How Much Salary Do You Need To Buy A Home In Houston's Top Neighborhoods

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How Much Salary Do You Need To Buy A Home In Houston's Top Neighborhoods

Forbes, Money Magazine, and the US Census Bureau, all list Houston as one of the most affordable cities in the country (1).

The cost of living in Houston ranks third lowest among the nation’s top 20 most populous US metros. Based on Houston cost of living comparison, it's 26% cheaper to live here than in the 20 biggest cities in the US (2).

We analyzed median home prices & estimated salary requirements for the 52 best neighborhoods in the Houston area to help you decide where you can best afford to live.

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Table of Contents

  1. Houston Home Salary Requirements Highlights & Data
  2. Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix
  3. Under $80,000: Where can I Afford to Live in Houston?
  4. $80,000 to $150,000: Best Neighborhoods
  5. $150,000 to $250,000: Cost of Luxury Homes
  6. Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas
  7. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  8. The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

Houston Home Salary Requirements Highlights & Data

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2022 Highlights

As always, real estate is hyper-local. See how your neighborhood and the home affordability are doing.

Data Summary


Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

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Salary Range Central Houston Suburbs
Under $80k Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde, Five Corners, Gulfton, Medical Center South, Northside, Northwest Houston, Sharpstown Area, Winrock 1960/Cypress Creek South, Alief, Atascocita North, Bacliff/San Leon, Hobby Area, Humble Area East, Kingwood West, La Porte/Shoreacres, Southbelt / Ellington, Stafford Area
$80k-$150k Cottage Grove, Downtown Houston, East End Revitalized, Galleria, Knollwood/Woodside, Medical Center Area, Meyerland Area, Midtown Houston, Oak Forest East, Spring Branch Clear Lake Area, Cypress North, Friendswood, Katy North, League City, Memorial West, Missouri City Area, Pearland, Sienna Area, Sugar Land East
$150k-$250k Briar Hollow, Briargrove Park/Walnutbend, Garden Oaks, Heights/Greater Heights, Montrose, Rice / Museum District, Rice Military/Washington Corridor, Timbergrove/Lazybrook, Washington East/Sabine, Westchase Area
$250k+ Bellaire Area, Highland Village / Midlane, Memorial Close In, Memorial Park, Memorial Villages, River Oaks Area, River Oaks Shopping Area, Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks, Tanglewood Area, West University/Southside Area

Note: We're only displaying the first ten neighborhoods per section here. For the full list, please refer to the tables under each respective salary range below.


Under $80,000: Where can I Afford to Live in Houston?

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Conroe Northeast $285,000 $80,000 55%
Dickinson $277,400 $80,000 49%
Five Corners $260,000 $79,000 56%
La Porte/Shoreacres $268,500 $79,000 59%
Southbelt / Ellington $265,000 $78,000 54%
1960/Cypress Creek South $258,000 $77,000 68%
Bacliff/San Leon $262,500 $76,000 N/A
Atascocita North $259,495 $76,000 49%
Northwest Houston $263,000 $76,000 46%
Stafford Area $264,500 $76,000 45%
Humble Area East $255,000 $76,000 40%
Kingwood West $255,000 $75,000 45%
Northside $250,000 $73,000 35%
Alief $253,500 $73,000 37%
La Marque $240,000 $71,000 62%
Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde $225,000 $71,000 2%
Aldine Area $237,000 $70,000 55%
Pasadena $237,000 $69,000 -15%
Medical Center South $238,195 $69,000 52%
Willis/New Waverly $249,995 $67,000 N/A
Humble Area South $220,000 $67,000 15%
South Houston $227,000 $67,000 N/A
Spring East $220,000 $66,000 33%
Willowbrook South $225,000 $66,000 43%
Hempstead $224,500 $64,000 N/A
Humble Area West $215,000 $64,000 19%
Sugar Land South $215,000 $63,000 -31%
Hobby Area $217,500 $63,000 20%
Bear Creek South $205,000 $62,000 20%
Sugar Land North $218,000 $61,000 3%
Northeast Houston $210,000 $60,000 40%
Winrock $136,881 $55,000 -19%
Sharpstown Area $169,950 $48,000 3%

Five Corners

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Five Corners $260,000 $79,000 56%

Five Corners Map

With over 480 acres of open spaces, Five Corners offers a wide variety of biking & walking trails and many entertainment options. Five Corners is known for its:

Homes in Five Corners range from patio homes to large estate-style homes.

Map of Five Corners

Five Corners Real Estate Trends


La Porte/Shoreacres

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
La Porte/Shoreacres $268,500 $79,000 59%

La Porte/Shoreacres Map

La Porte is the fourth-largest incorporated city in Harris County. It is located along the scenic Galveston Bay and near some of Houston’s best suburbs. It is also about a 30-minute drive from the best neighborhoods in the Inner Loop area.

La Porte is one of Houston’s most interesting neighborhoods, thanks to its:

The city is home to many quality single-family homes on large lots. There are several subdivisions and home builders in La Porte that offer a variety of options. The neighborhood features bungalows and small frame houses from the 1940s. There are also estates and mansions within the community.

Map of La Porte/Shoreacres

La Porte/Shoreacres Real Estate Trends


Atascocita North

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Atascocita North $259,495 $76,000 49%

Atascocita North Map

One of the fastest-growing communities in Humble, Atascocita North is within one of Houston's best suburbs. The neighborhood features excellent schools, parks, country clubs, and golf courses.

Atascocita North is known for its:

Built in 1980, Atascocita North has 749 single-family properties in the area. The neighborhood has homes with prices ranging from $125,000 to $180,000.

Map of Atascocita North

Atascocita North Real Estate Trends


$80,000 to $150,000: Best Neighborhoods

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

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Huffman Area $282,692 $81,000 0%
Spring Northeast $265,000 $81,000 66%
Crosby Area $280,000 $82,000 N/A
Atascocita South $273,254 $82,000 43%
Conroe Southeast $280,000 $83,000 40%
Waller $302,500 $83,000 N/A
Brays Oaks $295,000 $84,000 34%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $276,000 $84,000 38%
1960/Cypress $292,350 $84,000 67%
Spring/Klein/Tomball $285,000 $85,000 48%
Alvin South $284,750 $85,000 59%
Oak Forest West $292,000 $85,000 57%
Magnolia/1488 West $315,000 $87,000 N/A
Charnwood/Briarbend $289,000 $88,000 -17%
Mission Bend Area $305,000 $88,000 84%
Katy Southeast $300,000 $88,000 30%
1960/Cypress Creek North $308,000 $88,000 82%
Missouri City Area $300,000 $89,000 44%
Santa Fe $309,000 $90,000 61%
Brookshire $301,900 $90,000 N/A
Katy North $313,695 $92,000 88%
Medical Center Area $282,450 $93,000 27%
Denver Harbor $319,900 $94,000 52%
Porter / New Caney West $298,740 $94,000 11%
Hockley $305,000 $96,000 29%
Copperfield Area $330,250 $97,000 78%
Lake Conroe Area $338,490 $97,000 13%
Galleria $286,250 $97,000 0%
Porter / New Caney East $302,990 $97,000 30%
Kingwood South $335,500 $97,000 76%
Kingwood NW/Oakhurst $315,000 $97,000 29%
Friendswood $350,000 $99,000 30%
Spring/Klein $335,000 $99,000 59%
Jersey Village $338,500 $99,000 70%
Eldridge North $350,000 $101,000 9%
Clear Lake Area $349,700 $102,000 73%
Willow Meadows Area $365,000 $103,000 32%
Tomball Southwest $354,355 $103,000 50%
Conroe Southwest $350,000 $104,000 60%
Champions Area $360,000 $105,000 63%
Tomball South/Lakewood $350,000 $106,000 70%
University Area $361,000 $107,000 54%
East End Revitalized $349,900 $107,000 36%
Riverside $375,000 $110,000 39%
Downtown Houston $270,000 $110,000 17%
Pearland $374,197 $112,000 82%
Summerwood / Lakeshore $363,027 $113,000 51%
Katy Old Towne $354,857 $114,000 41%
Kingwood East $403,000 $117,000 56%
Fort Bend Country North / Richmond $395,000 $118,000 83%
Spring Branch $400,000 $118,000 56%
Midtown Houston $350,500 $119,000 25%
Sugar Land East $425,000 $119,000 61%
Energy Corridor $421,459 $121,000 48%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $396,500 $124,000 5%
Alvin North $382,040 $124,000 91%
Tomball $414,092 $124,000 89%
Magnolia/1488 East $469,000 $128,000 N/A
Cypress North $425,000 $129,000 74%
Oak Forest East $450,000 $130,000 60%
Sugar Land West $450,000 $133,000 56%
Meyerland Area $471,250 $133,000 26%
League City $432,220 $135,000 54%
Shepherd Park Plaza Area $481,950 $135,000 36%
Greenway Plaza $396,000 $136,000 -7%
Sienna Area $442,751 $138,000 51%
Cottage Grove $475,250 $140,000 46%
Knollwood/Woodside $500,000 $141,000 33%
Cypress South $457,150 $142,000 68%
Memorial West $470,000 $145,000 -6%

Spring Northeast

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Spring Northeast $265,000 $81,000 66%

Spring Northeast Map

Spring is an area mostly located within Harris County. It is also located near Downtown Houston. It is definitely perfect for those who want to live far from the busy city.

Some of the notable and enjoyable places to go to are:

Memorial Park: This is where the residents go to enjoy the outdoors. They have numerous activities that people enjoy such as croquet, indoor swimming, mountain biking, tennis, cycling, and many more.
Memorial City Hall: This caters to those who enjoy shopping and dining out.
iFLY Houston: This is where the thrill seekers love to go, for they offer indoor flying and skydiving experience.
Speedy’s Fast Track: They provide a place for fun activities such as go-karts, mini-golf courses, and laser tag.

Spring has a population of 60,976. Since there are a lot of parks, it gives off the calm feeling of living in a rural-like area. According to Niche, it is ranked number 18 in Most Diverse Suburbs in Texas. Aside from it being a very diverse place to live in, they also have a warm and friendly community, making it a safe place to reside in. Moreover, the cost of living in Spring is also less than the US average.

Map of Spring Northeast

Spring Northeast Real Estate Trends


Atascocita South

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Atascocita South $273,254 $82,000 43%

Atascocita South Map

Atascocita South is one of the 15 subdivisions in the lakeside community of Atascocita CDP. It is located east of Humble and within one of the Best Houston Suburbs.

Atascocita South features:

Properties in Atascocita South have 1,488 single-family homes with a median build year of 1992 and a median size of 2,002 Sqft. Buying homes from Atascocita can be tricky due to the number of subdivisions within the area. Buyers will benefit from consulting with the best Atascocita realtor.

To get personal advice on buying or selling a unit, contact Paige Martin, one of Houston's best condo realtors and one of the top ranked Realtors in the United States.

Map of Atascocita South

Atascocita South Real Estate Trends


Conroe Southeast

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Conroe Southeast $280,000 $83,000 40%

Conroe Southeast Map

Conroe Southeast is close to River Plantation Golf Club and Conroe Country Club. Located about 15 minutes north of The Woodlands, Conroe Southeast is known for its amenities and great green spaces.

The Conroe Southeast features:

Conroe Southeast is close to River Plantation Golf Club and Conroe Country Club. The Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Park, Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, Isaac Conroe Homestead, Conroe Center, and Towne Center are all minutes away from the neighborhood.

Map of Conroe Southeast

Conroe Southeast Real Estate Trends


$150,000 to $250,000: Cost of Luxury Homes

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Washington East/Sabine $513,750 $151,000 52%
Katy Southwest $503,500 $152,000 65%
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $533,200 $154,000 26%
Fort Bend Southeast $580,885 $155,000 116%
Rosharon $564,995 $155,000 N/A
Briargrove Park/Walnutbend $549,500 $156,000 62%
The Woodlands $575,000 $162,000 74%
Heights/Greater Heights $610,000 $175,000 60%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $620,650 $180,000 76%
Garden Oaks $718,000 $201,000 81%
Montrose $715,000 $204,000 38%
Briar Hollow $605,570 $208,000 15%
Westchase Area $689,000 $209,000 4%
Rice / Museum District $860,000 $242,000 27%

Washington East/Sabine

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Washington East/Sabine $513,750 $151,000 52%

Washington East/Sabine Map

Located at the center of Houston is Washington East/Sabine. It's nestled within the Inner Loop neighborhood.

Washington East/Sabine is famous for its:

Zoned to Washington East/Sabine is The Houston Independent School District. Students in the area can attend Crockett elementary school, Marshall Middle School, and Heights High School.

Map of Washington East/Sabine

Washington East/Sabine Real Estate Trends


Katy Southwest

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Katy Southwest $503,500 $152,000 65%

Katy Southwest Map

Katy Southwest is nestled in one of Houston's Best Suburbs. Several master-planned communities like Cross Creek Ranch and Falcon Point make up the area.

It is a location of choice due to its:

Residents of Katy Southwest enjoy convenient access to dozens of retail shops and restaurants.

Map of Katy Southwest

Katy Southwest Real Estate Trends


Rice Military/Washington Corridor

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $533,200 $154,000 26%

Rice Military/Washington Corridor Map

Rice Military is located within the Inner Loop of Houston. The community features a mix of gated communities, residential neighborhoods, and excellent amenities.

The Rice Military is famous for its:

The neighborhood also features a wide range of housing options and architectural designs, from single-family homes, patio homes, and new construction townhomes with traditional to modern styles. There are also condos in mid-rise residential buildings in the area.

Map of Rice Military/Washington Corridor

Rice Military/Washington Corridor Real Estate Trends


Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas

Whether you buy or sell first depends on the current market and your unique situation. Both options come with an element of risk. Our experience taught us to make the proper assessment out of the overall scenario every homeowner is in. Contact us to help you make the most viable decision.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
River Oaks Shopping Area $909,900 $254,000 44%
Briargrove $910,000 $259,000 31%
Bellaire Area $1,038,937 $290,000 24%
Upper Kirby $1,077,000 $302,000 42%
Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks $1,137,500 $321,000 64%
Highland Village / Midlane $1,149,000 $324,000 50%
Braeswood Place $1,163,750 $327,000 66%
Memorial Close In $1,450,000 $422,000 32%
West University/Southside Area $1,593,112 $439,000 61%
Memorial Villages $1,789,000 $494,000 41%
Tanglewood Area $1,821,000 $518,000 40%
Memorial Park $1,800,000 $519,000 32%
Rivercrest $2,450,000 $701,000 -58%
River Oaks Area $2,487,985 $708,000 57%

River Oaks Shopping Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
River Oaks Shopping Area $909,900 $254,000 44%

River Oaks Shopping Area Map

River Oaks Shopping Area is nestled between the luxurious neighborhood of River Oaks and the vibrant community of Montrose. Rice Military borders the north side, while Upper Kirby is on the southwest of the neighborhood.

The district is highly in-demand thanks to its:

River Oaks Shopping Area stands nearby major thoroughfares, including Katy Freeway (I-10), Loop 610, and Southwest Freeway (US 59).

Map of River Oaks Shopping Area

River Oaks Shopping Area Real Estate Trends


Briargrove

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Briargrove $910,000 $259,000 31%

Briargrove Map

Briargrove is a deed-restricted community located about 12 miles from Downtown Houston. It is a tight-knit neighborhood known for its mid-to-large-sized lots.

Briargrove is famous due to its:

Briargrove is known for its ranch-style homes on large wooded lots. Briargrove has around 900 homes. Like nearby Memorial area communities, Briargrove features updated/remodeled houses. Newly constructed custom-built homes are available as well.

Map of Briargrove

Briargrove Real Estate Trends


Bellaire Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Bellaire Area $1,038,937 $290,000 24%

Bellaire Area Map

Bellaire, one of Houston's most popular neighborhoods, features a small-town vibe that blends nicely with its easy access to big city comforts. Located south of the Southwest Fwy, West Loop South runs through the city and leads to Uptown Houston, making it a popular bedroom community.

Bellaire is very popular for its:

Bellaire's neighborhood can be tricky to navigate given the area's different school zoning maps, proximity to railroad tracks, being on a major thoroughfare, and diversity of builders.

Map of Bellaire Area

Bellaire Area Real Estate Trends


Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

With all the available information out there about Houston's top areas, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which neighborhood to choose. Get the advice of the best Houston Realtors and remove the guesswork when looking for one of the best homes in Houston to live in.


The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

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 $1,000,000,000 in Houston residential real estate sales.

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