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March 18, 2016updated 22 Jul 2021 3:50pm

Best places to live in Houston

By Codelia Mantsebo

From gated communities to expansive mansions, Houston’s suburbs lead the way in luxe living. Often ranking among the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the country, residents enjoy a richly layered luxury lifestyle. See the best places to live in Houston and make sure your next stately-move is just as luxurious.

Best places to live in Houston

The ultra-luxe winding streets and sprawling estates in Houston’s most affluent neighbourhoods represent the pinnacle of privilege in Houston. Whether they are inner loop, encompassing the’ island cities’ or outer-loop — the city’s suburbs and enclaves, Houston’s most impressive properties are spread across affluent neighbourhoods throughout the city.

River Oaks

Best places to live in Houston

River Oaks is one of Houston’s most luxurious neighbourhoods which contain some of the most coveted real estate in the city. The peaceful residential enclave is one of Houston’s older and more established communities. Its winding streets are lined with grand estates, traditional homes from the 20s and 30s, upscale condos on luxury high-rises, and town homes within gated communities. Located in a prime Houston area, perfect for shopping, working, and dining, this upscale neighbourhood is the ultimate address for those who enjoy fine living.

West University Place

Best places to live in Houston: West University

West University is one of the most desirable and affluent parts of the greater Houston area. Whether you’re looking for luxury homes, spectacular architecture, or an area that’s known for its beautiful neighbourhoods, West University has it all, easily making it for one of the best places to live in Houston. This is also the location of prestigious Rice University. In 2011, the group On Numbers ranked ‘West U’ as the community in the southern United States with the highest quality of life. Opt for West University Place for a home and neighbourhood that reflects classic taste and sophistication.



Tanglewood is one of Houston’s most expensive neighbourhoods, offering a peaceful residential enclave just outside the Inner Loop. Homes built in the area typically sit on spacious, wooded lots. The beautiful community of live oaks and grand homes is accompanied with a charming architectural mix of California Ranch homes and magnificent recently-built Traditional, Mediterranean and Contemporary-style residences. With a central location near world-class retail centres, parks, and restaurants, residents can enjoy tasteful and distinctive living and in Tanglewood.

Memorial Villages

Best places to live in Houston

The Memorial Villages neighbourhoods are home to Houston’s business leaders and boast some of the highest median household income in the country. Referred to collectively as “the Villages,” the area is famous for its distinctive country-estate atmosphere and ranks as one of the most desirable places to live in Texas. The Memorial Villages includes Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, Bunker Hill, Spring Valley, and Hilshire Village and all identify as serene and very private neighbourhoods, offering a lifestyle that is unique in the Houston market.

Avalon Place


Often considered to be an extension of the prestigious River Oaks, Avalon is one of the finest and most sought after locations in the city. Avalon Place is a small Inner Loop neighbourhood of historic homes amidst mature trees, a protected peaceful enclave. Nestled between River Oaks and Montrose, Avalon Place is one of the best places to live in Houston for those like a bit of tradition mixed with contemporary mansions. Avalon Place combines the grace of Montrose’s historic homes and the luxuries of River Oaks. The neighbourhood is zoned to some of the best performing public schools and reputable private schools in Houston, making it one of the most expensive Houston neighbourhoods.

Southampton Place


Southampton Place is a small yet vibrant and affluent community of mostly single-family homes just north of Rice University. It often ranks highly as one of most expensive neighbourhoods in Houston due to its great Inner Loop location, luxury homes, and upscale neighbourhood. Southampton Houston has tree-lined streets and beautiful landscape. The residential part of Southampton Place is filled with elegant oaks and charming ambience. The neighbourhood’s system of alleys permits more expansive front yards and green space for trees.

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Crestwood and Glen Cove


Crestwood is an affluent residential neighbourhood adjacent to Memorial Park. The neighbourhood is one of the upscale communities, featuring beautiful homes and high accessibility. Crestwood real estate are notably among the most expensive in Houston. Residents of Crestwood and Glen Cove enjoy a world-class 1508-acre public park next door that features Houston’s first golf course. The area features a soft jogging trail along with hiking and biking trails, picnic grounds, ball fields, tennis courts, multiple children’s playgrounds, a public swimming pool and an arboretum. It’s one of the best places to live in Houston for sporty individuals who enjoy a calm and liberated space.



Popular for its convenient location within the Inner Loop area, Monticello features a charming mix of traditional and contemporary homes along its quiet tree-shaded streets. Boasting of new construction homes with modern designs, Monticello is a private neighbourhood, where homebuyers can choose from a number of innovatively designed apartment homes. Surrounded by luxurious spaces, sunlight, and wonderful views, it’s easy to find a home that reflects your lifestyle in this neighbourhood.

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