River Oaks – Houston Neighborhood Overview

River Oaks, a landmark neighborhood and one of Houston’s most exclusive residential areas, was developed in the early 1920’s.  Located in between The Galleria Area and Montrose neighborhoods is home to many Pro Athletes, politicians, and has a rich history marked with sprawling estates and is surrounded by some of Houston’s most exciting upscale shops, dining and nightlife.  Although it is central to Houston, River Oaks seems removed from the big-city atmosphere.

The subdivision’s borders are: Buffalo Bayou on the north, San Felipe or Westheimer Roads to the South, South Shepherd Drive to the east, and the Union Pacific Railroad track to the west.  Located within the 610 Loop, between Downtown and Uptown, spanning 1,100 acres. 

 Established in the 1920’s, the community has become a well-publicized national model for community planning.  River Oaks became famous for impressive homes designed by the country’s foremost residential architects, including John Staub, Birdsall P. Briscoe, Hiram Salisbury, and Howard Barnstone. Its most famous house, Bayou Bend, was a collaborative design by Staub and Briscoe, and is now administered by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and houses the Bayou Bend Collection, a premier resource for American decorative arts. 

River Oaks real estate values range from $1 million to over $20 million. 

River Oaks Property Owners’ Association (ROPO), which maintains, from a central command center, a neighborhood security force with 24-hour patrols. ROPO also handles permanent maintenance, monitors deed restriction compliance, maintains the esplanades and parks, and contracts for trash collection services.

Need a River Oaks 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 victoria@uptongray.com.

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