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Garden Oaks is an up and coming North Houston neighborhood filled to the brim with 1940s charm and character. This once well-kept secret is quickly becoming widely known as one of Houstonʼs most unique and interesting neighborhoods. Along with next-door neighbor Oak Forest, Houstonia Magazine recognized Garden Oaks as one of Houstonʼs 25 hottest neighborhoods in 2013 (http://www.houstoniamag.com/best-the-city/articles/25-hottest-neighborhoods-2013/).

Residents enjoy a prime location just north of the 610 loop, only a few minutes from Downtown, as well as easy access to the Galleria area and other major employment centers. This is only part of whatʼs made Garden Oaks such a popular neighborhood

The History:

Edward L. Crain established Garden Oaks in 1937. The neighborhood set itself apart from the already established Heights by featuring gently curving streets that added a picturesque character to the new neighborhood.

5 sections of the community were built, with the western edge developed just in time to be called home by returning veterans. Garden Oaks today is a diverse mix of cottages and bungalows, some restored to mint condition, and new constructions, often in the neighborhoodʼs signature cottage style.

Good to Know:

Garden Oaks is located within the city of Houston, so police protection is provided by the Houston Police Department. The community is located within the North Patrol Division, located at 9455 West Montgomery Road.

The Houston Fire Department operates a fire station within the adjacent Oak Forest, Station 13 Oak Forest, located at 2215 West 43rd Street.

Garden Oaks has its own post office, operated by the United States Postal Service at 3816 North Shepherd Drive.

Shopping and Dining:

Garden Oaks is conveniently located only a few minutes from Houstonʼs hottest shopping destinations. The upscale Galleria, as well as other shopping destinations in Uptown, lies just a few miles down 610, while the Heights is home to some of Houstonʼs most unique shops.

The Galleria and the Heights are both home to some of Houstonʼs best dining spots. Whether itʼs gourmet cuisine or a quick burger youʼre craving, thereʼs something in these hot spots to satisfy your cravings. And the eclectic flair thatʼs long been a part of the Heights has made its way across 610, as several trendy new dining spots have popped up in and around Garden Oaks, lending some unique character to an already storied area.


Garden Oaks is located within the Houston Independent School District. Most elementary aged students are zoned to the Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School, although some are zoned to attend Durham Elementary School.

Middle-school aged students are zoned to Frank Black Middle School.

Most high-school aged students are zoned to attend Waltrip High School; some are zoned to attend Washington High School. Houston ISDʼs magnet program allows students to apply to attend other high schools based on their own interests, such as HSPVAʼs arts-focused curriculum or the academically rigorous Lamar High School, both located relatively nearby.

Additionally, well-regarded private high school St. Pius X is located near the community.

Libraries, Parks & Recreation:

The nearby Oak Forest Neighborhood Library is located at 1349 West 43rd Street, and is operated by the Houston Public Library.

A small pocket park, Graham Park, provides opportunities for recreation. It is home to a playground, sports fields and a tennis court.