Your Expert Guide
Braes Heights: A warm and welcoming hidden gem inside the loop
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 agent Stormy Hayes-Knipe calls Braes Heights a “hidden gem inside the loop.” That’s because everyone is “very relaxed and super friendly,” but it’s also close to everything a big city has to offer while boasting great parks, excellent schools, a library, and prime walkability.
“Always expect a ‘hi’ or 'good morning' when you’re walking in the area,” says Stormy.
Originally from El Paso, Stormy has called Houston home for more than 30 years and has lived in the Braes Heights area for more than 20 of them.
Her comprehensive market knowledge, combined with her energy, dedication, and unwavering positive attitude, means she always goes the extra mile for her clients.
But she has a special affinity for her own ’hood. “I love my neighborhood and community and it just makes sense to focus my efforts and work here,” she says.
Stormy is also heavily invested in her neighborhood associations and her two children’s schools, as well as the greater Houston community, and has served on local committees, advisory boards, and clubs.
She offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in Braes Heights. Here's her guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
A favorite of Stormy's, Molina’s Cantina is recognized as the oldest (since 1941!) and one of the best locally owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston.
She also recommends Dish Society and Slowpokes or Leven, which are great places to gather for coffee after a neighborhood walk or to meet and hang out with family and friends.
Where to play
Karl Young Park is a beautiful place to get outside with the family, with its shaded playground, walking path, and tennis and pickleball courts.
Twain Spark Park is in the neighborhood, too, says Stormy, and Helen’s Park is picturesque and tranquil.
Stormy also suggests the YMCA and Stella Link Library for family-friendly fun along with Palace Social, which is the newly revitalized Palace Bowling Lanes. People familiar with the area may remember this long-time, beloved destination where decades of memories were made.
Where to live
The style of homes in the beautiful tree-lined Braes Heights ranges from traditional to modern, 1950s ranch homes to 2023-24 new construction, and everything in between,
“Most homes have backyards suitable for both play and pools, as well as larger front yards to sit and wave at neighbors or to let the neighborhood kids run around,” says Stormy. "Braes Heights really does have it all."
Stormy Hayes-Knipe works and plays in Braes Heights. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 713-417-0099.