Bellaire – Houston Neighborhood Overview

Bellaire is known as the “City of Homes” a community that prospective buyers find simply irresistible residential character that is close in proximity to the Galleria Area, the Medical Center and the Downtown Area.

Bellaire offers a diversity of residential choices that range from older homes to new construction.

Originally founded in 1908 and named “Bellaire” or “Good Air” for its breezes. Bellaire combines the charm and ambiance of a warm, small-town setting with extraordinary amenities, big city conveniences, and an accessible location. Residents agree that Bellaire is truly an outstanding community in which to raise a family and is a grand place to live.

The city experienced its first population growth between 1940-1950 which increased the number of residents to 10,173 and 3,186 residential homes. The growth has continued throughout the decades resulting in population increase, the construction of several schools, independent Fire and Police Departments, recreational facilities and parks within the city limits. The City of Bellaire now has property zoned for light industrial, commercial and residential uses.

During 1949, the city of Houston annexed the land on three sides of Bellaire and West University formed the fourth boundary, thus eliminating any possible plans for Bellaire’s future expansion.

When the city changed its long-standing no-growth building permit process in the 1980s, a building boom occurred. Builders flocked to Bellaire to purchase small, post-World War II housing to tear down/rebuild or remodel. The result is a divergence of architectural styles with spacious homes on large lots that can accommodate a house with a detached garage and swimming pool if desired. Home prices begin in the $200,000s for lots and range to upwards of $2 million for recently constructed homes.

Need a Bellaire Realtor?

Not working with a realtor? We recommend you call Victoria Upton at Upton Gray Properties. Mrs. Upton specializes in the luxury home market. She can be reached at 281.497.4729 or you can email her at

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