Afton Oaks – Houston Neighborhood Overview
Afton Oaks Subdivision is a welcoming quite neighborhood composed of historic and new homes with beautiful landscaping that one can find refreshing, and relaxing. The temperatures seem to drop a few degrees within its borders even during the hot Houston summer temperatures.
Afton Oaks is a deed-restricted “Inner Loop” upscale residential community of approximately 525 homes in Houston, Texas, United States. Afton Oaks is located inside Interstate 610 near the Galleria and Highland Village. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Westheimer Road, on the east by Union Pacific railroad tracks, on the south by Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 (Southwest Freeway), and on the west by Interstate 610.
Due to its central location in Houston, Afton Oaks is within close proximity to several neighborhoods including Oak Estates, River Oaks, and Royden Oaks to the northeast, Lynn Park to the east, West University Place, Texas to the southeast, Bellaire, Texas to the south, and Tanglewood to the northwest. In addition to The Galleria, Highland Village, and River Oaks District shopping areas, Afton Oaks also enjoys adjacency to the Plaza business district.
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 contains many single-story ranch homes built in the 1950s. In recent years, like other neighborhoods with a close-in location, significant new home construction has started to replace these original homes. Partly because of rising land values, these new builds are typically in excess of the million-dollar price point. Houston’s Association of Realtors’ (HAR) 2012 data showed that the neighborhood value range in Afton Oaks is between $302,000 to $1,138,000, with the newer homes pulling the average upwards of $1,000,000.
Chartered in 1955, the Afton Oaks Civic Club remains active in preserving the continuity, history, and legacy of the neighborhood by maintaining the upkeep of common areas, arranging services including security and trash pickup, and actively enforces deed restrictions, mandatory HOA Dues and architectural controls.
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