
*Sugar Land South $4,100 -97.6%
*Sugar Land North $3,500 -98.0%
*Bear Creek South $2,100 -98.7%

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 %
1960/Cypress $311,000 51.7%
The Woodlands $550,000 48.6%
1960/Cypress Creek North $305,000 47.9%
Copperfield Area $331,750 45.5%
Cypress North $409,995 41.4%
Aldine Area $230,000 41.1%
1960/Cypress Creek South $245,000 40.0%
Jersey Village $342,750 39.9%
Spring/Klein $325,000 38.3%
Champions Area $332,500 37.4%
Eldridge North $325,000 37.1%
*Spring Northeast $259,000 37.0%
*Cypress South $423,204 36.6%
Hempstead $214,500 32.4%
Lake Conroe Area $338,685 31.3%
Tomball $391,000 30.4%
*Spring/Klein/Tomball $265,375 29.5%
Conroe Southeast $281,000 27.5%
Waller $311,000 26.9%
Hockley $270,000 25.6%
Conroe Southwest $320,000 21.2%
*Tomball South/Lakewood $316,000 19.2%
Magnolia/1488 West $295,000 13.5%
Magnolia/1488 East $350,000 12.7%
*Tomball Southwest $327,980 11.1%
*Willowbrook South $2,475 -98.4%

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 %
*Kingwood NW/Oakhurst $355,000 51.7%
La Porte/Shoreacres $289,000 45.6%
Willis/New Waverly $245,500 42.3%
Fall Creek Area $430,000 41.4%
*Northeast Houston $237,062 41.0%
*Kingwood West $250,000 40.8%
Pasadena $239,500 36.9%
Conroe Northeast $265,495 36.2%
*Atascocita South $258,500 32.6%
Humble Area East $245,000 30.7%
Crosby Area $270,000 25.6%
*Porter / New Caney West $309,990 24.7%
Kingwood East $375,000 22.6%
*Kingwood South $304,000 22.1%
*Spring East $194,950 20.9%
*Summerwood / Lakeshore $355,625 20.6%
*Atascocita North $205,000 12.1%
*Porter / New Caney East $286,500 7.8%
*Humble Area West $169,550 -2.9%
Huffman Area $279,990 -5.6%
*Humble Area South $144,900 -22.9%

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 %
Rosharon $628,500 79.6%
Tiki Island $802,500 55.4%
Friendswood $410,000 45.1%
South Houston $211,000 40.7%
League City $449,995 39.5%
Santa Fe $315,000 39.3%
*Southbelt / Ellington $262,500 34.6%
Pearland $362,675 34.3%
Alvin North $372,990 33.7%
Dickinson $280,000 33.5%
Alvin South $271,680 32.5%
Clear Lake Area $341,700 28.9%
*Hobby Area $204,000 27.5%
Bacliff/San Leon $249,450 24.7%
*La Marque $230,000 15.0%

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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