River Oaks


River Oaks is a luxurious neighborhood in Houston, Texas. Home to football players and politicians alike, this area has a rich history marked by sprawling estates and is surrounded by some of Houston's most exciting cuisine, shops and nightlife. With access to the city and the Galleria district, River Oaks is central to Houston but seems removed from the big-city atmosphere.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$139,900 to $5,450,000
  • Closed Prices:$116,000 to $7,500,000
  • Median Sale Price:$921,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$468
  • Association Fee Ranges:$750 to $3750/quarter,$0 to $2500,$0 to $6248/mo,$360 to $9100
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1927 to 2018
  • Sq. Ft.:450 to 431,471Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 8Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 10Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes: - 5+ acres


The community of River Oaks features a number of attractive home designs and prices. Most common in this neighborhood are attached homes, which usually have annual homeowner association fees ranging from $30 to $9,100, and taxes for the year range from as low as $1,914 to as high as $91,290. There are also a variety of single-family homes. Those usually have monthly homeowner association fees ranging from $30 to $9,100. Property taxes for the year can range from $11,712 to $229,751.

Friday Night Fun

Friday night offers lots of options for River Oaks dwellers. The River Oaks Theatre is the original movie theatre in Houston and plays independent films year round. You can even catch cult favorite shows at midnight. For those with an artistic bent, galleries around the area offer insight to Houston's visual arts scene. The Menil Museum is only a short drive away and features some carefully crafted exhibits from the private collection of John and Dominique de Menil. If you're a fan of shopping, Tootsies on Kirby offers three floors of elegance and designer names. Boutiques in the area also allow residents to stand out from the crowd with rare, sought-after brands.

The Perfect Sunday

Sundays in River Oaks may consist of visiting the country club to take in a few rounds of tennis and golf or traveling to Buffalo Bayou Park to take in the 124-acres of running, hiking, and walking trails. There are also a lot of nearby libraries and quiet spots to read a book or get into a zen state of mind. There are several parks to take children, including River Oaks Park which features a replica of Cinderella's carriage for the little ones to enjoy.

Where to Live

River Oaks is a great area to settle down with a family. With some of the best schools in Houston and ample parks and recreation, River Oaks is a very family-friendly area. Primarily dominated by single-family homes and condos, River Oaks is definitely more for the buyer than a renter. River Oaks also happens to be Houston's most expensive neighborhoods. Real estate in the area features stately mansions with a Victorian flair. New construction, however, has leaned more towards single-family homes with a modern twist. In many cases, historic homes are being updated or completely replaced with modern builds. Many of the homes in River Oaks feature four to five bedrooms. River Oaks is perfect for families looking for all the bells and whistles.

Where to Eat

There are no shortage of options in River Oaks. Award-winning restaurants surround the area. Whether you're looking for traditional American cuisine or something with an exotic flair, you will find it in and around River Oaks. However, if you are looking for something a little more budget friendly, there are a large number of Houston-only eateries in the surrounding areas of Montrose and Galleria.

What You'll See

Walking around River Oaks and you're bound to see families at every turn. The suburban areas are not heavily trafficked, which means there is definitely a more community-friendly feel to the roads and streets. The main drive through the area is lined with dramatic trees, which is even more impressive during the holiday season when lights are in abundance. Cafes and brunch spots means River Oaks becomes the spot to be on the weekends.

Locals Love

Renowned reputation • Neighborly community with safe streets • High-end boutiques and shopping • Great schools • Beautiful scenery and abundant nature.

Locals Don't Love

Far from grocery stores and big-name businesses • Constant construction in surrounding areas.


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  • Grades PK-5
  • 680 Students
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  • Grades PK-6
  • 786 Students
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  • Grades 9-12
  • 3288 Students
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Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.


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