Afton Oaks is a deed-restricted “Inner Loop” upscale residential community of approximately 525 homes in Houston, Texas, United States. Afton Oaks is located near the intersection of the 610 Loop West Loop and Richmond Avenue. This gives the neighborhood access to The Galleria, Greenway Plaza, and Downtown Houston. The Kettering Oaks subdivision is adjacent to Afton Oaks. The subdivisions of Oak Estates and Royden Oaks are in proximity.
The major thoroughfares in Afton Oaks are Kettering Drive, Newcastle Drive, Richmond Avenue, and West Alabama Street. The notable signature elements of Afton Oaks include the esplanade along Newcastle Drive, the canopy of large, older hardwood trees throughout the neighborhood, a collection of rectangular column street markers, and a set of smaller triangular parks. Near Afton Oaks is a throwback to Houston’s older days as several long running restaurants such as Bayou City Seafood & Pasta (est. 1990), Luling City Market (est. 1981), Nielsen’s Delicatessen (est. 1952), and Rajin Cajun (est. 1974) still thrive along Richmond Avenue.
Afton Oaks subdivision is a beautiful welcoming oasis of oak tree canopies, wide resurfaced smooth streets with antique-style street lamps, and sloping lush green lawns. Even in the middle of a blistering hot Houston summer, the temperature seems to drop a few degrees within the Afton Oaks borders – despite the fact that Afton Oaks is enviably located within Houston’s prestigious inner-Loop.
This heavily deed-restricted neighborhood offers an impressive selection of updated vintage and recently constructed homes on approximately 500 home sites. The tight-knit community was developed in the 1950s on farm and ranch land owned by the Stahlman and O’Meara families. Richmond Avenue ended at the railroad tracks that border the neighborhood’s east side and as Afton Oaks grew, working farms continued to operate north and south of the area. Highland Village, on the subdivision’s east side, became the shopping center – there was no Galleria. The Afton Oaks Civic Club was chartered in 1955 and continues to actively enforce deed restrictions, mandatory HOA dues and architectural controls. Afton Oaks security patrol is regularly patrolled by off-duty Houston police officers serving and patrolling the neighborhood in marked cars.
Afton Oaks contains many 1950s one-story homes, a great many of which have been expanded and superbly updated. Recent years have seen an increase in the construction of luxurious two- to three-story homes, some in gated enclaves. There is room for both vintage and modern structures in Afton Oaks.
The subdivision’s original structures sell in a range from the high $300,000s to close to $800,000 for those with substantial updating or on very large lots. Recent and new- construction homes sell for well over $1 million and range to $3 million. Construction of newer two-story brick and stucco homes began in the 1980s. By 2000 many of the older homes received renovation or faced demolition to make room for new construction.
With proximity to downtown and the Galleria, plus the availability of excellent public and private schools, Afton Oaks attracts a wide demographic of residents. Young families, older original residents, professionals with children, without no children, and even empty nesters – all are always welcome.