Houstons best Hidden Neighborhood

Braeswood Place is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas. Located to the southwest of downtown, it was named the best hidden neighborhood in Houston by the Houston Press in 2008. There is a homeowners association that encompasses seven subdivisions in the area. Included are Ayrshire, Braes Heights, Braes Oaks, Braes Manor, Braes Terrace, Emerald Forest and Southern Oaks.  There are over 2200 homes in the neighborhood,  deed restrictions guarantee that they are all single family.  In areas of the neighborhood not covered by the homeowners association, there are condos and townhomes. The homeowners association also sponsors several groups including a mother’s with young children group.

Braeswood Place  is located to the west of Main Street and Kirby Drive, south of North Holcomb , north of I-610 and east of the railroad tracks. The homes were originally 1950’s ranch style homes but have been transitioning into larger colonial and other style homes especially since the damage caused by hurricane Allison.

Karl Young Park is located in the neighborhood and offers tennis, basketball, lots of trees, walking trails and a nice playground. Some recent additions have been to provide shade structures to extend the use of the park. Helen’s Park is a small green space with a colorful fountain.

Located within the neighborhood, the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library offers not only lots of books, periodicals and media but computers and Internet access.

There are two public elementary schools in the neighborhood, Mark Twain Elementary   School  and Longfellow Elementary. Both of them offer classes for students from Pre School through grade 5. Mark Twain has earned a distinguished 9/10 performance rating from GreatSchools based on standardized state tests for the 2010/11 school year. Longfellow has earned a 3/10 but both schools are equally popular with students and parents.

Pershing Middle School is also located within the neighborhood and has earned a distinguished 8/10 performance rating.

Brays Bayou Trail follows Brays Bayou for 12 miles. It passes right through this neighborhood and offers a great place to hike or bike. The path is nice and wide and is easy to follow. Just be careful because it crosses over busy roads at several locations and bring plenty of sun screen since there is not a lot of shade.

When residents want to do a little shopping or dining out, Meyerland Plaza offers a variety of options. Whether you are looking for  Marshall’s. JC Penney or Stein Mart, you will find them all here along with Saltgrass Steakhouse and Starbucks Coffee Shop.

Braeswood Place began over 60 years ago and is still a thriving, family oriented neighborhood today.