Living in the City of Bellaire offers the perfect combination of quiet, small-town America and the convenience of big city attractions. Bellaire has its own mayor, city council, and police and fire departments. This independent structure provides responsive services and top-notch amenities to local residents. Residents celebrate Christmas with “snow” in the park, and the 4th of July parade is classic small-town America.
Bellaire, the little city inside of Houston, has witnessed more and more older homes being replaced by large stately homes. There has been an overall increase of eight percent in property values over the previous year, and are now ranging from $200,000 to well over $1,000,000.
Bellaire is well known for Bellaire High School, 5100 Maple, a flagship school of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). An HISD magnet school for foreign languages and the International Baccalaureate Program, Bellaire High School is well known for consistently graduating one of the highest numbers of National Merit finalists in the country, in addition to regularly producing state champion baseball teams.
For more information about Bellaire, visit
www.ci.bellaire.tx.us or call (713) 662-8222.
Braeswood/ Stella Link
As with many neighborhoods in Southwest Houston, recent redevelopment and revitalization efforts in the Braeswood and Stella Link neighborhoods have made them ideal communities for growing families, and it’s not uncommon to find families that have been here for 30 to 50 years.
This close-in neighborhood is now experiencing what Bellaire and West University Place began
seeing several years ago – older homes are being torn down and new ones are being built in their place. Area home sale prices range from $180,000 to over $700,000.
Another fixture of the Braeswood/Stella Link area is the Jewish Community Center of Houston. For nearly 70 years, it has been a place where families come together for friendship, affiliation and socialization in a safe and welcoming environment regardless of background, religion, age or sex.
Originally part of oil tycoon Walter William Fondren’s ranch, Fondren Southwest is one of Houston’s most accessible and civic-minded communities with a mixture of multi-family dwellings and residential subdivisions. Homes are selling between $110,000 and $200,000. Recently the Brays Oaks Management District was created to finance projects related to public transportation/mobility, community safety, beautification, economic development, and others.
Students from the community attend either Fondren Middle School or Welch Middle School. They then attend the newly renovated Westbury High or Sharpstown High.
Meyerland/South Post Oak
Nestled in the crook of the South Loop, just south of Bellaire, the combined Meyerland/South Post Oak community boasts excellent accessibility, beautiful parks, and strong community leaders.
Serious about maintaining the neighborhood’s integrity, the Meyerland Civic Improvement Association ensures deed restrictions are enforced. One of Meyerland’s defining characteristics is its strong Jewish roots. Today, the neighborhood is served by three synagogues and the Jewish Community Center.
The sales price range of the homes is from $165,000 to nearly $700,000. While some of the homes are the original 1950s bungalows, others are new construction from homeowners who like Meyerland’s ease and convenience. Meyerland is a 15-minute drive (or less) to downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, and the Reliant Park complex.
Houston Independent School District schools include Herod Elementary, Kolter Elementary, Parker Elementary, and Lovett Elementary. Johnston Middle School and Bellaire High School are in the feeder pattern for these students.
Sharpstown was the largest subdivision in the U.S. when developer Frank Sharp unveiled the
area’s plans in 1954. Today it includes Houston’s first air-conditioned mall and more than 3,000 homes. The active civic association has underwritten constable patrols, deed restriction enforcement, and esplanade projects.
A prominent institution in the Sharpstown community is Houston Baptist University (HBU). Founded in 1960, HBU is a highly respected private university located on a 100-acre campus just off the Southwest Freeway. Strong programs in pre-med and nursing are among the 45 areas of study at HBU. HBU has approximately 2,600 students, including graduate and undergraduate students.
Several private schools serve Sharpstown, and HISD campuses include Sharpstown Middle School or Jane Long Middle School. Sharpstown High School has a magnet program that concentrates on developing leadership skills.
Southside Place is a special small secret with only 430 homes and 1,530 residents. The tiny town was created in 1924 when E.L. Crain organized the small rows of bungalows. Residents of Southside Place still cherish the small town atmosphere of the community.
This neighborhood experienced the greatest increase in property values of all the surrounding neighborhoods – 14.5 percent. Sales prices range from $435,000 to more than $2 million. The average household income in Southside Place is more than $200,000 per year.
The Southside Place Park Association is a private association that owns, operates and manages the city’s Firetruck Park. The park’s facilities include a brand new multi-million dollar, 6,300-square-foot clubhouse, tennis courts, softball field and swimming pool. The association serves as the primary social, civic and recreation umbrella organization for the city.
For more information about Southside Place, visit www.ci.southside-place.tx.us.
West University Place
West U is still one of the five most expensive residential neighborhoods in Houston. A charming mix of bungalows and new brick homes, West University is known both inside and outside Houston as a quality, family-friendly community.
The city was founded in 1917 and named in honor of its close proximity to Rice Institute (now
Rice University). Beginning in the 1980s, West U underwent major revitalization as young families moved into its beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods and replaced small bungalows with large new brick homes. Homes sell for $475,000 to over $2 million, with an average price of $220 per square foot. Lots range from $175,000 to more than $1 million.
Wedged between Rice University and West University Place is Rice Village, one of Houston’s first, and finest, shopping districts. More than 360 stores make up Rice Village, including 75 restaurants. Its 16-block area features an eclectic mix of unique shops and designer boutiques.
For more information about West University Place, visit www.ci.west-university-place.tx.us.
Westbury is a vibrant and active middle-class community in Southwest Houston with the second-largest civic association in the city. Westbury includes 5,100 homes that range in price from $110,000 to $210,000. Accessibility is a big key to the success of Westbury. The Texas Medical Center, downtown Houston, and Reliant Park are within easy reach from the neighborhood.
Construction continues on the Brays Bayou Watershed Project, a $400 million+ collaboration between Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flooding along the bayou.
Schools serving Westbury are Anderson Elementary, Windsor Village Elementary, and Red Elementary. Students then attend Dowling Middle School or Johnston Middle School. Westbury Christian School and other private schools serve the area.