Splash Pad at Jaycee Park in Timbergrove.

Splash Pad at Jaycee Park in Timbergrove.


Houston is expected to become the nation’s third largest city within a decade.  Predictably, the city continues to attract professionals from the Oil & Gas industry, but more and more Creatives and Millennials are also finding their way here as well.  Pushed out of cities like New York and San Francisco people are flocking to Houston, a place where low taxes and continued job growth provides the perfect foundation to start and nurture a family.

While a few Inner Loop neighborhoods have gone the way of the townhome, there are still pockets of single-family homes on good sized lots with yards. These neighborhoods have attracted growing families for years because of their affordability and proximity to green spaces.  Many boast local parks with access to hike & bike trails, perfect for weekend family adventures.  


With Jaycee Park serving as a hub, this civic-minded neighborhood is filled with 3 bed/2 bath ranch style homes.  The Heights Hike & Bike trail makes for an easy commute to downtown for green-minded professionals looking to avoid Houston’s infamous traffic.

2.Oak Forest

Single family homes — in a wide variety of styles, age, and size — make up this welcoming neighborhood just north of 610.  Situated around Candlelight Park, Oak Forest is often noted as the ‘friendliest’ neighborhood in Houston.  It’s also home to Oak Forest Elementary — one of HISD’s top rated elementary schools.  

3. Houston Heights

The Heights Hike & Bike trail coupled with Donovan Park make this one uber kid-friendly neighborhood. The park, located at Heights Boulevard and 7th Street, offers a huge wooden castle, kid-size wooden train, and tons of families on the weekends.  The neighborhood itself offers a wide range of homes including charming renovated bungalows and new construction.

4.Shepherd Park Plaza

Comprised of 3 bed/2 bath ranch homes, Shepherd Park Plaza is home to one of the most successful and widely respected Citizens Patrol groups in the City of Houston, receiving both local and national recognition.  Family life is centered around Shepherd Park which anchors neighborhood gatherings.