Why Do People Live Here?
William Giddings Farrington developed Tanglewood
beginning in the 1930s. Tanglewood opened in 1949. The Farrington
family took the name Tanglewood from "Tanglewood Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The book was a favorite of Farrington's daughter, Mary
Catherine Farrington. Initially, Tanglewood started out with
just 32 lots on this coastal prairie literally with no trees.
The developer insured the neighborhood would be full of trees and
the prairie would be no more. Today it has over 1,000 homes with an
average price of over $1M. Former president George H. W. Bush had a
home in Tanglewood for quite some time and it is often referred to
as a leafy- upscale subdivision in the heart of the Galleria and
just minutes from downtown Houston. The Tanglewood
Corporation has insured the park like setting with bike and walk
trails, park settings with benches and over 5,000 trees to canopy
the beautiful residences in this upscale gem.
Looking for a Home in Tanglewood?
Want to see what homes in Tanglewood look like? Visit our website for a list of available homes in the Tanglewood area.
What's the Neighborhood Like?
There is a selection of newly built townhomes in Tanglewood that start in the $300s. You can also find newer homes that are 3,000 square feet and up starting at roughly $600,000 and going well into the millions. The great thing about this location is that it is close to some of the best attractions the city has to offer.
What's Going on Nearby the Tanglewood Neighborhood?
Post Oak YMCA is near the Tanglewood area, as well as several
public parks and a local branch of the Houston Public Library
called the Jungman Branch. There is also a great selection of local
eateries here including McCormick and Schmicks, Mazraffs,
Post Oak Grill and many others.. If you're looking to do some
shopping you can visit one of the states largest malls, The
Galleria. Besides luxury shopping, the Galleria area offers ample
fine and casual dining options.
What Schools will the Kids Attend?
The public schools for the Tanglewood neighborhood are operated by the Houston Independent School District. Briar Grove Elementary, Grady Middle School and Lee High School are the main public schools zoned to this area. In addition to Lee High School, students may choose to attend either Lamar High School or Westside High School. Briarmeadow is a charter school in the area that has received high accolades and is in the area as well. In addition, private schools include St. Michael School, a Roman Catholic K-8 school as well as St. John's School and The Kincaid School.
Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?
Now that you've been informed about the area, why not look for a home here? Take a look at this list of available homes in Tanglewood.
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Tanglewood subdivision is located just west of the inner loop and its boundaries are Briar drive to the north, Chimney Rock to the west, San Felipe to the South and South Post Oak Lane to the East.
Tanglewood Real Estate Market Report from Janurary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011
|Number of Homes Sold||42|
|Average Day on Market||151|
|Sales Price Range||$540,000 to $4,890,000|
|Average Sales Price||$1,479,852|
Square Foot Price Change Data 1994 - 2010 for Tanglewood
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Tanglewood, contact Steven Teoh at (832) 298-2893 or
E-mail: Steven Teoh, your Houston Luxury Homes
Tanglewood, named after the book Tanglewood Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was developed in the summer of 1949 by the William G. Farrington Company who purchased 300 acres just west of the city limits from Humble Pipeline Company, now Exxon. This initial property was located in the area that is now between San Felipe and Woodway and between Sage and Chimney Rock. An additional 450 acres north of Woodway had been purchased. Since the land was still considered outside the city limits, a water district had to be formed. Section 1 of Tanglewood, with its entrance from Post Oak Lane, consisted of 32 lots that were placed on the market in January, 1949. The homes were built to take advantage of air conditioning and the community had the distinction of being the most air-conditioned subdivision in the Southwest. Since most of the land was still open prairie, each home site was planted with two large oak trees plus three oaks added on every corner. Big lots, typically 1/4-acre to 3/4-acre, are in keeping with Farrington plan for an upscale community. Seven new homes were ready for the grand opening. As a result, Tanglewood is now one of Houston’s most beautiful wooded areas. Although Tanglewood had been annexed by the city, there was no telephone, bus, or garbage service, and little police protection. Developer William Farrington, quickly resolved these problems. The deed restrictions of Tanglewood were rigidly enforced by the Tanglewood Homes Association. These included front and side line setbacks for every home. Prior to any construction, plans had to be approved by an Architectural Control Committee. The original ideals and restrictions of the developer are still carried out by the Tanglewood Homes Association. The Association is financed by a mills tax per lot with proceeds used for back-door garbage pick up, police protection, and maintenance of esplanades and green areas. In 1951, Tanglewood was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. as one of the five best-planned neighborhood subdivisions in the United States. In 1954, the Houston Country Club purchased 150 acres from Tanglewood and an additional 125 acres from the Bering family. In order to have enough land for a golf course, an additional 25 acres were also acquired. There were 15 sections of Tanglewood developed from 1949 to 1959. Today, the completed subdivision consists of 1,052 homes in these 15 sections. Originally, the homes became bigger as you went from San Felipe north to Buffalo Bayou. Grady elementary was a new school with a ditch in front and Mayor Roy Hofinez owned all of the land between Yorktown, San Felipe, Westheimer, and Chimney Rock. The 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, retired with his wife, Barbara, to a home within this exclusive neighborhood.
Today many of Tanglewood’s original Ranch-style homes are gone, replaced with big two story homes. Shady lots are well-suited for the upscale English-style two-stories of brick and stone or stucco Mediterraneans with clay roofs that have been built recently. Newer houses often feature wine cellars, three-car garages, and 11-foot high ceilings, great detailed work, and hand crafted finishing in these mansions. The appeal of these very large lots has allowed owners to build spectacular homes. The area still retains its charm with Tanglewood Boulevard and its esplanade ending at Grady Middle School. Tanglewood is zoned to the Houston Independent School District, however some residents send their children to nearby private schools.