Houston’s Best Neighborhoods: Winners & Losers Over The Past Decade

Best Houston Neighborhoods: Winners & Losers Over The Past Decade

Do you know which Houston neighborhoods performed best over the past 1, 5 or 10 years?

Inner Loop Houston Neighborhoods
With the drop in oil prices over the past 18 months, the Houston real estate market is starting to shift.

Similar to what we saw in 2007 and 2008, certain neighborhoods are performing better than others and deals are emerging.

We reviewed 100,000+ home sales from 31 Houston geo market areas over the past decade to identify the best Houston neighborhoods over the last 1, 5 and 10 years.


Executive Summary:

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  • Over the past decade:
    • Only one neighborhood lost value: Downtown (-2%).
    • The best performers were: Oak Forest East (96%), Timbergrove / Lazybrook (78%), Oak Forest West (72%), and Garden Oaks (65%).
  • Over the past five years:
    • No neighborhoods lost value.
    • The best performers were: Downtown (60%), Oak Forest East (58%), Upper Kirby (57%), and Riverside (53%).
  • Over the past year:
    • Six neighborhoods experienced negative or 0% growth: Highland Village (-8%), Briar Hollow (-7%), Royden Oaks / Afton Oaks (-5%), Galleria (0%), Upper Kirby (0%), and Memorial Park.
    • Five neighborhoods experienced double digit growth rates: West U / Southside (12%), River Oaks Area (11%), Greenway Plaza (10%), Knollwood (10%), Oak Forest West (10%).


For more information or trends for your home contact Paige Martin, Broker Associate Keller Williams (Ranked #1 Individual Keller Williams Agent in Houston and #2 Individual Keller Williams Agent in Texas.)


1-Year Appreciation Trends Of 31 Close In Houston Neighborhoods.

1-year Houston Real Estate Stats of Close-In Houston Neighborhoods


DISCLAIMER: Real estate is local. The following data covers median sales prices of single family, townhomes and condos. If you’re looking to buy or sell: Get a custom report for your home or request trends on the area where you’re looking to buy.


5-Year Appreciation Trends Of 31 Close In Houston Neighborhoods.

5-year Houston Real Estate Stats of Close-In Houston Neighborhoods


10-Year Appreciation Trends Of 31 Close In Houston Neighborhoods.

10-year Houston Real Estate Stats of Close-In Houston Neighborhoods


Detailed trends on best Houston neighborhoods from the following table are presented below.  


Houston Real Estate Stats of Close-In Houston Neighborhoods



14 Houston Neighborhoods With Some Of The Best Real Estate Appreciation

1. Timbergrove / Lazybrook

Timbergrove Houston Location


1-year real estate appreciation: 2%
5-year real estate appreciation: 53%
10-year real estate appreciation: 78%

Timbergrove is a quaint neighborhood that features rolling terrains, large lots and tree-lined winding streets.

The residential area lies west of the Houston Heights and along the wooded banks of White Oak Bayou.

Timbergrove homes for sale are mostly mid-century, one-story ranch-style brick homes. It is also among the approximately 60 Houston neighborhoods carrying the “Super Neighborhood” recognition.

Timbergrove is flanked by Katy Freeway, giving residents easy access to main Inner Loop hubs such as Memorial Park, Galleria, and Downtown Houston.

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timbergrove houston map


timbergrove houston real estate stats

Timbergrove Houston 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


2. Oak Forest West / Oak Forest East

Oak Forest Houston Location


Oak Forest West
1-year real estate appreciation: 10%
5-year real estate appreciation: 45%
10-year real estate appreciation: 72%

Oak Forest East
1-year real estate appreciation: 5%
5-year real estate appreciation: 58%
10-year real estate appreciation: 96%

Made up of more than 5,500 homes, Oak Forest is a quaint neighborhood located just outside the Loop.

Oak Forest real estate has remained popular over the years due to several factors, including the neighborhood’s location, large lots, and relatively affordable home prices.

Homes in the area enjoy convenient access to schools, stores, restaurants, entertainment centers, and parks. Business and employment hubs in the Galleria and Downtown Houston are easily accessible from the neighborhood.

Apart from relatively easy commutes and the neighborhood’s quiet suburban feel, Oak Forest’s schools are also a great draw for homebuyers.

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Oak Forest Houston Map


oak forest houston real estate stats

Oak Forest 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


3. Garden Oaks

Garden Oaks Houston Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 3%
5-year real estate appreciation: 50%
10-year real estate appreciation: 65%

Garden Oaks is a neighborhood of approximately 1400 homes located north of the North Loop (610), and bordered by Ella Blvd. to the west and Yale St. to the east.

Nestled among towering pines and grand magnolias, Garden Oaks feature cottages, bungalows, ranch, and traditional-style homes.

Garden Oaks is near enough to main districts, making daily commutes a breeze, and yet far enough for the residents to enjoy a private and quiet neighborhood.

Despite being close to main commercial districts, Garden Oaks has kept its “nature-sy” identity. Oak, pecan, and pine trees tower over homes in Garden Oaks. Massive lots (median lot size is 12,000 square feet) with lush yards compliment the tree-roofed neighborhood.

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Garden Oaks Houston Map


garden oaks houston real estate stats

Garden Oaks 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


4. West University / Southside

West University Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 12%
5-year real estate appreciation: 42%
10-year real estate appreciation: 58%

West University is the 5th most expensive neighborhood in Houston. Homes for sale in the area are mostly luxurious single family homes with 3 or more bedrooms.

West University offers easy access to Downtown Houston, The Medical Center, The Galleria and the rest of main districts within Houston’s Inner Loop.

West U offers some of the best public schools in the State of Texas, a private police and fire department, and the Rice Village Shopping Center with over 300 establishments.

The entire area is also divided into 26 blocks or sections (some offering a fantastic small-town vibe), making it one of the most organized neighborhoods in Houston.

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west u subdivision map

west university houston real estate stats

West University 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


5. Willow Meadows Area


1-year real estate appreciation: 4%
5-year real estate appreciation: 42%
10-year real estate appreciation: 58%

Willow Meadows is a small deed-restricted community located in southwest Houston, just off of Loop 610. The neighborhood is located north of Willowbend, east of Meyerland, and south of Bellaire.

Willow Meadows offers an easy commute to Medical Center and University Area. Willlow Meadows homes are also easily accessible from major roads including Main Street, Braeswood Boulevard, and Stella Link Road.

One of Willow Meadow’s unique benefits is an active civic association which has been in operation since 1953. The Willow Meadows Civic Club looks over the maintenance, beautification, and security of the community.

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Willow Meadows Real Estate Stats

Willow Meadows Area 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


6. River Oaks Area / River Oaks Shopping Area

River Oaks Location


River Oaks Area
1-year real estate appreciation: 11%
5-year real estate appreciation: 48%
10-year real estate appreciation: 56%

River Oaks Shopping Area
1-year real estate appreciation: 1%
5-year real estate appreciation: 33%
10-year real estate appreciation: 55%

As Houston’s most expensive neighborhood, River Oaks also has one of the best real estate appreciation rates within Inner Loop.

The grande dame of Houston’s luxury enclaves, River Oaks is a 1,100-acre neighborhood of mansions and estates found at the heart of Inner Loop Houston.

River Oaks lot prices started at $2,200 during the 1920s. Today, the most expensive River Oaks home for sale is an 8-bedroom, 21,500-square-foot estate priced at over $17,000,000.

The entirety of River Oaks is a scenic view of towering trees that line streets, coupled with intricately detailed bushes that lead to pocket gardens.

Plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries in the River Oaks Shopping Center and West Ave complexes elevate the neighborhood’s quality of life.

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River Oaks Houston Map

River Oaks Real Estate Stats

River Oaks Area 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


River Oaks Shopping Area Real Estate Stats

River Oaks Shopping Area 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


7. Knollwood / Woodside

Knollwood Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 10%
5-year real estate appreciation: 31%
10-year real estate appreciation: 56%

Knollwood Village is a deed-restricted community inside the Loop, nestled south of S Braeswood Blvd and west of S Main St.

Previously the site of Houston’s Main Street Airport, the neighborhood has grown over the 60 years since its conception.

One of the more affordable neighborhoods in the Inner Loop, Knollwood Village is minutes away from parks, stores, restaurants, and job centers like Downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center.

Knollwood Village is split into 11 different neighborhood sections, each with its own set of deed restrictions.

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Knollwood Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Knollwood / Woodside 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


8. Upper Kirby

Upper Kirby Houston Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 0%
5-year real estate appreciation: 57%
10-year real estate appreciation: 55%

Located a few miles southwest of Downtown Houston, Upper Kirby is a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood.

Much like its next door neighbor Montrose, Upper Kirby projects a bohemian flavor, with its mix of restaurants, townhomes, condos, single-family homes, boutiques, and bars.

Located near and along main roads, Upper Kirby is among the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston. Homes in the area have convenient access to the Buffalo Speedway, the Southwest Freeway, Westheimer Road, and Shepherd Drive.

Upper Kirby is nestled next to the Greenway Plaza, while the River Oaks Shopping Center and the Galleria are within a short drive from the neighborhood.

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upper kirby houston map


Upper Kirby Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Upper Kirby 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


9. Braeswood Place

Braeswood Place Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 1%
5-year real estate appreciation: 34%
10-year real estate appreciation: 54%

Braeswood Place is an exclusive neighborhood with mostly luxury single-family homes. The neighborhood is surrounded by West University, Medical Center, Linkwood / Woodside, and Bellaire.

The neighborhood consists of 7 private subdivisions: Ayrshire, Braes Heights, Braes Oaks, Braes Manor, Braes Terrace, Emerald Forest, and Southern Oaks.

Braeswood had the 2nd highest 10-year appreciation rate within Inner Loop.

The neighborhood’s prime location, deed restrictions, and its gorgeous collection of new construction homes make it one of the most desirable communities in Houston.

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Braeswood Place Houston Map

Braeswood Place Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Braeswood Place 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


10. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 4%
5-year real estate appreciation: 51%
10-year real estate appreciation: 52%

Cottage Grove is centrally located within the Inner Loop, near entertainment, dining, and retail hubs, as well as job centers and cultural hotspots.

Conveniently located along the Katy Freeway, the neighborhood is about 10 minutes away from the Galleria and Downtown Houston.

There are plenty of housing options in the neighborhood, ranging from vintage cottages and townhomes. Increased demand for Cottage Grove homes has sparked a surge of new development in the area.

Cottage Grove is one of Houston’s burgeoning neighborhoods. With new construction custom-built homes, townhomes in gated communities, and old single-family homes, homebuyers have a bevy of options.

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cottage grove subdivision map


Cottage Grove Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Cottage Grove 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


11. Montrose

Museum District Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 6%
5-year real estate appreciation: 47%
10-year real estate appreciation: 51%

“Eccentric and eclectic” aptly describe the mixed-use, but largely residential neighborhood of Montrose.

A diverse and colorful community, Montrose was once in the American Planning Association’s list of top 10 great neighborhoods in America.

Located in the heart of Houston’s Inner Loop, Montrose is a diverse neighborhood known for its elegantly restored mansions, contemporary condos, craftsman bungalows, and fantastic restaurants and bars.

Montrose is just minutes from Downtown Houston and The Medical Center and offers one of the best commutes of any Houston neighborhood to these major employment hubs.

Montrose boasts over 50 restaurants and bars, including nine restaurants that consistently make the list of “Top Restaurants in the State of Texas,” according to Texas Monthly.

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Montrose Houston Map

Montrose Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Montrose 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


12. Meyerland

Meyerland Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 4%
5-year real estate appreciation: 42%
10-year real estate appreciation: 51%

Located in southwest Houston, Meyerland is a cozy neighborhood just outside the Inner Loop.

The neighborhood is centrally located and directly south of Bellaire, near both Loop 610 and Beltway 8. Key Houston business, entertainment, and cultural hubs like Downtown, the Medical Center, and the Museum District are all within a short drive from Meyerland.

Some of the best primary, middle, and secondary schools in the Houston ISD serve Meyerland homes, including Bellaire High School and Johnston Middle School.

The neighborhood is home to the Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center, which features a number of retail and dining options. The Galleria, among other shopping and entertainment centers, is mere minutes away from Meyerland.

The Meyerland Community Improvement Association (MCIA) hires additional security patrols, maintains the neighborhood’s infrastructure, and organizes fun activities and events.

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Meyerland Houston Map


Meyerland Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Meyerland 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


13. EaDo / East Downtown

East Downtown Location
1-year real estate appreciation: 7%
5-year real estate appreciation: 50%
10-year real estate appreciation: 48%

EaDo is one of the Houston’s top up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Located adjacent to Downtown Houston (hence the name East Downtown), this area was a graveyard of abandoned supermarkets and restaurants until about 10 years ago.

East Downtown (EaDo) is a vibrant Houston neighborhood near the major business districts of Downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, and the Houston Ship Channel.

EaDo is located north of Interstate 45, and between the George R. Brown Convention Center and the East End district.

EaDoHouston.com dubbed the neighborhood as the “Art & Soul of Houston.” Formerly referred to as “Houston Chinatown,” EaDo was filled with inexpensive land.

Over the past few years, this community has seen one of the largest investments in capital projects of any part of Houston.

EaDo benefits from the new BBVA Soccer stadium, MetroRail expansion, multiple new apartment and townhome complexes and an explosion of (highly rated) new restaurants and bars.

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EaDo / East Downtown Real Estate Appreciation Stats

EaDo / East Downtown 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation


14. Bellaire

Bellaire Houston Location
Median sales price: $811,000
1-year real estate appreciation: 10%
10-year real estate appreciation: 46%

Known locally as the “City of Homes”, Bellaire TX is a Houston neighborhood of mostly luxury 3-bedroom single-family homes priced between $400,000 to over $1,000,000.

Bordered by the cities of Houston and West University, Bellaire enjoys a central location within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan area.

The name “Bellaire” originated from “good air” or “good breeze”, attributed to the neighborhoods small-town, family-friendly community.

Bellaire is also neighbors with West University, Braeswood, and Linkwood.

Texas Medical Center, Galleria, and Museum District are approximately 10 minutes away from Bellaire.

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bellaire houston map


Bellaire Real Estate Appreciation Stats

Bellaire 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation

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