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Encyclopedia > River Oaks, Houston, Texas
River Oaks is heavily wooded and has Houston's most expensive homes
River Oaks is heavily wooded and has Houston's most expensive homes

River Oaks is an affluent community located in the geographic center of Houston, Texas, United States. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 839 KB) Summary RiverOaks Street Scene Taken by WhisperToMe Next to the intersection of Westheimer and River Oaks Blvd Right in front of Lamar High School And Right next to St. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 839 KB) Summary RiverOaks Street Scene Taken by WhisperToMe Next to the intersection of Westheimer and River Oaks Blvd Right in front of Lamar High School And Right next to St. ... Space City redirects here. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


River Oaks is inside the 610 Loop, halfway between Downtown and Uptown. River Oaks spans 1,100 acres (4.45 kmĀ²) in area. River Oaks is north of the Houston district of Upper Kirby and west of the nearby area of Neartown/Montrose. Interstate 610 is a freeway that forms a loop around the city of Houston, Texas. ... Downtown Houston Downtown Houston is Houstons largest business district. ... Uptown Houston Uptown Houston, or the Uptown District, is mainly centered around the the Galleria, the largest and most prestigious shopping mall in Houston. ... Lamar High School in 1957. ... Montrose is known for its tattoo parlors and bars Montrose, also known as Neartown, is an area in west-central Houston, Texas. ...

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Overview

The River Oaks Theatre of Landmark Theatres, located east of River Oaks in the River Oaks Shopping Center.
The River Oaks Theatre of Landmark Theatres, located east of River Oaks in the River Oaks Shopping Center.

River Oaks consists of approximately 1,100 properties in a region bounded on the north by Buffalo Bayou, on the east by South Shepherd Drive, on the west by Willowick Road, and on the south by West Alabama. Residents are predominantly successful professionals, and real estate values range in from $1 to $20 million U.S. dollars[1]. The commute from River Oaks to Downtown, Uptown, or the Houston Medical Center is generally ten to fifteen minutes. The community is minutes from every major Houston thoroughfare such as Westheimer, Richmond, San Felipe, US-59 ("Southwest Freeway"), I-10 ("Katy Freeway"), and Interstate 610. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 866 KB) Summary The River Oaks Theater Taken by WhisperToME Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 866 KB) Summary The River Oaks Theater Taken by WhisperToME Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The River Oaks Theatre River Oaks Theatre is a historic Art Deco movie theatre located in Houston, Texas. ... Landmark Theatres is the largest art house movie theater chain in the United States. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Picture of the Texas Medical Center Skyline The Texas Medical Center is the largest and one of the most famous groups of medical institutions worldwide. ... U.S. Route 59 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in parts of Texas). ... Interstate 10 (abbreviated I-10) is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States. ... Interstate 610 (abbreviated I-610 or in Texas IH-610) is a freeway that forms a loop around the city of Houston, Texas. ...


The community has a country club, River Oaks Country Club[2]. River Oaks operates its own private security force, River Oaks Patrol, commonly referred to as "ROPS" or "ROPO."


River Oaks is, as of 2006, currently in the process of implementing a completely revised set of deed restrictions which can be found at http://www.ropo.org/DRR.html.


Government

Local government

River Oaks is a part of the Houston City Council District G [1].


Federal and state representation

River Oaks is in Texas's 7th congressional district [2]. The current boundaries of Texas District 7. ...

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 836 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 836 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... River Oaks Elementary School is a magnet vanguard school for the Houston Independent School District. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 833 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 833 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Sidney Lanier Middle School is a middle school located at 2600 Woodhead Street in Houston, Texas, United States, with a ZIP code of 77098. ...

Schools and public libraries

Two schools are located in River Oaks, River Oaks Baptist School[3] (a K-8 private school), and River Oaks Elementary School (a K-5 public school) that actually is a combined neighborhood school and magnet school for HISD and therefore attracts student from all over the HISD system. River Oaks Baptist School is a private primary and secondary school in Houston, Texas. ... River Oaks Elementary School is a magnet vanguard school for the Houston Independent School District. ... In the U.S. system of education, a magnet school is a public school which offers innovative courses, specialized training, etc. ...


Public schools

Public schooling is available under the Houston Independent School District and consists of River Oaks Elementary School, Lanier Middle School (6-8, in the Montrose district), and Lamar High School (9-12, in the Upper Kirby district). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sidney Lanier Middle School is a middle school located at 2600 Woodhead Street in Houston, Texas, United States, with a ZIP code of 77098. ... Montrose (sometimes The Montrose) is the name of a neighborhood and also an area in Houston, Texas. ... Lamar High School Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School is a secondary school located at 3325 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77098. ...

There is a joke in the River Oaks community that states that River Oaks Boulevard is the only street with a country club at both ends. One is the River Oaks Country Club, and the "other" is Lamar High School. [3] [4] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 834 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 834 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Lamar High School Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School is a secondary school located at 3325 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77098. ...


Between 1986 and 1996, River Oaks Elementary School only admitted magnet school students, and River Oaks itself was divided between the attendance zones of Wilson Elementary School and Will Rogers Elementary School. In 1995, several River Oaks parents petitioned HISD to re-establish the neighborhood program at River Oaks Elementary School. In fall 1996, HISD added a neighborhood program to the school for grades Kindergarten through 2, with grades 3 through 5 phased in over a subsequent three-year period [5] [6].


Private schools

St. John's School Cullen Campus

Several other independent (private) schools serve the community, including: Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 835 KB) Summary St. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 835 KB) Summary St. ... St. ... An independent school is a school which is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operation and is instead operated by tuition charges, gifts, and perhaps the investment yield of an endowment. ...

St. ... Upper Kirby is a commercial district in Houston, Texas. ... Montrose (sometimes The Montrose) is the name of a neighborhood and also an area in Houston, Texas. ... Annunciation Orthodox School, or AOS, is a private school located in Houston, Texas established in 1970. ... St. ...

Libraries

The neighborhood is served by the Looscan Branch of Houston Public Library. As of 2006 the Looscan Branch is undergoing new construction. The old non-Americans with Disabilities Act compliant library, which was established in 1956, closed on August 27, 2005 and was demolished in February 2006. The new library is scheduled to open in late 2007 [7]. The John P. McGovern-Stella Link Branch of the Houston Public Library, located in the Braeswood Place neighborhood The Houston Public Library Heights Branch Meyer Branch Eleanor K. Freed Montrose Branch Houston Public Library is the public library system serving Houston, Texas. ... The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is the short title of United States Public Law 101-336, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by George H. W. Bush. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February is the second month of the calendar year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... -1... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ...


Fire service

Houston Fire Department operates Station 3 River Oaks at 3735 West Alabama at Cummins [8]. Houston Fire Department (HFD) is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Houston, Texas, United States. ...


Police service

The neighborhood is within the Houston Police Department's Central Patrol Division [9]. A typical Houston Police Department cruiser The Houston Police Department (often referred to simply as HPD) is the primary law enforcement agency serving the City of Houston, Texas, United States. ...


Businesses

River Oaks homes are within a couple miles of both River Oaks Shopping Center[4] and the Highland Village Shopping Center[5] and adjacent the business areas of Upper Kirby and Greenway Plaza. Highland Village is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, United States. ... Upper Kirby is a commercial district in Houston, Texas. ... Picture of Greenway Plaza Skyline Greenway Plaza is a master-planned development off of U.S. Highway 59 in Houston, Texas, five miles (8 km) west of Downtown Houston and three miles (5 km) east of Uptown Houston. ...


As of 2006, Landmark Theatres operates two "arthouse" theaters within a mile of River Oaks, The River Oaks Theater (east) and Landmark Greenway (south) in Greenway Plaza. The closest mainstream movie theater to River Oaks is the Edwards Theatres Grand Palace 24. Landmark Theatres is the largest art house movie theater chain in the United States. ... Art film is a film style that began as a European reaction to the classical Hollywood style of film making. ... Picture of Greenway Plaza Skyline Greenway Plaza is a master-planned development off of U.S. Highway 59 in Houston, Texas, five miles (8 km) west of Downtown Houston and three miles (5 km) east of Uptown Houston. ... Regal Entertainment Group is North Americas largest movie theater chain, operating 6,119 screens in 562 locations in 39 states. ...


History

Will and Mike Hogg, the sons of former Governor of Texas Jim Hogg, and Attorney James Potter established River Oaks in the 1920s[6]. Potter obtained an option to purchase 200 acres around the River Oaks Country Club in 1923, and in the following year Hogg established the Country Club Estates in order to augment the development. The two brothers promoted lots in the subdivision for $2,200 apiece in 1928[7]. In politics, Governor of Texas is the title given to the chief executive of the state of Texas. ... James Stephen Jim Hogg (March 24, 1851-March 3, 1906) Born near Rusk, Texas, Hogg was a Texas lawyer and statesman, and the first native to become Governor of Texas. ... The 1920s was a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ...


Will, Mike, and Ima Hogg, oversaw the construction of a stately southern-style home, Bayou Bend[10], on a 14-acre plot sitting high above Buffalo Bayou on Lazy Lane. Ima Hogg (July 10, 1882-August 19, 1975 was one of the most respected Texas women of the 20th century. ...


Deed restrictions at the time prohibited home prices of less than $7,000 and required control in architecture, with a gentlemen's agreement excluding blacks, Jews, and other minorities[6]. Homes along Kirby Drive were only allowed to be American Colonial or English Tudor styles[7]. A Gentlemens agreement is an informal agreement between two parties. ...


The usually peaceful community was the site of the 1997 murder of Doris Angleton. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Community information

The River Oaks Park, operated by the City of Houston, is located at 3600 Locke Lane [11].


The Upper Kirby YMCA is located in nearby Upper Kirby. YMCAs in the United States and Canada use this logo. ...


Trivia

River Oaks west of the locations of two Starbucks in the River Oaks Shopping Center; River Oaks is across South Shepherd Drive from the two coffee shops. The Starbucks, each located on one side of West Gray Street and therefore across from each other, became famous in a Lewis Black comedy bit [12]. Starbucks is the worlds largest multinational chain of coffee shops. ... Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor. ...


River Oaks is the home of Jeff Skilling who is now serving his 25 year sentence in a prison in Minnesota for his involvement in the Enron scandal [8]. Jeffrey Keith Skilling (born November 25, 1953) is a former CEO of Enron Corporation. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Enron Corporation Enron Corporation is an energy trading and communications company based in Houston, Texas that employed around 21,000 people in mid-2001 (before bankruptcy). ...


References

  1. ^ House values in River Oaks. Retrieved on June 23, 2006. at House Almanac
  2. ^ http://www.riveroakscc.net/
  3. ^ http://www.robs.org/
  4. ^ http://www.riveroaksshoppingcenter.com/
  5. ^ http://www.shophighlandvillage.com/
  6. ^ a b River Oaks from the Handbook of Texas Online
  7. ^ a b http://houston.about.com/od/neighborhoods/p/riveroaks.htm
  8. ^ http://blogs.chron.com/lorensteffy/

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See also

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