Oak Estates Houston Real Estate, Homes For Sale, Neighborhood Guide

Oak Estates Houston Real Estate Guide

Popular for its luxury homes and location within River Oaks, Oak Estates is one of the most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods in Houston.

Oak Estates is one of the “pocket neighborhoods” located around River Oaks. Made up of around 140 single-family homes, the deed-restricted neighborhood is directly north of the Highland Village Shopping Center. Residents enjoy:

  • EXCLUSIVITY: The median sales price of Oak Estates real estate is over $1,000,000. Compared to Royden Oaks and Afton Oaks, homes in Oak Estates are slightly more expensive. Homes in next door River Oaks, however, are pricier with a median sales price of over $2,500,000. (See Guide To 20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods)
  • PRESTIGIOUS RIVER OAKS LOCATION: Oak Estates is located in the area between River Oaks and the Galleria, near some of Houston’s key roads and freeways. Several retail hotspots are nearby, including high-end shopping centers River Oaks District and Highland Village.
  • HIGHLAND VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER: Established in the 1950, the Highland Village Shopping Center is one of Houston’s best retail destinations. It features 60 upscale boutiques, stores, restaurants, and cafes. Oak Estates residents are a few blocks away, Drexel Drive cuts through the neighborhood and the shopping center.
  • EXCITING GALLERIA: The Galleria, a major employment and retail center, is about a mile away from Oak Estates homes. The district is home to more than 2,000 companies with over 50,000 employees. It features around 23 million square feet of office space and 5 million square feet of leasable space (350+ retail stores, restaurants, bars, and other commercial establishments).
  • GREAT ACCESSIBILITY: Residents have easy commutes to downtown Houston, Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby, and the Texas Medical Center via San Felipe Street and Westheimer Road. Loop 610 is a few blocks away, while downtown is around 6 miles away from the neighborhood.
  • AWARD-WINNING SCHOOLS: River Oaks Elementary School, one of the best schools in Houston, serves the community. Fellow IB World Schools Lanier Middle School and Lamar High School are also zoned to Oak Estates homes.

Buying or selling a home in Oak Estates can be tricky due to a number of factors, including some homes’ proximity to train tracks (which can affect resale values) and main roads (you don’t want to be too close to one). The neighborhood’s deed restrictions can also be a major factor, depending on your long-term goals.

Contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s Best Realtors and one of Oak Estates’ most active real estate agents, if you’re looking to buy or sell Oak Estates homes for sale.

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12 Things Oak Estates Real Estate Buyers Should Know

Located about 6 miles away from Downtown Houston, Oak Estates is a deed-restricted neighborhood known for its peaceful residential vibe and great location.

  • The median sales price of Oak Estates real estate is at over $1,000,000. Compared to Royden Oaks and Afton Oaks, homes in Oak Estates are slightly more expensive. Homes in next door River Oaks, however, is pricier with a median sales price of over $2,500,000. (See Guide To 20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods)
  • Oak Estates is located in the area between River Oaks and the Galleria, near some of Houston’s key roads and freeways. Several retail hotspots are nearby, including high-end shopping centers River Oaks District and Highland Village.
  • Established in the 1950, the Highland Village Shopping Center is one of Houston’s best retail destinations. It features 60 upscale boutiques, stores, restaurants, and cafes. Oak Estates residents are a few blocks away, Drexel Drive cuts through the neighborhood and the shopping center.
  • The Galleria, a major employment and retail center, is about a mile away from Oak Estates homes. The district is home to more than 2,000 companies with over 50,000 employees. It features around 23 million square feet of office space and 5 million square feet of leasable space (350+ retail stores, restaurants, bars, and other commercial establishments).
  • Residents have easy commutes to downtown Houston, Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby, and the Texas Medical Center via San Felipe Street and Westheimer Road. Loop 610 is a few blocks away, while downtown is around 6 miles away from the neighborhood.
  • River Oaks Elementary School, one of the best schools in Houston, serves the community. Fellow IB World Schools Lanier Middle School and Lamar High School are also zoned to Oak Estates homes.
  • The Oak Estates homeowners association handles the community’s beautification and maintenance, and enforces its deed restrictions and covenants. It became a mandatory property owners’ association in 1999.
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  • The homeowners association contracts a Constable Patrol service (with the Harris County Precinct 1).
  • S.N. Adams developed Oak Estates in the 1940s, alongside the Highland Village neighborhood and the shopping center. The area was previously a private sports club.
  • Oak Estates is made up of around 140 single-family homes. Some of the neighborhood’s original homes (dating back to the 1950s) still stand, though many have been updated and maintained. Newer homes are also available.
  • Oak Estates homes can feature 2 to 5 bedrooms, spread across 1,700 to over 5,500 square feet of living space. Lot sizes range from 9,000 to more than 20,000 square feet.
  • Prices for Oak Estates homes for sale range from $700,000 to upwards of $2,000,000.

Oak Estates Maps and Location

Oak Estates is south of San Felipe Street, west of Willowick Road, north of Westheimer Road, and east of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks running along Mid Lane.

Immediately west of Royden Oaks and south of River Oaks, Oak Estates is north of Highland Village (both the neighborhood and the shopping center).

The neighborhood is less than a mile away from both Southwest Freeway and Loop 610. Downtown Houston is approximately 6 miles away from the Oak Estates homes.

The Galleria/Uptown area, another major employment and retail center, is a mile away from the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is divided into 2 sections. The first section includes the northern part of Suffolk Drive, eastern part of Overbrook Lane, and the streets of San Felipe Street, Meadow Lake Lane, Piping Rock Lane, Ella Lee Lane, and Drexel Drive.

The smaller second section covers the southern part of Suffolk Drive, western side of Overbrook Lane, along with Seyborn Drive and Wickersham Lane.

Oak Estates Houston real estate have a 77027 zip code.

Nearby zip codes include 77046, 77098, 77019, 77007, 77008, 77024, 77056, 77401, and 77005. (View Houston zip code map.)

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Oak Estates Houston Schools

Oak Estates 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. HISD features several International Baccalaureate (IB) World schools, including Lamar High School, Lanier Middle School, and River Oaks Elementary School.

Students in the area may attend the following public schools:

Elementary Schools

  • River Oaks Elementary School at 2008 Kirby Dr. River Oaks Elementary School has an accelerated multidisciplinary curriculum and is one of the first three elementary schools in Texas to acquire an authorization for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).

Middle Schools

  • Lanier Middle School at 2600 Woodland. Lanier Middle School handles students from grades 6 to 8. They received a Texas Gold Performance Award based on language arts, math, reading, science, social studies, and writing in 2011. They also have a Vanguard program for gifted students. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.

High Schools

  • Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer Rd. One of Houston’s International Baccalaureate schools, Lamar boasts of having the most number of students to graduate with IB diplomas in the state. Lamar also features a Business Administration magnet program and a number of AP programs. The school also features one of the oldest lacrosse programs in the state. Their football team, The Lamar Texans, is one of the highest-ranking teams within the Greater Houston area.

Oak Estates Houston Private Schools

The following are some of the more notable private schools near Oak Estates.

  • St. John’s School at 2401 Claremont Ln.
  • Afton Oaks School at 4739 Ingersoll St.
  • Presbyterian School at 5300 Main St.
  • St. Anne Catholic School at 2120 Westheimer Rd.
  • Episcopal High School at 4650 Bissonnet St.

To find an updated listing of all Oak Estates real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com 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.

Oak Estates Real Estate Trends

The median sales price of Oak Estates real estate is at over $1,000,000. Strong property values in the area can be attributed to the neighborhood’s great location, award-winning schools, excellent accessibility, and proximity to key Houston districts.

Many of the original homes for sale in Oak Estates were built in the 1940s and 1950s and like most Houston neighborhoods, the tear down trend (to make way for new construction) has slowly taken some of these homes.

Spacious lots within the community make it quite popular, especially for new construction. With lots costing about half less than River Oaks homes for sale, many families consider Oak Estates as one of their top choices in Houston.

There’s a wide variety of home styles to choose from in Oak Estates and new construction homes continue to fill the area with more updated properties.

You’ll find streets lined with homes ranging from traditional ranch, country French, Georgian, Mediterranean, Italian, English Tudor, Mission, and contemporary designs.

All Oak Estates lots may no longer be subdivided. However, for those who need a bigger space, up to 3 adjacent lots may be used as a single building site.

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

For updated information regarding Oak Estates real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.

Oak Estates Single-Family Home Sale Trends

The Oak Estates area is composed of over 140 single-family homes with median lot sizes of about 9,100 square feet. Homes in the area typically feature 2 to 5 bedrooms and at least 3 bathrooms.

The neighborhood’s older homes, some of which date back to the mid-1950s, still adorn the neighborhood’s streets. Most have been updated, though some have been torn down in favor of newer and bigger homes.

Most of the homes in the lower price ranges are older homes sold for lot value rather than home value, while those occupying the mid price range are smaller homes with substantial updating. Pool homes are also very common in the area. Home sizes range from 1,700 to more than 5,500 square feet.

Lot sizes range from 9,000 to upwards of 20,000 square feet.

Like neighboring Royden Oaks, Oak Estates deed restrictions require homes to have 25 feet of space away from the front property lines, which ensures roomy front yards.

Prices for Oak Estates homes for sale range from around $600,000 for older properties, increasing depending on the amount of updates, to upwards of $2,000,000 for new construction or recently constructed homes.

Oak Estates Houston Townhomes Sale Trends

Due to Oak Estates deed restrictions, there are no existing townhomes in Oak Estates. There are numerous townhome options in neighboring areas, especially in the areas near the Galleria and Uptown Houston.

Afton Oaks Oaks townhomes for sale offer great townhome selections with the same conveniences as Oak Estates.

Townhomes near Oak Estates include:

  • 2207 Bancroft
  • Park St. John
  • 58 Briar Hollow Ln.
  • River Oaks Townhomes
  • 21 Briar Hollow Ln.
  • Raintree Place Townhomes
  • 49 Briar Hollow Ln.
  • Oakshire Landing
  • Bancroft Square

Oak Estates Condo Sale Trends

Due to the neighborhood’s deed restrictions, there are no mid- or high-rise condos available in Oak Estates. There are plenty of residential condominiums in nearby neighborhoods like River Oaks and the Galleria/Uptown area. Briar Hollow also has a few, including the Arabella and the Wilshire.

River Oaks:

Galleria:

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

Oak Estates Houston History

Oak Estates was developed by S.N. Adams in the 1940s with just over 150 properties.

Using his savings from working for the River Oaks Corp, he purchased the land that occupies Highland Village and Oak Estates. The land Oak Estates occupies used to be the site of a large, private sports club.

Newer construction homes have since replaced many of the original homes, but the integrity of the neighborhood remains the same. This is mostly due to the tight community and active homeowners association.

Oak Estates became a mandatory property owner’s association in 1999 and amended deed restrictions were applied to all homes in the neighborhood.

The Oak Estates property owner’s association enforces the community bylaws and deed restrictions of the community, contracts additional constable patrols, and maintains the neighborhood’s common areas.

Most of the streets in Oak Estates have been recently redone with new concrete and curbs. The neighborhood also implements regulations to ensure all properties are meticulously maintained, thus preserving its first-class appeal.

Fun Things To Do Near Oak Estates Houston

Oak Estates deed restrictions prohibit the use of any property for other than a single-family residence. Thanks to the neighborhood’s location, however, residents have easy access to some of Houston’s best retail, entertainment, and outdoor activity areas.

Highland Village Shopping Center, one of Houston’s prime retail and dining areas, is just outside the neighborhood along Westheimer and Drexel.

For over 50 years, the palm trees lining the exterior of Highland Village has been a distinct feature along with several of Houston’s favorite dining establishments.

The traditional green and white walls of the famous New York steakhouse Smith & Wollensky is a neighborhood icon along Westheimer.

Houston’s only flagship Apple store is along Drexel, and it’s not only them that recognizes the shopping center’s unique appeal. Starbucks opened their first Houston location in Highland Village and continues to serve residents of Oak Estates homes.

Central Market Houston is an easy walk from anywhere in the neighborhood just across Westheimer. It offers a wide selection of domestic and imported goods, from fresh produce to prepared meals.

On weekends, delight yourself with the fresh offerings of the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market on 3000 Richmond Ave, just a 5 minute drive from Oak Estates homes for sale.

For more shopping options, the Galleria is just across the loop while the River Oaks Shopping Center is a few minutes away on West Gray. River Oaks District is a few blocks away.

The River Oaks Park is near the corner of Westheimer and Timber Ln. The park offers a playground, a hike and bike trail, tennis courts, a basketball court, and a sports field.

Here are some of Oak Estates Houston must-visit places:

Dining

  • Smith & Wollensky
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
  • Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette
  • Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors
  • Seasons 52
  • Weslayan Cafe
  • Frank’s Americana Revival
  • Escalante’s
  • Zoe’s Kitchen
  • Drexel House
  • RA Sushi
  • Ouisie’s Table

Retail

  • Highland Village Shopping Center
  • River Oaks Shopping Center
  • The Galleria
  • Uptown Park
  • Rice Village
  • River Oaks District
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Nightlife

  • Le Colonial
  • The Remington
  • The Railyard
  • RA Sushi
  • Seasons 52
  • BLVD 610
  • Revolve Kitchen + Bar
  • Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
  • 17fifty Bistro & Lounge
  • Drexel House

Groceries

  • Central Market
  • H-E-B
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Kroger
  • Target
  • Randalls Food & Pharmacy
  • Walmart
  • Westcreek Market and Deli

Golf and Outdoor Entertainment

  • River Oaks Country Club
  • Memorial Park Golf Course
  • Hermann Park Golf Course
  • Memorial Park

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