Your Expert Guide
Oak Forest: Trendy digs in the urban woods of Houston
There are so many great places to live in Houston that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
Real estate may just run inFreddie Minahan's blood. Both of his parents were in the industry and, although he grew up in Philadelphia, he has adopted Houston as his second home over the last seven years, embracing every ounce of Southern charm.
While he has expertise both inside and outside Houston’s Loop, Minahan maintains a particular affinity for Oak Forest; he’s a resident himself, after all.
He has also seen a number of clients and friends move to the historic neighborhood, which was first established in 1947 and is now being revitalized into a vibrant, diverse community.
“It's fun living in a booming, comfortable, and trendy area that has constant change and exciting new restaurants,” he says.
Situated just north of the 610 loop, Oak Forest is known as the “Urban Woods of Houston” and has more than 5,500 homes and 20 acres of parks along with hiking and biking trails.
“There are so many opportunities to own a beautiful home on a great-sized lot here with convenient access to freeways and entertainment,” says Minahan. “Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, and it's nice having the trails close by.”
Minahan offered up a few of his personal favorites about life in Oak Forest. Here's his guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
Minahan happens to be a great amateur chef, but for him, brunch at d'Alba is always a must. Their take on chicken and waffles looks like house-made carb-y goodness topped with confit chicken thigh, Fresno chiles, black pepper ricotta, and chile honey.
For a caffeine fix, it’s Sunday Press for Minahan. He also recommends Walking Stick Brewing Company for a pint in the neighborhood and Wakefield Crowbar for the ultimate sports bar environment — it’s also Houston’s only sand volleyball and entertainment venue.
Where to play
Look no further than T.C. Jester Park, according to Minahan. There are walking and biking trails, a frisbee league, a dog park, picnic spots, and more.
Where to live
Oak Forest boasts a lot of new-construction homes that range in style from traditional to modern and transitional, says Minahan.
“The neighborhood is filled with fantastic builders who deliver high-end homes with phenomenal finishes,” he adds. “Expect tons of curb appeal and many a backyard oasis.”
A recent favorite property sold by Minahan is 859 W. 41st. “I love this new-construction home on a large lot with high-end finishes and appliances,” he says. “The buyers were thrilled to move to this contemporary stunner and are looking forward to customizing the backyard with a pool.”
Freddie Minahan lives, works, and plays in Oak Forest. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 832-588-5991.