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14 Hottest Inner Loop Houston Neighborhoods

Inner Loop Houston Neighborhoods

Houston’s Inner Loop (the area shown on the map above bordered by Interstate 610) is one of the top ranked regions within the state of Texas.

The Bayou City (and notably this ~20 square mile area of Houston) has recently earned the following accolades:

  • “Houston’s Inner Loop offers one of the best commutes in the country” with access to over 600,000 jobs (between Downtown Houston and The Medical CenterThe Galleria and The Energy Corridor), CNN Money.
  • #5 on the “Best Cities For Jobs, 2014,” Forbes Magazine.
  • Over the last five years, Houston expanded total employment by 218,000 job – with most jobs within 15 minutes of the Inner Loop, Texas Department of Labor.
  • #10 in “America’s Fastest Growing Cities,” United States Census Bureau.

Specifically, within Houston’s Inner Loop, 14 neighborhoods stand out with the best real estate appreciation over the past year.*

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14 Inner Loop Houston Neighborhoods With The Best Real Estate Appreciation

1. Timbergrove / Lazybrook

Timbergrove Houston Location
Median sales price: $355,000
1-year real estate appreciation: 26%
10-year real estate appreciation: 64%

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


2. Southgate

Southgate Houston Location
Median sales price: $654,500
1-year real estate appreciation: 18%
10-year real estate appreciation: 75%

With median lot sizes at nearly 7,000 square feet, Southgate homes for sale are mostly single-family homes on medium-sized (by Houston’s standards) lots.

Southgate lies adjacent to Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, allowing easy access to Museum District, Downtown and West University.

The neighborhood had the highest 10-year real estate appreciation in Houston, due to its ideal location, community development, and its beautiful collection of new constructions and newly remodeled homes.

Southgate’s 18%  real estate appreciation last year is also the second highest among neighborhoods within the Inner Loop.

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Southgate Houston Map


3. Museum District

Museum District Location
Median sales price: $500,341
1-year real estate appreciation: 15%
10-year real estate appreciation: 42%

Museum District homes appreciated by 15% last year, mostly due to the exciting atmosphere within the neighborhood.

Within a 1.5 mile radius, the Museum District includes 19 museums that offers educational, artistic, and scientific resources.

In addition, this area includes 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.

Much of the newer construction is architecturally-inspired, allowing these Museum District homes to compliment the vibrant feel of the area.

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Houston Museum District Map


4. Houston Heights

Houston Heights Location
Median sales price: $439,068
1-year real estate appreciation: 14%
10-year real estate appreciation: 53%

One of the first “master-planned” communities in the city, Houston Heights is an exciting neighborhood of 3,700 homes located north of I-10 highway, south of Loop 610 and west of Highway 45.

Homes for sale in the Heights appreciated by 14% last year. Homes sold in 2004 have risen by more than half of its value in just 10 years.

Ranked #4 in CNN Money’s Top 10 Big City Neighborhoods, The Heights offers charm and a small-town feel; along with a fantastic collection of restaurants, coffee bars, antique shops, parks, and running trails.

The Hike & Bike Trail in the Heights recently opened with several new bridges.  It connects the north side of Houston’s Inner loop with soon-to-be over hundred miles of city trails.

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5. Braes Heights / Braeswood Place

Braeswood Place Location
Median sales price: $740,973
1-year real estate appreciation: 14%
10-year real estate appreciation: 67%

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


6. Southampton

Southampton Houston Location
Median sales price: $890,000
1-year real estate appreciation: 13%
10-year real estate appreciation: 58%

The affluent neighborhood of Southampton Place is a small yet vibrant community of over 600 single-family homes just north of Rice University.

It is the 2nd most expensive neighborhood in Houston due to its Inner Loop location, proximity to hot Houston hubs, and luxury homes for sale.

This quiet neighborhood is protected by heavy deed restrictions. All dwellings in Southampton are at least 25 feet away from the front property lines ensuring all homes have spacious front yards.

The Southampton Civics Club also prohibit development of apartments and townhomes.

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7. Montrose / Upper Kirby

Museum District Location
Median sales price: $538,000
1-year real estate appreciation: 12%
10-year real estate appreciation: 42%

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.

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 a 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


8. Woodland Heights

Woodland Heights Houston Location
Median sales price: $497,750
1-year real estate appreciation: 11%
10-year real estate appreciation: 56%

Woodland Heights is a beautiful subdivision with mostly restored cottages, bungalows, and new construction single-family homes.

Downtown Houston is only about 4 miles away from Woodland Heights. Galleria, Museum District, and Memorial Park are only about 10-15 minutes away.

Woodland Heights is part of the Greater Heights area. Similar to The Heights, Woodland Heights homes sell well due to its accessibility, proximity to main Houston hubs, and peaceful neighborhood.

Known for its carefully restored and new construction homes, Woodland Heights also has a good number of canopies of mature oak trees growing along its streets.

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woodland heights houston map


9. Rice Military

Rice Military Location
Median sales price: $405,224
1-year real estate appreciation: 11%
10-year real estate appreciation: 31%

Located in the center of Houston’s Inner Loop, Rice Military is bordered by Westcott on the west, Shepherd/Durham on the east, Washington on the north, and Buffalo Bayou on the south.

The Rice Military neighborhood is “an area of transition”, meaning real estate is still affordable but projected to increase due to its location and community development.

The Rice Military neighborhood is a few minutes away from Houston’s main districts. Galleria and Downtown Houston are roughly 10 minutes away.

Rice Military residents are also a stone’s throw away from Memorial Park, one of the nation’s largest urban park with one of the largest trail systems anywhere in the city.

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rice military houston map


10. West University

West University Location
Median sales price: $964,490
1-year real estate appreciation: 11%
10-year real estate appreciation: 53%

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


11. 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 $900,000.

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

12. River Oaks

River Oaks Location
Median sales price: $1,595,000
1-year real estate appreciation: 10%
10-year real estate appreciation: 48%

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 start at $2,200 during the 1920s. Today, the most expensive River Oaks home for sale is a six-bedroom, 16,000-square-foot mansion priced at $15,995,000.

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


13. Southside Place

Southside Place Houston Location
Median sales price: $1,191,200
1-year real estate appreciation: 8%
10-year real estate appreciation: 48%

Southside Place homes for sale are some of the newest and most expensive properties in Houston.

With a median lot size of almost 8,000 square feet, these houses have above average yards and lawns as well.

Southside Place is also ranked as one of the wealthiest locations in Texas. Homes for sale in the area are mostly luxury single-family homes with over 3 bedrooms.

The neighborhood is also close to West University, Texas Medical Center, and Galleria.

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map southside place houston


14. Afton Oaks

Afton Oaks Houston Location
Median sales price: $714,000
1-year real estate appreciation: 4%
10-year real estate appreciation: 35%

Afton Oaks is also one of Houston’s 20 most expensive neighborhoods.

Afton Oaks is a subdivision of more than 400 renovated 1950s ranch-style homes and new construction townhomes.

Afton Oaks features a central Inner Loop location. Nestled at the corner where Southwest and West Loop freeways meet, Afton Oaks residents enjoy easy access to the city’s top cultural, commercial, and recreational facilities.

Oak trees line the streets of Afton Oaks, giving the homes great curb appeal thanks to over 50 years of active civic club involvement.

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afton oaks map



Garden Oaks Houston Location
Median sales price: $359,927
1-year real estate appreciation: 18%
10-year real estate appreciation: 54%

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 “naturesy” 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 touches the Inner Loop, but lies just outside.

Garden Oaks Houston Map

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* Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors MLS listing and sold data for sold homes in the respective Houston neighborhoods over the past decade.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.

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