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River Oaks and the Galleria Houston

Houston’s most exclusive address has world-class shopping right next door


River Oaks and the Galleria Houston at a Glance:

With a median home value of $1.5 million – and a number of houses worth many times more – this fabled expanse of oak-shaded lawns and jaw-dropping mansions ranks among the most luxurious in Texas, if not the United States. Some of the city’s richest and most prominent characters have called River Oaks home since it was founded in the 1920s around a country club that shares its name. Just across I-610, the Galleria provides the well-to-do a huge, air-conditioned mall that manages to retain the feel of a high-end shopping district.

River Oaks and the Galleria on the Map:

While the original subdivision is smaller, the areas bounded by Buffalo Bayou and Westheimer Road, Shepherd Drive and I-610 are usually considered River Oaks. The Galleria refers to the densely developed shopping, office and residential areas surrounding the mall at 5085 Westheimer Road.

River Oaks Real Estate:

If you can’t afford a full-time staff for your home, you probably can’t afford a house in River Oaks. Most of the neighborhood consists of large, single-family houses on generous lots. Many contain at least 5 bedrooms and as many or more baths. Most houses come complete with pool, gate and circle drive, and listings tend to range from just under $1 million to over $10 million.

Galleria Nightlife:

Much like the shopping, the evening scene around the Galleria is decidedly high-end, with a few notable exceptions. To take in some mod styling and fabulous people getting their dance on, check out upscale Belvedere (1131 Uptown Park). For a wine bar twist on the club concept, there’s Club 26Ten (2610 Sage). The DJs keep the young crowd at Club Roxy (5351 Alabama) dancing into the wee hours. By contrast, if you just want a cheap beer, country music and old-school Texas fun, Wild West (6101 Richmond) has you covered.

Galleria Restaurants:

This is one Houston’s hottest neighborhoods for dining. Hip, delicious Gigi’s Asian Bistro shares the north side of the mall with the Cheesecake Factory and white-tablecloth eateries like Oceanaire Seafood Room and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Across the street, build your own frozen yoghurt concoction at Swirll (5000 Westheimer). In the same shopping center, you’ll find Morton’s The Steakhouse and the Grand Lux Café. The surrounding blocks feature dozens of notable eateries, among them RDG+Bar Annie (1800 Post Oak). Closer to River Oaks, Kiran’s (4100 Westheimer) offers some of Houston’s finest Indian cuisine and one of the best wine selections in town.

Galleria Shopping:

High-end department stores, classy boutiques and an indoor ice skating rink attract 24 million visitors each year to this impressive shopping center beneath the Williams Tower. Among the 375 stores at 5085 Westheimer Road are: Nieman Marcus, Macy’s, Tiffany and Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren.

River Oaks Museums:

The Museum of Fine Art Houston curates museums within two historic mansions in the neighborhood. Situated among beautifully maintained gardens, the Rienzi Center for European Decorative Arts (1406 Kirby) is packed full of historic furniture, sculpture, ceramics and paintings. The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (1 Westcott) offers a similar trove of American art in the carefully preserved manse donated to the museum by Ima Hogg more than 50 years ago.

River Oaks Parks:

River Oaks Country Club (members only)
1600 River Oaks Blvd
Houston, TX 77019

River Oaks Park
3600 Locke Ln.
Houston, TX 77027-4004
(713) 622-5998

Meyer Park
3101 Reba Dr
Houston, TX 77019

Elliott Park
3000 Chevy Chase Dr.
Houston, TX 77019

Homewood Park
2950 Lazy Lane Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019

River Oaks Elementary Schools:

River Oaks Elementary
2008 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019-6016
(713) 942-1460

W. Rogers Elementary School
3101 Weslayan St
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 625-1400

River Oaks High Schools:

Lamar High School
3325 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098-1099
(713) 522-5960

River Oaks Private Schools:

St. Anne Catholic School
2120 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098-1493
(713) 526-3279

River Oaks Baptist School
2300 Willowick Rd
Houston, TX 77027-3996
(713) 623-6938

St. Luke’s Day School
3471 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027-5334
(713) 402-5030

Bethany Christian School
3223 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098-1092
(713) 524-0092

St. John’s School
2401 Claremont Ln.
Houston, TX 77019-5897
(713) 850-0222

River Oaks Libraries:

Looscan Library
2510 Willowick Rd
Houston, TX 77027-3936
(832) 393-1900

River Oaks Essentials

Map of River Oaks

River Oaks Country Club

River Oaks Garden Club

U.S. Post Office:

2802 Timmons Ln.
Houston, TX 77027-5321
(713) 963-8249

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