Any Bellaire resident will tell you how much they love the city’s small town feel, while at the same time being located right in the middle of it all, with the Galleria, Medical Center and Downtown each only a few minutes away. Bellaire is primarily a residential community, and is still known to many longtime residents as “The City of Homes”. Its residents are quite diverse in character; Bellaire is home to many young professionals who enjoy the ideal location, families who are attracted by the high-quality public schools, and lifelong residents who have fallen in love with their home and community.
Strict zoning and land use ordinances have long been in place to ensure that Bellaire’s picturesque, suburban character is maintained, and this is what sets the city apart from Houston at large. Trees are especially valued in Bellaire, and many streets are lined by graceful, almost century-old oak trees. In fact, most streets in Bellaire are named after trees. The city and its residents make sure to maintain the ever-growing lush canopy of trees that fills the city.
Bellaire was founded by William Baldwin and was incorporated in 1918, and at the time had only 200 residents. Early advertisements claimed that the city was named for the gulf breezes of Texas’ coastal prairie. Houston’s rapid expansion following World War II made Bellaire a popular choice for returning veterans and their families, and the city continued to expand geographically until 1948, when the City of Houston annexed the only remaining adjacent land.
A resurgence of new residential construction began in the 1980s during Houston’s oil boom and has continued today, as new homes are built and the community continues to evolve. Since its humble beginnings, Bellaire has grown to nearly 17,000 residents and remains a highly sought-after place to call home.
Bellaire has its own independent city government, Fire and Police Departments (Noted for their rapid response times), and public works departments. Bellaire has its own post office, meaning that all addresses are designated as “Bellaire”. Bellaire Police Department has a vacation-watch program that residents may elect to use to ensure their home is watched while they are away.
Avid shoppers will enjoy Bellaire’s proximity to the Galleria (Under 3 miles) and the many fine dining opportunities located there. The adjacent Meyerland Plaza is also home to almost any store one might need. Additionally, grocery stores and pharmacies are located within the city limits, ensuring residents never have to travel far to find what they are looking for. Several dining options exist within the city as well, ranging from upscale Italian fare to quick sandwich shops and much more.
Bellaire lies within the Houston Independent School District. Elementary school students are zoned to the exemplary Condit and Horn Elementary Schools. Middle school students are zoned to Pershing Middle School in the adjacent Braes Heights neighborhood, but may elect to attend the award winning Pin Oak Middle School, a magnet school located within Bellaire. High school students attend Bellaire High School, which has a nationwide reputation for academic and athletic excellence. Please review the HISD policies concerning procedures if a school becomes too full.
In addition to the public schools, several fantastic private schools are located within or adjacent to Bellaire, including the prestigious Episcopal High School and the Post Oak School.
Bellaire maintains its own public library for residents to use. It is located at 5111 Jessamine across the street from City Hall and the Police Department.
The Bellaire Recreation Center is located at 7008 Fifth Street, and contains a gymnasium, fitness room, and tennis courts, and is open to members as well as non-members. The Recreation Center is located next to the Bellaire Town Square Aquatic Center, home to multiple pools geared toward all age groups, with a Junior Olympic swimming pool as well as a play pool complete with slides and other water activities.
Bellaire is home to a number of parks, including the Russ Pitman Park, a lush, 4-acre wooded area that is also home to the Nature Discovery Center; Evergreen Park, home to a large playground, and . There are also several pocket parks located throughout the city. The former site of Teas Nursery on Bellaire Boulevard was purchased and then donated to the city for development of a new park called Evelyn’s Park, which will soon be home to a pond, event lawn, butterfly garden and numerous other amenities. Visit the Evelyn’s Park Website for more information.
The City hosts a camp for children every summer called Camp Paseo. Activities include swimming, arts & crafts, sports, and many others. Visit the Bellaire city website for more information.
Interested in making Bellaire your home? Contact us today, we’d love to show you around.