River Oaks is situated in Central West Houston, sitting slightly East of the Galleria area. Residents of River Oaks enjoy easy access to the Southwest Freeway (US 59) and Loop 610 for a less than 10 minute commute to Downtown Houston.
River Oaks is Houston's most exclusive neighborhood, complete with white-columned mansions, maids' quarters and manicured gardens.
Nestled around the southern edge of Memorial Park, River Oaks was established by Will and Mike Hogg, the sons of former Texas Governor James Hogg.
In 1928, the Hogg brothers promoted lots in the subdivision for $2,200. Deed restrictions required architectural control and prohibited homes priced below $7,500. Restrictions for Kirby Drive allowed homes only of American Colonial or English Tudor style.
This luxurious neighborhood of about 1,600 residents offers properties starting near $400,000 to $10 million.
Deed restrictions prohibit "For Sale" signs on the properties, and many of the district's streets are named after famous golf and country clubs in cities such as Chevy Chase, Md., Inverness, Ohio, and Inwood, New York. The River Oaks area is known for its quaint, upscale restaurants as well as its exclusive boutiques and shops in the River Oaks Shopping Center.
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