Oak Forest / Garden Oaks

Country living meets lively city commodities

Welcome to Oak Forest

In central northwest Houston, Oak Forest is a sizable residential community and the third-largest group of subdivisions in Harris County. Because this neighborhood is situated just outside of the 610 Loop and east of U.S. Route 290, Oak Forest boasts large acreages with a small-town feel where everyone knows their neighbors but maintains easy access to downtown Houston and Inner Loop neighborhoods. This welcoming community is brimming with potential, and buyers are moving out of the bustling cityscape toward Oak Forest’s quiet streets and sprawling acres. Known for its appreciating real estate, highly rated academic facilities, and more affordable housing options, this community is becoming increasingly popular for families who seek a little extra space. Homes in Oak Forest often boast a quaint ranch-style feel, but it’s becoming more prominent for buyers to tear down outdated homes to introduce larger, more impressive estates to the community.

What to Love

  • Up-and-coming Houston hotspot
  • Suburban feel with urban conveniences nearby
  • Commuter-friendly with interstate and highway accessibility
  • Community-oriented neighborhood

People & Lifestyle

Oak Forest’s darling ranches attract buyers who are looking for somewhere steady to plant their roots. This friendly neighborhood is spilling with parks and recreational areas that make it easy to take advantage of Houston’s year-round warmth. Mature oaks, pecan trees, and pines dapple the countryside, giving this area a secluded, suburban ambiance.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Because much of this community is dedicated to residential buildings, you’ll find a charming selection of coffee shops and cafes, breweries and bistros scattered throughout the neighborhood. Slowpokes is a quirky coffeehouse that also offers beer and wine so guests can choose the beverage of their choice. This hybrid cafe became a fast favorite for locals, and their all-day menu keeps people coming back for more. For elevated pub fares in an Instagram-friendly venue, head over to Cottonwood. This industrial-chic restaurant boasts a menu of Texas faves plus a varied selection of beer, whiskey, and wine. Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro serves New American cuisine in a sophisticated setting, including a spacious outdoor patio dressed in twinkling lights. You’ll also find a myriad of convenient dining and sweet treats nearby at The Shops at Oak Forest, including espresso favorites from Starbucks, froyo from sweetFrog, and quick Tex-Mex from Fajita Pete’s.

Things to Do

Oak Forest boasts a laid-back lifestyle with an easygoing attitude, but you won’t have any trouble finding things to do. This community leads an active lifestyle with abundant hiking and biking trails, including White Oak Bayou Hike & Bike at T.C. Jester Park. This paved route is perfect for joggers and bikers alike and is 15 miles at its longest. Additionally, the disc golf course at T.C. Jester Park is nine holes long and the perfect size for an afternoon game with friends. Families with children will love Candlelight Park, where there’s a playground and plenty of green space to roam. For special celebrations, The Bell Tower on 34th is a dreamy event destination perfect for weddings and corporate festivities.


Oak Forest is fortunate to offer its students access to a world-class education from its district public and private facilities. A few of the most notable academic opportunities in the area include:

  • Oak Forest Elementary School, PK-5
  • Garden Oaks Elementary School, PK-8
  • The School for Highly Gifted Students, K-8


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