Afton Oaks boasts an incredible location in the shadow of the Galleria area. Much of the neighborhood is covered by a canopy of oak trees, and prospective residents have a wide variety of single family home choices, from sprawling 1950s ranch style homes to new construction of traditional, Mediterranean, and French styles, among others.
The boundaries of Afton Oaks are the 610 Loop to the west, Westheimer Road to the north, Mid Lane to the east, and US 59 to the south. Despite its location along two major freeways, this exclusive community maintains a quiet, serene nature with heavily enforced deed restrictions. Residents enjoy close proximity to Uptown, Downtown, Greenway Plaza and the Medical Center, and easy access to most of Houston’s major freeways.
Afton Oaks was established in 1951. It was developed on land previously farmed by the O’Meara and Stahlman families. Afton Oaks opened in a series of sections between 1951 and 1959. The signature element of the community is the esplanade running along Newcastle Drive. The Afton Oaks Civic Club was founded in 1955 and remains active in the community today. They were instrumental in redirecting the Light Rail out of Afton Oaks’ Richmond corridor.
By the 1980s and especially into the 2000s, much of the original housing stock had been replaced by two-story homes in styles such as Spanish, Mediterranean, traditional, and more. The original housing stock that remains is typically in pristine condition, most having been carefully renovated and maintained; many often rival their newer neighbors in terms of luxury.
Good to Know:
Fire protection is provided by the Houston Fire Department’s Fire Station 3. It is located nearby at 3735 West Alabama St.
Police services are provided by the Houston Police Department. The neighborhood is patrolled by HPD’s Central Patrol Division, which is headquartered at 61 Riesner Street. The Civic Club maintains a contract with off-duty Houston Police Department officers for more extensive patrolling.
The nearest post office is located at 2501 Timmons Lane near Greenway Plaza.
Shopping and Dining:
Given its location between the Galleria and Highland Village, Afton Oaks is only seconds away from Houston’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Some Houston favorites, including Grotto, Ragin’ Cajun and Luling City Market, are within the neighborhood on Richmond Ave. and Westheimer Road.
Afton Oaks lies within the Houston Independent School District. Elementary school students (K-5) residing in Afton Oaks are zoned to attend the renowned School at St. George Place, a IB Candidate and TEA Exemplary school.
Middle school students residing in Afton Oaks are zoned to attend the sought-after Lanier Middle School, while high school students are zoned to attend Lamar High School.
There are several private schools in the area, including St. John’s School and St. Anne Catholic School, River Oaks Baptist School, Episcopal High School, and the Post Oak School.
Libraries, Parks & Recreation:
The nearest public library, the Looscan Neighborhood Library, is located adjacent to nearby Highland Village, at 2510 Willowick Road.
Afton Oaks is only minutes from Memorial Park, Houston’s largest park. Recreation opportunities include a public golf course, tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, an arboretum, and jogging and biking trails.