Enjoy the lifestyle of living in a village within a city. Located just ten miles west of downtown Houston lies a most tranquil residential setting, which is well known for its distinctive country-estate atmosphere that is nestled in a landscape of a thick forest of native pines. Ranked as one of the most desirable places to live the Memorial Villages comprises one of the wealthiest communities in all of Texas.
German farmers primarily occupied this little known area of Houston for over 100 years. John D. Taylor received title to 4,428 acres of land in 1824, which straddled Buffalo Bayou and at the southern most bend in the bayou became known at Pine Point. Following World War I, more tracts of land were sold for lumber to the neighboring sawmills in which a few houses were built. After World War II, subdivisions were finally laid out as street access to downtown Houston continued to improve. Motivated by a desire for residential zoning and maintaining their country living, the residents filed a petition in October 1954 to incorporate a two-square-mile area that would be named Hunters Creek Village, the first of the six villages to do so. The area soon became favorable to more and more developers. After the construction of Interstate 10 through the city in 1968, people looking for an escape from the bustling inner city flocked to the Villages. The six independent villages: Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, Bunker Hill, Spring Valley, and Hilshire Village, referred to collectively as “the Villages,” now cover approximately 10 square miles. Each village is a separate municipality with a mayor-council form of government that provides service for its residents through locally based police and fire departments, and a joint water authority.
The affluent population of the Memorial Villages prompts comparisons with one of Houston’s other upscale neighborhoods, River Oaks. The neighborhoods of the Villages are home to Houston’s business leaders and boast some of the highest median household income in the country. The differences are pronounced, however; houses are often much larger and occupy enormous lots, many of an acre or more in the Villages.