16 Best Gated Communities Within 35 Minutes of Downtown Houston
Houston’s close in neighborhoods offer more than 100 gated communities. Many of these are small and only have less than a dozen homes each.
Each of the following 16 luxury neighborhoods feature a manned security gate and are within 35 minutes of Houston’s Inner Loop.*
These gated communities in Houston are grouped by location (Inner Loop, Inside the Beltway, Outside the Beltway) and listed alphabetically.
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1. Audubon Hollow in Briar Hollow
Audubon Hollow Houston is a 24-hour manned gated community spanning 3 acres within Briar Hollow being developed by The Butler Brothers.
The Audubon Hollow concept launched in 2012 and is set for completion in mid-to-late 2015.
Located just inside the 610 West Loop at 25 Briar Hollow, Audubon Hollow homes enjoy beautiful views of the Buffalo Bayou. The Inner Loop subdivision also has easy access to Downtown Houston, Galleria, and other main city hubs.
Audubon Hollow is also near the world-famous Galleria and Highland Village Shopping Center. Audubon Hollow homes for sale are in close proximity to over 1,000 commercial establishments within a 1 mile radius.
Median sales price: $1.0M
Median price per square foot: $300
Market Area: Memorial Park
Arlington Terrace is a gated community of nearly 70 single family homes in the 77007 zip code. Developed during the mid 1990s, Arlington Terrace homes for sale feature Traditional architecture, tree-lined streets, and landscaped yards.
Featuring a a median size of over 4,000 square feet built on median lot size of nearly 6,900 square feet, Arlington Terrace homes for sale typically have over 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.
The gated community is minutes from the I10 and is located between TC Jester and Heights Boulevard, allowing for easy access to the main Inner Loop Houston districts.
Arlington Terrace is within Memorial Park, giving residents access to its parks, jogging, running, and biking trails. It also has its own golf course, basketball courts, baseball pitches, and other areas for activities.
The subdivision also has convenient access to the Galleria and Highland Village, two of Houston’s premier shopping locations with hundreds of retail stores and establishments.
3. Caceres in Rice Military
Median sales price: $1.1M
Median price per square foot: $250 – $280
Market Area: Rice Military
Caceres offers a 24-hour, guard-gated entrance and is a fully gated community.
The Caceres development started in 2006 / 2007 with the acquisition of approximately eight acres of land north of Memorial Drive and south of Feagan St.
Multiple builders have been involved in the project, including Rohe & Wright Builders and Black Diamond.
Caceres properties for sale include townhomes (shared walls) and single family homes (no shared walls) but many of them are four stories high. Many of the homes feature rooftop terraces and the community has a pool.
4. Eaton Square in Briar Hollow
Residents enjoy proximity to hundreds of establishments in the Highland Village, Galleria, and River Oaks shopping areas.
Eaton Square homes carry architectural designs similar to early 1900 structures in Europe, giving the neighborhood an old-World vibe.
Eaton Square homes for sale are three-story residences with multiple porches and private elevators. Aside from this, homes feature well-kept yards, fireplaces, custom closets, wine cellars, and other luxury amenities.
Prices of homes in Eaton Square range between $1.3 to $2 million. Lot sizes within Eaton Square range between 4,000 to 8,000 square feet with homes having a median size of nearly 6,000 square feet.
Median sales price: $500k
Median price per square foot: $180
Market Area: Rice Military
Parks At Memorial Heights is also near Rice University and University of Houston. The Theatre District, Minute Maid Park and Greenway Plaza are 5-10 minutes away.
In under 15 minutes, residents can get to William P. Hobby Airport and Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Park At Memorial Heights homes are primary Houston townhomes and have minimal space for yards, but the subdivision has a central gazebo with facilities for events as well as access to Spotts Park and its walking trails, exercise stations, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.
Homes for sale in The Park At Memorial Heights range between 2,200 to nearly 5,000 square feet. Hardwood and tile floors, crown molding, balconies and patios are some of the homes’ best features.
Some homes include two master bedrooms and elevator installation. Homes have views of either downtown, the park or bayou.
6. Raintree Place in Briar Hollow
Located within Upper Kirby Houston, Raintree Place is a private, gated community with heavy deed restrictions and an active HOA.
The neighborhood of nearly 80 homes is just inside Inner Loop, between San Felipe and Post Oak.
Raintree Place homes for sale include townhomes and single-family properties. This combined with the neighborhood’s deed restrictions provide a homogeneous but architecturally diverse community with great curb appeal.
The Raintree Place Property Owners (RPPO) Association is headed by 5 elected “Board of Trustees.”
The board is responsible for community upkeep including the swimming pool, roadways, lighting, irrigation, landscaping, parking, deed restriction enforcement and 24 hour guard service.
There are nearly 80 Raintree Place homes, with an average of 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. With a median size of nearly 3,000 square feet, Raintree Place homes for sale range between $300,000 to $750,000.
7. River Hollow in Briar Hollow
River Hollow is a gated subdivision in Briar Hollow, near the exclusive River Oaks area. River Hollow offers a 24-hour, guard-gated entrance and is a fully gated community.
There are over 40 River Hollow Houston homes in the community, averaging 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.
Many of the River Hollow homes carry contemporary/modern designs on lots averaging over 3,600 square feet.
Properties within River Hollow range between $350,000 to $700,000, with a median price per square feet of approximately $170.
8. Fannin Station in Medical Center
Median sales price: $400k
Median price per square foot: $160
Market Area: Medical Center
Fannin Station is a gated lake community located just 2 miles from the Texas Medical Center and about half a mile from the MetroRail station.
The Fannin Station development started in 2013.
A private “lake community,” Fannin Station stands between two lakes and an expansive jogging trail. The subdivision also features its own swimming pool, as well as a 24-hour manned entrance.
Fannin Station is an ongoing housing project by InTown Homes, notable for their Capitol Oaks and McKinney Landing projects in Downtown, as well as Shady Acres and Sunset Heights in The Heights.
Fannin Station homes for sale include townhomes and single-family properties. Townhomes are between $350,000 to $450,000 while single-family homes are between $500,000 to $600,000. Sizes vary but are in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 4,500 square feet.
9. Farnham Park in Memorial
Median sales price: $2.0M
Median price per square foot: $240
Market Area: Memorial
Farnham Park is a gated subdivision with luxury homes and mansions located within Memorial.
Located in the 77024 zip code, Farnham Park features some of the most expensive homes within a gated community.
Many of Farnham Park real estate have oversized lots and yards. The subdivision’s median lot size is over 35,700 square feet – one of the biggest in Houston.
Farnham Park has easy access to main thoroughfares and city streets that lead to Houston’s Galleria, Energy Corridor, Memorial City Mall, and Town & Country Mall.
Farnham Park homes for sale are mostly renovated luxury homes and mansions with nearly 5 bedrooms and baths. Home designs are diverse, varying from modern to classical designs.
Residents of Farnham Park also enjoy “front-row seats” to the scenic Buffalo Bayou. The neighborhood features amazing overlooks of the Buffalo Bayou as well as the tree-rich Memorial area.
10. Hudson Forest in Memorial
Median sales price: $375k
Median price per square foot: $170
Market Area: Memorial
Hudson Forest is a fully gated subdivision in Memorial’s 77024 zip code. Hudson Forest features quick access to I-10 Katy Freeway and the Sam Houston Tollway.
Hudson Forest homes for sale are located upon a heavily wooded property with exclusive amenities and scenic views of the Buffalo Bayou.
The subdivision is about 30 minutes from the Bush Intercontinental Airport and roughly 20 minutes from the Galleria area. The Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial City shopping mall are both under 10 minutes away.
Hudson Forest residents are near top-ranked schools such as Memorial Elementary, Spring Branch Middle School and Memorial High School.
Aside from the manned gate, facilities in the neighborhood include a residents-only swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, individual mailboxes, and its own dog park.
Residents also have access to private walking/jogging areas, as well as a biking path that features views of the Buffalo Bayou.
11. Indian Trail in Tanglewood
Median sales price: $1.0M
Median price per square foot: $250
Market Area: Tanglewood
Indian Trail is a private and exclusive subdivision located in Tanglewood. The subdivision features a 24-hour manned gate and luxury homes with oversized lots.
Tanglewood is recognized as one of the 20 most expensive neighborhoods in Houston. Once awarded by the National Association of Home Builders as one of the five best-planned neighborhoods in the country, Tanglewood remains popular due to its grand homes and oak-lined streets.
Some of the best shopping centers are just a few minutes away from Indian Trail.
Memorial Mall, the Galleria, and Marq-E Entertainment Center have hundreds of shops. Indian Trail is also close to some of the best spas and recreational centers in the city.
Indian Trail homes for sale are mostly luxury homes with a median size of nearly 4,400 square feet. Properties in the subdivision have approximately 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, with lot sizes averaging close to 16,200 square feet.
The subdivision’s homes range between $600,000 to over $1,700,000. Median price per square foot is around $255.
12. Ravenna in Spring Branch
Median sales price: $875k
Median price per square foot: $215
Market Area: Spring Branch
The Ravenna Homes community is composed of 160 homes, accessible through the gate on Awty School Ln. Ravenna is near to the intersection of the major freeways of Katy (I-10) and W Loop North (610).
A fairly new community, Ravenna Houston has homes to cater to various homebuyers. Ravenna offers a mix of townhomes and single-family homes with a variety of floorplan styles.
Homes vary from traditional two-story homes on roomy lots to 3- to 4-story homes on courtyard lots. Some of the homes are fitted with elevators and a spacious game room for the family’s enjoyment.
Each kitchen is fitted with stainless steel gourmet appliances, and leads out to the living and dining rooms. The remarkable high ceilings accentuate the hardwood floors, modern contemporary fixtures and custom finishes of each home.
13. Stablewood in Memorial Close In
Featuring a 24-hour, guard-gated entrance, Stablewood is composed of 120 home sites. It was also the first private enclave in Houston.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa is just outside the neighborhood providing many recreational activities and opportunities for rest and relaxation to residents.
Known for its luxury homes and mansions, Stablewood real estate prices range from over $1.6 million to almost $4 million.
Stablewood homes for sale are zoned to some of the top public schools in Houston: Hunters Creek Elementary School, Spring Branch Middle School, and Memorial High School.
Many of the homes are recent constructions, with a median year built of 1996. The median appraised value is over $2.26 million.
14. Lakes Of Parkway in Energy Corridor
Lakes of Parkway is a private and gated community within the Energy Corridor. This West Houston subdivision is adjacent to the vast nature reserve of the George Bush park.
Lakes of Parkway subdivision features 9 lakes, paved jogging trails, a state of the art recreation center, a pool, tennis courts, and lighted fountains.
The lakes add beauty to the subdivision’s peaceful vibe. It also helps improve the drainage system.
Many of Lakes of Parkway homes for sale are luxury new constructions with over 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. These properties are built on oversized lots, averaging close to 10,000 square feet.
The subdivision is minutes from the Energy Corridor and Downtown Houston, two of the biggest job centers in the city.
15. Parkway At Eldridge in Energy Corridor
Median sales price: In development ($800k – $1.5M projected)
Market Area: Energy Corridor / Memorial
The Parkway at Eldridge is a new construction luxurious gated community in the Energy Corridor of West Houston.
Parkway at Eldridge Subdivision is surrounded by restaurants, shopping destinations, and entertainment venues. The subdivision also features various amenities including a recreational center, splash park, and tennis courts.
Residents enter through the subdivision’s guarded gates located along Eldridge Parkway and Westheimer Road.
Despite being a new development, several homes are already off the market. Homes are of traditional design and features gourmet kitchens and luxurious finishes.
Each home’s high ceilings highlight the open floor plans, encouraging a modern connection between the kitchen and adjacent living areas.
Parkway at Eldridge homes have an average price of over $800,000 with and average living space of 3,558 square feet.
16. Royal Oaks Country Club in Westchase
Median sales price: $650k
Median price per square foot: $185
Market Area: Westchase / Memorial
Royal Oaks Country Club is a luxurious enclave immediately west of the Westchase business district.
Royal Oaks offers a 24-hour, guard-gated entrance and is a fully gated community. Over 8 miles of masonry wall encompasses the borders of the subdivision.
The subdivision was developed by Las Vegas-based Sunrise Colony Company, one of the most renowned residential and country club community developers in the country.
Royal Oaks Country Club amenities include resort style pool, playground area, WiFi access in common areas, community media room, business center, community park, basketball court, and a courtyard.
The subdivision includes a 48,000 sq ft clubhouse with private locker rooms, fine dining, casual grill restaurant, private wine cellar, and a banquet space.
Royal Oaks Country Club homes for sale include luxury single-family homes and mansions with over 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.
Royal Oaks residents enjoy close proximity to hundreds of retail and shopping options in the Galleria and The Royal Oaks Village.
*In order to quality as a luxury gated community in Houston for this list, the following were required: average sale price for recent sales above $400,000; MLS areas 4,9,11,16,17,20,21,22,23,24,31, and drive time as measured by Google maps of under 35 minutes.