Braes Heights is located in one of Houston’s most sought after areas, within the larger Braeswood Place community that also includes neighboring subdivisions Ayrshire and Southern Oaks. It is bound by, roughly, Braeswood Boulevard to the south, Buffalo Speedway to the east, Stella Link to the west, and Bellaire Boulevard and Holcombe Boulevard to the north. It is in close proximity to the Galleria and Downtown areas and is only a stone’s throw from the Texas Medical Center area.
Braes Heights is almost exclusively a single family neighborhood, noted for its great schools and quiet suburban character that doesn’t sacrifice convenience for great amenities; furthermore, the homesites are typically larger than those found in nearby West University Place and Southside Place.
The community opened in 1947 and was built out in 1952. The Braes Heights Homeowners’ Association was founded in 1951. The neighborhood consists of approximately 900 houses.
In the 1990s, the Stella Link Redevelopment Association formed to transform and beautify aging parts of the community and adjacent areas.
Along with the surrounding neighborhoods, Braes Heights has, since the late 1980s, been in transition from the original 1950s ranch-style homes to two-story Colonial, Spanish and French style homes. However, a large portion of the high-quality original homes remain, and many have been extensively remodeled.
Good to Know:
Police protection is provided by the City of Houston’s Southwest Patrol Division, headquartered nearby at 4503 Beechnut St.
Fire protection is provided by Houston Fire Dept. Station 21, located nearby at 10515 S Main St.
Postal services are provided by the US Post Office at 8205 Braesmain Dr.
Shopping and Dining:
Braes Heights is in close proximity to Rice Village and the Galleria for those seeking a wide variety of shopping opportunities. The community is located near Meyerland Plaza, which features Target and many other major retailers. Nearby Vanderbilt Square is home to a Randall’s Location; a Whole Foods location is also just outside the community.
There are several dining options near Braes Heights, including Molina’s Cantina, Pronto Cucinino, and Union Kitchen; the nearby Rice Village and Uptown areas feature an endless supply of further dining options.
Braes Heights is located within the Houston Independent School District. Elementary school students (K-5) are zoned to attend Mark Twain Elementary School, which is located within the community on Braes Blvd.
Middle school students are zoned to attend Pershing Middle School, located on Blue Bonnet Blvd. Both Mark Twain and Pershing were recently completely rebuilt. Pershing is a fine arts magnet school. Middle school students have the option of applying to HISD’s Pin Oak Middle School, a nearby magnet school.
High school students residing in Braes Heights are zoned to attend sought-after Bellaire High School.
Parents have a number of private school options in addition to public schools. They include Episcopal High School in Bellaire, The Emery/Weiner School just south of 610 on Stella Link, and St. Mark’s Episcopal School, located at Stella Link and Bellaire Blvd, among others.
Libraries, Parks and Recreation:
The popular Weekley Family YMCA is located within Braes Heights and offers a wide range of amenities and classes to members of all ages.
Karl Young Park is located across Stella Link from Braes Heights and features tennis courts, a large playground, and sports fields.
The McGovern-Stella Link Branch of the Houston Public Library system is located at 7405 Stella Link Road, within Braes Heights.
McGovern Park features several sports fields.