If you want all the benefits of the suburbs—think more square footage and bigger yards—without actually moving to the suburbs, then look no further than Spring Branch.
Deemed one of the 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Houston for 2018 by Houstonia Magazine, Spring Branch delivers all the conveniences and diversity of city life without making you travel very far outside the urban core at all. The close-but-far-enough-away location is partly why many first-time buyers and young families are moving here in droves. Another reason is the affordability of homes compared to surrounding neighborhoods (we’re looking at you, Memorial and most of inner-loop Houston). The many charming, 1950s-era ranches are usually available at a lower price point. The more recent construction single-family homes and townhomes cater to a broader—including higher—range of budgets.
An additional major reason for Spring Branch’s popularity is the zoning to some of the most sought-after, top-ranked public schools in the Houston area within the Spring Branch Independent School District.
Spring Branch has come a long way from its origins as a rural settlement for German immigrants in the mid-1800s. Today, it’s part of the City of Houston and covers a vast area north of I-10 that extends from Loop 610 and Hempstead Road on the east to Beltway 8 on the west. The neighborhood still maintains its wooded feel with tree-lined streets and plentiful parks and bayous, including its namesake Spring Branch Bayou. But you can also enjoy close proximity to major commercial centers (Energy Corridor, downtown, and the Galleria). Just across I-10 is Memorial City Mall and CityCentre, where you can take your family out for dinner and a movie—or maybe meet some friends for drinks or shopping.
There’s also the Marq-E Entertainment Center with an Edwards Cinema (including an IMAX theater screen!) and a Dave & Buster’s. Even a brewery has moved in. And then there’s the food. If Houston is known for offering every type of ethnic cuisine imaginable, then Long Point Road is a microcosm of Houston contained within a single street running through the center of Spring Branch. Thanks to a fresh wave of immigrants from other areas around the world, particularly Central America and Southeast Asia, you can find everything from taquerias and panaderias to noodle shops serving Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese fare, among others. Of course, you can find many trendy eateries and chain restaurants, too.
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