With its spacious, meticulously landscaped lawns, River Oaks has long been known as the most exclusive residential area in Houston. Conveniently located just a few minutes from the downtown business district, River Oaks is the address for the elite.
River Oaks was developed in the early 1920s by Will Hogg (son of a former Texas governor) and his associate, Hugh Potter. The residential area measures about 1,200 acres, with home sites ranging in size from acres to small lots. The Hogg family gave an additional 1,000 acres to the city of Houston for use as a park and today Memorial Park benefits all residents of Houston.
Traditional architecture prevails in River Oaks, however many different architectural styles can be found here as well. In fact, many of the homes in River Oaks were designed by nationally recognized architects of the era. One such home, "Bayou Bend," was built by Will Hogg's sister, Ima. She later donated the magnificent Greek Revival property to the Museum of Fine Arts, along with its extensive collection of early American furniture and antiques. Another River Oaks landmark, the River Oaks Country Club, is one of Houston's most prestigious country clubs.
River Oaks is bordered by Buffalo Bayou to the north, on the east by Shepherd Drive, and on the west by East Briarhollow Lane. Its close proximity to Downtown, as well as its easy access to the Greenway Plaza area, The Galleria, and various museums, theaters, and other cultural events give River Oaks a distinct advantage for the upscale home buyer.
Many of Houston's business, professional, political and social leaders make their homes in River Oaks. They provide the city with much of its civic, cultural, philanthropical and social direction. With its rich history and beauty, residents of River Oaks enjoy a comfortable, gracious lifestyle unequaled in the Houston area.
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