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Houston River Oaks Apartments
Houston River Oaks Apartments
Houston River Oaks Apartments

What Its Known For

River Oaks is known to be the boujee area with "old" money" & huge houses.
River Oaks Boulevard at Christmas Time is its own spectacle!
Extremely pet-friendly neighborhood.


Established in the 1920s, River Oaks is one of Houston’s most upscale residential neighborhoods. If you’re familiar with the Dallas area, the developers took inspo from the Highland Park neighborhood (and if you’re not familiar, just know that area is fancy AF.) Think lush trees and green spaces, gigantic mansions, and all of the luxe shopping destinations you can think of packed into one beautiful neighborhood.

You thought all of the shopping in Houston was at the Galleria? Think again! River Oaks is known as Houston’s high-end shopping destination. The River Oaks District has all of your designer labels — Hermès, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, and Harry Winston… you know, the places where some of the price tags are higher than the rent checks being written for the apartments in the area. Highland Village is H-Town’s own little Beverly Hills — palm-tree-lined streets host staple stores like Anthropologie, Apple, Restoration Hardware, and Lululemon, and fave restaurants like Escalante’s.

Not a shopaholic? Take a guided tour of the Rienzi Museum, a former home-turned-museum of avid decorative art collectors, or get your steps in at Memorial Park or the Buffalo Bayou Trail. Around the holidays, River Oaks is one of the best neighborhoods to drive around, sip hot cocoa, and see some stunning light displays!


While River Oaks definitely has a reputation for being luxe, you can actually find apartments that fit a wide range of budgets here. Yes, you have your $10k/month townhomes (no joke), but you can also snag way more affordable units if you know where to look. Fill out our quick form to connect with an Apartment Locator for free, personalized help finding your dream Houston apartment.

Don’t just take our word for it. See what our friends say!

Three words... fancy as f*ck. The luxury shopping is on another level and there are so many boujee hotspots to grab a meal and a drink.

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