Garden Oaks Houston TX: Neighborhood & Real Estate Guide

Garden Oaks Houston Real Estate Guide

Popular for accessibility, traditional homes on large lots, and strict deed restrictions, Garden Oaks has one of Houston’s best land value appreciation rates.

Garden Oaks, nestled just off Loop 610, is a largely residential neighborhood of approximately 1,400 homesites.

This small and charming community is popular thanks to:

  • LARGE LOTS: Garden Oaks homes typically sit on mid- to large-sized lots (by Houston standards), ranging from 6,000 to around 17,000 square feet. The neighborhood’s strict deed restrictions require large setbacks from lot boundaries, which gives great green space.
  • SMALL TOWN VIBE NEAR THE MAIN CITY HUBS: Garden Oaks residents enjoy great access to Houston’s Most Accessible Neighborhoods including: Downtown (10-15 minutes) Heights (<5 minutes), Rice Military (5-10 minutes), and EaDo (10-15 minutes). Residents enjoy tree-lined streets with a small-town atmosphere, near the city’s main entertainment and commercial districts.
  • BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE HOMES: The neighborhood features a number of home options, including plantation-style homes, quaint patio homes and bungalows. Ranch-style homes and townhomes are also available in the area.
  • ACTIVE CIVIC CLUB: The Garden Oaks Civic Club enforces deed restrictions and organizes events for residents. They are also in charge of beautification projects as well as a constable program for resident security.
  • EASY COMMUTE TO JOB CENTERS: The community is about 7 miles away from downtown Houston. Other business and employment centers like the Galleria and the Texas Medical Center are minutes away from Garden Oaks.
  • GREAT INVESTMENT: Over the past 5 and 10 years, Garden Oaks has posted some of the best appreciation rates in Houston. The neighborhood is still growing, with new construction homes and townhomes replacing older homes.

The Garden Oaks real estate market can be challenging to navigate due its proximity to the freeway (which can hurt resale values), current gentrification underway, and new construction in the area (some builders have quality track records while others do not).

Developers have started buying up land in the area to build townhomes and condos – these are typically more expensive, but can also vary in terms of quality. Contact Paige Martin, the best Garden Oaks Realtor if you’re looking for great Garden Oaks recommendations and advice.

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12 Things Garden Oaks Real Estate Buyers Should Know

One of Houston’s older neighborhoods, Garden Oaks has remained a popular option for interested homebuyers. Homes in the area are prized for their quiet and verdant surroundings, large lots, and relatively central location.

  • Garden Oaks homes are minutes away from key Houston districts like downtown and the Galleria. Residents have easy access to main roads and freeways like Loop 610, Northwest Freeway, Ella Boulevard, and Shepherd Drive.
  • Though mostly residential, Garden Oaks has parks, schools, restaurants, and retail stores nearby.
  • Established in 1937, Garden Oaks is one of Houston’s older neighborhoods. Its deed restrictions have helped maintain its small-town atmosphere.
  • The neighborhood features a number of home options, including plantation-style homes, quaint patio homes and bungalows. Ranch-style homes and townhomes are also available in the area.
  • Garden Oaks real estate is among the best in terms of land appreciation. Homes in the area continue to sell well, and despite slight fluctuations, the median sales price has continued to increase.
  • Garden Oaks homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
  • Known for its verdant and peaceful atmosphere, Garden Oaks features homes with wooded lots.
  • Most of the neighborhood’s original homes, some dating as far back as 1937, have been meticulously updated and maintained.
  • The neighborhood is deed-restricted and has an active homeowners’ association. Garden Oaks features around 1,400 homes and is divided into 5 sections.
  • Two- to three-bedroom floor plans are common in the neighborhood. Larger properties can offer 4 to 5 bedrooms. Living spaces range from 1,000 to more than 4,500 square feet.
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  • Homes in the area typically sit on large lots (by Houston standards). Lot sizes can range between 6,000 to more than 15,000 square feet.
  • Prices for Garden Oaks homes for sale can start at around $250,000 and can go up to more than $1,400,000.

Garden Oaks Maps and Location

Located some 8 miles northwest of Downtown Houston, Garden Oaks is nestled just off Loop 610.

Garden Oaks is east of Oak Forest, north of Shady Acres and the Houston Heights, and northeast of Lazybrook and Timbergrove. Shepherd Park Plaza and Independence Heights lie to the north and east of the neighborhood, respectively.

The Oak Forest-Garden Oaks Super Neighborhood covers the two neighborhoods along with other subdivisions like Candlelight Estates and Shepherd Park Plaza. It covers a large area east of Northwest Freeway, south of Pinemont Drive, west of Shepherd Drive, and north of Loop 610.

Garden Oaks homes have easy access to main roads and freeways like Shepherd Drive, W 34th Street, North Freeway (Interstate 45), and Northwest Freeway (US 290). Parks, schools, retail stores, cafes, and restaurants are also nearby, though residents can take a short drive to the Heights for more options.

The neighborhood is mostly residential and is made up of around 1,400 homes. Garden Oaks is divided into 5 sections, all of which have deed restrictions in place.

Garden Oaks Houston is under the 777018 Harris County zip code. (View Houston zip code map.)

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Garden Oaks Houston Schools

Garden Oaks homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Established in the 1920s, Houston ISD is the largest school district in the state (with 283 schools). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave the district a “Met Standard” rating in 2016.

Students in the area may attend the following public schools:

Elementary Schools

  • Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School at 901 Sue Barnett Dr. Formerly the Garden Oaks Elementary School, the school now offers a Montessori Magnet program centered on environmental sciences. It features several academic programs as well, including a Vanguard neighborhood program and ESL. The school’s early learning programs include Preparing Students for Independence (PSI), and Preschoolers Achieving Learning Skills (PALS) .
  • Durham Elementary School at 4803 Brinkman St. Located next to Shepherd Park, Durham Elementary School is one of the Houston ISD’s International Baccalaureate World schools. It features the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), alongside a Dual Language program.

Middle Schools

  • Frank Black Middle School at 1575 Chantilly Ln. Founded in 1957, Black Middle School was named for one of Houston’s educators. It is a Vanguard magnet school that offers advanced academic courses in mathematics and science. Core enrichment programs include high school Spanish and information technology.

High Schools

  • Waltrip High School at 1900 W 34th St. Established in 1959, Stephen Pool Waltrip High School is a Research and Technology Magnet School. Students in the magnet program are encouraged to explore different research areas, including history, literature, math, technology, biology, and chemistry, among others.
  • Washington High School at 119 E 39th St. Located in Independence Heights, Booker T. Washington High School moved to its present campus in the late 1950s. Its campus houses the High School For Engineering Professions.

Garden Oaks Houston Private Schools

The following are some of the more notable private schools near Garden Oaks.

  • St. Ambrose Catholic School in at 4213 Mangum Rd.
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 3600 Brinkman St.
  • Temple Oaks Baptist School at 2101 W 34th St.
  • Lutheran High School North at 1130 W 34th St.
  • St. Pius X High School at 811 W Donovan St.
  • New Heights Christian Academy at 1700 W 43rd St.

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

*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.

Garden Oaks Real Estate Trends

Garden Oaks real estate is among Houston’s best neighborhoods in terms of land appreciation.

The median sales price of Garden Oaks homes have appreciated well over the last 10 years, breaking over $400,000. Despite slight fluctuations, the number of homes sold in the neighborhood have increased as well.

A number of factors have contributed to this increase, including higher demand for homes in close-in neighborhoods like Garden Oaks and Oak Forest. New construction homes in the area (some townhomes in gated communities) are on the rise, pulling median prices further up.

(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

For updated information regarding Garden Oaks real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at [email protected].

Garden Oaks Single-Family Home Sale Trends

Garden Oaks homes are mostly detached single-family properties set on mid- to large-sized lots (by Houston standards). Homes in the neighborhood have remained popular over the years due to their relatively central location, accessibility to downtown and other key districts, and beautiful old homes.

Unlike other Houston neighborhoods, Garden Oaks still feature a lot of its original homes, dating as far back  as 1937. These vintage homes have since been renovated and restored.

Garden Oaks real estate vary, from patio homes and bungalows to larger plantation-style and ranch-style homes. Two- to three-bedroom floor plans are common, though larger 4-bedroom homes are available as well. Living spaces range from 1,000 to more than 4,500 square feet.

Garden Oaks single-family homes typically sit on lots ranging from 6,000 to more than 15,000 square feet.

Architectural styles vary, though traditional and ranch-style are common. New construction Garden Oaks homes feature more contemporary designs.

Prices for homes in the neighborhood can start at around $250,000. The most expensive Garden Oaks real estate can sell for upwards of $1,400,000.

Garden Oaks Townhomes Sale Trends

Recent residential development in the neighborhood has led to a number of new construction Garden Oaks townhomes for sale.

As interest in the area grew, developers purchased lots in the Garden Oaks area. Townhomes in the neighborhood typically offer 3-story floor plans, with 3 to 4 bedrooms. Private balconies or terraces, attached 2-car garages, and second floor living are common features.

Compared to single-family homes, Garden Oaks townhomes feature smaller lots, ranging from 1,500 to about 2,500 square feet. Living spaces are typically between 1,500 to 3,000 square feet.

Prices for Garden Oaks townhomes for sale can start at $200,000 and go up to $500,000.

Garden Oaks Condo Sale Trends

There are no mid- or high-rise Garden Oaks condos for sale, but there are some units available in neighboring areas like the Houston Heights, including 1111 Studewood Place (77008) and The Point at White Oak (77009).

Other condos within 10-20 minutes of Garden Oaks include:

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the nearby Downtown area, see Downtown Houston Condos.

Garden Oaks TX History

Established some 10 years before its next door neighbor Oak Forest, Garden Oaks is one of Houston’s older neighborhoods.

In the late 1930s, Edward L. Cairn bought a parcel of land just north of the historic Heights. The development, then marketed as “Houston’s next River Oaks,” broke ground in 1937. Its streets were laid out in a curvilinear pattern, quite like River Oaks’ street layout.

The neighborhood’s first homes were plantation-style or ranch-style homes on expansive, tree-canopied lots.

World War II caused a slowdown in the Houston housing market, halting development in Garden Oaks. The post-war housing boom during the 50s and 60s revived new construction in the area. There was, however, a shift in demand – returning soldiers preferred smaller and more practical homes. Garden Oaks’ later sections, notably the ones on the western edge of its borders, illustrates this shift.

Today, the neighborhood still features a wide variety of home styles, from quaint cottages and bungalows to bigger plantation and ranch-style homes. Increased demand for housing also sparked new development. Developers started buying up old Garden Oaks homes and lots and tore them down in favor of townhomes and more contemporary single-family homes.

In 2010, Super Neighborhood 12 (Central Northwest) was recognized and included Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Candlelight Estates, and Shepherd Park, among other subdivisions north of Loop 610 and west of Northwest Freeway. The Oak Forest-Garden Oaks area refers to this group of subdivisions and neighborhoods.

Fun Things To Do Near Garden Oaks

Though mostly residential, Garden Oaks’ central location near the Heights, Oak Forest, and other key Houston retail, entertainment, and cultural districts gives its residents plenty of options.

There are a number of parks and hike-and-bike trails within minutes of Garden Oaks homes, including the White Oak Bayou Greeway Trail, American Legion Park, and Graham Park.

For retail, residents can drive to nearby Galleria or downtown. Residents can also visit the Oak Forest Center along Ella Boulevard. It features a few retail and dining options, including Kroger, Dollar Tree, and Ross Dress For Less, among others.

Here are some of the best places to visit in and around Neartown / Garden Oaks:


  • Houston Panini and Provisions
  • Golden Wok
  • Petrol Station
  • House of Fries
  • Gatlin’s BBQ
  • Mytiburger
  • El Ray Taqueria
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Little Bitty Burger Barn
  • Toasted
  • Fiesta Tacos


  • Toasted
  • Kraftsmen Cafe
  • Miller’s Cafe
  • Maryam’s Cafe
  • Landa Cafe
  • Hugs & Donuts
  • Heights Asian Cafe
  • Cafe 2000
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  • Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro
  • Sassafras
  • Frio To Go
  • The Oak Forest Chill Neighborhood Icehouse
  • Catty Corner Ice House
  • NJ’s
  • Big Star Bar
  • SmokeyDoke Vape and Smoke Shop


  • Kroger
  • Randall’s
  • Food Town
  • Walmart
  • Family Dollar
  • H-E-B


  • American Legion Park
  • Garden Oaks Park
  • T.C. Jester Park
  • Candlelight Community Center & Park
  • Graham Park

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