But that's all changed and Brays Oaks is on the upswing again with affordable housing, good schools, proximity to the Texas Medical Center, and quite a bit of revitalization.
"The Brays Oaks district is a really big geographic district and there are some differences between the neighborhoods. Westbury/Parkwest is one of the most popular," says real estate broker Susan Brock of Brock & Foster Real Estate. "It's the second biggest development in Houston, second to Sharpstown."
While there are ups and downs within the school district, Brock singles out Parker Elementary. "It's a music magnet; they teach the Suzuki method. Beyoncé enrolled there, and they just got a new campus which is super cool. Kolter Elementary is really good; it flooded so they're building a new campus and that is a foreign language magnet," adds Brock.
And she sees nothing but good news on the horizon for Westbury High School. "They're turning that school around," says Brock. "They just built a new fine arts wing. The principal Susan Monaghan is a phenomenal leader; she came from Pin Oak Middle School in Bellaire. She is very committed to the school; she's brought a lot of change."
In visiting the Brays Oaks Management District's website, we discovered several education initiatives on the drawing board: Houston Baptist University is starting construction on a major expansion that will roll out over several phases, Houston Community College has acquired 12 acres that will serve as the site for a new Workforce Development Campus, and Westbury Christian School is revamping the old Westland YMCA to create a major athletic complex.
Civic projects include the Harris County Flood Control District and its ongoing excavation of the 291-acre Willow Waterhole Detention Basin to create a recreational park with trails, plantings and habitat restoration. The Los Angeles-based Levitt Foundation is planning to install an outdoor entertainment pavilion there at Willow Waterhole Park.
Let's take a look at the housing market in this neighborhood.
Rene Sorola with Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan for $350,000.
listed by Angela Pipes with Redfin Corporation Houston for $419,000.
listed by Stayce Nguyen with Lone Star Realty for $484,500 (purchase) or $2,895/month (rental).
If you snooze, you lose. Susan Brock of Brock & Foster Real Estate just closed on the three bedroom home at 6135 Wigton in Brays Oaks (shown at the top of this page). Built in 1965, the property featured an open floor plan with cathedral ceiling, plus recent updates to the roof, HVAC and solar panels. Custom accents included kitchen cabinets, a master closet with built-ins, and a backyard pergola patio. The property sold for between $370,001 and $420,000.
To learn more about the Brays Oaks Management District, visit BraysOaksMD.org.