Your Expert Guide
Spring Branch: An ideal investment opportunity where community blooms
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.
"I have been living in Spring Branch for over two years now, and I wanted to share with you why I chose this wonderful community as my home," says real estate agent Thomas Claffy. "Spring Branch has undergone significant development in recent years, and I have witnessed firsthand its positive transformation."
Having helped people buy and sell in Spring Branch for the past 20-plus years, Claffy has definitely been around to see how this community combines the best of both worlds. It has the convenience of being close to Houston's major attractions while still offering its residents a peaceful and serene environment.
The local amenities, parks, and recreational areas make it an ideal area for individuals and families alike, he notes, and the schools are a major selling point, along with the quick commute to major employment centers.
"Moreover, I view Spring Branch as an excellent investment opportunity," Claffy says. "The growth of businesses and infrastructure in the area has been remarkable, reinforcing its potential for long-term value appreciation. I believe that investing in this community is a wise decision, both personally and financially."
Indeed, Spring Branch has been attracting top-notch retail and restaurants that add to the neighborhood's charm and appeal. Currently, there are redevelopment projects underway all along Long Point Road, bringing new and upcoming businesses to the area.The community also has a welcoming and neighborly feel that fosters a strong sense of belonging, Claffy says.
"I appreciate the sense of calm I feel here, unlike other close-in neighborhoods that can feel quite hectic," he says. "If you are considering a move or searching for a solid investment, I highly recommend exploring Spring Branch. Its central location, sense of community, and continuing development make it a great place to call home."
Claffy offered up a few of his personal favorites about life in Spring Branch. Here's his guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
"There are so many options, and the list is growing every day," says Claffy. New additions include The Library Wine Bar and James Beard Award winner Tatemó.
In addition, you can find great Korean barbecue at Bori, vegan Mexican food at Cascabel, and great American bistro fare at NoPo Cafe Market & Bar.
The shopping center located on Long Point Road and Hillendahl Road is home to a variety of businesses, Claffy points out, including The Blind Goat, Stuffed Belly, Feges BBQ, Barnaby's Cafe, Jinya Ramen Bar, Cosmic Ice Cream Co, and Slowpokes.
Where to play
Spring Branch has 32 designated parks spanning over 280 acres and the Spring Branch Trail, with the ultimate plan being an 11-mile hike and bike trail through the heart of Spring Branch that connects the Addicks Reservoir and White Oak Bayou Greenway.
Mekanix Gym is a great local gym. "I took handstand classes there, and it was a great way to challenge myself. You must check out this spot and ask them about 'fire and ice,'" Claffy hints.
Memorial City, City Center, and so much more is just outside your door when you are in Spring Branch.
Where to live
"Spring Branch has homes for every stage of life," Claffy says. The area is mainly made up of single-family homes, with patio homes and townhomes sprinkled in.
Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) is home to some of the most desirable schools in Houston and one reason the area is growing so quickly.
"Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a young family, or an empty nester, Spring Branch has it all," says Claffy. "You'll find beautifully renovated ranch homes, new construction by Houston's top builders, and homes and lots in all sizes. It's truly a community that caters to all. If you're ready to find your perfect home, Spring Branch might be the place for you!"
Thomas Claffy 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 832-875-3275.