BELLAIRE REAL ESTATE GUIDE
2022 Bellaire homes for sale & insider real estate guide
One of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods, Bellaire features a small-town vibe that mixes quite nicely with its easy access to big city comforts.
Bellaire real estate is very popular due to its:
TOP RANKED SCHOOLS: According to Houston’s Best Public Schools, many of Bellaire’s public schools are ranked amongst the top in the state of Texas.
EXCELLENT ACCESSIBILITY: Bellaire homes have convenient access to main roads and freeways, including Loop 610, Southwest Freeway, Bissonnet Street, and Bellaire Boulevard.
CITY OF HOMES: Largely residential, the city boasts of tree-lined streets, a good number of parks, and award-winning schools.
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 real estate can be tricky to navigate given the area’s different school zoning maps (land values in certain areas sell for more than others), proximity to railroad tracks (bad for resale), being on a major thoroughfare (bad for resale) and a diversity of builders (some are far superior to others).
Contact Paige Martin, a Top Realtor in Houston, and one of Bellaire’s most active real estate agents, if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Bellaire.
"The Houston Property Team was simply outstanding! They are extremely knowledgeable and competent, they also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the condos and neighborhoods we were interested in making the whole buying process very easy. We highly recommend them and could not be happier about our choice!" - Claudia O'Leary (Google Review)
Table of Contents
- Bellaire Home Sale Trends
- Bellaire Best Realtor Insights
- Bellaire Maps, Location & Zip Code
- Bellaire Schools
- Bellaire Real Estate Market
Bellaire Home Sale Trends
Bellaire, one of Houston's most popular neighborhoods, features a small-town vibe that blends nicely with its easy access to big city comforts. Located south of the Southwest Fwy, West Loop South runs through the city and leads to Uptown Houston, making it a popular bedroom community.
Bellaire is very popular for its:
GREAT ACCESSIBILITY: Bellaire homes are near main roads and freeways including Loop 610, Southwest Freeway, Bissonnet Street, and Bellaire Boulevard. (See Houston's Best Inner Loop Neighborhoods).
EXPANSIVE LOTS: Bellaire's lot sizes vary widely, though the standard 75 feet by 130 feet lot parcels are more spacious than West University's 50 by 120 foot lots.
TOP-RANKED SCHOOLS: According to Houston's Best Public Schools, schools located near Bellaire rank among the top in the state of Texas.
Bellaire's neighborhood can be tricky to navigate given the area's different school zoning maps, proximity to railroad tracks, being on a major thoroughfare, and diversity of builders.
Bellaire Best Realtor Insights
Bellaire real estate remains a popular choice, given its convenient location, excellent schools, and proximity to business and employment centers.
With the city of Houston next door, residents are minutes away from prime areas like the Galleria, the Medical Center, and Downtown.
Main roads and freeways go through Bellaire, including Loop 610, Southwest Freeway, Bissonnet Street, and Bellaire Boulevard.
The city is zoned to the Houston ISD and is home to Bellaire High School, a top-performing high school, and Pin Oak Middle School, a National Blue Ribbon School.
The city is primarily residential, with tree-lined avenues, numerous parks, and award-winning schools.
Bellaire real estate has steadily appreciated over the years, thanks to the city’s continued popularity.
Lot sizes in Bellaire vary widely, though the standard 75 by 130 feet lot parcels are noticeably more spacious than West University’s 50 by 120-foot lots.
Homes in the city are a mix of older single-family homes, new construction homes, and large estate-style homes.
Older homes can feature 3- to 4-bedroom floor plans with lot sizes ranging from 5,000 to 9,300 square feet.
Prices for Bellaire homes can start at around $400,000 and goes up to more than $2,000,000, with the most expensive Bellaire homes featuring 7,000 to more than 20,000 square feet.
Bellaire Maps, Location & Zip Code
|Med Ctr (min)||10|
|Energy Corridor (min)||20|
|Amenities||Known as the "City of Homes" Bellaire is a top Houston neighborhood featuring a small-town vibe while providing easy access to the city comforts.
Considered one of the most popular and family-friendly communities in Harris County, Bellaire offers proximity to major freeways, top-ranked schools, and Houston's key areas.
|Golf Courses||There are no Golf Courses within Bellaire, but there are several nearby:
- River Oaks Country Club (Private)
- Wildcat Golf Club (Private)
- Houston Country Club (Private)
- Braeburn Country Club (Private)
- Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range (Private)
- Sharpstown Park Golf Course (Private)
- Timber Creek Golf Club (Public)
- F.M. Law Park (Private)
- Royal Oaks Country Club (Private)
|Run / Bike Trails||- 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
|Nearby Retail / Dining||Thanks to its central location and great accessibility, Bellaire offers easy access to a wide range of retail and dining options.
- Brennan’s Restaurant
- Cafe Annie
- Damian’s Cucina Italiana
- Sorrento’s Ristorante
- Cafe Le Jadeite
- Casa Dominguez Bellaire
- La Madeleine French Bakery
- Saltgrass Steak House
- Thai Cottage
- Samurai Japanese Steak & Sushi House
- Auntie Pasto’s
- MargieBeth’s Bake Shop LLC
- Romeros Trattoria Italian Grill
- Town Center
- Rice Bellaire Shopping Center
- Bellaire Boulevard Center
- Braes Link Shopping Center
- The Trail Shopping Plaza
|Major Employers||- Texas Medical Center
- Eye Center of Texas
- The Johnson Group
- Bridgeway Software
- Easter Seals Greater Houston
- Action Mortgage
- South Texas Dental Associates LP
- Neighborhood Centers
|Top Elementary Schools||Great Schools Ranking|
Bellaire is home to some of the area's best schools. The Houston Independent School District serves the area (HISD).
The HISD features several National Blue Ribbon and multi-award-winning schools. Bellaire, in particular, has some of the best schools in the district zoned to its subdivisions.
The city is home to Bellaire High School, a top-performing high school, and Pin Oak Middle School, a National Blue Ribbon School.
*Note: For more detailed information on specific schools zoned to different Bellaire areas, please refer to our Houston Schools Guide OR email me.
Condit Elementary School at 7000 South 3rd Street. Condit Elementary School serves PK to 5 students by offering chess, theater, sewing, robotics, cuisine, Spanish, art, and karate as enrichment activities, as well as "Stay and Play" and "One on One" alternatives. It has a student population of 648 with 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. This magnet school offering Special Education, Core Enrichment, and Gifted & Talented (GT) programs scored an A (90-100) in the TEA Exemplary rating. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10 out of 10.
Public Middle Schools zoned to Bellaire include:
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 has 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 6 to 8 students.
Bellaire Public High Schools include:
- 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 TX Private Schools
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 PMartin@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, the information provided above is accurate but not guaranteed. Please double-check by visiting the school’s website.
Bellaire Real Estate Market
Bellaire Single-Family Home Sale Trends
Single-family homes in Bellaire, Texas range from historic bungalows to custom-built two-story homes with older homes, like most in the neighborhood, have lower market prices in the sub-$500,000 range, whereas new buildings can cost up to $2,000,000.
Some single-family homes have 8,000-square-foot lot spaces, while others have smaller lots with smaller plots of 3,000 square feet.
Most houses feature three to four bedrooms and two and a half baths on average.
The average Bellaire house lot is 75 feet by 130 feet, which is significantly larger than comparable West University properties. Larger lots allow for detached garages, swimming pools, and expansive front and rear yards. Bellaire provides more space and accessibility, as well as more affordable costs.
Bellaire Townhomes Sale Trends
Bellaire townhomes for sale offer the same size and price range to single-family homes. Some highlights are a traditional floor layout, two-story construction with three bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms.
Townhomes can also have front and back yards and come in varieties of architectural styles. This style is usually more accessible than single-family homes and might be less expensive to maintain.
Prices for townhomes range from $500,000 to $800,000.
Bellaire Condo Sale Trends
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. To see condos within the nearby Galleria area, see Galleria Houston Condos.
Bellaire TX History
Bellaire emerged as part of William Marsh Rice's 9,449-acre Rice Ranch with its name symbolizing "good air" or "good breeze."
William Wright Baldwin, head of the South End Land Company and an Iowa native, purchased a 1,000-acre lot in the ranch's eastern section, six miles from Houston, in 1908.
On the acreage, he established Westmoreland Farms, with Bellaire at its heart to serve as a residential area.
Bellaire is claimed to be named after its breezes, but it has been postulated that the name may have come from Bellaire, Ohio, one of the towns served by Baldwin’s rail lines.
Bellaire, Texas was founded as a city in 1918. At the time, it had a population of 200 people. Thirty years later, Houston annexed the Bellaire area, thereby halting any additional property development.
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 popular back in the day.
Beautiful two- and three-story houses in modern, classical, Mediterranean, and Spanish architectural styles replaced the previous structures. Zoning regulations were enacted, improving Bellaire's small-town atmosphere.
Today, Bellaire remains one of the most popular – and most family-friendly – neighborhoods in Harris County.
Fun Things To Do Near Bellaire
Bellaire’s excellent location gives it great access to the Galleria, the Museum District, and Downtown Houston. Bellaire residents also enjoy proximity to commercial and entertainment establishments at the Rice Village, Meyerland Plaza, and Uptown Park.
A variety of parks in the area provide varied amenities for indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities.
Bellaire Zindler Park is one of the city's largest parks, named for writer Marvin Zindler. A 7.5-acre park with a neighborhood pool, two tennis courts, a picnic area with a grill, a little league field, a gazebo, and a playground.
The park also houses the Bellaire Recreation Center and the Bellaire Civic Center which offer auditoriums and meeting rooms.
Paseo Park, on the other hand, features a historical trolley that 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 public library, supported by a non-profit organization called The Friends of the Bellaire Library.
Other must-visit places within Bellaire include:
Damian’s Cucina Italiana
Cafe Le Jadeite
Casa Dominguez Bellaire
La Madeleine French Bakery
Saltgrass Steak House
Samurai Japanese Steak & Sushi House
MargieBeth’s Bake Shop LLC
Romeros Trattoria Italian Grill
Bellaire Zindler Park
Joe Gaither Park
Russ Pitman Park
Henshaw House Community Center & Nature Discovery Center
Richmond Arms Pub
The Deck on Fountainview
The West End
H-E-B Pantry Foods
Randall’s Food Market
Davis Food City