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Meyerland

West UniversityFor many reasons, Meyerland is one of Houston’s most coveted communities. From the excellent schools to the great location to the wide variety of homes available, demand for homes in Meyerland has remained high. It is bound by, roughly, W Bellfort St and Willlowbend Blvd to the south; S Post Oak Road and the 610 Loop to the east; Beechnut St to the north; and Chimney Rock Road to the west.

Meyerland historically was the epicenter of Houston’s Jewish community, with several synagogues, as well as the Jewish Community Center, located within or nearby the community. However, since the 1980s Meyerland has become a diverse community of families seeking access to great schools, along with the original residents, and younger professionals seeking great homes with easy access to Uptown, Downtown, Greenway Plaza and the Medical Center. 

The History:

The neighborhood is named for the Meyer family, several generations of which are responsible for the development of the community. The Meyer family moved to Houston following the Civil War, and by the late 1800s had accumulated 6,000 acres on Houston’s then-rural southwest side, which they used mainly for rice farming.

Meyerland’s ribbon cutting ceremony was held in 1955, after George Meyer developed 1,200 acres of his family’s original 6,000 acres of land into the community. It was one of the first deed restricted, planned communities in Houston. Meyerland gained national acclaim at the time, recognized for being the “ideal community”, something that hasn’t changed in all the years since.

The wave of new construction that first hit neighboring Bellaire has expanded south into Meyerland, which means potential residents will have the option of new and recent construction as well as the well-kept, classic ranch and mid-century modern homes original to the neighborhood. 

Good to Know:

The neighborhood is located within Houston Police Department’s Southwest Patrol Division. Additionally, the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable maintains a contract with the homeowners’ association for additional security and peace of mind.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic operates a branch in the adjacent Meyerland Plaza shopping center, catering to the health care needs of the community.

Fire protection is provided by Houston Fire Station 48, located at 11655 Chimney Rock Rd.

The nearest post office is located at 5350 Bellaire Boulevard. 

Shopping and Dining:

In 1961, Meyerland Plaza, then one of Houston’s premier shopping destinations, opened to the public. The shopping center was completely renovated and revitalized, reopening in 1995 and now features virtually any major retailer residents could ask for, including Target, Best Buy, and more, just a stone’s throw from their homes.

Meyerland Plaza is also home to a variety of neighborhood eateries, including Cafe Express, Beck’s Prime and more.

The Galleria/Uptown area is only a stone’s throw from the community, and features a wide variety of shops and restaurants, catering to a range of tastes from the casual to the upscale.

Schools:

Meyerland lies within the Houston Independent School District. Elementary school students (K-5) living north of Brays Bayou are zoned to attend Lovett Elementary School; those living south of Brays Bayou are zoned to attend Kolter Elementary School. Both schools are located within the community, and are within walking distance for many students.

Most middle school students (6th-8th grades) are zoned to attend Johnston Middle School, also located within Meyerland. A small portion is zoned to attend Pershing Middle School. All students zoned to Johnston and Pershing Middle Schools have the option of applying to Houston ISD’s nearby Pin Oak Middle School, a sought-after nearby magnet school.

All Meyerland High School students are zoned to attend Bellaire High School, located just north of Meyerland on South Rice Avenue in Bellaire.

In addition to public schools, Meyerland residents have several private options. St. Thomas’ Episcopal School is located within the community; prestigious Episcopal High School is located in nearby Bellaire. The Emery/Weiner School is also located nearby. 

Libraries, Parks & Recreation:

The Houston Public Library system operates the Meyer Neighborhood Library, located across the street from the community at 5005 W Bellfort St.

Meyerland Park, located adjacent to Lovett Elementary School on Jason Street, features a playground, tennis courts and sports fields.

The Godwin Community Center is located at 5101 Rutherglenn Dr. within Godwin Park and offers various classes, including Ceramics and Karate, to residents. Godwin Park  also features a playground, sports field and a pavilion.

Meyerland is located along Brays Bayou, which features a several mile hike and bike trail.

The Jewish Community Center, open to people of all faiths, operates the Merfish Teen Center within Meyerland, which features a pool, swim teams and other activities for teens and tweens.