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Home Buying in River Oaks Houston

Posted by equinoxrealtygroupadmin on September 19, 2021

Are you interested in buying a home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston? If so, our experienced Houston realtors can help you. Not only do we stay up to date with all of the available homes for sale in the neighborhood, but also track the available homes in surrounding areas of Houston, TX.

Our team can work with you to identify the best areas for your need, narrow it down to the zip codes you prefer and keep you updated with new listings as they arise. Working with an experienced real estate agent can help you to find the home of your dreams quickly, while negotiating a fair price on your behalf.

History of River Oaks Neighborhood

River Oaks is, without question, Houston’s best known residential neighborhood. This is in no small part due to the foresight, persistence (and cunning) of brothers Will Hogg (1875-1930) and Mike Hogg (1885-1941), and Hugh Potter (1888-1968), the founders and executive officer, respectively, of the River Oaks Corporation. Imagination, intelligence, and a strong commitment to creating the optimal residential environment guided the development and maintenance of River Oaks.

The nucleus of this district predates the Hoggs’ and Potter’s involvement. The section called River Oaks Country Club Estates had been plated (but not developed) south of the newly established River Oaks Country Club when the Hogg brothers bought out the original developers and established Country Club Estates, Inc. (later the River Oaks Corporation) in 1924. Mike Hogg’s friend, Hugh Potter, was installed as president of the corporation. Under his expert direction, River Oaks began in earnest. Not only was the existing section developed but the corporation busily acquired land on all sides of Country Club Estates. Between 1926 and 1947, an additional nineteen platted subdivisions joined Country Club Estates on the 1,100 acres which comprises River Oaks. A study of noteworthy American suburban communities, especially Roland Park in Baltimore and the Country Club District in Kansas City, was responsible for such notions as the institution of architectural controls, the levying of a private tax to support a maintenance and services fund, and the creation of a property owners’ association to enforce deed restrictions. Will Hogg was especially determined that River Oaks serve Houston as a model of enlightened community planning standards.

To demonstrate the superiority of planned development (and to sell property in what was Houston’s largest subdivision), it was necessary to include housing available across a range of economic levels. Hence, while parts of River Oaks have always been occupied by the well-to-do, other sections (at least until the 1960’s) were within the means of middle income families. Corresponding to this economic range were varieties of planning evident in River Oaks. All houses are single family, detached units, but their sites run from estates to greenway courts to country retreats. On the periphery of River Oaks the corporation developed two shopping centers, a garden apartment complex and made space available for two schools and a church.

The founders’ vision has served the neighborhood well even as Houston entered the twenty-first century. River Oaks continues to thrive on the founding principles outlined so long ago.

Schools Near River Oaks

River Oaks is privileged to have many fine schools, public and private, a short distance from the neighborhood. If your child is already enrolled in one of the schools listed, you can click the link below to access the school’s home page. If you are new to the neighborhood, we urge you to review the educational institutions we have listed to help determine if one or more would be best for your children.

Public Schools

  • River Oaks Elementary (Grades K-5)
  • Lanier Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Lamar High School (Grades 9-12)


Private Schools

  • River Oaks Baptist School (Grades Pre-K to 5)
  • St. John’s School (Grades K-12)


River Oaks Average Housing Cost

The median listing home price in River Oaks was $1.5M in August 2021, trending down -23.4% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $401.

What To Do in River Oaks

One of the most-popular attractions in the area is the Landmark River Oaks Theatre. Built in 1939, this River Oaks Shopping Center destination is a perfect spot to catch an independent or foreign film. While in the popular shopping district, stroll along many shops before or after the show.

For more shopping, many flock to Highland Village, where upscale shops like Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and Williams Sonoma are located. Other stores include Lucchese Boots, Crate and Barrel, and an Apple store. Continuing down Westheimer Rd. towards downtown, where you’ll find shops like Billy Reid, Sloan-Hall and antique stores lining the road.

Where To Eat in River Oaks

If you’re looking for great food, River Oaks does not disappoint. Towards Downtown Houston, Armandos, Eddie V’s and State of Grace offer excellent options. While in the Highland Village area, head to Frank’s Americana Revival, where a comfortable atmosphere and locally-sourced food will fill you upright. For a top Houston steak, head to Steak 48, or RA Sushi Bar, if you’d like something a little less cooked. Top off your dining experience with a cupcake from Sprinkles, and their famous cupcake vending machine available after hours.

In the River Oaks Shopping Center, head to Brasserie 19, a concept of Charles Clark and Grant Cooper where the atmosphere and fine French fare will make you feel at home. La Griglia offers authentic Italian dining with inventive cuisine, attentive service and an energetic atmosphere. Try the wild boar chop or one of many pasta dishes.


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Houston, TX 77056
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