River Oaks is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, that is located in the heart of the city. The 1,100-acre development is located within 610 Loop, between Downtown and Uptown (450 ha). The town was founded in the 1920s by brothers Will and Michael Hogg and quickly became a well-known national model for community development. The neighborhood’s real estate values range from $1 million to more than $20 million. In 2013, River Oaks was also voted Houston’s most expensive neighborhood. River Oaks Country Club is located in the community and features a golf course constructed by architect Donald Ross and redone by Tom Fazio in 2015.
River Oaks is a 1,100-acre neighborhood situated near 610 Loop, between Uptown and Downtown (450 ha). Buffalo Bayou runs through the community to the north side of South Shepherd Drive and the east of Willowick Road. It also runs through it on the west. Westheimer Road runs through it on the south. River Oaks is near the system of freeway and famous thoroughfares such as Kirby Drive, San Felipe Street, and Westheimer Road is located northeast of Uptown, north of the Upper Kirby district, and west of Neartown.
River Oaks Boulevard, which is the heart of the neighborhood, is bordered on both areas by estates and mansions set back from the road. There are around 1,600 residences in the subdivision’s two square mile area, the majority of which are broken nuclear family homes. The Houston Chronicle said in 1990 that ” Lazy Lane and River Oaks Boulevard are perhaps the most beautiful streets. There are some of home the s with monstrosities, but some of them have grace and taste, as well as beautiful gardens.”
The local government’s planning department has designated some homes in the neighborhood as historic. As of 2020, city-designated landmarks can be demolished after a 90-day waiting period, hence by 2020, various property owners had demolished their idiotic landmarks. In 2018 and 2019, 80 demolition permits for River Oaks residential residences were approved.
The River Oaks Shopping Mall, Houston’s first shopping center, is located adjacent to the community. The center, originally known as River Oaks Community Center, was built in 1927 and designed by architect Hugh Prather. It was one of the first automobile-oriented retail centers in the United States. It was seen as a model for future development because of its design, which included arcs of retail space on either side of West Gray Avenue. In September 2007, portions of the historic shopping area were demolished to make way for a bookstore and parking structure. Landmark Theatres maintains the River Oaks Theatre, an “arthouse” theatre in the heart of the city, as of 2008. The theatre is Houston’s lone remaining historic movie theatre that is still in use as it was intended.
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, which has forty members, is based in River Oaks. The orchestra is made up of musicians from throughout the United States, as well as international guest conductors. River Oaks Country Club is a country club with a golf course designed by architect Donald Ross. It is located on the northern end of River Oaks Boulevard within the community.