Explore River Oaks, one of Houston's finest neighborhoods

Houston's River Oaks neighborhood is synonymous with images of grand mansions and gardens. Among the richest neighborhoods in Texas, River Oaks is graced with elegant multimillion-dollar homes in a variety of stately architectural styles.

Examples of the styles found throughout the River Oaks neighborhood include American Colonial—some designed a century ago by famed Houston architect and River Oaks resident John F. Staub—Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and contemporaries that respect the character of the community.

River Oaks has plenty to enjoy in terms of culture, nature, fine dining and remarkable shopping. Here's how to spend a great day in River Oaks. 

Where is River Oaks located?

Dotted with century-old trees, the enclave is located about 10 minutes from downtown Houston. The luxe, leafy River Oaks neighborhood is bounded by Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park to the north, Westheimer Road to the south, Shepherd Drive to the east, and West Lane and Willowick Road to the west, explains Cameron Ansari, who has been a River Oaks real estate specialist with Greenwood King Properties for two decades.

River Oaks' history of down-to-earth elegance

In the 1920s, brothers Will and Michael Hogg—sons of former Texas Governor Jim Hogg—and attorney Hugh Potter established River Oaks. Development plans called for architectural controls, parks and esplanades that would be planted with oaks, shrubs and azaleas—in addition to a well-integrated community with housing from palatial estates to bungalows, available to people at a range of economic levels. River Oaks became a model for community planning nationwide about four decades before its housing prices skyrocketed beyond the reach of middle-income folks.

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