Central Northwest Real Estate Guide

Central Northwest homes for sale & insider real estate guide

Central Northwest Real Estate Guide

Central Northwest is a Super Neighborhood located between Pinemont, Shepherd, the North Loop West, and US 290. Garden Oaks and Oak Forest are located within the large neighborhood, both known for their great location and historic homes.

Central Northwest is famous due to its:

Central Northwest real estate can be tricky to navigate. Factors like different school zones and deed restrictions must be considered. Additionally, different builders add variety to the housing options. It is best to get in touch with a Central Northwest realtor with local knowledge.

To get personal advice on buying or selling in the Central Northwest area, contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s best realtors and one of the top-ranked Realtors in the United States.

“Danielle & the Houston Properties Team were an amazing resource to us throughout our home-buying process. Highly recommend them and will use them again in the future.” - Jason Coggins (Google Review)

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Central Northwest Homes For Sale

3 Beds, 2 Baths
4508 Old Yale Street #G
2 Beds, 2 Baths
876 Fisher Street
3 Beds, 3 Baths
1614 Euel Street
3 Beds, 2 Baths
9638 Lawngate Drive
3 Beds, 2 Baths
3614 Zoch Lane
4 Beds, 4 Baths
219 W. 23rd Street

Central Northwest Homes For Rent

3 Beds, 2 Baths
425 W. 26th Street
3 Beds, 2 Baths
951 Lilly Flower Lane
3 Beds, 2 Baths
709 W. 34th Street
2 Beds, 1 Bath
223 Avenue Of Oaks Street
5 Beds, 3 Baths
6627 Hampden Point Ct
3 Beds, 2 Baths
2022 Thonig Road #C

Table of Contents

  1. Central Northwest Home Sale Trends
  2. Central Northwest Best Realtor Insights
  3. Central Northwest Maps, Location & Zip Code
  4. Central Northwest Schools
  5. Central Northwest Real Estate Market

Central Northwest Home Sale Trends

Central Northwest Real Estate Trends

Central Northwest is a large neighborhood in Northwest Houston. The area borders south of Loop 610 and Northwest Freeway (US 290) to the west. North of the area is bordered by Hardy Toll Road and the city of Bellaire to the east.

Central Northwest is known for its:

Central Northwest is characterized by a mix of residential, commercial, and recreational spaces. The area is close to various nature parks, dining, and retail centers for residents to enjoy.

Central Northwest Best Realtor Insights

Central Northwest is a Super Neighborhood known for its prime location, top-rated schools, and diverse home options.

Central Northwest Maps, Location & Zip Code

Central Northwest Map

Commute Time Central Northwest
Downtown (min) 15
Med Ctr (min) 20
Energy Corridor (min) 20
Galleria (min) 10

Map of Central Northwest

Highlights Central Northwest
Amenities Central Northwest is nestled within the northwest quadrant of Houston. Homeowners can enjoy access to nearby retail centers, restaurants, and green spaces.

The region is also close to major employers like Shell Oil, Baker Hughes, and ExxonMobil.
Golf Courses - 5050 Acorn Golf
Run / Bike Trails - White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail
- T.C. Jester Park
- Watonga Parkway
- Lorraine Cherry Nature Preserve
- Mangum Manor Park
Nearby Retail / Dining Retail

- Oak Forest Shopping Center
- Northbrook Center
- Garden Oaks Shopping Center
- Ella Boulevard Shopping Center
- Northway Center
- Brookhollow Marketplace
- Forest West Shopping Center


- Local Table
- Govinda's
- Jackies Kitchen
- Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen
- Fajita Pete's- Garden Oaks
- Juanita's Mexican Restaurant
- Dish Society
- Antone's
- Gabby's BBQ


- The Upside Pub
- Johnny's Gold Brick
- Big Star Bar
- T-Bones Sports Pub
- The Post Beer & Wine Garden
- McIntyre's Heights
- Inwood Bayou Pub
- Wicklow Heights
Major Employers - Shell Oil
- ExxonMobil
- Chevron
- Baker Hughes
- United Airlines
- Halliburton

Central Northwest Schools

Top Elementary Schools Great Schools Ranking
Field Elem 10
Harvard Elem 8
Helms Elem 8
Nitsch Elem 9
Oak Forest Elem 9
Sinclair Elem (Houston) 9
Travis Elem 8
Valley Oaks Elem 8

Top Middle Schools Great Schools Ranking
Burbank Middle 8
Hogg Middle 7

Central Northwest homes are zoned under Houston Independent School District.

Houston ISD is the largest public school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States.

Central Northwest is near the following public schools:

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

Central Northwest Private Schools

The following are some of the most notable private schools near Central Northwest.

To find an updated listing of all Central Northwest real estate zoned to any specific public school, please email Paige Martin at [email protected] with the property preference and budget that you're working with.

Note: For more detailed information on specific schools zoned to different Central Northwest areas, please refer to our Houston Schools Guide OR email me.

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.

Central Northwest Real Estate Market

Central Northwest Single-Family Home Sale Trends

Central Northwest area is a major residential community primarily consisting of single-family properties. The area retained most of its original homes, dating back to the 1950s and 1970s. Most of these are ranch-style homes that have since been restored and renovated.

Single-family home sizes in Central Northwest range from 1,000 to 4,000 square feet. These homes feature designs like craftsman, ranch, traditional, and modern.

Central Northwest single-family homes are typically built on large lots (by Houston standards). Lot sizes can range from 1,600 to 14,000 square feet.

Single-family homes in the area generally have 1-4 story floor plans, offering 2-5 bedrooms and 2-4 bathrooms. Prices of homes range from $200,000 to $1 Million.

Central Northwest Townhome Sale Trends

Increasing prices of single-family homes in Central Northwest boosted the market for townhomes. Standard features include 1-3 story floor plans, 1-3 bedrooms, and 1-3 bathrooms. Some townhomes offer private balconies or terraces and attached 2-car garages.

Unlike single-family homes, townhomes in Central Northwest feature smaller lots. They range from about 1,000 to over 3,000 square feet. Living spaces are typically between 1,000 to 2,500 square feet.

Prices of townhomes in Central Northwest start at $60,000 and go up to $300,000.

Central Northwest Condo Sale Trends

There are no mid- or high-rise Central Northwest condos for sale, but plenty of units are available in the surrounding areas.

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. To see other condos within Downtown Houston, see Downtown Condos. To see condos within Museum District, see Museum District Condos.

The Houston Properties Team is an expert in Central Northwest real estate. Please contact us if you'd like to see Houston condos or learn more about buildings that could be a fit for you.

Central Northwest TX History

Farmers and ranchers first settled in the area in the early 1800s. In the 1920s and 1930s, the area quickly developed.

Before World War II, Garden Oaks was planned as a garden suburb with curvilinear streets and various homes. These homes range from ranch-style homes and cottages to mansions.

After WWII, Oak Forest was developed and grew to be the biggest residential community at that time. Developers planned the neighborhood with spaces set aside for establishments like parks and schools.

Between the 1950s and the 1970s, Candlelight Estates, Shepherd Park, and other nearby subdivisions were built.

In 2010, Central Northwest was recognized as Super Neighborhood 12. It includes the neighborhoods of Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Candlelight Estates, and Shepherd Park. Other subdivisions north of Loop 610 and west of North Freeway are also part of the area. This group of subdivisions and neighborhoods is called the Oak Forest-Garden Oaks area.

Fun Things To Do Near Central Houston

Central Northwest provides residents with a wide variety of leisure and relaxation options. Due to its strategic location, there are numerous parks, trails, and recreation areas around the neighborhood.

Restaurants, pubs, and retail centers also surround Central Northwest.

Here are some of Central Northwest’s must-visit places:

Run/Hike/Bike Trails
Shopping Centers

Best Central Northwest Realtor - Paige Martin

As featured on Fox News in the Morning, Houston Business Journal, and Houston Magazine, Paige Martin, a consistent Top Producing Broker-Associate and head of the Houston Properties Team, is ranked as one of the top residential real estate agents in the world.

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