Your Expert Guide
Spring Branch: A prime location where neighbors become friends for life
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.
On the northwest side of Harris County, Spring Branch has been drawing an ever-increasing number of Houstonians who recognize the advantages this location offers.
According to real estate agent Rich Stone, the access to top-rated public and private schools, family-friendly activities, work centers, and now retail is drawing attention from all corners.
“We've seen a dramatic rise in new construction with both single-family homes and patio homes alike,” he says.
Stone has represented both buyers and sellers in this neighborhood for 12 years, and he even moved there himself six years ago.
“I saw tremendous value between the combination of excellent schools and the proximity to downtown and the energy corridor. It can't be beat,” says Stone. “It was a great opportunity to join the early stage of a population boom in Spring Branch.”
Prior to transitioning to real estate sales, Stone worked on Wall Street and later co-owned a custom-home building firm in Houston.
“Home-building added broad, in-depth understanding of construction methods, building materials, land values, and architectural trends,” says Stone. “It also taught me how to apply my negotiation and financial skills to the home-purchase process, determine what buyers want, and what sells a home.”
A dedicated tennis player, Rich also enjoys playing classical piano and spending time with his large family — including 18 nieces and nephews!
Stone offered up a few of his personal favorites about life in Spring Branch. Here's his guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
With coffee and tea, craft beer and wine, and a full menu, Slowpokes is good any time of day.
Stone also favors Korea Garden, one of Houston’s oldest Korean dining establishments that has a beautiful garden and fountain setting, too.
Fratelli's is another local tradition with exceptional Italian cuisine, including a standout signature osso bucco.
Where to play
To embrace the great outdoors, Stone recommends Moritz Park and the Spring Branch bike trail. To get in a good climb, head to Texas Rock Gym, which also has other fitness programs like yoga and martial arts.
For whole-family fun, Speedy's Fast Track is a go-to spot with Formula 1-style go-karts, arcade games, and miniature golf.
What to see
It’s a bit unorthodox, but Stone highlights the Hillendahl Family Cemetery on Long Point at Peck Road as something to see — and know about. It’s a slice of historic Houston that occupies the northwest corner of a Spring Branch auto repair shop parking lot.
Where to live
Spring Branch offers housing options for every stage of life and budget. “From gated, patio home communities to $3 million custom homes and lots of new construction in modern-traditional styles, there is something for everyone,” says Stone.
Rich Stone works and plays in Spring Branch. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 713-545-6324.