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Garden Oaks/Oak Forest – (zip code 77018)

Garden Oaks/Oak Forest are neighborhoods in Houston, Texas (USA). The neighborhood, located just outside the 610 Loop and north of Houston Heights, was established in 1937 by Edward L. Crain.  Garden Oaks has many oak, pecan, and pine trees in and around the neighborhood. Several types of houses, including ranch-style houses and bungalows, are in the neighborhood.

Memorial/Rice Military – (zip codes 77007, 77024, 77042, 77057, 77063, 77077, 77079)

The Memorial area of Houston, Texas, United States is west of Downtown Houston and northwest of Uptown Houston. It is bounded on the south by Buffalo Bayou, on the east by Interstate 610, on the west by Texas State Highway 6, and extends just north of the Katy Freeway to Westview and includes Spring Valley Village, Piney Point Village, Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village and Hunters Creek Village. These independent cities operate autonomously of Houston and have joint fire and police coverage. The northeast area near I-10 and Texas State Highway Beltway 8 of Memorial City is home to Memorial City Mall, the newer, more upscale Town & Country Village lifestyle center, and the mega-development project known as CityCentre, plus the emerging edge city around them.

Rice Military – The name originates from nearby Camp Logan, a World War I-era U.S. Army training camp, which was replaced by Memorial Park after the war.[1] The “Rice” in Rice Military comes from the family that used to own the area. One of the most popular of the Rices, William M. Rice, left behind a fortune to found Rice University. Bankers Trust Co. paid $54,425 ($731,900 in current money) to the Rice family and another party for the entire area that would become Rice Military.”

Also located just outside geographic Memorial area is

Memorial Park


A favorite among Houston’s joggers, Memorial Park also features tennis courts, playing fields, a fitness center, swimming pool and six miles of mountain and recreational bike trails along the bayous.  One lap jogging or walking around Memorial Park is 2.88 miles, and there are distance markers located every 1/4 mile, in both directions.  The 600-acre Memorial Park Golf Course is rated among the top municipal golf courses in the nation. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, also calls Memorial Park home. The Memorial Park Conservation Master Plan was approved by City Council’s Quality of Life Committee on August 10, 2004.

Piney Point – (zip code 77024)

Piney Point Village is a city in Harris County, Texas. The population was 3,380 at the 2000 census. Most of the city is located north of Buffalo Bayou while the wealthiest portion is located south of Buffalo Bayou. The village of Piney Point Village is also considered as the richest neighborhood in the Houston city area.

Tanglewood – (zip code 77056, 77057)

This neighborhood development consists of fifteen segments making room for above one thousand homes. The area has undergone a lot of change since its opening in January, 1949. This neighborhood development represents the charm of traditional houses from the 1950s. At the same time these houses are very stylish and great to live in. If you have a fascination for ranch style houses, then the Tanglewood real estate is a great option. The location of this real estate neighborhood has made it popular in the town over the years. It received recognition as the best housing sector in US, from the “National Association of Home Builders”. The most striking quality of this area is how peaceful it is, how far it seems from the hustle and bustle of modern life in spite of being close to all urban facilities. Tanglewood homes offer easy access to all your daily requirements – police stations, restaurants, hospitals and shopping districts.

Meyerland – (zip code 77098)

Meyerland is a 6000-acre (24 km2) community in southwest Houston, Texas, outside of the 610 Loop and inside Beltway 8.