4.6 out of 10

Central Southwest

Ranked 21st best neighborhood in Houston
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  • Peace & Quiet
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  • Safe & Sound
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Future Possibilities"

Central Southwest Houston has previously been a neglected area of real estate; however, recent attention has been cast upon it to be redeveloped. Located South of the 610 Loop, East of 59-The Southwest Freeway, and West of Hwy 288, Central SW Houston is close to Missouri City and West University, which are known to be affluent areas. To the West you will find Sugarland, and to the North is Bellaire. Major streets in the area are West Fuqua, South Post Oak Rd., Almeda Road, and Buffalo Speedway. Residents in this area are predominately made up of African Americans and Hispanics, and commuters typically use their own personal transportation, while some use public transportation such as the Metro Bus.

The majority of school aged children in this area will attend Houston Independent School District. There are a large amount of Houston’s major employers in close proximity to Central Southwest Houston, since it is convenient to The Galleria area as well as The Houston Medical Center.

While you will find affordable homes and apartment rent, this area does not have the best reputation for being a safe or upscale. You will have to travel a little way to find high end night clubs, fine dining, and retail shopping.
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Growing area"

Like Katy, Central Southwest was once a more agricultural area and has been growing in recent years. Many of the subdivisions you will find in this neighborhood are somewhat new or still in development. In this economy, these houses are still on the cheaper side of nicer homes and have a tremendous opportunity for great resale value. Plus, with the location of Central Southwest, there is bound to be more growth. Areas around south-central 610 are under renovation and south Beltway 8 has plenty of room to grow. With a new subdivision, there is also a certain amount of security and the ability to build a home as well as a family. As the neighborhood stands now, the schools are a bit rough-- with growth comes more schools and more potential for young, energetic teachers to do a wonderful job. As in the example earlier, Katy has seen new schools pop up all over the place. 5 high schools and an uncountable number of elementary and junior high schools have gone up since I graduated in 2005. But, with all this construction and building, there is a noise and hectic factor that should be accounted for when deciding to make the move here. Cleanliness will also be an issue for a while, and if you are looking for a lush, green neighborhood, you will have to wait for this one to become so. But, the future could prove to be nice for the area. Look out for it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"Central Southwest Houston, Houston"

The neighborhood of Central Southwest Houston is a very diverse place to visit. It is situated along State Highway 288, the South Freeway, and the Sam Houston Tollway. Some of the popular streets in this area include West Fuqua Street and South Post Oak Road. Both of these are very busy areas in Houston. Here you will find a wealth of shopping centers, restaurants, and other interesting locations. The ethnic restaurants located in Central Southwest Houston offer visitors a variety of tastes to choose from. African restaurants can be found throughout this particular neighborhood. There are many different offerings in this portion of Houston. You will find a number of educational options for residents of this area. Central Southwest Houston is home to the Houston Community College. There are a number of older subdivisions in this area as well. An example of the subdivisions here is Spring Branch. Citizens on this side of town have easy access to the 610 Loop, which is a major roadway in Houston. Some of the communities here are Braeburn and Fondren Gardens. There are a number of low income apartment complexes in this area. This is one of the dated portions of Houston to visit.
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