The community of Tanglewood is one of Houston’s most prestigious addresses. Tanglewood is bound by, roughly, Chimney Rock Road to the west, Buffalo Bayou to the north, Sage Road to the east and San Felipe Street to the south, as well as a large portion of land between Woodway Drive and Buffalo Bayou west of Chimney Rock Road. This prestigious neighborhood boasts former President George H. W. Bush as a longtime former resident. The neighborhood consists of over 1,100 houses.
This ideally-situated community is located in the Uptown area, in close proximity to the Galleria, Downtown and other major employment centers. Tanglewood is sought after for its large, wooded homesites that are often greater in size than the typical West University Place or River Oaks homesite. Homebuilders and developers building in the community must consult tree preservationists in effort to maintain the large oak trees that now blanket the area. Strictly enforced deed restrictions prevent businesses from operating within the community.
Tanglewood was originally developed by William Giddings Farrington and The Tanglewood Corporation, beginning in the 1930s. The planned community opened in 1949 and derives its name from the “Tanglewood Tales” book, by author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Though building began at a slow pace, development quickened as Tanglewood gained more and more prestige. Most of the original homes were large, ranch and tudor style homes, and mostly one story.
Today, Tanglewood is carefully managed and maintained by the Tanglewood Homes Association. Many of the original houses have been carefully and luxuriously renovated; much of the original housing stock has been replaced by more recent 2-story houses.
Good to Know:
Fire protection is provided by the Houston Fire Department, which operates Fire Station 2 just across the street from the community’s edge. It is located at 5880 Woodway Drive.
Police protection is provided by the Midwest Patrol Division of the Houston Police Department.
The nearest post office is located at 6435 San Felipe St., near Voss Road.
Shopping and Dining:
While maintaining its secluded, serene character, Tanglewood is located in the midst of some of Houston’s best shopping opportunities, only a few blocks from the Uptown Park and The Galleria, and only a few minutes from Highland Village and other exclusive shopping destinations. Many of Houston’s hottest dining spots are also located in the area, from steakhouses to sushi and anything else imaginable.
Tanglewood’s elementary school-aged students are zoned to attend Briargrove Elementary School, which is located several blocks west of the community on San Felipe St. Middle school-aged students are zoned to attend Grady Middle School, which is located just south of the community on San Felipe St. High school-aged students are zoned to attend Lee High School, with the option of attending Lamar High School or Westside High School, alternatively.
Several private schools are located in the vicinity of Tanglewood. Both Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and The Kincaid School are located nearby, as well as St. Michael School and Second Baptist School.
Libraries, Parks & Recreation:
The Jungman Neighborhood Library, operated by the Houston Public Library system, is located nearby at 5830 Westheimer Road.
Avid tennis players and golfers will be delighted to learn that the private Houston Country Club is located within the community. Also nearby is the public Memorial Park tennis facilities and golf course. Memorial park also boasts a jogging trail, arboretum and sports fields.
Tanglewood Park, at 5801 Woodway Drive, features tennis courts, a playground, and a dog park. Tanglewood Road, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, also features a jogging trail.