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AFTON OAKS

Afton Oaks subdivision is deed-restricted with more than 500 homes. It is located in the "inner-loop" of 610 near the Galleria and Highland Village and is bounded to the north by Westheimer Road, to the east by Union Pacific railroad tracks, to the south by Southwest Freeway, and to the west by the 610 Loop. Multi-million dollar homes occupy the large lots of Afton Oaks, where the most notable of Houston citizens reside.

In the early 1950s, the farming and ranching land owned by the O'Meara and Stahlman families became primed for development. Originally, the  subdivision was predominantly made up of ranch-style brick homes built in stages mainly between 1951 and 1959. Construction of newer two-story brick and stucco homes began in the 1980s. By 2000, many of the older ranch style homes received renovation or faced demolition and were replaced with much larger single-family homes, patio homes and 3 story town homes near the 610 West Loop. Like other neighborhoods with a close-in location, the significant new home construction has
started to replace the original homes because of rising land values. These new builds are typically in excess of the million dollar price point. To date, the newer homes comprise less than half of the homes in Afton Oaks. The notable signature elements of Afton Oaks includes the esplanade along Newcastle Drive, the canopy of large, older hardwood trees throughout the neighborhood, a collection of rectangular column street markers, and a set of smaller triangular parks.

Students living in Afton Oaks attend schools served by the Houston Independent School District. In 2007, Afton Oaks was rezoned to St. George Place Elementary School. This community is also zoned to Lanier Middle School, and Lamar High School.  There are also two fine private schools in St. John’s and River Oaks Baptist nearby.

The community is also served by the Adele B. Looscan Neighborhood Library of Houston Public Library. The current Looscan Branch building opened in September 2007. The former Americans with Disabilities Act non-compliant library, which was established in 1956, closed on August 27, 2005 and was demolished in February 2006. The previous Looscan branch had around 61,000 visitors in the fiscal year 2005. The original plans for Looscan called for the library to get a 5.37 million renovation. An Upper Kirby group proposed a new site near the Upper Kirby YMCA. Around that period the group Friends for Neighborhood Libraries
began raising funds. The replacement library, with a cost of $6.2 million, had twice the staff and two and one half times the size of the previous facility.  Friends of Neighborhood Libraries had raised one million dollars in four months, and around 2.5 million in total to help fund the new library; the group spent about 30,000 dollars for the expenses.

The residents of Afton Oaks are a congenial mix of young professionals and families with children at one end of the spectrum to retired owners on the other, and the area boasts of an active civic club. Chartered in 1955, the Afton Oaks Civic Club remains active in preserving the continuity, history, and legacy of the neighborhood, maintaining the upkeep of common areas, arranging services including security and trash pickup, and monitoring deed restrictions. Perhaps most notably, the civic association worked towards re-directing the proposed light rail line that would have intersected Afton Oaks. The subdivision is within the Houston Police Department's Central Patrol Division. The Civic Club contracts with an organization of off-duty Houston Police Department officers to patrol the neighborhood.

The subdivision’s original structures sell in a range from the high $300,000s to close to $800,000 for those with substantial updating or on very large lots. Recent and new construction homes sell for well over $1 million and range to $3 million.


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