Garden Oaks/Oak Forest
Known for pine trees, grand magnolias, and large lots, the Garden Oaks community is an architecturally unique area featuring quaint cottages, charming bungalows, and plantation, ranch, and traditional–style homes. Oak Forest is a more affordable option in the area, offering most everything you can find in Garden Oaks but at a slightly lower price point. For more information, visit gardenoaks.org.
The Greater Inwood area is accessible via the North 610 Loop, Interstate 45, State Highway 290, and the North Freeway. Many of the area’s original homes were built for oil company executives, and many new homes now occupy land that once served as hunting grounds for Native Americans. Entry-level homes and new apartment complexes make the area attractive for first-time homebuyers and renters. Aldine ISD (aldine.k12.tx.us) serves students in this area. For more information, visit greaterinwood.com.
The Heights is Houston’s oldest planned community, located northwest ofdowntown. The area is known for its diverse population and small-town quality of life while still being in the heart of the city. Tastefully updated turn-of-the-century homes stand next to newly constructed Victorian– and Charleston–style cottages with large, wrap-around porches. Numerous high-rise condos are currently being developed in response to the population growth that’s predicted for the area. House hunters are drawn to the 19th Street Historic Business district, which offers a unique variety of specialty boutiques, antique shops, and funky eateries. The First Saturday Arts Market features live music, crafts, art, and more. For more information, visit houstonheights.org.
North Houston District
The North Houston District, a 12-square-mile activity center at Interstate 45 and North Sam Houston Parkway, is home to 20 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space, 72,000 employees, and approximately 112,000 residents. Two school districts serve the area: Aldine ISD (aldineisd.org) and Spring ISD (springisd.org). For more information, visit northhouston.org.
This historically Hispanic community lies north of downtown Houston across the 610 Loop.
Northside/Acres Homes is a predominantly African-American community that got its name when
World War I–era landowners sold home sites that were divided by the acre, not by the plot. Aldine ISD (aldineisd.org) serves the western part of Acres Homes.
Spring Branch East/Spring Shadows/Spring Branch West
Spring Branch East is primarily a blue-collar area with bungalows, and Spring Branch West is home to 1960s ranch-style homes. Several parks and a golf course allow access to a swimming pool, tennis courts, a community center, an outdoor basketball pavilion, playgrounds, and a hike-and-bike trail. Spring Branch ISD (cms.springbranchisd.com) serves students here.