Strategically nestled between Downtown Houston and the Galleria, River Oaks is one of the most exclusive communities in Texas, and is ranked among the top ten communities in the US. River Oaks played a significant role in Houston’s history. This community was so meticulously planned in the 1920s that River Oaks came to be seen as a model for other master-planned communities.
River Oaks boasts homes designed by well-known architects such as Howard Barnstone and Hiram Salisbury. River Oaks Boulevard is a major focus point that leads to the River Oaks Country Club through a spacious avenue lined with stately mansions. River Oaks exudes an aura of luxury and charm, with its expansive lot sizes, large lawns, carefully cultivated bushes and rows of towering trees.
Location and Surroundings
All of Houston’s major districts can be easily accessed from River Oaks due to its position inside the Houston Inner Loop and between Galleria/Uptown and Downtown. River Oaks is surrounded by several neighborhoods including Memorial Park, Tanglewood, Buffalo Bayou, and Upper Kirby.
Several thoroughfares and freeways are nearby including Kirby Drive, Westheimer Road, and San Felipe Street. Bus services of the Metropolitan Transit authority of Harris County, Texas are also available in River Oaks.
Recreational Activities and Schools in River Oaks
Its central location enables the residents of River Oaks to enjoy a wide array of recreational, shopping and entertainment options. The community itself is aesthetically pleasing with its scenic views and pocket gardens. In less than 10 minutes, any of the following destinations can be approached from River Oaks:
There are abundant venues for recreation inside River Oaks as well, including:
- The River Oaks Theatre – an arthouse theatre that has maintained its original design.
- River Oaks Shopping Mall
- The Houston Ballet
- River Oaks Country Club – host of the River Oaks international tennis tournament and includes a golf course.
- River Oaks Chamber Orchestra – where musicians from all over the US play and guest conductors are invited from different countries.
- Parks – including the ‘Pumpkin’ Park, Sleepy Hollow Park and various other parks.
- Restaurants – Italian, Greek, Mexican, American or Mediterranean; there are a variety of cuisines available to satiate your cravings.
The public schools in River Oaks are operated by The Houston Independent School District. Many River Oaks students go to Lamar High School. However, most are sent to private schools, such as the Episcopal in nearby Bellaire, Kinkaid School or St Anne Catholic School.
Real Estate Trends in River Oaks
River Oaks is one of the wealthiest communities in the US, where the property market stayed strong even when it was low everywhere else. Showcasing lavish oversized homes with large lawns, the single-family houses are built in elegant styles like Tudor, chateau, Palladian, Spanish and plantation.
Architectural plans have to be approved by a panel and construction of multi-family units are prevented with deed restrictions. Homes for sale in River Oaks can vary in price from $1 million to as much as $20 million.
More information about beautiful homes currently for sale in River Oaks or Firethorne can be obtained from one of Team Sadler’s skilled real estate agents.
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