Oak Forest/Garden Oaks

Maintain their family-forward atmosphere through attractive streets and community-oriented lifestyles.

Welcome to Oak Forest/Garden Oaks

Diverse, family-friendly neighborhoods just a short drive from Downtown Houston

Nestled just northwest of the inner loop, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks are a pair of adjacent communities replete with tree-lined streets and attractive architecture - all within twenty minutes of downtown Houston. Between a central location in northwest Houston, a community-forward atmosphere, and family-friendly neighborhoods, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks have it all. 
Established in 1947, almost all of the first homes developed in Oak Forest were sold to World War II veterans looking for peaceful, serene living. Carefully planned with special care paid to green spaces and schools, Oak Forest eventually grew to be home to over 20,000 people. Predating Oak Forest by about a decade, Garden Oaks flourished, especially in the late 1900s, when an influx of young residents elevated the quiet neighborhood into the elegant, family-friendly sanctuary we know today. 
Listed among the 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Houston, both Oak Forest and Garden Oaks stand tall with charming single-family homes and bungalows in a variety of styles, such as traditional ranch. Homes typically sell for half a million to just under a  million dollars. Perfectly walking the line between small-town energy and urban living — complete with the amenities and short commute — Oak Forest and Garden Oaks are ideal for young couples, professionals, and families. 

Things to Love

 • Great access to Houston’s top commercial and business districts
 • White Oak Bayou and Nature Trail
Large home lots dotted by an abundance of pine, oak, and pecan trees.

People and Lifestyle

Oak Forest and Garden Oaks maintain their family-forward atmosphere through attractive streets and community-oriented lifestyles, though not at the expense of urban opportunities and luxurious, big city amenities. With great schools for a range of ages, not to mention a bustling restaurant and retail scene, Oak Forest-Garden Oaks is designed to satisfy. Home to many couples and families, the stable environment of Oak Forest and Garden Oaks pairs wonderfully with the lively mood of the urban location. 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

While these communities are only a short drive from most of Houston, residents have quick access to a plethora of delightful eateries and fun retail options within minutes of their homes. 
Between shopping centers for all the essentials and a short drive between you and high-end, stylish retail, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks have a wealth of options. The unique Surfhouse is the oldest surf house and skate shop in Houston, while the elegant Reclaimed Wood Shop is perfect for sophisticated wood projects and home decor. 
Relish in the hearty atmosphere of Cottonwood, which boasts Texas pub fare complete with 40+ refreshing taps. Catch the game with a friendly crowd at the inviting and warm Wakefield Crow Sports Bar and Restaurant, which even has kid’s recreational areas and volleyball courts available. Get a taste of Texas-strong barbeque by spending an evening at Gaitlin’s BBQ, or grab ‘the best tacos in Houston’ at Tacos A Go-Go.  

Things to Do

The Oak Forest-Garden Oaks area is brimming with opportunities for all types of activity, from appreciating the many green spaces offered to community-building events. 
By bringing back this Christmas Lights tradition dating back to the 1960s, Oak Forest-Garden Oaks celebrates the holidays with pizazz and community. The illustrious walls of The Bell Tower on 34th make for the most elegant event venue around, and this venue is a wonderful place to celebrate anything from weddings to corporate events and more. 
Oak Forest-Garden Oaks is nothing if filled with gorgeous green spaces. TC Jester Park and Dog Park is a prime location for spending time with your kids — and your dog — while soaking up the Texas sunshine. Or, spend a night relaxing with friends at the Great Heights Brewing Company.


Oak Forest and Garden Oaks are home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

 • Oak Forest Elementary
 • Garden Oaks Elementary
 • Durham Elementary

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