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 second lowest among the top 20 most populous US metros. Based on the cost of living data, it's 36% cheaper to live here than in the 20 biggest cities in the country (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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Data Summary

Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

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Salary Range Central Houston Suburbs
Under $80k Medical Center South, Sharpstown Area, Winrock Aldine Area, Bacliff/San Leon, Hempstead, Hobby Area, La Marque, Northeast Houston, Pasadena, South Houston, Willis/New Waverly
$80k-$150k Brays Oaks, Downtown Houston, East End Revitalized, Galleria, Medical Center Area, Meyerland Area, Midtown Houston, Shepherd Park Plaza Area, Spring Branch, University Area Clear Lake Area, Cypress North, Cypress South, Fort Bend County North / Richmond, Friendswood, Katy North, Katy Old Towne, Katy Southeast, Pearland, Sugar Land East
$150k-$250k Briargrove Park/Walnutbend, Cottage Grove, Garden Oaks, Heights/Greater Heights, Knollwood/Woodside, Montrose, Oak Forest East, Rice Military/Washington Corridor, Timbergrove/Lazybrook, Washington East/Sabine
$250k+ Bellaire Area, Highland Village / Midlane, Memorial Close In, Memorial Park, Memorial Villages, Rice / Museum District, River Oaks Area, River Oaks Shopping Area, 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 %
Sharpstown Area $225,000 $79,000 25%
Aldine Area $238,272 $77,000 49%
Pasadena $240,000 $77,000 26%
Hobby Area $240,000 $76,000 45%
Bacliff/San Leon $240,000 $76,000 N/A
Medical Center South $239,900 $76,000 45%
La Marque $235,000 $75,000 54%
Willis/New Waverly $247,500 $74,000 13%
Northeast Houston $232,300 $74,000 54%
Winrock $170,000 $73,000 -9%
South Houston $210,500 $67,000 23%
Hempstead $210,000 $66,000 -24%

Sharpstown Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sharpstown Area $225,000 $79,000 25%

Sharpstown Area Map

Developed in the 1950s, Sharpstown is one of the most historic master-planned neighborhoods in Houston. The community lies between Houston Parkway and Westpark Tollway.

Sharpstown’s appeal includes:

Sharpstown area has approximately 7000 homes. The neighborhood has many subdivisions. These are Sections 1–5, Country Club Estates 1-3, and Country Club Terraces 1-3.

Map of Sharpstown Area

Sharpstown Area Real Estate Trends

Aldine Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Aldine Area $238,272 $77,000 49%

Aldine Area Map

Nestled just north of Houston, Aldine spans 7.92 square miles and is home to several communities.

The Aldine area is very popular due to its:

The Aldine real estate market has had impressive appreciation rates over the last decade. Homes in the area come in varied styles, including traditional, modern, ranch, and Spanish styles.

Map of Aldine Area

Aldine Area Real Estate Trends


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Pasadena $240,000 $77,000 26%

Pasadena Map

Located southeast of downtown Houston, Pasadena is the second largest city in Harris County. Covering a 44.5 square mile area south of the Houston Ship Channel, the city is made up of several neighborhoods.

Pasadena is known for its:

Pasadena is around 20 minutes away from the Armand Bayou Center, one of the country’s largest urban wilderness preserves. Visitors can explore walking trails, engage in bird-watching, and participate in educational programs.

Map of Pasadena

Pasadena 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 %
Five Corners $255,000 $81,000 46%
Humble Area East $250,000 $81,000 47%
Humble Area West $250,000 $81,000 47%
Alief $255,000 $81,000 42%
Conroe Northeast $262,000 $81,000 55%
Willowbrook South $255,000 $82,000 50%
Northside $255,000 $82,000 27%
1960/Cypress Creek South $254,000 $83,000 60%
Medical Center Area $212,500 $83,000 -21%
Huffman Area $269,995 $84,000 -12%
Spring East $255,000 $84,000 52%
Stafford Area $270,000 $85,000 45%
Humble Area South $259,000 $85,000 37%
Dickinson $269,450 $86,000 39%
Spring Northeast $259,000 $86,000 60%
Southbelt / Ellington $267,900 $86,000 52%
Crosby Area $267,365 $88,000 43%
Alvin South $275,000 $90,000 57%
Deer Park $280,000 $91,000 N/A
Brays Oaks $290,000 $91,000 20%
Mission Bend Area $291,111 $92,000 74%
Bear Creek South $281,500 $92,000 66%
Conroe Southeast $279,350 $92,000 35%
La Porte/Shoreacres $285,000 $92,000 55%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $275,000 $92,000 40%
1960/Cypress $295,000 $93,000 63%
Brookshire $285,950 $94,000 18%
Atascocita North $291,400 $94,000 55%
Northwest Houston $299,500 $95,000 69%
Sugar Land North $315,000 $96,000 31%
1960/Cypress Creek North $305,000 $96,000 74%
Katy North $300,700 $97,000 71%
Kingwood West $305,000 $97,000 66%
Porter / New Caney East $280,000 $98,000 14%
Missouri City Area $305,000 $99,000 39%
Atascocita South $305,000 $99,000 49%
Santa Fe $319,532 $101,000 55%
Waller $336,000 $103,000 24%
Spring/Klein $325,000 $104,000 42%
Porter / New Caney West $300,990 $104,000 19%
Magnolia/1488 West $309,990 $105,000 17%
Lake Conroe Area $333,085 $105,000 28%
Hockley $296,195 $105,000 31%
Denver Harbor $332,500 $106,000 41%
Conroe Southwest $325,000 $106,000 32%
Copperfield Area $330,000 $106,000 67%
Eldridge North $336,500 $107,000 22%
Champions Area $342,000 $109,000 45%
Kingwood NW/Oakhurst $325,000 $109,000 27%
Spring/Klein/Tomball $335,000 $109,000 64%
Magnolia/1488 East $365,500 $110,000 42%
Willow Meadows Area $358,000 $110,000 21%
Jersey Village $347,500 $111,000 58%
Galleria $302,000 $112,000 -8%
University Area $350,000 $112,000 34%
Clear Lake Area $355,000 $113,000 65%
Oak Forest West $375,000 $116,000 66%
Kingwood South $375,000 $118,000 74%
Pearland $365,000 $119,000 61%
East End Revitalized $355,575 $119,000 27%
Kingwood East $375,000 $120,000 33%
Summerwood / Lakeshore $350,000 $123,000 32%
Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde $367,595 $123,000 44%
Riverside $397,500 $123,000 13%
Tomball $381,370 $126,000 60%
Sugar Land East $410,000 $126,000 42%
Katy Old Towne $363,500 $128,000 49%
Downtown Houston $292,500 $128,000 12%
Tomball South/Lakewood $390,000 $128,000 65%
Shepherd Park Plaza Area $419,900 $129,000 4%
Katy Southeast $415,000 $131,000 48%
Friendswood $436,500 $135,000 58%
Fort Bend County North / Richmond $409,385 $135,000 71%
Energy Corridor $430,000 $135,000 33%
Sienna Area $390,000 $135,000 14%
Alvin North $389,990 $138,000 77%
Midtown Houston $370,000 $138,000 15%
Cypress North $420,000 $141,000 65%
Spring Branch $439,000 $141,000 51%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $420,000 $144,000 3%
League City $438,500 $146,000 60%
Meyerland Area $475,000 $147,000 13%
Cypress South $428,067 $150,000 52%

Five Corners

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Five Corners $255,000 $81,000 46%

Five Corners Map

Located just south of the Medical Center Area, Five Corners is a large neighborhood just inside Beltway 8.

The area is popular for its:

Five Corners homes come in a wide variety of architectural styles, including traditional, modern, colonial, and English styles. Price points are similar to neighboring Brays Oaks, starting at around $120,000.

Map of Five Corners

Five Corners Real Estate Trends

Humble Area East

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Humble Area East $250,000 $81,000 47%

Humble Area East Map

Located just outside of Beltway 8, Humble Area East is an independent city and is considered one of the best suburbs in Houston.

Humble is a popular option because of its:

Humble Area East offers an array of options, including single-family homes, townhomes, and multi-family properties. Single-family homes sit on spacious lots ranging from 10,000 sq. ft. to over 40,000 sq. ft.

Map of Humble Area East

Humble Area East Real Estate Trends

Humble Area West

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Humble Area West $250,000 $81,000 47%

Humble Area West Map

Nestled west of I-69, Humble Area West is made up of smaller communities near the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Humble Area West residents enjoy:

Humble Area West features a great mix of residential communities, commercial areas, and green spaces. Golf courses, job centers, and parks are highly accessible from the area.

Map of Humble Area West

Humble Area West Real Estate Trends

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

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land West $475,000 $152,000 53%
Charnwood/Briarbend $448,000 $153,000 28%
Oak Forest East $499,900 $154,000 51%
Tomball Southwest $443,291 $154,000 22%
Knollwood/Woodside $502,500 $160,000 14%
Katy Southwest $475,000 $160,000 41%
Rosharon $531,000 $162,000 N/A
Cottage Grove $510,000 $163,000 30%
Washington East/Sabine $532,500 $169,000 30%
Fort Bend Southeast $500,000 $169,000 57%
The Woodlands $562,500 $173,000 55%
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $562,500 $177,000 21%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $577,267 $181,000 43%
Briargrove Park/Walnutbend $602,500 $187,000 58%
Sugar Land South $623,837 $194,000 40%
Memorial West $595,000 $194,000 12%
Greenway Plaza $545,000 $208,000 3%
Heights/Greater Heights $680,575 $213,000 52%
Garden Oaks $726,250 $223,000 82%
Briar Hollow $585,500 $228,000 4%
Montrose $735,000 $231,000 20%
Tiki Island $785,000 $248,000 100%

Sugar Land West

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land West $475,000 $152,000 53%

Sugar Land West Map

Part of the bigger Sugar Land area, Sugar Land West is made up of several neighborhoods and master-planned communities.

The area is in demand due to its:

Sugar Land West is made up of older 1950s homes to newer construction in the area’s newer developments. Prices of homes can start at around $150,000 up to $1,000,000.

Map of Sugar Land West

Sugar Land West Real Estate Trends


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Charnwood/Briarbend $448,000 $153,000 28%

Charnwood/Briarbend Map

Charnwood is in a tranquil setting nestled within the Western Houston area. An affluent neighborhood with solid real estate appreciation.

Charnwood features:

Charnwood lot sizes range from 13,000 up to more than 15,000 square feet. Like most of Houston's affluent neighborhoods, deed restrictions are implemented in Charnwood to maintain the community's overall look and atmosphere.

Map of Charnwood/Briarbend

Charnwood/Briarbend Real Estate Trends

Oak Forest East

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Oak Forest East $499,900 $154,000 51%

Oak Forest East Map

Located about 10 miles from downtown Houston, Oak Forest East is one of Houston’s best neighborhoods in land value appreciation.

Oak Forest East is known for its:

One of Houston’s older neighborhoods, Oak Forest features a mix of older ranch-style homes from the 1950s and 1960s and newer custom-built homes. The neighborhood also has an HOA that enforces deed restrictions.

Map of Oak Forest East

Oak Forest East Real Estate Trends

Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Westchase Area $805,000 $265,000 14%
Briargrove $917,500 $286,000 17%
River Oaks Shopping Area $949,000 $294,000 29%
Rice / Museum District $1,050,000 $327,000 39%
Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks $1,098,000 $340,000 38%
Upper Kirby $1,100,000 $343,000 32%
Highland Village / Midlane $1,150,000 $355,000 60%
Bellaire Area $1,160,000 $358,000 25%
Braeswood Place $1,325,000 $407,000 76%
West University/Southside Area $1,720,000 $517,000 49%
Memorial Close In $1,732,500 $550,000 -21%
Memorial Villages $1,831,150 $561,000 18%
Memorial Park $1,801,000 $566,000 41%
Tanglewood Area $2,000,000 $619,000 14%
River Oaks Area $2,699,000 $836,000 42%
Rivercrest $3,100,000 $969,000 18%

Westchase Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Westchase Area $805,000 $265,000 14%

Westchase Area Map

Located southeast of the Energy Corridor, Westchase covers over 4 square miles of land.

Westchase area is well-known due to its:

The Westchase area offers an array of housing options spanning from single-family homes to townhomes, ranging from $300,000 to over $3,000,000.

Map of Westchase Area

Westchase Area Real Estate Trends


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Briargrove $917,500 $286,000 17%

Briargrove Map

Briargrove is a deed-restricted community located about 2 miles west of the Galleria and east of Memorial.

Briargrove is a popular option due to its:

Established in the 1950s, Briargrove is made up of around 900 homes. While the neighborhood is known for its traditional one-story houses on large lots, it also features updated homes and newer custom-built properties.

Map of Briargrove

Briargrove Real Estate Trends

River Oaks Shopping Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
River Oaks Shopping Area $949,000 $294,000 29%

River Oaks Shopping Area Map

River Oaks Shopping Area is nestled between River Oaks and 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 is near 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

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

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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.

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