Best Houston Neighborhoods: Winners & Losers Over The Past Decade

Best Houston Neighborhoods: Winners & Losers Over The Past Decade

Do you know which Houston neighborhoods had the best appreciation rates over the past 1, 5, and 10 years?


Best Houston Neighborhoods: Winners & Losers Over The Past Decade

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The oil price crash and COVID-19 pandemic are impacting Houston home sales. There’s a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding the real estate market.

We studied over 500,000 home sales and appreciation rates of more than 30 Close-In Houston geo market areas the past 10 years.

Over the past decade:

  • All of the 30 geo market areas we analyzed netted at least 10% growth
  • The best performers were Upper Kirby, River Oaks, Oak Forest, Highland Village, and Memorial Park

Over the past five years:

  • Only 7 of the 30 geo market areas recorded a loss in value
  • The best performers were Highland Village, Memorial Park, Briar Hollow, River Oaks Shopping Area, and EaDo

Over the past year:

  • Nearly half of the 30 geo market areas saw negative or 0% growth
  • Five neighborhoods experienced double digit growth rates: Memorial Park, River Oaks Shopping Area, Rice / Museum District, EaDo, and Washington / East Sabine

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.)

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Table of Contents

  1. Real Estate Appreciation Trends Of 30 Houston Geo Market Areas
  2. 1-Year Real Estate Appreciation Trends
  3. 5-Year Real Estate Appreciation Trends
  4. 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation Trends
  5. 20 Best Houston Neighborhoods In Real Estate Appreciation
  6. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  7. Top Ranked Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

Real Estate Appreciation Trends Of 30 Houston Geo Market Areas

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Neighborhood 1-Yr Appreciation 5-Yr Appreciation 10-Yr Appreciation
Afton Oaks / Royden Oaks -48.1% -3% 29%
Bellaire -4.3% -12% 26%
Braeswood Place -37.3% -17% 37%
*Briar Hollow 4.4% 31% 51%
Cottage Grove -0.7% 4% 53%
*Downtown Houston 0.7% 21% 50%
*EaDo 12.1% 25% 69%
*Galleria 3.1% -1% 10%
Garden Oaks 7.6% 13% 78%
*Greenway Plaza Area -5.8% 6% 75%
Houston Heights -1.5% 9% 59%
Highland Village / Midlane 3.4% 41% 86%
Knollwood/Woodside Area 9.6% 4% 46%
*Medical Center -1.3% 17% 29%
Memorial Park 30.9% 33% 78%
Meyerland -0.5% -4% 24%
*Midtown 6.2% 4% 43%
Montrose -1.6% 5% 65%
Oak Forest 0.7% 12% 92%
Rice / Museum District 12.8% 19% 61%
Rice Military 1.5% 5% 32%
River Oaks 3.6% 3% 95%
River Oaks Shopping Area 13.1% 28% 72%
Riverside 0.7% -1% 24%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook 6.7% 11% 66%
University Area 7.0% 3% 42%
Upper Kirby 6.3% 3% 100%
Washington East/Sabine 12.1% 13% 65%
West University 5.3% 10% 61%
Willow Meadows Area -3.2% -6% 31%

The list above is on alphabetical order.
*Default median sales values are from single-family homes except these neighborhoods, which have an above average # of condos and townhomes.

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1-Year Real Estate Appreciation Trends

Many of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods are also, historically, the best performers in real estate appreciation. Contact us for a custom list of homes in these areas.

Neighborhood 1-Yr Appreciation Median Sales Price Median Sales Price/Sq Ft
Memorial Park 30.9% $1,525,000 $348
River Oaks Shopping Area 13.1% $845,399 $255
Rice / Museum District 12.8% $1,015,000 $321
*EaDo 12.1% $390,000 $202
Washington East/Sabine 12.1% $463,750 $197
Knollwood/Woodside Area 9.6% $460,000 $209
Garden Oaks 7.6% $527,000 $279
University Area 7.0% $269,888 $156
Timbergrove/Lazybrook 6.7% $480,000 $234
Upper Kirby 6.3% $872,500 $247
*Midtown 6.2% $335,000 $179
West University 5.3% $1,379,500 $375
*Briar Hollow 4.4% $590,000 $250
River Oaks 3.6% $2,287,500 $477
Highland Village / Midlane 3.4% $1,052,500 $371
*Galleria 3.1% $286,000 $171
Rice Military 1.5% $473,500 $198
*Downtown Houston 0.7% $300,000 $233
Oak Forest 0.7% $384,250 $226
Riverside 0.7% $327,250 $163
Meyerland -0.5% $379,500 $154
Cottage Grove -0.7% $411,500 $180
*Medical Center -1.3% $269,500 $166
Houston Heights -1.5% $510,000 $239
Montrose -1.6% $659,000 $249
Willow Meadows Area -3.2% $288,500 $166
Bellaire -4.3% $871,500 $228
*Greenway Plaza Area -5.8% $412,500 $232
Braeswood Place -37.3% $678,000 $262
Afton Oaks / Royden Oaks -48.1% $830,000 $340

*Default median sales values are from single-family homes except these neighborhoods, which have an above average # of condos and townhomes.

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5-Year Real Estate Appreciation Trends

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Neighborhood 5-Yr Appreciation Median Sales Price Median Sales Price/Sq Ft
Highland Village / Midlane 41% $1,052,500 $371
Memorial Park 33% $1,525,000 $348
*Briar Hollow 31% $590,000 $250
River Oaks Shopping Area 28% $845,399 $255
*EaDo 25% $390,000 $202
*Downtown Houston 21% $300,000 $233
Rice / Museum District 19% $1,015,000 $321
*Medical Center 17% $269,500 $166
Washington East/Sabine 13% $463,750 $197
Garden Oaks 13% $527,000 $279
Oak Forest 12% $384,250 $226
Timbergrove/Lazybrook 11% $480,000 $234
West University 10% $1,379,500 $375
Houston Heights 9% $510,000 $239
*Greenway Plaza Area 6% $412,500 $232
Rice Military 5% $473,500 $198
Montrose 5% $659,000 $249
Knollwood/Woodside Area 4% $460,000 $209
*Midtown 4% $335,000 $179
Cottage Grove 4% $411,500 $180
University Area 3% $269,888 $156
Upper Kirby 3% $872,500 $247
River Oaks 3% $2,287,500 $477
*Galleria -1% $286,000 $171
Riverside -1% $327,250 $163
Afton Oaks / Royden Oaks -3% $830,000 $340
Meyerland -4% $379,500 $154
Willow Meadows Area -6% $288,500 $166
Bellaire -12% $871,500 $228
Braeswood Place -17% $678,000 $262

*Default median sales values are from single-family homes except these neighborhoods, which have an above average # of condos and townhomes.

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10-Year Real Estate Appreciation Trends

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Neighborhood 10-Yr Appreciation Median Sales Price Median Sales Price/Sq Ft
Upper Kirby 100% $872,500 $247
River Oaks 95% $2,287,500 $477
Oak Forest 92% $384,250 $226
Highland Village / Midlane 86% $1,052,500 $371
Memorial Park 78% $1,525,000 $348
Garden Oaks 78% $527,000 $279
*Greenway Plaza Area 75% $412,500 $232
River Oaks Shopping Area 72% $845,399 $255
*EaDo 69% $390,000 $202
Timbergrove/Lazybrook 66% $480,000 $234
Washington East/Sabine 65% $463,750 $197
Montrose 65% $659,000 $249
Rice / Museum District 61% $1,015,000 $321
West University 61% $1,379,500 $375
Houston Heights 59% $510,000 $239
Cottage Grove 53% $411,500 $180
*Briar Hollow 51% $590,000 $250
*Downtown Houston 50% $300,000 $233
Knollwood/Woodside Area 46% $460,000 $209
*Midtown 43% $335,000 $179
University Area 42% $269,888 $156
Braeswood Place 37% $678,000 $262
Rice Military 32% $473,500 $198
Willow Meadows Area 31% $288,500 $166
*Medical Center 29% $269,500 $166
Afton Oaks / Royden Oaks 29% $830,000 $340
Bellaire 26% $871,500 $228
Riverside 24% $327,250 $163
Meyerland 24% $379,500 $154
*Galleria 10% $286,000 $171

*Default median sales values are from single-family homes except these neighborhoods, which have an above average # of condos and townhomes.

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20 Best Houston Neighborhoods In Real Estate Appreciation

20 Best Houston Neighborhoods In Real Estate Appreciation

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River Oaks

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
River Oaks $2,287,500 $477 95%

River Oaks Map

River Oaks Houston is one of the most exclusive, as well as one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Texas. This year, it gained the prestige of being the most expensive neighborhood in Houston.

The grande dame of Houston’s luxury enclaves, River Oaks is a 1,100-acre enclave of mansions and estates found at the heart of Inner Loop Houston. This is the place to start if you’re looking for mansions for sale in Houston.

As one of the acclaimed upscale neighborhoods in Houston, it is north of the Upper Kirby District and is near many major thoroughfares such as Westheimer Road, Kirby Drive, and San Felipe Street.

Houston main districts Downtown, Galleria, and Medical Center are within 15 to 20 minutes from River Oaks.

Parts of River Oaks have acre-plus lots and deed restrictions to keep out commercial establishments. Other parts of River Oaks (notably on the South and Eastern sides) border the River Oaks Shopping Center and Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza, which are home to a fabulous collection of shops and restaurants.

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. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries in the River Oaks Shopping Center and West Ave complexes. Thus, if you’re looking for mansions

Map of River Oaks

River Oaks Real Estate Trends


Heights / Greater Heights

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Houston Heights $510,000 $239 59%

Houston Heights Map

A popular historic district, The Heights is also one of the best neighborhoods for accessibility and real estate appreciation.

Houston Heights is ranked amongst the Most “Walkable” Houston Neighborhoods. The Heights has over 450 Yelp-rated establishments, many just a few blocks from residential communities.

The Heights is also one of the top communities in the state for “Fun Family Activities” with outdoor hotpots like Heights Hike and Bike Trail and White Oak Bayou Trail nearby.

The Heights offers an excellent commute to downtown, Houston inner loop neighborhoods, Medical Center, Galleria, and major Houston highways. The Height’s real estate market has been one of the best performing neighborhoods over the past one, five and ten-year periods.

Harvard Elementary (with a school zoning map covering parts of the Heights) is ranked as highly as elementary schools in premier neighborhoods like Memorial, Tanglewood, Bellaire and West University.

The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is one of the most active communities in Houston. They maintain historic sites, enforce deed restrictions, run the constable program and plan fabulous activities like the Lights in the Heights tours.

Navigating the Houston Heights real estate can be tricky with the deed restrictions, proximity to major thoroughfares (which can hurt resale), homes with choppy floor plans (which can hurt resale), and diversity of builders (some are far superior to others).

Map of Houston Heights

Houston Heights Real Estate Trends


Garden Oaks

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Garden Oaks $527,000 $279 78%

Garden Oaks Map

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.

Map of Garden Oaks

Garden Oaks Real Estate Trends


Knollwood / Woodside Area

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Knollwood/Woodside Area $460,000 $209 46%

Knollwood/Woodside Area Map

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.

Map of Knollwood/Woodside Area

Knollwood/Woodside Area Real Estate Trends


Briar Hollow

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Briar Hollow $590,000 $250 51%

Briar Hollow Map

Briar Hollow is a mix of gated communities, highrise condominiums, and world-class retail centers. Located south of Memorial Park and the Buffalo Bayou, the community is directly west of River Oaks.

The Wilshire and the Arabella, two new upscale highrise developments, are located within Briar Hollow. These luxury condos offer lavish amenities including 24-hour concierge and valet services, private elevators, private garages, fitness centers, and even areas for pets. Among these establishments are also several in the loop apartments.

Audubon Hollow, Eaton Square, and River Hollow are among the best gated communities in Houston. Apart from 24/7 security, these communities also offer central community park areas, beautiful patio homes and townhomes, and other luxury amenities.

The Galleria/Uptown District is one of Houston’s most vibrant retail and business districts. With over 23 million square feet of office space, it is home to around 2,000+ companies with 55,000+ employees. The Galleria area also features around 5,000,000 square feet of retail/leasable space.

Briar Hollow residents are minutes away from the city’s most exciting retail centers, including the Galleria, Uptown Park, and Post Oak Plaza. River Oaks District and Highland Village are blocks away from the neighborhood, offering a mix of upscale boutiques, high-end dining, and other retail options.

Located just south of Memorial Park and the Buffalo Bayou, residents have easy access to miles of hike and bike trails, the Memorial Park Golf Course, and the Seymour Lieberman Exertrail. Facilities for croquet, volleyball, skating, swimming, and tennis are also available within the park, along with playgrounds and picnic spots.

Despite all these benefits, Briar Hollow real estate can be tough to navigate due to the diversity of home types in the area (which can make pricing difficult), proximity to train tracks, as per the Houston elevation map, (which can affect property values), and proximity to freeways and main roads (you want to be near one, but not too near).

Map of Briar Hollow

Briar Hollow Real Estate Trends


Cottage Grove

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Cottage Grove $411,500 $180 53%

Cottage Grove Map

Cottage Grove is located in Houston’s Inner Loop, just north of I-10. The neighborhood is #1 in our list of Best Houston Neighborhoods by Land Value Appreciation. Over the last seven years, new construction has transformed the area completely.

Its reemergence brought luxury developments like Larkin at Cottage Grove, Patterson Heights, Reserve on Kansas, and Reserve at Washington. These exclusive gated communities offer new construction homes, luxury amenities, and secure access, giving Cottage Grove a place in the list of nicest neighborhoods in houston.

Cottage Grove is about 3 miles northwest of downtown Houston, less than 5 miles from the Medical Center and 3 miles from the Galleria. Business and employment centers are minutes away, as well as retail and entertainment hotspots.

Lamar High School, an IB World School and one of Houston’s Best Schools, serves a portion of Cottage Grove. Hogg Middle School, serving the IB Middle Years Programme, is also zoned to the neighborhood.

Memorial Park, Houston’s largest urban park, is mere minutes away from Cottage Grove. Residents have plenty of outdoor activity options: Memorial Park Golf Course, miles of multi-use trails, picnic areas, tennis courts, and other facilities.

Residents have plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, lounges, and retail centers nearby. Cottage Grove is located near the Heights and Rice Military, both of which offer great entertainment options.

Cottage Grove real estate is challenging to navigate thanks to train tracks (you don’t want to live too close to one), major thoroughfares (noise and street parking can be an issue – especially close to I-10), uneven development (no zoning laws and some blocks are still in development), school zoning (some areas are zoned to different schools). New construction can also present challenges, including quality issues from certain builders.

Map of Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Real Estate Trends


Downtown Houston

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Downtown Houston $300,000 $233 50%

Downtown Houston Map

Located at the heart of Houston’s Inner Loop, Downtown is bordered by I-10 (North), 59 (East), and I-45 (South & West). While there are over 200,000 employees downtown, there are only about 6,000 residences (up from about 3,000 in 2014).  Many people who live downtown also work there.

Getting around Downtown is easy, thanks to a network of skywalks and tunnels. The Medical Center, EaDo, and Museum District are also highly accessible via METRORail, bus system, Houston B-Cycle, and Greenlink. In addition, most Downtown Condos are near the METRORail.

In addition to the 400+ Yelp-rated dining and retail establishments, Houston is home to the second-largest theatre community in the US.

The majority of Downtown’s residential options are Historic Houston Lofts and Downtown Houston Condos which offer great “lock and leave” benefits.

Building amenities vary, though most condos under the Downtown Houston zip code offer rooftop terraces, conference rooms, fitness centers, and pools. Some feature 24-hour concierge and valet services.

The Downtown Houston real estate market can be tricky to navigate due to the fact that some buildings have very poor resale rates (due to either low-quality construction, HOA, parking or general design problems). In addition, specific units within many buildings have resale issues due to views, noise or individual parking spot problems.  Contact Paige Martin, the Top Houston Realtor, for assistance if you’re looking to buy or sell downtown.

Map of Downtown Houston

Downtown Houston Real Estate Trends


East Downtown / EaDo

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
EaDo $390,000 $202 69%

EaDo Map

EaDo is one of the top up-and-coming areas in the inner loop Houston neighborhood map.

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. Over the last few years, developers have invested over $250 million into EaDo. Notable developments include BBVA Stadium, MetroRail expansion, and new apartment and townhome complexes. In addition, EaDo resides about 200 feet away from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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 apartments, townhome complexes and an explosion of (highly rated) new restaurants and bars.

In the loop properties in EaDo can be tricky to navigate given the neighborhood’s new construction (some builders have very low quality and/or reliability scores), railroad tracks (you don’t want to live too close to one), amount of major thoroughfares (you don’t want to live on one)

Map of EaDo

EaDo Real Estate Trends


Timbergrove / Lazybrook

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $480,000 $234 66%

Timbergrove/Lazybrook Map

Timbergrove is a quaint neighborhood that features rolling terrains, large lots and tree-lined winding streets. Located around 5 miles from downtown Houston, it is a deed-restricted residential neighborhood.

The residential area lies west of the Houston Heights and along the wooded banks of White Oak Bayou. Founded in 1960, the Lazybrook Civic Club is a volunteer-based group that handles the neighborhood’s security, beautification, maintenance, and events. The club also enforces the neighborhood’s deed restrictions and building restrictions under inner loop Houston zip codes.

Timbergrove homes for sale are mostly mid-century, one-story ranch-style brick homes. It is also among the 60 best neighborhoods in Houston Texas 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.

Lazybrook homes typically sit on mid- to large-sized lots (by Houston standards), with sizes ranging from 7,000 to 14,000 square feet. Mature trees and spacious front and back yards are common in the neighborhood.

Lazybrook real estate can be challenging to navigate due to several factors, including older homes (some may need extensive renovations), deed restrictions (which can be good or bad depending on your goals), and proximity to main roads and freeways (being too close to one can affect resale values).

Another major issue is that some areas in Lazybrook/Timbergrove are right on the flood plain. This can affect insurance costs, resale values, and of course, puts you and your property at risk in case of a flood.

Map of Timbergrove/Lazybrook

Timbergrove/Lazybrook Real Estate Trends


Medical Center

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Medical Center $269,500 $166 29%

Medical Center Map

The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. The area also has one of the highest concentrations of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research.

According to Houston’s Best Public Schools, many of public schools within the Medical Center are ranked amongst the top in the state of Texas. Roberts Elementary, Poe Elementary, Pershing Middle and Lamar High School are among the highly-rated public schools zoned to the neighborhood.

Medical Center’s real estate market has been one of the best performing suburban neighborhoods in Houston over the past one, five and ten-year periods.

The Medical Center features a wide selection of Inner Loop Houston homes for sale, including single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Fannin Station, one of Houston’s Best Gated Communities, is also located within the neighborhood. Several of Houston’s Newest Condo Buildings are coming up in the area too.

Living in the medical center affords a fantastic commute to anyone working in the complex. In addition, the Medical Center is a few minutes away from Downtown Houston. Other Loop 610 neighborhoods are conveniently accessible from the district, including Rice University, Museum District, and West University.

Residents enjoy having easy access to the state’s largest medical complex. The Texas Medical Center area also has three METRORail Red Line stations, as well as direct access to three major freeways: South, Southwest, and Loop 610.

With the Museum District, NRG Stadium, and Hermann Park within minutes of the neighborhood, the Medical Center homes are minutes away from a wide variety of entertainment options.

Medical Center real estate is tricky to navigate given the neighborhood’s different school zoning maps, diversity of builders (some are far superior to others), and proximity to major thoroughfares (homes on certain streets sell at a discount).

Map of Medical Center

Medical Center Real Estate Trends


Memorial Park

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Memorial Park $1,525,000 $348 78%

Memorial Park Map

Nestled south of I-10 and east of Loop 610, the Memorial Park area is one of the most popular neighborhoods within the Inner Loop.

Residents living near the park enjoy proximity to its many amenities and its unique “close to nature” vibe.

The 18-hole municipal golf course covers 300+ acres, and features a golf museum, a clubhouse, a lighted driving range, and putting and chipping greens. First opened in the 1920s, Memorial Park Golf Course today welcomes more than 60,000 visitors every year. The John Bredemus-designed course has a 73-course rating and a 122 slope rating.

Memorial Park residents have easy access to the park’s many sports facilities, including a croquet court and sand volleyball courts. The park’s various sports fields can be used for rugby, softball, baseball, and flag football. The Memorial Park Tennis Center features 18 hard courts, while the Memorial Park Fitness Center offers an indoor swimming pool and exercise equipment.

Memorial Park is known for its many trails, varying in size (from small paths to wider roads), surface (from paved to rougher sections), and degrees of difficulty (color-coded from easy to advanced). Mountain bikers, nature trekkers, joggers, and skaters frequent specific trails, including the popular Picnic Loop and the Seymour Lieberman Exertrail. Most Memorial Park neighborhoods have direct access to the park’s trails.

The Buffalo Bayou And Beyond initiative aims to connect Memorial Park and its vast trail system to several other parks along the bayou, including the newly renovated Buffalo Bayou Park and Trail. Upon completion, this “linear park system” will stretch 10 miles from Memorial Park to the Turning Basin.

Downtown Houston is about 4 miles away from Memorial Park. Residents have relatively easy commutes via main roads like Memorial Drive, Washington Avenue, I-10, Loop 610, and Allen Parkway. The Galleria, another major employment centers with 2,000+ companies, is less than 5 miles away.

Map of Memorial Park

Memorial Park Real Estate Trends


Midtown

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Midtown $335,000 $179 43%

Midtown Map

A re-emerging, mixed-use neighborhood directly south of Downtown, Midtown resides near Houston’s best retail, entertainment, business and employment hotspots.

One of Houston’s Most Accessible Neighborhoods, Midtown sits along major freeways (Gulf and Southwest) and near major roads (Main Street, Alabama Street, and Fannin Street). The Red Line runs through the neighborhood, providing easy METRORail access to key neighborhoods north and south of Midtown.

Downtown Houston has more than 150,000 workers employed by 3,500+ businesses. Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world with over 8 million patients and 100,000+ employees. Midtown residents can reach either with a 5-minute ride via MetroRail, Uber or a bike.

Midtown is home to over 340 Yelp-rated establishments including top-ranked restaurants, gyms, bars, diners, and shops.

Luxury loft living is a popular option within Midtown. The Edge, Rise Lofts, Midtown Vistas, and 2016 Main are all located within the neighborhood. Building amenities often include rooftop decks with views of downtown’s skyline, swimming pools, fitness centers, and reserved parking for residents. (Guide to All Houston Condos Along The MetroRail.)

Midtown is one of the most affordable areas of Houston’s Inner Loop. View the Salary Requirements to Live Comfortably In 52 Top Ranked Houston Neighborhoods.

Buying or selling a home in Midtown can be tricky. Be cautious of buying a midtown home that is too close to a freeway (hurts resale), is on a major thoroughfare (noise/street parking can be an issue), or is located in the “parking area” for one of the hip nightclubs. It’s also important to know there’s no zoning (some homes are built backing a bar/restaurant), and several new construction builders have been sued for quality concerns. Condos in Midtown can also present unique challenges, as some have lower resale values and quality concerns.

Map of Midtown

Midtown Real Estate Trends


Montrose

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Montrose $659,000 $249 65%

Montrose Map

Known for its bohemian flavor, Montrose has a unique combination of 1920s mansions, modern townhomes, luxury condos, art museums, wine lounges, and hip restaurants.

Montrose is constantly referred to as “One of Houston’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods.” The neighborhood houses numerous top-ranked restaurants, boutique shops, dive bars, wine lounges, music bars, cafes and pubs. Other retail and entertainment hotspots (Rice Military, Galleria, and downtown) are all minutes away.

Home to art museums and festivals, Montrose is one of Houston’s cultural centers. The Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel (both from John and Dominique de Menil) feature many pieces from world-renowned artists like Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse.

Montrose is centrally located within The Loop and is minutes away from key districts like downtown, Medical Center, and Galleria.

One of the most accessible neighborhoods in Houston, Montrose homes have convenient access to main roads and freeways, including Richmond Avenue, Montrose Boulevard, Southwest Freeway, Shepherd Drive, Allen Parkway, and Westheimer Road, among others.

Students in the area may opt to attend some of the best schools in Greater Houston. Neighborhood schools include several International Baccalaureate World Schools, including Poe Elementary, Lanier Middle School, and Lamar High School. High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), a highly sought-after Fine Arts magnet school, is located in Montrose.

Montrose real estate can be tricky to navigate due to its uneven development (no zoning laws), wide variety of home types (some are difficult to value properly), and rising property values. In addition, certain blocks can be problematic as they back to bars (loud) and/or get a ton of street parking on certain days of the week. Also, some vintage homes in the area are within city-designated historic districts and are deed-restricted. Contact Paige Martin, the best Houston realtor in Montrose , for great recommendations and advice if you’re looking to sell or buy Montrose homes for sale.

Map of Montrose

Montrose Real Estate Trends


Oak Forest

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Oak Forest $384,250 $226 92%

Oak Forest Map

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.

Map of Oak Forest

Oak Forest Real Estate Trends

Museum District

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Rice / Museum District $1,015,000 $321 61%

Rice / Museum District Map

Houston’s Museum District is 2nd in the country (only to Manhattan, NY) with the largest number of museums in a contiguous area.

Within a 1.5-mile radius, the Museum District includes 19 museums that offer educational, artistic, and scientific resources. A dozen of the member museums have free admission each day. True to its name, the Museum District is home to 19 culture, arts, and scientific institutions – the second largest number of museums in a contiguous area in the US. The district hosts 8+ million annual visitors. Key destinations include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Children’s Museum, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The district also features Rice University, Houston Zoo, Hermann Park Golf Course, three running trails, Miller Outdoor Theatre and MetroRAIL access to The Medical Center and Downtown Houston.

There are multiple property types throughout the area, and Museum District condos and townhomes are certainly a popular choice.

The district is located between two of Houston’s major business and employment centers: downtown and the Medical Center. Other key districts like the Galleria and Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza are minutes away.

Much of the newer construction is architecturally-inspired, allowing these new homes for sale in Houston, located in the Museum District, to complement the vibrant feel of the area.

Map of Rice / Museum District

Rice / Museum District Real Estate Trends


River Oaks Shopping Area

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
River Oaks Shopping Area $845,399 $255 72%

River Oaks Shopping Area Map

River Oaks is Houston’s most expensive neighborhood and is located in the geographic center of Houston, making it one of the most accessible neighborhoods in the city.

The neighborhood is north of the Upper Kirby district and is near many major thoroughfares such as Westheimer Road, Kirby Drive, and San Felipe Street.

Parts of River Oaks have acre-plus lots and deed restrictions to keep out commercial establishments. Other parts of River Oaks (notably on the South and Eastern sides) border the River Oaks Shopping Center and Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza and are home to a fabulous collection of shops and restaurants.

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. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries in the River Oaks Shopping Center and West Ave complexes. No wonder this is the richest neighborhood in Houston.

Map of River Oaks Shopping Area

River Oaks Shopping Area Real Estate Trends

Upper Kirby

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Upper Kirby $872,500 $247 100%

Upper Kirby Map

Located a few miles southwest of Downtown Houston, Upper Kirby is home to many restaurants, offices, bars, townhomes, vintage homes and residential condo buildings.

Downtown is 3 miles away, Texas Medical Center is 2 miles away, Galleria is 2 and a half miles away). Downtown Houston has more than 150,000 workers employed by 3,500+ businesses. Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world with over 8 million patients and 100,000+ employees.

The district features more than 150 Yelp-rated retail, dining, and entertainment establishments. Most are located along Kirby Drive, Shepherd Drive, and Westheimer Road. Residents can enjoy exciting new food spots, lounges with craft beer and wine, and shopping hubs, all within minutes away from their homes.

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.

Buying or selling a home in Upper Kirby can present some challenges. Homes near main roads and freeways may have noise or parking issues, especially near the district’s commercial areas. With no zoning laws in effect, some homes may be built backing a restaurant or bar that can get noisy on certain days. The district features some old and new properties, each with its own set of challenges – older homes may need to be updated, while new construction may have quality issues.

Map of Upper Kirby

Upper Kirby Real Estate Trends


West University

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
West University $1,379,500 $375 61%

West University Map

West University is consistently ranked as one of Houston’s best communities.

West University has its own police force, which boasts that they have “one of the best crime rates in all of Houston.” Residents can sign up for real-time text message alerts about any community issues.

With a median home price over $1M (and new construction constantly selling over $2M), West University also has one of the best five- and ten-year appreciation rates of any neighborhood in Houston.

West University offers an easy commute to Houston’s major job hubs — including Downtown Houston, The Medical Center, The Galleria, Greenway Plaza — and all major highways.

The neighborhood’s park system, baseball fields, recreation center, library, and Rice Village make West University one of Houston’s most accessible communities.

Map of West University

West University Real Estate Trends


Willow Meadows Area

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Willow Meadows Area $288,500 $166 31%

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.

Willow Meadows Area Real Estate Trends



Braeswood Place

Neighborhood Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10-Yr Apprec. %
Braeswood Place $678,000 $262 37%

Braeswood Place Map

Nestled north of Loop 610, Braeswood Place is made up of around 2,200 homes and 7 subdivisions. The neighborhood is about 6 miles away from downtown Houston.

Braeswood is just a few minutes away from the Texas Medical Center, one of Houston’s major employment centers. The district features around 50 medical-related institutions, organizations, schools, and hospitals with more than 100,000 employees and volunteers. Other key business centers like Downtown, Greenway Plaza and the Uptown/Galleria area are also easily accessible from the community.

Surrounded by Houston’s Most Accessible Neighborhoods, Braeswood Place features main streets and freeways nearby, including Loop 610, Stella Link Road, Main Street, Kirby Drive, and Buffalo Speedway. Braeswood Boulevard cuts through the neighborhood.

Braeswood Place homes are zoned to some of Houston’s Best Schools. Highly regarded schools like Bellaire High School, Lamar High School, Pershing Middle, and Twain Elementary. Twain, Longfellow, and Pershing are located within the neighborhood.

The neighborhood features a quiet small-town atmosphere just a stone’s throw away from Houston’s main districts. This is thanks in part to the neighborhood’s deed restrictions and the efforts of the Braeswood Place Homeowners Association (BPHA).

Braeswood Place features several parks and outdoor entertainment areas (McGovern Park, Karl Young Park, the Stella Link Park Community Service Corridor, and the Brays Bayou Hike and Bike Trail). Hermann Park, located just a short drive away, offers more options. Its situational location in Houston demographics places it at an advantage, being accessible to establishments that offer fun and recreational things to do in downtown Houston.

The neighborhood’s deed restrictions, older homes, and proximity to main roads and freeways can make Braeswood Place real estate tricky to navigate. Some of the area’s older properties may need extensive renovations, while homes near busy roads may have issues with noise (which can affect property values).

Map of Braeswood Place

Braeswood Place Real Estate Trends



Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

With all the available information out there about Houston's top areas, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which neighborhood to choose. Get the advice of the best Houston Realtors and remove the guesswork when looking for one of the best homes in Houston to live in.

  • *Default median sales values are from single-family homes except these neighborhoods, which have an above-average # of condos and townhomes.
  • Oak Forest data consists of the combined sales of the Oak Forest East and Oak Forest West areas.
  • Data covers up to August 2020.
  • All Houston property sale information was sourced by the HAR MLS database.
  • Data is deemed accurate, but is not guaranteed. Information is provided for informational purposes only.
  • If you’d like to see any neighborhoods, master-planned communities or subdivisions added to this bi-annually updated watch list, please let me know.

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  • 2015: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
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  • 2015: Five Star Realtor, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2014: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial

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