Your 2019 Complete Guide to the Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Houston

Your 2019 Complete Guide to the Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Houston

Here's what you need to know about the most expensive neighborhoods in Houston this 2019. From affluent River Oaks to exclusive Memorial, we got everything covered.


Your 2019 Complete Guide to the Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Houston

Over the last 10 years, many of Houston’s top neighborhoods have been consistently listed among the wealthiest in the nation.

Flooding is reshaping the Houston real estate landscape, and we’re seeing varying trends on different segments of the housing market. However, the list of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods remain largely unchanged.

We have reviewed over 400,000 home sales over the last 10 years to get an updated list of 2019’s Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Houston.

A few interesting trends stood out. Houston’s luxury neighborhoods tend to be:

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

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Table of Contents

  1. By The Numbers: Houston's Luxury Neighborhoods
  2. Expert's Guide To 20 Most Expensive Neighborhoods In Houston
  3. Bonus: Three More Luxury Neighborhoods In Houston
  4. Methodology For Ranking Houston's Most Expensive Neighborhoods
  5. Best Houston Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

By The Numbers: Houston’s Luxury Neighborhoods

We've included the summary real estate statistics for Houston's Most Expensive Neighborhoods. Please contact us for more data or an analysis of which areas may be best for you.

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
River Oaks$2,388,000$48483%
Piney Point$2,150,000$31435%
Hunters Creek$1,872,000$37257%
Memorial Close In$1,800,000$29594%
Bunker Hill$1,815,500$36063%
Southside Place$1,697,500$37942%
Afton Oaks$1,247,500$35151%
Tanglewood$1,597,500$32369%
Crestwood / Glen Cove$1,864,050$34738%
Carlton Woods (The Woodlands)$1,530,000$23913%
Memorial Villages$1,545,000$33757%
Southampton$1,425,000$38378%
Hedwig Village$1,382,250$34334%
Boulevard Oaks$1,308,750$36724%
West University$1,289,764$37663%
Memorial Park$1,090,850$2686%
Highland Village / Midlane$1,035,295$37769%
Braeswood Place$1,011,000$254112%
East Shore (The Woodlands)$955,000$28296%
Bellaire$915,000$23824%
Museum District$900,000$32942%
Briargrove$839,500$32652%
River Oaks Shopping Area$739,950$24727%

Expert’s Guide To 20 Most Expensive Neighborhoods In Houston

Expert's Guide To 20 Most Expensive Neighborhoods In Houston

Buying or selling a home within Houston's luxury neighborhoods can be very tricky. With over $500M real estate sales, The Houston Properties Team is the #1 Boutique Real Estate Team in Houston.

1. River Oaks

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
River Oaks$2,388,000$48483%

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


2. Piney Point

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Piney Point$2,150,000$31435%

Piney Point Map

One of the independent cities that make up the Memorial Villages, Piney Point Village is the wealthiest area in Texas by per capita income.

Opulence and luxury are staples in Piney Point real estate, a community where you can also find the most expensive houses in Houston are found. The city also enjoys a relatively central location near key Houston hubs like Galleria and Memorial Park.

Homes in Piney Point Village Houston typically sit on large, sprawling lots. Sizes range from half-acre (21,780 square feet) to more than 160,000 square feet.

Piney Point real estate, which is one of the richest neighborhoods in Houston, is known for luxurious amenities. Housing options range from elegant estates to gorgeous, updated ranch-style homes, and from custom-built homes to grand manors.

The city is zoned to both the Spring Branch ISD and the Houston ISD. Top schools like Memorial High School and Memorial Drive Elementary serve Piney Point homes. The Kinkaid School, a prestigious prep school, is located within the city’s borders.

Map of Piney Point

Piney Point Real Estate Trends


3. Hunters Creek

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Hunters Creek$1,872,000$37257%

Hunters Creek Map

Hunters Creek is one of the most expensive suburbs in Texas. It is one of the independent cities that make up the Memorial Villages.

Here, homes for sale in Houston TX are constantly in great demand due to the area’s excellent location, superb schools, and beautiful luxury homes.

Originally a farming community, the city has taken great care to maintain its wooded surroundings and preserve its tranquil charm.

Nestled south of Katy Freeway, the city is minutes away from Loop 610 and Memorial Park. The Galleria is a short drive away, along with other key Houston districts like Downtown and the Medical Center.

The city is zoned to both the Spring Branch ISD and the Houston ISD. Award-winning schools like Hunters Creek Elementary School and Memorial High School serve the neighborhood.

The average lot area of Hunters Creek Houston homes for sale is half acre, or 21,780 square feet. Long driveways, sprawling lawns and backyards are common in the area, giving additional privacy to homeowners.

Map of Hunters Creek

Hunters Creek Real Estate Trends


4. Memorial Close-In

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Memorial Close In$1,800,000$29594%

Memorial Close In Map

Located west of Downtown Houston, the Memorial area lies just outside Loop 610.

The vast Memorial area is made up of several rich neighborhoods in Houston, independent cities, and smaller gated communities.

The area is zoned to some of the top-ranked schools in Texas including Memorial Drive Elementary, Frostwood Elementary, Wilchester Elementary, Bunker Hill Elementary, Memorial Middle and Memorial High.

Land value in Memorial is typically lower than neighborhoods like Tanglewood, West University, or River Oaks, and many Memorial homes for sale have large, wooded lots. A large number of Memorial home buyers choose the area because they want more land than inner loop neighborhoods provide.

Memorial homes enjoy easy access to schools, stores, restaurants, entertainment centers, and parks. The Galleria/Uptown area and the Energy Corridor, two of Houston’s largest employment centers, are easily accessible from Memorial.

Note: The following communities have been included in the Memorial Close In area: Sherwood Forest, Winston Wood, Pinewood Estates, Bayou Woods, Stablewood, Longwoods, Oak Hill, Park Laureate Place, Park at Saddlebrook.

Map of Memorial Close In

Memorial Close In Real Estate Trends


5. Bunker Hill

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Bunker Hill$1,815,500$36063%

Bunker Hill Map

Bunker Hill Village is one of the six upscale independent cities that make up the Memorial Villages.

The city was named one of Forbes’ Top Places to Live Well. Its tree-lined streets, peaceful atmosphere, and beautiful homes make it a very desirable neighborhood.

A residential enclave located at the heart of the Memorial area, Bunker Hill features a great location near Katy Freeway (I-10) and Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8).

Bunker Hill Village is largely residential, but its location near the Memorial City Mall and the CityCentre gives residents great access to a wide variety of restaurants and stores.

Like most of the Memorial Villages, Bunker Hill features elegant homes sitting atop sprawling, wooded grounds. Home options range from beautifully updated ranch-style homes to newly constructed custom-built mansions.

The city is zoned to the highly-regarded Spring Branch ISD, and is home to two National Blue Ribbon Schools: Frostwood Elementary and Bunker Hill Elementary.

Map of Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill Real Estate Trends


6. Southside Place

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Southside Place$1,697,500$37942%

Southside Place Map

An upscale community just north of Bellaire Boulevard, Southside Place features homes for sale consistently in high demand due to the community’s central location, luxurious homes, and charming small-town feel.

Southside Place is another most expensive place to live in Texas. It is conveniently located near major roads and thoroughfares including Loop 610, Bellaire Boulevard, and Bissonnet Road, giving it convenient access to key Houston areas such as Downtown Houston and Texas Medical Center.

With some of the most expensive real estate in Houston, Southside Place features a luxurious selection of vintage and newly constructed homes sprawled across spacious lots.

Featuring a central Inner Loop location, Southside Place homes are minutes away from dining, shopping, and entertainment hotspots.

With luxurious homes sprawled on large lots, Southside Place continuously ranks as one of Houston’s wealthiest locations, and continues to do so well in Houston real estate market.

Map of Southside Place

Southside Place Real Estate Trends


7. Afton Oaks

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Afton Oaks$1,247,500$35151%

Afton Oaks Map

Afton Oaks is an upscale deed-restricted community of more than 500 homes.

World-class retail, dining and entertainment options are within minutes of Afton Oaks homes. The Galleria, an upscale shopping district with over 350 retail stores and establishments, is just a few blocks away from the neighborhood. Other options nearby include Uptown Park, Highland Village, and the River Oaks District.

Nestled between the Uptown area and the Greenway Plaza, Afton Oaks homes have great access to key Houston business districts. Uptown Houston boasts of more than 23 million square feet of office space and is home to 2,000 companies. The Greenway Plaza is a mixed use development with 10 commercial buildings and more than 4 million square feet of retail and office space.

Afton Oaks real estate is among the most expensive areas of Houston. Its location, atmosphere, and accessibility continue to drive demand.

The Afton Oaks Civic Club is responsible for enforcing the neighborhood’s deed restrictions, maintaining common areas and handling services like additional security. Chartered in 1955, the civic club is responsible for preserving the neighborhood’s peaceful atmosphere.

Buying or selling a home in Afton Oaks can be challenging due to the neighborhood’s deed restrictions, older homes (some of which may need extensive remodelling), and proximity to railroad tracks and major freeways (both of which may affect resale values).

Map of Afton Oaks

Afton Oaks Real Estate Trends


8. Tanglewood

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Tanglewood$1,597,500$32369%

Tanglewood Map

Nestled just outside of Houston’s 610 Loop, north of the Galleria, and about 7 miles west of Downtown Houston, Tanglewood is one of Houston’s premier neighborhoods.

Apart from being one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods, Tanglewood is also among the Best Houston Neighborhoods for Land Value Appreciation.

Tanglewood offers a good commute to Houston’s major job centers, including Downtown, the Galleria, and Energy Corridor. In addition, over 550 Yelp-ranked establishments are within 3 miles of the neighborhood.

The median home price in Tanglewood is approximately $1.75 million. When comparing with West University or River Oaks, the average Tanglewood home for sale is newer and has a larger lot (land prices are cheaper). Compared with homes in Memorial Villages, Tanglewood land values are more expensive and lots are smaller.

Map of Tanglewood

Tanglewood Real Estate Trends


9. Crestwood / Glen Cove

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Crestwood / Glen Cove$1,864,050$34738%

Crestwood / Glen Cove Map

Crestwood is an affluent residential neighborhood adjacent to Memorial Park.

The neighborhood is one of the upscale communities that make up the area better known as Crestwood/Glen Cove.

Crestwood homes have convenient access to main thoroughfares, including Loop 610, I-10, Memorial Drive, and Washington Avenue.

Having a 1,500-acre park next door has its perks, including easy access to a municipal golf course, hike and bike trails, and other facilities for outdoor activities. Schools, restaurants, cafes, and retail centers are also mere minutes away from Crestwood homes.

Lot sizes in the area are bigger by Houston standards. Crestwood real estate typically offers 7,500 to 9,000 square feet. Bigger properties can offer more than 40,000 square feet.

Map of Crestwood / Glen Cove

Crestwood / Glen Cove Real Estate Trends


10. Carlton Woods (The Woodlands)

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Carlton Woods (The Woodlands)$1,530,000$23913%

The Woodlands Map

Carlton Woods is a gated luxury community located within The Woodlands, one of Houston’s Best Suburbs and one of The Woodland’s Best Neighborhoods.

Featuring luxury homes and grand estates, Carlton Woods is nestled within an amenity-rich community popular for its world-class golf courses and premier country clubs.

Carlton Woods is a luxury 24-hour manned gated community with amenities that rival Houston’s Best Gated Communities. Homes for sale in the area are among the Most Expensive Homes in Houston.

Ranked as one of the Best Golf Course Communities in Houston, Carlton Woods residents enjoy access to a world-class golf course.

Featuring a members-only golf course and country club, The Club at Carlton Woods features premier amenities such as Nicklaus and Fazio-designed golf courses, Tuscan-inspired clubhouses, fitness centers, tennis courts, resort-style swimming pools, and full-service spas.

Carlton Woods is located in the Sterling Ridge Village of The Woodlands, one of Houston’s Best Suburbs. The Woodlands is a 28,000-acre master-planned community located along North Freeway, northwest of Spring, TX. It is the only 24-hour manned gated neighborhood within the master-planned community.

According to the Houston’s Best Schools guide, Carlton Woods is zoned to top ranked public schools within the Conroe Independent School District. The list includes Tough Elementary, Mccullough Junior High School, and The Woodlands High School.

Map of The Woodlands

Carlton Woods (The Woodlands) Real Estate Trends


11. Memorial Villages

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Memorial Villages$1,545,000$33757%

Memorial Villages Map

The Memorial Villages is a collection of six independent villages: Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, Bunker Hill, Spring Valley, and Hilshire.

Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal have included this area in their rankings: “Best Places To Live,” “Top Places to Live Well,” “The (Multi) Millionaire’s Haven.”

With a median home price of nearly $2M (and estates $10M+), Memorial Villages encompass some of Houston’s Most Expensive Neighborhoods.

According to Houston’s Best Schools, some Memorial Village homes are zoned to some of the top ranked public schools in the United States.

Many of the neighborhoods have their own police forces which they say have “One of the best crime safety records in all of Houston.”

Memorial Villages residents enjoy easy access to major roads leading to Downtown and Galleria. Another major employment center, the Energy Corridor, is a short drive away. This is among the ideal Houston real estate investments.

Homes in the Memorial Villages have larger lots, on average, than other luxury neighborhoods like River Oaks, Tanglewood or West University. The CityCentre and the Memorial City Mall offer great retail and dining options. The Galleria is within a few minutes of Memorial Villages homes for sale.

Map of Memorial Villages

Memorial Villages Real Estate Trends


12. Southampton

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Southampton$1,425,000$38378%

Southampton Map

Southampton is not just one of the 20 Most Expensive Neighborhoods In Houston, the neighborhood is also one of the 14 Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods in real estate appreciation.

The neighborhood is a few minutes away from the Texas Medical Center, Museum DistrictDowntown Houston, and is right across Rice University.

The stringent deed restrictions in Southampton Place maintain the identity and integrity of the neighborhood. A canopy of mature oak trees line the streets of this strictly single-family residential community.

Security in the neighborhood is top-notch. The Southampton/BOCA Patrol service is composed of off-duty Houston Police District officers. They patrol the area in marked police cars 24 hours a day.

Southampton homes for sale are mostly luxurious single-family properties with over 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.

Map of Southampton

Southampton Real Estate Trends


13. Hedwig Village

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Hedwig Village$1,382,250$34334%

Hedwig Village Map

One of the independent cities that make up the Memorial Villages, Hedwig Village is an upscale neighborhood a few miles west of Downtown Houston.

Tree-lined streets, elegant mini-mansions, and ranch-style homes define the city’s old country-living and new upbeat charm.

Located along Katy Freeway, Hedwig Village features easy access to Inner Loop hubs including Downtown Houston and the Museum District. Another business center, the Energy Corridor is a few minutes west of the city.

Hedwig Village homes sit on large, tree-roofed lots, with ample space for front- and backyards. A number of properties feature older ranch-style homes, though these are slowly being replaced with new construction custom-built manors.

The city is zoned to the Spring Branch ISD, well-known for its excellent schools. A number of schools are located within Hedwig Village, including Memorial High School, Spring Branch Middle School, and St. Cecilia School.

Unlike the other cities in the Memorial Villages, Hedwig Village allows commercial establishments within its borders. The Hedwig Village Shopping Center and the Echo Lane Shopping Center are located in Hedwig, along with offices and other businesses.

Map of Hedwig Village

Hedwig Village Real Estate Trends


14. Boulevard Oaks

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Boulevard Oaks$1,308,750$36724%

Boulevard Oaks Map

Boulevard Oaks is an exclusive collection of 21 subdivisions near Rice University. Perhaps, you may find one most expensive house in Houston here, considering that it is also one of the richest neighborhood in Texas.

Boulevard Oaks is also just a few minutes from Texas Medical Center, Downtown Houston, and Museum District.

The neighborhood employs a 24-hour private security patrol provided by Houston Police and Harris County peace officers.

Boulevard Oaks is one of the few Inner Loop neighborhoods with tree-lined, divided streets, large lots and good deed restrictions.

Transit to Downtown Houston is easy with the new METRORail line. It also offers easy access to the Southwest Freeway and nearby Main Street.

Boulevard Oaks is comprised of around 1,200 homes. Many of the older homes comprising the Houston housing market were designed by Houston’s finest architects of their time. Common home styles include Tudor revival, Colonial revival, Italian renaissance, Spanish eclectic, French manorial, Neoclassical, post-war ranch, and English Picturesque.

Map of Boulevard Oaks

Boulevard Oaks Real Estate Trends


15. West University

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
West University$1,289,764$37663%

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


16. Memorial Park

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Memorial Park$1,090,850$2686%

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


17. Highland Village / Midlane

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Highland Village / Midlane$1,035,295$37769%

Highland Village / Midlane Map

Highland Village is one of the “pocket neighborhoods” near River Oaks and the Galleria/Uptown area. Deed-restricted and nestled just south of an upscale Houston retail destination, the neighborhood is a popular option. Residents enjoy:

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

The Highland Village Shopping Center, one of Houston’s earliest shopping destinations, is a stone’s throw away from the neighborhood. Landscaped and lined with upscale retail and dining options, the shopping center has been around since 1957. Today, it has more than 60 luxury boutiques, restaurants, and commercial establishments.

Nestled in the area between the Galleria/Uptown Houston and Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza, Highland Village homes are blocks away from two of Houston’s key business and employment hubs. The 17th largest business district in the US, the Uptown/Galleria area features more than 2,000 businesses and 23 million square feet of office space.

Three of Houston ISD’s International Baccalaureate World Schools serve Highland Village homes. St. George Place Elementary, Lanier Middle, and Lamar High School are among the best schools in the Inner Loop.

Like most of Houston’s pocket subdivisions (Lynn Park and Oak Estates), Highland Village is deed-restricted. Architectural guidelines, deed covenants, and an active HOA (Highland Village Civic Club) have helped maintain the neighborhood’s overall look and feel.

The neighborhood has easy access to main districts via major roads and freeways nearby, including Loop 610, Southwest Freeway, Willowick Road, and Westheimer Road. The Texas Medical Center and Downtown Houston are both conveniently accessible from the neighborhood.

Buying or selling a home in Highland Village can be challenging due to the neighborhood’s deed restrictions, older homes, and proximity to railroad tracks (which can affect resale values).

Map of Highland Village / Midlane

Highland Village / Midlane Real Estate Trends


18. Braeswood Place

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Braeswood Place$1,011,000$254112%

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 and is a few minutes away from the Texas Medical Center.

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.

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


19. East Shore / The Woodlands

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
East Shore (The Woodlands)$955,000$28296%

East Shore (The Woodlands) Map

One of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in The Woodlands area, East Shore is a unique neighborhood of luxury homes with plenty of history and character.

Occasionally referred to as “The Garden District of The Woodlands”, the area features properties with a quirky and elegant combination of Greek revival, Charleston, Southern Spanish Colonial, French Eclectic, Southern Anglo-Colonial, Southern French Colonial and Southern Coastal Vernacular.

East Shore is just minutes to the Town Center. The Woodlands Town Center is home to Market Street, The Waterway District, The Woodlands Malls, and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Around 200 restaurants, cafes, and bars along with the several stores and other commercial establishments are all within these entertainment and retail centers.

The Woodlands Mall, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Market Street and many stand-alone restaurants and shops make up the retail hub of this wonderful environment. Newly developed office buildings bring businesses that are attracted to the appeal of living and working in The Woodlands.

Another East Shore attraction is a 1.4 – mile long water amenity and transportation corridor. The Woodlands Waterway features numerous water-related activities and wrapped it around a 24/7 dynamic, urban environment that is ideally in sync with its natural surroundings. Water taxis, bicycles, trolleys and pedestrian walkways allow visitors to leave their cars and step into an attractive, relaxing cultural center that is all connected by the peaceful presence of water.

The Woodlands is a vast 28,000-acre master-planned community 28 miles north of Houston’s bustling business centers and neighborhoods. True to its name, The Woodlands features lush neighborhoods with plenty of green spaces. With its 130 parks, 1,700-acre nature preserve, and several lakes and ponds, the community offers a unique, “living with nature” atmosphere.

Map of East Shore (The Woodlands)

East Shore (The Woodlands) Real Estate Trends


20. Bellaire

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Bellaire$915,000$23824%

Bellaire Map

One of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods, Bellaire features a small-town vibe that mixes quite nicely with its easy access to big city comforts.

Bellaire is among the top Houston neighborhoods in both Land Value Appreciation and Real Estate Appreciation.

According to Houston’s Best Public Schools, many of Bellaire’s public schools are ranked amongst the top in the state of Texas.

Bordered by the cities of Houston and West University, Bellaire enjoys a central location and a good commute to: Texas Medical CenterGalleriaDowntown, and Energy Corridor.

Bellaire homes have convenient access to main roads and freeways, including Loop 610, Southwest Freeway, Bissonnet Street, and Bellaire Boulevard.

Largely residential, the city boasts of tree-lined streets, a good number of parks, and award-winning schools. Lot sizes in Bellaire vary widely, though its standard 75 feet by 130 feet lot parcels are noticeably more spacious than West University’s 50 by 120 foot lots.

Bellaire real estate can be tricky to navigate given the area’s different school zoning maps (land values in certain areas sell for more than others), proximity to railroad tracks (bad for resale), location on a major thoroughfare (bad for resale) and a diversity of builders (some are far superior to others).

Map of Bellaire

Bellaire Real Estate Trends


Bonus: Three More Luxury Neighborhoods In Houston

Bonus: Three More Luxury Neighborhoods In Houston

Over the last 10 years, many of Houston’s top neighborhoods have been consistently listed among the wealthiest in the nation.

21. Museum District

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Museum District$900,000$32942%

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 compliment the vibrant feel of the area.

Map of Museum District

Museum District Real Estate Trends


22. Briargrove

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
Briargrove$839,500$32652%

Briargrove Map

Made up of around 900 single-family homes, Briargrove is a quiet residential neighborhood. Popular for its friendly atmosphere and close-knit community, Briagrove features:

One of Houston’s main employment and retail districts, Uptown is home to 2,000+ businesses and 55,000+ employees. The district features more than 23 million square feet of office space and around 5 million square feet of retail. Roughly half of Uptown’s retail square footage is within The Galleria, a world-class shopping center with 300+ stores, restaurants, and entertainment hubs.

Located just south of the neighborhood, Briargrove Shopping Center features restaurants, stores, and other commercial establishments. More retail and dining options are available along Westheimer Road, including the Spectrum Shopping Center and Briarcroft Shopping Center. Voss Road, San Felipe Street, and Woodway Drive also offer a number of options.

Residents have fairly easy commutes to and from key Houston districts via main roads like Westheimer Road, San Felipe Street, and Woodway Drive. Richmond Avenue, Southwest Freeway, and Loop 610 are also accessible from the neighborhood.

The Briargrove Property Owners Association is responsible for enforcing the community’s deed restrictions and architectural guidelines, and maintaining common areas. Briargrove’s HOA, together with its architectural committee, work very hard to keep the neighborhood’s look and overall ambiance. Neighborhood amenities include a clubhouse and pool.

Buying or selling a home in Briargrove can be challenging, but manageable for the best Houston realtor, due to a number of factors, including the area’s older homes (some may need extensive renovations), deed restrictions, and proximity to main roads (you want to be near one, but not too near).

Map of Briargrove

Briargrove Real Estate Trends


23. River Oaks Shopping Area

NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceHome Price / Sq Ft10-Yr Apprec. %
River Oaks Shopping Area$739,950$24727%

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


Methodology For Ranking Houston’s Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Methodology For Ranking Houston's Most Expensive Neighborhoods

With all the available information out there about all the luxury neighborhoods in Houston, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which area to choose. Get the advice of the best Realtor in Houston and remove the guesswork when shopping for the best suburb to live in.

A project of Paige Martin and The Houston Properties Team, the list of “20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods” is updated twice a year.

  • Median home sale prices are based on single-family home sales for 2019.
  • Median land value prices are based on both homes sold at lot value and lot sales.
  • To qualify for this list, the neighborhood must have at least 15 home sales the past year.
  • 10-year appreciation rates compare 2010 to 2019 and are based on the median sales price.
  • All median Houston home 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 us know.

Best Houston Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

Best Houston Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

The Houston Properties Team has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member. Each member is a specialist in their role – which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.

Paige Martin, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty, and the Houston Properties Team are ranked amongst the top residential Realtors in the world.

They have been featured on TV and in dozens of publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Reuters, Fox News in the Morning, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houstonia, and Houston Chronicle.

Paige Martin was just ranked as the #5 agent in the world with Keller Williams, and has completed over $500,000,000 in Houston residential real estate sales.

Recent awards include:

  • 2019: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2018: #5 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2018: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2018: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2018: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
  • 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2017: #10 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2017: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2017: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2017: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
  • 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2016: #20 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2016: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
  • 2016: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, HBJ
  • 2016: Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly
  • 2016: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2015: #9 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, United States
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2015: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2015: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, HBJ
  • 2015: Five Star Realtor, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2014: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial

. . . in addition to over 318 additional awards.

Paige also serves a variety of non-profits, civic and community boards and was appointed by Houston’s Mayor to be on the downtown TIRZ board.

Benefits Of Working With The Houston Properties Team

The Houston Properties Team has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member.

We find a team approach as the most effective way to sell homes. We have dedicated people doing staging, marketing, social media, open houses and showings. Each Houston Properties Team member is a specialist in their role – which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.

The benefits of working with a team include:

  • Ability to be in 2 or 3 places at one time: a member can handle showings, while another answer calls.
  • Collective time and experience of members.
  • Targeted advise and marketing of agent expert in your area.
  • Competitive advantage by simply having more resources, ideas, and more perspectives.
  • A “Checks and Balances” system. Selling and buying a home in Houston is an intensely complex process.
  • More people addressing field calls and questions from buyers and agents to facilitate a faster successful sale.
  • Efficient multi-tasking: One agent takes care of inspections and/or repair work, while another agent is focused on administrative details.
  • Multiple marketing channels using members’ networks.
  • Constant attention: guaranteed focus on your home and your transaction.
  • Lower risk for mistakes. Multiple moving parts increase oversights. A team approach handles these “parts” separately.
  • Flexibility in negotiation and marketing.
  • Better management of document flow.
  • Increased foot traffic through more timely and effective showing schedule coordination.
  • Increased Sphere of Influence and exposure to more potential buyers.

To meet all the award-winning members of The Houston Properties Team, please go here.

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