Garden Oaks, Houston
|Elevation||69 ft (21 m)|
|Area code(s)||281, 713, 832|
Garden Oaks was established in 1937 by Edward L. Crain.
Around 1995, the population of children living in Garden Oaks was quickly growing. Houstonia magazine stated that, beginning in 2000, Garden Oaks began attracting "creative types", who wanted to establish families or who could not afford the Houston Heights or Montrose.
In 2010, Richard Connelly of the Houston Press said that Garden Oaks "used to be an underrated neighborhood but now is on everyone's radar." In 2013, Houstonia stated that Garden Oaks was one of the "25 Hottest Neighborhoods" in Houston; it stated that Garden Oaks was "wealthier and more developed" than Oak Forest but that the latter was also becoming popular.
Government and infrastructure
County, state, and federal representation
Garden Oaks is within Harris County Precinct 4. As of 2008, Jerry Eversole heads the precinct. Patrol services are contracted to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office. Harris County Hospital District operates the Northwest Health Center at 1100 West 34th Street.
Most residents are zoned to Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School, formerly Garden Oaks Elementary School, while a few are zoned to Durham Elementary School. By 1995, a Montessori program established at Garden Oaks Elementary became popular in the neighborhood, and there were fewer spaces available than willing applicants. In 2010, Terry Grier, the superintendent of HISD, proposed making Garden Oaks an all-Montessori school. As a result, some parents protested the proposal. The proposal and the political debate divided the Garden Oaks community. In order to expand the Montessori program to all students, the school received a grant from the Magnet School Assistance Program, a federal government program. As part of the 2012 bond, there were plans to renovate and expand the Garden Oaks Montessori building. The total cost was $26.6 million.
Lutheran High School North, a private school, is in the area. Parochial Schools in the neighborhood include St. Ambrose and St. Rose of Lima, Catholic Elementary Schools, and St. Pius X High School.
Parks and recreation
The Northwest Branch YMCA is the closest YMCA to Garden Oaks.
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