WELCOME TO BELLAIRE
Located alongside the 610 Loop between West University and Houston, Bellaire is a peaceful residential community known as “the City of Homes.”
The community was founded in 1908 by William Wright Baldwin, who named it Bellaire (meaning ‘good air’) for the gentle breezes which characterized its climate. The city recently celebrated its Centennial, a fact commemorated in Bellaire’s Centennial Historical Walk. A map of the walk can be downloaded for free, providing insights into the many older buildings which have been important in Bellaire’s development. Much of the city’s development occurred in the mid-20th Century, with a later building boom following the easing of restrictions on property construction in the 1990s.
Bellaire has flourished over the past three decades, with affluent families attracted to a community boasting excellent public schools, outstanding municipal services, and numerous parks and green spaces.
Today, Bellaire’s residents enjoy the perfect balance of small-town neighborliness and big-city access.
BELLAIRE REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS
Lots within Bellaire are typically larger than those in other nearby communities, with a typical 75 feet by 130 feet lot comfortably allowing for a spacious home and outdoor swimming pool.
Most of Bellaire’s mid-century housing has been replaced by larger newly-built properties over the past few decades. Neighborhoods which already boasted many larger homes have retained many of their original properties, such as the Carroll subdivision between Bellaire Boulevard and the Braeburn Country Club Estates. These older neighborhoods exude an elegance and charm comparable with the famously affluent Tanglewood area.
Bellaire’s growing reputation is reflected it in its housing market, with Bellaire consistently ranking among the top neighborhoods in Houston for land and home price appreciation.
PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
“The City of Homes” has a mostly residential character, although some office buildings can be found alongside the 610 Loop, including the regional headquarters of AT&T.
There are many parks and green spaces situated within Bellaire, with the largest being the 7.5-acre Bellaire Zindler Park. This expansive green space contains lighted tennis courts, a community pool, a gazebo, a picnic area, and jogging trails. It’s also the site of both the Bellaire Recreation Center and Bellaire Civic Center, offering a range of meeting rooms and auditoriums.
There are a dozen other parks dotted throughout the community, providing residents with a wide range of outdoor spaces and sports facilities.
Public schools within Bellaire are among Houston’s finest. Several local schools have won awards for their exceptional quality. Overall, Bellaire’s schools typically rank among Texas’s very best. There are also seven colleges and universities within a short distance of Bellaire, including Rice University.
Despite Bellaire’s laidback small town atmosphere, residents enjoy easy access to other important areas within Houston. Loop 610, Southwest Freeway, Bellaire Boulevard, and Bissonnet Street are all easily accessible from Bellaire. This means that Bellaire’s residents enjoy a straightforward commute to areas such as Downtown Houston, Galleria, the Texas Medical Center, and the Energy Corridor.