In many major metropolitan areas, families will have to relocate to the suburbs in order to get their kids a top notch education. However, this is not the case in Houston. Many of the area’s top rated schools are located in the heart of the city. This is a huge benefit for families that want to ensure that their kids get the best possible education without compromising their quality of life. While it can be expensive to live inside the loop, the convenience of being able to walk to coffee shops and restaurants can be worth the higher price tag for many families.
The inner loop has plenty of schools – around 280 public schools and just under 100 private schools – but not all of these schools are created equal. Fortunately, we’re here to tell you which schools (and which neighborhoods) will help your child get the best possible education inside the loop.
In general, areas that are zoned for better schools will have proportionally higher home prices. Take this into account when you are trying to decide on a budget for your home purchase. Decide which factors are most important to you and which factors you can compromise on. Consider school rankings, home size/quality, and location when making your decision.
Memorial Drive Elementary School is one of the top schools inside the loop, but it has the home prices to match. This area has some of the most expensive homes in the area, with a median home value of $2.4 million. If you are looking for the nicest homes in the best school district and cost is not an option, you should definitely take a closer look at this Spring Branch ISD neighborhood.
Possibly the most well known inner loop school zone is River Oaks. These schools are frequently regarded as the best as the area, particularly for elementary school aged children, but these homes tend to sell for around $2.2 million, so you will need to carefully consider your budget before making the move to River Oaks.
Fortunately, there are more affordable areas with schools that are equally as well respected. West University homes have a median value of $1.3 million. This area is the perfect combination of great schools, beautiful, spacious homes, an extremely convenient location, and a more reasonable price tag. These homes are the picture of perfection and are located near shopping areas such as Rice Village and countless restaurants to suit any mood. While this area has private school options as well being a part of the Houston ISD, the public schools in this area are so well respected that many families forgo the added expense of a private school education and opt to enroll their children in the local public schools.
To learn more about the homes available in these top school districts, contact our team at Hunter Real Estate Group or browse the property listings on our website.