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Homes for Sale in the Oak Forest Neighborhood, Houston TX
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Why Do People Live Here?

Oak Forest is located north of the 610 Loop and east of 290. Oak Forest was established in 1947 by Oak Forest Realty Corporation, owned by Frank Sharp, a developer who would later establish Sharpstown. Oak Forest Realty Corporation built houses only in Section 1 (Golf Dr to Oak Forest Dr, and Du Barry Ln to W 43rd St). Sharp would later develop the neighborhood for 17 additional sections by building streets and installing utility lines, but left the home construction to other contractors.  

In 2010 the Houston Press named Oak Forest one of the city's "Most Underrated Neighborhoods".  During that year 226 house sales occurred in that area.

 

Some folks refer to Oak Forest as the new West University.  Although not as prominent as its big sister Garden Oaks, Oak Forest offers nice size lots, at cheaper prices with the same easy access to major freeways,  shopping and dining.

 

Looking for a Home in Oak Forest?

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What's the Neighborhood Like?

Because the homes here were initially built for veterans of WWII, the neighborhood features a large majority of modest ranch style homes that were initially sold for $8-$10k. The Oak Forest area has around 5,500 homes today. In just 5 years, from 2005 to 2010 the price per square foot appreciated from around $100 to almost $140. Some of the homes that were not torn down when new development of the area began were instead renovated. 


What's Going on Nearby the Oak Forest Neighborhood?

The Oak Forest Neighborhood Library is operated by the Houston Public Library, which is located at West 43rd Street. The Candlelight Community Center, also in the area, has an indoor gym, a lighted outdoor sports field, and a half mile biking and hiking trail. You can also find the Northwest Branch of the YMCA, near this area of Houston. 


What Schools will the Kids Attend?

The Houston ISD is in charge of the Oak Forest area. Since Oak Forest is so large there are many elementary schools here including: Oak Forest Elementary, Garden Oaks Elementary, Kate Smith Elementary, Stevens Elementary, and several others. There are two middle schools in the area, one being Frank Black Middle School and the other is Clifton Middle School. The two high schools in the area are Waltrip High School and Scarborough High School. Learn more about the Houston Independent School District on our website.
 

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Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

Now that you've learned a little about the history of Oak Forest, why not take a look at some of the homes? Check out our list of 
Oak Forest homes for sale.    

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Homes for sale in the heights houstonSharron “Shari” Hensley is an expert realtor who has made her mark in her hometown, Houston. A fourth-generation Texan, Shari started her real-estate career selling homes for Centex Homes in Sugar Land, Texas. Shari also worked with RealtiCorp -Texas and was actively involved in acquisitions and dispositions of large commercial tracts in Texas. With over twenty years of diverse real-estate industry experience Shari brings integrity, knowledge, and compassion to her clients. Shari maintains an active involvement in local charities and believes in giving back to her hometown community. Shari loves architecture, design, photography, her two Weimaraners and biking on the weekend through Houston's growing bike trails. Shari feels that her business knowledge combined with her real estate experience is the perfect combination to satisfy all of your real estate & investment needs. Shari provides her clients with "Concierge Service" and is confident that once you meet with her you will want her as your Realtor for life!

 

 

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Houston Neighborhood Profile: Oak Forest Homes For Sale - Paige Martin
Paige Martin (Keller Williams Realty)

oak forest houston mapProperties in Houston has appreciated at a tremendous pace the last 10 years. This has however made it challenging to find lower priced homes near main Houston areas such as Downtown Houston, Galleria, and River Oaks.

Inner Loop neighborhoods for instance have homes priced upwards of $500,000. Fortunately, the Oak Forest neighborhood located just north of the 610 Loop and east of U.S. Route 290.

The standard Oak Forest homes for sale are in the $300,000 to $600,000 price range. Found just between T. C. Jester and Interstate 45, Oak Forest is about 10-15 minutes away from the Galleria, Downtown Houston and Rice Military.

Oak Forest also has some of the highest rated elementary and middle schools in Houston. One of the oldest schools in Houston, Oak Forest Elementary School is among the top public elementary schools in the Houston Independent School District.

Source: HoustonProperties.com - Oak Forest Neighborhood Review

 

Oak Forest Homes For Sale: Neighborhood Overview

Most of the homes for sale in Oak Forest are single-family properties. The median appraised value of Oak Forest homes is around $200,000, but some properties sell in the neighborhood of $700,000 to $900,000.

Lot price per square foot can vary greatly between blocks in Oak Forest. This is primarily due to school zoning maps. Oak Forest has exemplary rated schools and homes zoned to these schools often sell for a premium.

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Inner neighborhood map of Oak Forest Houston

 

Careful planning and closely monitored developments made Oak Forest one of the more organized neighborhoods in Houston (please see the inner map of Oak Forest above for a better reference).

Oak Forest is currently the 28th most walkable neighborhood in Houston, based from Walkscore. The area's 59 over 100 "Bikeable rating" is also above the average rating for Houston neighborhoods.

Yelp.com has over 230 rated establishments in the area. Notable commercial establishments include:

  • Facundo Cafe ( Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Coffee) at 3103 Ella Blvd.
  • Petrol Station (Restaurant, Bar) at 985 Wakefield Dr
  • Shepherd Park Draught House (American Gastropub) at 3402 N Shepherd
  • Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro (Wine Bar) at 1214 W 43rd St

Neighborhoods Near Houston Oak Forest

  • Lazy Brook
  • Timbergrove
  • Acres Home
  • Spring Branch East
  • Langwood
  • Houston Heights
  • Sawyer Heights
  • Woodland Heights
  • Sunset Heights
  • Shady Acres
  • Independence Heights

Other popular neighborhoods within a 5-10 minute drive include: Memorial, Galleria, Downtown Houston and Rice Military.

About Paige Martin - Top-ranked Houston Realtor

As featured on Fox News in the Morning, the Houston Chronicle, and Houston Magazine, Paige Martin, a consistent Top Producing Broker-Associate and the owner of HoustonProperties.com, is ranked amongst the very top Keller Williams agents in the Houston area.

Paige was named the #1 Ranked Individual Agent in the Keller Williams Memorial Office for 2012, 2011 and 2010. She has been a consistent top producing agent, winning awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 for her production levels.

Additional awards include Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent (given to fewer than 7% of Houston realtors), Houston Realtor of Excellence Award, Houston Realtor Par Excellence Award, Top Google Houston Real Estate Award, Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction, in addition to many other honors.

In addition, over 75 of her prior clients have publicly endorsed and recommended her via LinkedIn, YouTube Videos and HAR.  See one of them below.

"Our realtor was exceptional. If not for her the deal might of not occurred. She is intelligent, patient, knowledgeable and considerate all while making things happen. Bravo to Paige Martin, best Houston realtor."

See more client testimonials, client ratings, as well as a list of Paige Martin's awards, here.

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Paige Martin: 5 Fascinating Oak Forest Houston Real Estate Trends
Paige Martin (Keller Williams Realty)

oak forest houston mapOak Forest is an exciting Houston neighborhood with 5,500 homes located north of the 610 Loop, east of U.S. Route 290, near West 43rd Street, between T. C. Jester and Interstate 45.

Houston's Association of Realtors' (HAR) 10-year real estate report shows that Oak Forest is one of Houston's strongest neighborhoods in terms of appreciation and home sales.

Oak Forest is also one of few neighborhoods near Houston Inner Loop with homes in the $300,000 to $400,000 price point.

Oak Forest homes for sale are often checked by empty-nesters and young professionals looking for affordable properties 5-10 minutes away from Downtown Houston and Galleria.

Please see the Oak Forest Real Estate Appreciation Report below for the exact real estate figures. Showing figures from 2003 to 2012, the report gives us 5 interesting trends for Oak Forest real estate.

 

Oak Forest Neighborhood: Real Estate Trends

5 Top Trends In Oak Forest Real Estate

I have also outlined the 5 biggest take-aways from these figures. Please have a look (lifted from my blog: Oak Forest Real Estate Trends).

1. Oak Forest homes bought in 2003 have nearly doubled in value in just 10 years

With a 79% increase in average price per square feet between 2003 and 2012, Oak Forest homes bought 10 years ago have nearly doubled in value. A home worth $119,973 in 2003 jumped to over $217,000 in 2012.

2. Oak Forest homes median sales price jumped by over a quarter in just 5 years

Oak Forest homes' median sales price surged by 28% from 2008 to 2012. In dollar volume, this is equivalent to an increase of roughly $50,000.

3. Number of Oak Forest homes sold jumped by 31% last year

With 338 homes sold last year, Oak Forest total home sales netted a 31% increase from the 259 homes sold in 2011.

4. Oak Forest homes' average price per square feet consistently rose year-over-year since 2003

From $90 in 2003, Oak Forest homes' average price per square feet rose to $161 last year. Last year, ave. price/square feet jumped by 15% - from $139 to $161.

5. Trends project a strong year for Oak Forest real estate

Forbes data show that roughly 50,000 people moved to Houston last year, with close to 4,000 more relocating each month this year. Home inventory are at its 12 year-low of 3.3 months. However, 28,000 new homes are set to begin construction by the end of the year. The 10-year report (specially last year's 31% surge in home sales) support the optimism for a strong 2013.

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About Paige Martin: Top-ranked Houston realtor

Paige Martin is currently ranked as one of the top Realtors in Houston (see link below to review her actual ratings). Already featured on TV and in dozens of publications (such as Fox News in the Morning, Houston Business Journal, the Houston Chronicle, Downtown, Houston Magazine, and Texas Monthly Magazine), Paige has also been given over 40 awards for her production levels.

Some of the awards include:

  • The #1 individual agent in the Keller Williams Memorial office (over 200 agents) for three consecutive years
  • Inclusion as a Houston Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent (top few Realtors in the country)
  • Houston Realtor of Excellence Award, Houston Realtor Par Excellence Award
  • Top Google Houston Real Estate Award
  • Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

In addition, over 75 of her prior clients have publicly endorsed and recommended her via LinkedIn, YouTube Videos and Houston's Association of Realtors. See one of the feedbacks below:

Paige Martin is the best Houston realtor I have worked with. In recent years I worked with other realtors, as I looked for a new home either under-construction, a resale or new build. Others don't compare to Paige. She is knowledgeable about the market, listened and responded to my needs, and provided solid advice. She represented us when we chose to build and helped us get great value. And, she advised us in preparing our old hold for sale. It sold quickly, closed efficiently, at a great price.

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