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Afton Oaks, Houston

A sign at the entrance to Afton Oaks

Afton Oaks is a deed-restricted "Inner Loop" upscale residential community of approximately 525 homes in Houston, Texas, United States. [2] Afton Oaks is located inside Interstate 610 near the Galleria and Highland Village. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Westheimer Road, on the east by Union Pacific railroad tracks, on the south by Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 (Southwest Freeway), and on the west by Interstate 610.

Due to its central location in Houston, Afton Oaks is within close proximity to several neighborhoods including Oak Estates, River Oaks, and Royden Oaks to the northeast, Lynn Park to the east, West University Place, Texas to the southeast, Bellaire, Texas to the south, and Tanglewood to the northwest. In addition to the Galleria, Highland Village, and River Oaks District shopping areas, Afton Oaks also enjoys adjacency to the Greenway Plaza business district.

The major thoroughfares in Afton Oaks are Kettering Drive, Newcastle Drive, Richmond Avenue, and West Alabama Street. The notable signature elements of Afton Oaks include the esplanade along Newcastle Drive, the canopy of large, older hardwood trees throughout the neighborhood, a collection of rectangular column street markers, and a set of smaller triangular parks. Near Afton Oaks is a throwback to Houston's older days as several long running restaurants such as Bayou City Seafood & Pasta (est. 1990), Luling City Market (est. 1981), Nielsen's Delicatessen (est. 1952), and Rajin Cajun (est. 1974) still thrive along Richmond Avenue.

Afton Oaks contains many single story ranch homes built in the 1950s. In recent years, like other neighborhoods with a close-in location, significant new home construction has started to replace these original homes. Partly because of rising land values, these new builds are typically in excess of the million dollar price point. Houston's Association of Realtors' (HAR) 2012 data showed that the neighborhood value range in Afton Oaks is between $302,000 to $1,138,000, with the newer homes pulling the average upwards of $1,000,000.

Chartered in 1955, the Afton Oaks Civic Club remains active in preserving the continuity, history, and legacy of the neighborhood, maintaining the upkeep of common areas, arranging services including security and trash pickup, and monitoring deed restrictions.

John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press had this to say about Afton Oaks in a 2008 article:

"This hotbed of anti-rail activity has always seemed to me a place for adults who never quite gave up on college life, specifically, Greek life at state universities. There’s a kind of frat house feel to restaurants like Luling City Market (for UT grads) and the Ragin’ Cajun (for the LSU folks) that permeates the entire area. For a well-heeled residential area, it feels boozy, not just because of the aforementioned restaurants but also the bars and the big liquor store there."[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Cityscape 2
  • Education 3
    • Primary and secondary schools 3.1
    • Public libraries 3.2
  • Government and infrastructure 4
  • Transportation 5
  • Media 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

In the early 1950s the farming and ranching land owned by the O'Meara and Stahlman families became primed for development. On it Afton Oaks opened in stages mainly between 1951 and 1959. Construction of newer two-story brick and stucco homes began in the 1980s.[2] By 2000 many older homes received renovation or faced demolition.[3]

Cityscape

Afton Oaks is located near the intersection of the 610 Loop West Loop and Richmond Avenue. This gives the neighborhood access to The Galleria, Greenway Plaza, and Downtown Houston. The Kettering Oaks subdivision is adjacent to Afton Oaks. The subdivisions of Oak Estates and Royden Oaks are in proximity.[4]

Lot sizes in Afton Oaks are typically 8,000 square feet (740 m2) to 10,000 square feet (930 m2). Most houses have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, while some houses have two bedrooms each or four bedrooms each. As of 2001 many of the houses in Afton Oaks are ranch-style houses built in the 1950s. Even though around 12 newer houses had been built by that year, homeowners were more likely to remodel their houses than tear them down and build new houses, because the Afton Oaks houses were in good condition and were very large. By 2001 many of the ranch houses had been renovated with new granite counters, Italian tile floors, solid cherry wood cabinets, plantation shutters, master bath suites with walk-in closets, new kitchen appliances, and professional landscaping. Katherine Feser of the Houston Chronicle said that the remodelings "have transformed many of the original 1950s ranch houses into properties that rival recently built homes."[4]

As of 2001, the prices of the 1950s houses ranged from $250,000 ($332973.13 in current money) to $500,000 ($665946.25 in current money). Houses selling for less than $400,000 ($532757 in current money) in January 2001 had been sold for $250,000 several years prior.[4]

Education

Primary and secondary schools

St. George Place Elementary School

Afton Oaks is zoned to Houston Independent School District schools. The community is within Trustee District VII, represented by Harvin C. Moore as of 2008.[5]

Afton Oaks is zoned to St. George Place Elementary School,[6]

  • Afton Oaks

External links

  1. ^ Lomax, John Nova. "Sole of Houston: Richmond Avenue, Houston’s Street of Dreamz." Houston Press. May 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Neighborhood!" Afton Oaks.
  3. ^ "Study Area 10." City of Houston. Accessed October 21, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Feser, Katherine. "Renovations increase area's appeal, prices." Houston Chronicle. Sunday January 28, 2001. Retrieved on February 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Trustee Districts Map." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  6. ^ "St. George Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "Lanier Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Lamar High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  9. ^ "Will Rogers Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "St George Place ES Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 16, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Downing, Margaret. "Judging Books and Their Covers." Houston Press. August 21, 2007. 1. Retrieved on August 11, 2009.
  12. ^ "Adele B. Looscan Branch Replacement," (Archive) Houston Public Library. Retrieved May 23, 2008.
  13. ^ Downing, Margaret. "Judging Books and Their Covers." Houston Press. August 21, 2007. 2. Retrieved on August 11, 2009.
  14. ^ City of Houston, Council District Maps, District G." City of Houston. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
  15. ^ "Crime Statistics for Central Patrol Division." City of Houston.
  16. ^ " VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support." City of Houston.
  17. ^ "Afton Oaks Patrol Service." Afton Oaks.
  18. ^ "Congressional District 7." National Atlas of the United States.
  19. ^ Sallee, Rad. "Richmond or Westpark? Both sides speed it up / Foes in rail fight intensify efforts as Culbertson, Metro get set to reveal preferences." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday August 1, 2006. B1 MetFront. Retrieved on July 29, 2009.
  20. ^ Sallee, Rad. "Rail-on-Richmond debate builds steam for a final push." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday August 1, 2006. Retrieved on October 27, 2011.
  21. ^ Grant, Alexis and Matt Stiles. "METRO BYPASSES OBSTACLE, BUT RAIL FIGHT ISN'T OVER / Afton Oaks may be spared, but other foes remain along Richmond." Houston Chronicle. Friday December 22, 2006. A1. Retrieved on July 29, 2009.
  22. ^ "About Us." Examiner News.

References

The River Oaks Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community.[22]

The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper.

Media

[21] Ultimately METRO revised the plans so that the line does not go through the neighborhood.[20] The neighborhood opposed a proposed expansion of the

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) operates bus services in Afton Oaks.

Transportation

Afton Oaks is served by the Houston City Council District G and is in Texas's 7th congressional district.[18]

[17] The neighborhood is within the

Afton Oaks is in Houston City Council District G.[14]

Government and infrastructure

The previous Looscan branch had around 61,000 visitors in the fiscal year 2005. The original plans for Looscan called for the library to get a 5.37 million renovation. An Upper Kirby group proposed a new site near the Upper Kirby YMCA. Around that period the group Friends for Neighborhood Libraries began raising funds.[13] The replacement library, with a cost of $6.2 million, had twice the staff and two and one half times the size of the previous facility. Friends of Neighborhood Libraries had raised one million dollars in four months, and around 2.5 million in total to help fund the new library; the group spent about 30,000 dollars for the expenses.[11]

The community is served by the Adele B. Looscan Neighborhood Library of Houston Public Library.[11] The current Looscan Branch building opened in September 2007. The former Americans with Disabilities Act non-compliant library, which was established in 1956, closed on August 27, 2005 and was demolished in February 2006.[12]

Public libraries

. St. Thomas High School, and St. John's School, Episcopal High School Additionally, a number of nearby private schools provide educational alternatives. Private schools close to Afton Oaks serving high school students include [10]

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