Affordable Houston Neighborhoods

Houston's best neighborhoods to buy affordable homes revealed in new study

H-Town's best neighborhoods for affordable homes revealed in new study

Lindale Park sign in entrance to neighborhood
Lindale Park is one of Houston's most affordable neighborhoods. RedFin.com

In Houston's sizzling real estate market, the odds of snagging affordable properties in hot neighborhoods are lukewarm. As the market continues to see an uptick in home sales, a new study from Redfin shows that the Bayou City lacks neighborhoods with a balanced mix of home prices. 

Redfin looked at the economic integration of 20 cities by comparing home prices to the purchasing power of a local, median-income family. According to the report, most Americans live in an economically segregated neighborhood that lacks balance between affordable and high-end homes. 

Only 12 percent of Houston neighborhoods offer a balanced mix of home prices, making it the 11th most economically integrated city of the 20 surveyed. Boston, Seattle, and Washington top the list. Fifty-one percent of Boston has a balanced mix of home prices. In comparison, only 4 percent of Columbus, Ohio, the least economically integrated city on the list, offers a balanced mix of prices. 

The Houston  neighborhoods with the best mixture of high-end and affordable homes are the areas of Parkwood, Westmoreland/Montrose, Moonshine Hill (Humble), Sunset Terrace (West University) and Fourth Ward (near downtown).

Redfin says 72 percent of Houston offers homes that middle-income Houston families can afford. The most affordable neighborhoods are Brookhaven, Sagemont, Lindale Park, Near Northside and Andover.  The neighborhoods with the most high-end properties? Crestwood/Memorial Park, Camp Logan, Gaywood, Southampton and Richmond Plaza/Bellaire.

In other Texas cities cited in the report, 16 percent of Austin offers a balanced mix of home prices; in San Antonio, it's 8 percent.