RIVER OAKS REAL ESTATE GUIDE

2022 River Oaks homes for sale & insider real estate guide

Located within the Inner Loop, River Oaks is one of the premier neighborhoods in the United States. River Oaks is known for its stately mansions and luxury homes. The community also features easy access, top-ranked schools, and a wide range of housing options.

The River Oaks homes remained popular thanks to their:

River Oaks has property legacies, historic homes, and deed restrictions. The community also offers a separate police department. There are also a variety of builders. Furthermore, certain areas sell at a premium. Other streets offer lower prices. River Oaks real estate can be difficult to navigate due to its popularity and its premier communities.

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Table of Contents

  1. River Oaks Home Sale Trends
  2. River Oaks Best Realtor Insights
  3. River Oaks Maps, Location & Zip Code
  4. River Oaks Schools
  5. River Oaks Real Estate Market

River Oaks Home Sale Trends

River Oaks Real Estate Trends

River Oaks is located within the Inner Loop and is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the United States. River Oaks features premier living, notable schools, and accessibility.

River Oaks real estate includes deed restrictions, historic homes, property legacies, and a variety of builders (during several of Houston's oil booms, construction quality suffered among several builders in the area). Furthermore, certain areas command a premium.


River Oaks Best Realtor Insights

Known for its stately mansions and luxury homes, River Oaks is one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods.


River Oaks Maps, Location & Zip Code

River Oaks Map

Commute Time River Oaks
Downtown (min) 10
Med Ctr (min) 15
Energy Corridor (min) 20
Galleria (min) 5
Exxon Campus (min) 40

Map of River Oaks

Highlights River Oaks
Amenities River Oaks homes are close to nearby community amenities including:

Parks
- Del Monte Park
- Ella Lee Park
- River Oaks Park
Other nearby parks only minutes away include:
- Post Oak Park

Only a short drive away from the community are various outdoor pools such as:
- Saint Street Swim
- Vieux Carre
- Aquasalt

Museum
- Art Menil Collection
- Rothko Chopel
Golf Courses The community has its very own golf course, River Oaks Country Club.

Other nearby gold courses only 15 mins short drive away include:
- Arty Fleckman Golf Inc.
- Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving
- Houston Country Club
Run / Bike Trails Several hike/bike/run trails are available in the River Oaks including:
- Little Inwood Park
- Olympia Park
- Sleepy Hollow Park
- Homewood Park

Other nearby trails are located in the neighboring Memorial Park only less than 15 mins drive away:
- Memorial Park Green Ridge Trail
- Memorial Park Hike and Bike Trailhead
- Memorial Park Hike and Bike Trails
- Arboretum Lake
- Cullen Running Trails Center
Nearby Retail / Dining River Oaks homes are close to nearby retail shops and centers, dining establishments, and entertainment including:

Retail
- Apple Highland Village
- Away
- Post Oak Shopping Center
- Southwest Freeway Retail Center

Grocery
- Kroger
- Super K Food Store
- Whole Foods Store
- Tres Market Foods
- Central Market
- Woodway Food Group
- Target Grocery
- Herbert's Specialty Meat
- H-E-B
- Randalls
- Trader Joe's
- River Oaks Shopping Center (Shopping Mall)

Dining
- Outsie's table
- Tiny Boxwoods
- La Griglia
- Chuy's
- Five Central
- A'Bouzy
- Grace's
- Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
- Barnaby's Cafe
- Whataburger
- Tony's

Nightlife
- Story Ultralounge
- The Cellar Bar
- Velvet Melvin Pub
- Urban Social
- The Davenport
- The Railyard Houston
Major Employers - ExxonMobil
- Chevron
- Shell Oil
- Castle Creek Holdings Company
- McDonald's

River Oaks Schools

Top Elementary Schools Great Schools Ranking
River Oaks Elem 9


Top Middle Schools Great Schools Ranking
Lanier Middle 9

River 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. 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



Middle Schools



High Schools



River Oaks Houston Private Schools


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

To find an updated listing of all River Oaks real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at PMartin@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.

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


River Oaks Real Estate Market

River Oaks Single-Family Home Sale Trends


River Oaks Homes

Despite the number of recent townhome and condo developments in the area, River Oaks is still mostly made up of single-family homes.

As Houston’s most exclusive neighborhood, River Oaks showcases gorgeous homes from world-renowned architects. Although new development has replaced many of the neighborhood’s original homes, a number of its ranch-style homes from the 1920s and 1930s have been updated and maintained.

The neighborhood features homes in a variety of architectural designs, including Contemporary, French, Mediterranean, Spanish, Traditional, and other designs. American Colonial and English Tudor aesthetics are also popular in the neighborhood.

Most River Oaks homes feature 4- to 5-bedroom floor plans. Home sizes range from 3,000 to more than 10,000 square feet. Homes in the neighborhood also feature expansive lots, ranging from 10,000 to more than 40,000 square feet.

The most expensive River Oaks real estate can feature 6 to 9 bedrooms, with home sizes between 12,000 to 16,000 square feet.

Sprawling wooded lots, luxury finishes, multi-car garages, swimming pools, media rooms, and premium appliances come standard in the neighborhood’s poshest homes.

Prices for River Oaks homes for sale start at around $1,000,000. The most expensive homes in the neighborhood can fetch more than $4,000,000.


River Oaks Houston Townhomes Sale Trends


River Oaks Townhomes

About a third of River Oaks' real estate inventory is a mix of condominiums and townhomes.

Floor plans vary, though most units offer around 2 to 4 bedrooms, with 2 to 3 full baths. Living spaces range from 1,000 to more than 2,500 square feet. Compared to their single-family home counterparts, lot areas are smaller – between 2,000 to around 3,000 square feet.

Townhomes differ from single-family homes in that they share a wall with one or more neighbors, but you still own the dirt from the center of the earth to infinity.

Townhome prices in this prestigious neighborhood start at just under $500,000. At this price point, River Oaks townhomes for sale are relatively more affordable than single-family homes.

Most River Oaks townhomes for sale are within gated communities and offer extensive amenities within safe and luxurious enclaves.

Popular River Oaks Townhomes For Sale:


River Oaks Condo Sale Trends


Thanks to the neighborhood’s location, River Oaks condos for sale are highly popular. Most residential buildings in the area offer world-class amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers, concierge services, and controlled access, among others.

There are several options in the area, ranging from $200,000 to $5,000,000. The price difference is usually influenced by the age of the property, the size, and the amenities included.

Condos in and near River Oaks include:

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


River Oaks TX History


In 1923, brothers Will and Mike Hogg, along with their associate Hugh Potter, purchased 200 acres of land around the River Oaks Country Club. Some of the first lots sold in the area were within the then-fledgling River Oaks Country Club Estates.

Kansas City-based city planning and landscape architects Hare and Hare provided the new neighborhood’s master plan. Planners set aside spaces for an elementary school, esplanades, pocket parks, and shopping centers.

In 1927, the City of Houston annexed the community.

Careful planning, along with strict deed restrictions and building codes, contributed to making River Oaks Houston’s premiere neighborhood.

Today, River Oaks is still Houston’s most expensive neighborhood. River Oaks real estate includes stately mansions, grand Victorian homes, and a collection of single-family new construction properties with modern designs.

New developments have come to the area, but some of the neighborhood’s early 1920s and 30s homes still line its streets.


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Aside from the elegant houses line that River Oaks Houston streets, much of the community’s beauty comes from the abundance of verdant elements in the area.

River Oaks exudes an old-world charm, with its scenic tree-lined streets coupled with intricate landscaping that leads to pocket gardens. There are plenty of parks and green spaces within and around the neighborhood, including the River Oaks Park and the River Oaks Community Center.

River Oaks Park features the Cinderella-inspired Pumpkin Carriage, a playground, lighted tennis courts, and a lighted sports field. A quarter-mile off-road trail is also available in the area.

Olympia Park, Sleepy Hollow Park, Meyer Park, Elliott Park, and Homewood Park are also within the neighborhood. River Oaks homes are also minutes away from Memorial Park, home to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, Memorial Park Golf Course, and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

River Oaks Amenities

Retail, dining, and entertainment venues are not in short supply either. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries in the River Oaks Shopping Center and West Avenue complexes.

The River Oaks District, on the other hand, offers an artful ambiance of posh social venues and private tree-lined streets.

Highland Village, the Greenway Plaza, Rice Village, the Galleria, and Uptown Park are also minutes away from River Oaks homes.

Here are some of River Oaks Houston's must-visit places:

Dining

Retail

Nightlife

Groceries

Golf Courses

Map of River Oaks


River Oaks Houston Realtor – Paige Martin


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