River Oaks and the Galleria Houston

Houston’s most exclusive address has world-class shopping right next door.

The Galleria Area of Houston
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River Oaks and the Galleria Houston at a Glance

With a median home value of $1.5 million – and a number of houses worth many times more – this fabled expanse of oak-shaded lawns and jaw-dropping mansions ranks among the most luxurious in Texas, if not the United States. Some of the city’s richest and most prominent characters have called River Oaks home since it was founded in the 1920s around a country club that shares its name.

Just across I-610, the Galleria provides the well-to-do a huge, air-conditioned mall that manages to retain the feel of a high-end shopping district.

River Oaks and the Galleria on the Map

While the original subdivision is smaller, the areas bounded by Buffalo Bayou and Westheimer Road, Shepherd Drive and I-610 are usually considered River Oaks. The Galleria refers to the densely developed shopping, office and residential areas surrounding the mall at 5085 Westheimer Road.

River Oaks Real Estate

If you can’t afford a full-time staff for your home, you probably can’t afford a house in River Oaks. Most of the neighborhood consists of large, single-family houses on generous lots. Many contain at least 5 bedrooms and as many or more baths. Most houses come complete with pool, gate and circle drive, and listings tend to range from just under $1 million to over $10 million.

Galleria Nightlife

Much like the shopping, the evening scene around the Galleria is decidedly high-end.

Pricey wine bars and upscale nightclubs are found in abundance throughout the Galleria area. 

Galleria Restaurants

This is one Houston’s hottest neighborhoods for dining. Hip, delicious eateries range from family-style Italian to Greek to high-dollar sushi. If the restaurants fall out of your price range, try taking advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks (August 1 through Labor Day), where even Houston's priciest restaurants have good deals on lunch, dinner and brunch.

 

Galleria Shopping

High-end department stores, classy boutiques and an indoor ice skating rink attract 24 million visitors each year to this impressive shopping center beneath the Williams Tower. Among the 375 stores at 5085 Westheimer Road are: Nieman Marcus, Macy’s, Tiffany and Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren.

River Oaks Museums

The Museum of Fine Art Houston curates museums within two historic mansions in the neighborhood. Situated among beautifully maintained gardens, the Rienzi Center for European Decorative Arts (1406 Kirby) is packed full of historic furniture, sculpture, ceramics and paintings. The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (1 Westcott) offers a similar trove of American art in the carefully preserved manse donated to the museum by Ima Hogg more than 50 years ago.

River Oaks Parks

River Oaks Country Club (members only)
1600 River Oaks Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77019

River Oaks Park
3600 Locke Lane
Houston, Texas 77027-4004
713-622-5998

Meyer Park
3101 Reba Drive
Houston, Texas 77019

Elliott Park
3000 Chevy Chase Drive
Houston, Texas 77019

Homewood Park
2950 Lazy Lane Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77019

River Oaks Elementary Schools

River Oaks Elementary
2008 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77019-6016
713-942-1460

W. Rogers Elementary School
3101 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
713-625-1400

River Oaks High Schools

Lamar High School
3325 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77098-1099
713-522-5960

River Oaks Private Schools

St. Anne Catholic School
2120 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77098-1493
713-526-3279

River Oaks Baptist School
2300 Willowick Road
Houston, Texas 77027-3996
713-623-6938

St. Luke’s Day School
3471 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77027-5334
713-402-5030

Bethany Christian School
3223 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77098-1092
713-524-0092

St. John’s School
2401 Claremont Lane
Houston, Texas 77019-5897
713-850-0222

River Oaks Libraries

Looscan Library
2510 Willowick Road
Houston, Texas 77027-3936
832-393-1900

River Oaks Essentials

U.S. Post Office

2802 Timmons Lane
Houston, Texas 77027-5321
713-963-8249