Shady Acres Houston Guide: Shady Acres Homes For Sale

Shady Acres Houston Real Estate Guide

Located east of the historic Houston Heights, Shady Acres offers short commutes to downtown, interesting entertainment options, and easy access to key districts.

Part of the area known as Greater Heights, Shady Acres covers the area along the northwest of Loop 610. Shady Acres is within one of Houston’s Most Accessible Neighborhoods. Residents enjoy:

  • GREAT LOCATION: Shady Acres is nestled in the northwest area of the Inner Loop. Loop 610 borders the neighborhood to the north, while TC Jester Boulevard is west of the neighborhood. Other main roads running through the neighborhood include Shepherd Drive, Ella Boulevard, and 20th Street.
  • INTERESTING ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE OPTIONS: Thursday night bingo at the SPJST Lodge 88 is a staple for a lot of Shady Acres residents. For more active pursuits, residents can enjoy the White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike Trail, which winds south from 26th to Stude Park (in Woodland Heights). The collection of restaurants, bars, cafes, stores and other commercial establishments along 19th Street is also nearby.
  • MULTI-LEVEL LIVING: Townhomes and patio homes have become a common part of Shady Acres’ landscape. Some are within gated communities with controlled access and other amenities, while others are tucked away within cul-de-sacs. Other home options in the area include older cottages and traditional two-story homes.
  • SHORT COMMUTES: The neighborhood is around 5 miles away from downtown Houston (a major employment center with over 3,500 businesses and more than 150,000 workers). Other key districts like the Medical Center and Galleria are a short commute away from Shady Acres homes.
  • AFFORDABILITY: Compared to neighboring Garden Oaks and the Heights, Shady Acres homes are slightly more affordable (median sales price at just over $390,000 vs. around $450,000). Overall, the neighborhood’s real estate market has been on a steady rise. (See Salary requirements to live comfortably in 52 top ranked Houston neighborhoods)

Shady Acres real estate can be challenging to navigate because of homes near or along main roads (which can hurt resale values), the diversity of home builders (some have great quality track records, but others do not), and the lack of zoning (which can present some noise issues).

For help in navigating this tricky market, contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s Best Realtors and one of Shady Acres’ most active real estate agents.

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12 Things Shady Acres Real Estate Buyers Should Know

Nestled south of Loop 610, Shady Acres is a mixed-use neighborhood. The area is part of the Greater Heights, just west of the Houston Heights.

  • The neighborhood is around 5 miles away from downtown Houston (a major employment center with over 3,500 businesses and more than 150,000 workers). Other key districts like the Medical Center and Galleria are a short commute away from Shady Acres homes.
  • Overall, the Shady Acres real estate market has been on the steady rise. Compared to neighboring Garden Oaks and the Heights, Shady Acres homes are slightly more affordable (median sales price at just over $390,000 vs. around $450,000). See Salary requirements to live comfortably in 52 top ranked Houston neighborhoods.
  • Thursday night bingo at the SPJST Lodge 88 is a staple for a lot of Shady Acres residents. For more active pursuits, residents can enjoy the White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike Trail, which winds south from 26th to Stude Park (in Woodland Heights). The collection of restaurants, bars, cafes, stores and other commercial establishments along 19th Street is also nearby.
  • More entertainment, dining, and retail options are available in the nearby Heights area.
  • Townhomes and patio homes have become a common part of Shady Acres’ landscape. Some are within gated communities with controlled access and other amenities, while others are tucked away within cul-de-sacs.
  • Other home options in the area include older cottages and traditional two-story homes.
  • Shady Acres is nestled in the northwest area of the Inner Loop. Loop 610 borders the neighborhood to the north, while TC Jester Boulevard is west of the neighborhood. Other main roads running through the neighborhood include Shepherd Drive, Ella Boulevard, and 20th Street.
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  • Shady Acres homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Sinclair Elementary, Love Elementary, Black Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, and Waltrip High School serve the neighborhood.
  • The neighborhood has an active homeowners association, the Shady Acres Civic Club.
  • Shady Acres homes are among the most affordable in the Inner Loop. Home sizes range from 1,000 to more than 3,500 square feet.
  • Lot sizes, on the other hand, range from 1,500 to more than 12,000 square feet.
  • Prices for Shady Acres homes for sale can start at around $250,000 and can go up to more than $900,000.

Shady Acres Maps and Location

Located in the Inner Loop’s lush northwest area, Shady Acres is a mixed-use neighborhood. The neighborhood is part of the bigger Greater Heights area.

The neighborhood is bordered by TC Jester Boulevard to the west, Loop 610 to the north, N Shepherd Drive to the east, and W 15th Street to the south.

The Houston Heights is east of Shady Acres, while the Lazybrook/Timbergrove area is nestled to the southwest, just across the White Oak Bayou. Oak Forest and Garden Oaks are across the loop to the north of the neighborhood.

Thanks to its relatively central location, Shady Acres homes have great access to key Houston roads and freeways. Residents have convenient access to TC Jester Boulevard, Loop 610, US 290, Ella Boulevard, and Shepherd Drive.

Key business and employment districts like the Galleria and Downtown Houston are minutes away from Shady Acres homes.

Residents have plenty of dining, retail, and entertainment options to choose from. Several restaurants, retail stores, bars and cafes line 19th Street and Shepherd Drive. Lazy Brook (a strip mall) and Jester Village Shopping Center are both nearby, located along W 18th.

Shady Acres real estate have a 77008 zip code. (View Houston zip code map.)

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Shady Acres Houston Schools

Shady Acres 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 Reagan High School.

Students in the area may attend the following public schools:

Elementary Schools

  • Sinclair Elementary at 6410 Grovewood Ln. Located in nearby Lazybrook/Timbergrove, Sinclair Elementary is the HISD’s Communications magnet school. Founded in 1959, Sinclair features a technology-based communications program with emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as well.
  • Love Elementary School at 1120 W 13th St. Love Elementary offers a Vanguard neighborhood program for the gifted and talented. It also features a wide array of programs and activities, including a Special Education Program, a Bilingual/ELL Program, and a Lego-based Robotics program.

Middle Schools

  • Frank Black Middle School at 1575 Chantilly Ln. Located in the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks area, Frank Black Middle School first opened in 1957. It is a Vanguard magnet school that offers a wide variety of academic and athletics programs.
  • Hamilton Middle School at 139 E 20th St. Located in the Heights, Hamilton Middle School also features a Vanguard magnet program. The school is home to several clubs, and offers a variety of activities for its students.

High Schools

  • Waltrip High School at 1900 West 34th St. Founded in 1959, Stephen Waltrip High School is the HISD’s Research and Technology Magnet school. Students can choose from several areas of interest, including literature, biology, chemistry, technology, and mathematics, among others.

Shady Acres Houston Private Schools

The following are some of the more notable private schools near Shady Acres.

  • Lutheran High School at 1130 W 34th St.
  • Immanuel Lutheran School at 306 E 15th St.
  • Houston Heights Charter School at 1125 Lawrence St.
  • The Goddard School at 777 W 23rd St.
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School at 1819 Heights Blvd.
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic School at 3600 Brinkman St.

To find an updated listing of all Shady Acres 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.

Shady Acres Real Estate Trends

Shady Acres real estate is among the most affordable in the Inner Loop. Even so, property prices are on a steady rise. The median sales price has increased by more than half over the past decade, but is still relatively more accessible than in other Inner Loop neighborhoods.

This can be attributed to several factors, including the number of new developments in the area. High demand has led to developers buying old homes and tearing them down in favor of new construction townhomes and patio homes.

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

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

Shady Acres Single-Family Home Sale Trends

Like most subdivisions within the Greater Heights area, the multi-level living trend has swept through Shady Acres. Lot sizes have decreased, as some of the neighborhood’s older homes have been converted into townhomes.

The neighborhood features a great mix of old and new. Shady Acres’ streets are lined with older ranch-style homes, new construction townhomes, and gorgeous patio homes. Home styles vary, including Mediterranean, Victorian, Contemporary, and traditional-inspired architecture.

Shady Acres homes typically feature 2- to 3-bedroom floor plans, though bigger 4- to 5-bedroom homes are also available. Home sizes range from 1,000 to more than 3,500 square feet. Lot sizes are typically between 1,500 to more than 12,000 square feet.

Prices vary depending on location, size, and age of the home. Older and smaller homes can sell for around $250,000, while the most expensive Shady Acres real estate can go for more than $950,000.

Shady Acres Houston Townhomes Sale Trends

Like in nearby Garden Oaks, a number of new construction townhomes have been built in Shady Acres. Increased demand for homes in the area led to developers buying up land and building custom-built townhomes. Some of these properties are within gated communities while others are tucked into cul-de-sacs.

Shady Acres townhomes typically sit on smaller lots, ranging from 1,500 to about 5,000 square feet. Floor plans vary, but 3-bedroom with 3-and-a-half-bath options are common. These multilevel homes typically feature two- to three-stories, with living spaces of around 2,000 to 2,700 square feet.

Most Shady Acres townhomes for sale are newly constructed, and prices can start at around $300,000. The most expensive units can go up to just under $500,000.

Shady Acres Condo Sale Trends

There are no residential condominium buildings in Shady Acres, but nearby neighborhoods like the Houston Heights, Memorial Park, and the Rice Military area have a number of condos available.

Memorial Park

Houston Heights

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

Shady Acres TX History

Like Lazybrook and Timbergrove Manor, Shady Acres started out as a heavily wooded area. The neighborhood was named for the soaring shade trees that canopied the land.

Development started sometime in the 1920s, when the Shadyacres Investment Company purchased 100 acres from the Henry Reinermann Original Grant. The land was subdivided into one-acre lots and smaller parcels. At the time, Shady Acres was advertised as a close-in area with oversized lots.

In the 1930s, oil was discovered in a neighboring area. Workers from the Eureka Oil Field moved into the surrounding neighborhoods, and a rail station was built as well.

In 1935, the Shady Acres Civic Club was founded. The SACC was instrumental in petitioning for bus service and city postal services, as well as dealing with the nearby oil drillers in behalf of the community.

Today, Shady Acres is a great neighborhood featuring a mix of old and new homes.

Fun Things To Do Near Shady Acres Houston

Shady Acres homes are mere minutes away from dining, retail, and entertainment hotspots. Its Inner Loop location provides excellent access to key Houston districts like the Galleria, Memorial Park, and Downtown. There are, however, plenty of options much closer to home.

There are two parks in Shady Acres, the Little Thicket Park and Wright-Bembry Park. Little Thicket Park on W 23rd Street is a 10.6-acre green space and a designated wildlife habitat. It was originally named Helberg Park, after the estate from which the land was from. After its renovation and subsequent renaming, the park features a walking trail and picnic areas.

Wright-Bembry Park, on the other hand, is also located on W 23rd Street. It was named for two school teachers, Lillie B. Wright and Nettie Bembry. Planned renovations will add walking trails to the park’s existing amenities which include a tennis court and a playground area.

Residents also enjoy proximity to the White Oak Bayou Greenway, which offers a hike-and-bike trail that winds south from Shady Acres to Stude Park (in Woodland Heights). Another neighborhood staple is Thursday bingo: Located at 1435 Beall Street, the SPJST Lodge 88 plays host to bingo nights on Thursdays and dance nights two Saturdays a month.

For retail and dining, Shady Acres residents have options within the community, though for more options, Rice Military/Washington Avenue and Houston Heights are mere minutes away.

Here are some must-visit places in Shady Acres Houston:

Dining

  • Boil House
  • A 2nd Cup
  • Happy Fatz
  • Coltivare
  • Good Dog Houston
  • Gumbo Jeaux’s
  • Zelko Bistro
  • Papa Mo’s Deli
  • Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar
  • Velvet Taco

Retail

  • Lazy Brook
  • Jester Village Shopping Center
  • Various dining, retail and entertainment along 19th Street
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Nightlife

  • Big Star Bar
  • Premium Draught
  • Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar
  • Public House Houston
  • Aura Houston
  • Rose Garden
  • 13 Heights Bar
  • Pearl Houston
  • Underdogs Pub
  • Calamari’s

Groceries

  • Kroger
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • H-E-B
  • El Tiempo Market
  • Walmart
  • Fiesta Food Mart

Parks

  • Wright-Bembry Park
  • Little Thicket Park
  • White Oak Bayou Park and Trail

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