I have very fond memories of Garden Oaks, it was the birthplace of my two sons. On Saturday mornings we would sneak out in the backyard and go for a morning swim in our birthday suits and freeze our butts off. Friends and family barbq’s were happening all of the time. I was a Sunday School teacher at Baptist Temple in the youth department and there were kids swimming all of the time. And yes we did have mixed swimming, as they called it. Im not that old! But I do remember my grandmother who lived in the Heights saying on many occasions, your Grandpaw and I moved OUT to Garden Oaks. I guess because it was further from downtown than the Heights. In my childhood I remember going to Sears on N Shepherd with my Dad and you could get 25 cents worth of candy and that was a lot, but we couldn’t tell my Mom. My first home was in Garden Oaks and I think it was $20,000ish, and it sold ten years later for $65,000ish.

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BH Edward L Crain developed the area in the late 1930’s, features bungalows and cottages to traditional two story construction of the time. The 900 block of W 43rd St featured stately brick residences on estate size lots. Aesthetics was a high priority with the creation of rambling, curved streets and no curbs or gutters, adding the to the country feel of this close knit community. However, there has been a resurgence of new construction in the neighborhood in recent years as families flock to great public schools like Garden Oaks Elementary and private schools like Saint Rose of Lima and Lutheran North. Located just north of Houston Heights and east of Oak Forest, this neighborhood is located conveniently located to most of what Houston’s inner loop has to offer and provides an easy commute to downtown Houston.

Today the Garden Oaks Civic Club plays an active role in the community, hosting a home tour every year to showcase recent renovations, coordinating the security patrol and maintaining the pocket parks that are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. In the mornings and early evenings, watch out (remember there are no sidewalks) for joggers, walkers and lots baby buggies and kids on bicycles on the streets.

With the dramatic resurgence of Houston Heights, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks, restaurateurs and shop owners have entered the market to meet demand of the increasingly affluent residents. Old favorites like BarBQ Inn and Millers Hamburgers are still popular, but recently established gastropubs like Shepherd Park and Cottonwood have quickly become neighborhood staples. And the establishments on Wakefield like Petrol, Crowbar, Walking Stick,……… have all contributed to neighborhood nightlife.

Garden Oaks has always boasted a high 5 year and 10 year appreciation rates have always been strong, the last published report I saw had on Garden Oaks’ ten year appreciation rate was approximately 65%. Starting prices for homes in Garden Oaks are around $450,000 ish, with New Construction beginning just south of 1 mil dollars and rising to ………. For a list of Garden Oaks homes click here, some close by subdivisions that you might also have some interest in include Oak Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza and Ella Lee Forest. If you would like us to set up a personalized search, please click here.


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