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A Guide to Living in River Oaks

River Oaks is a subdivision within the Houston Super Neighborhood #23 and is located in between Uptown and Downtown Houston. River Oaks is said to be one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Texas and the U.S. as a whole. It is two square miles of mansions and exclusive estates, each valued in the millions of dollars. Security for the area is maintained by a private agency called the River Oaks Patrol, which boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the city of Houston.

Major Attractions

The forty member River Oaks Chamber Orchestra is world renown. The orchestra brings in conductors from around the world for its sessions and includes distinguished members from around the U.S. On the sports side of recreation, the River Oaks Country Club is well-known for is professionally designed golf course and also for its professional tennis courts, which have hosted the International River Oaks Tennis Tournament since 1931.

Several community parks also provide recreational areas and beautiful natural settings for outdoor relaxation. The River Oaks Park is particularly known for its Cinderella-like Pumpkin Carriage. The Adele B. Looscan Branch of the Houston Library is a modern and spacious facility that was specifically designed to blend aesthetically with the surrounding architecture. It is home to over 60,000 books and has an LEED energy certification.


The wealth in River Oaks held by its residents, not industries or corporations located there. River Oaks is home to many great philanthropists, such as Carolyn Farb and Ima Hogg. You’ll also find pro athletes, oil barons and a variety of other business owners. River Oaks Property Owners, Inc. oversees the affairs of the community and coordinate relationships with municipal and county governments.

Churches and Places of Worship

River Oaks Baptist Church, located at 2300 Willowick Boulevard, Houston, TX has been serving the River Oaks community since the 1950’s. Its K-8 private school is an important part of the educational community for the River Oaks population. The church is regular supporter of several local and international ministries, including the Christian Community Service Center and the Gethsemane Food Pantry. Its Music and Fine Arts ministry is an integral part of regular worship services, as well as special events.

The Church of St. John the Divine is located at 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX. The congregation was founded in 1940 and has continued to be a strong spiritual force within the River Oaks community since its establishment. The church is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and provides a wide range of ministry and service opportunities for its members.


River Oaks has a public magnet elementary school, River Oaks Elementary and middle school students are zoned to attend the Lanier Middle School, housing the accelerated program for the Houston School District. High school students are zoned to Lamar High School, the Houston accelerated program high school.

Private schools, of course, are very popular among the residents of River Oaks. Two Catholic schools draw heavily from the River Oaks community, St. Thomas High School and St. Anne Catholic School, which offers a K-8 program. River Oaks Baptist School, located in the community itself, is also a K-8 school and the Episcopal High School is another nearby private high school that draws from the River Oaks community.

Standardized Test Scores

Since students from River Oaks attend a variety of private schools, in addition to the public schools, test scores for this particular area is difficult to determine. However, the schools mentioned above all show test scores meeting or exceeding state standards.

Childcare Options

Independent private preschools provide childcare for several of the residents of River Oaks. Most parents in River Oaks, however, prefer more individualized care for their children. In-home nanny care is a preferred standard in the community. Due to the exclusivity of the community, selection of household employees requires careful screening. We have been pleased to offer our services to families in the River Oaks area who seek well-screened and highly qualified in-home childcare professionals.


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