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Rivercrest Estates

Wooded, hilly terrain…running fences…acreage …horses…expansive homes…Cypress? Tomball? Hempstead? No, it’s Houston inside Beltway 8.

Meet Rivercrest Estates, one of Houston’s premier neighborhoods that almost always flies just under the radar. It isn’t because it’s a new subdivision; Rivercrest Estates was platted in 1945. For whatever reason, Rivercrest Estates operates largely unnoticed – and residents like it that way.

Rivercrest Estates is a neighborhood of 52 “single family parcels” straddling Briar Forest Road, just west of Gessner, and stretching from Westheimer on the south to Buffalo Bayou on the north to the eastern boundary of Briargrove Park on the west. Very few homes are visible from the curb as lot sizes vary from almost three to nearly seven acres and most houses are set well back at the end of winding drives. Deed restrictions allow horses and many residents continue this tradition. It is not unusual to pass riders on horseback within the subdivision.

A subdivision anecdote explains the presence of peacocks throughout the neighborhood. According to the legend, an early resident purchased peacocks for his own property. Believing the birds’ wings to be clipped, the new owner opened their crate and they flew up into the trees, evading capture and multiplying.

A number of Houston’s “Movers and Shakers” have called Rivercrest Estates home, including, perhaps most famously, Joann King Herring. Herring is the only woman to serve as an honorary consul for the government of Pakistan (and to be officially declared a man by the Pakistani parliament and addressed as “sir”). Her exploits are dramatized in the 2007 movie, Charlie Wilson’s War.

Home sales in Rivercrest Estates range upward from well more than $1 million to near $10 million. The neighborhood is a mix of original homes, many built by prominent mid-century Houston architects, and impressive recent constructions.

Rivercrest Estates is ideally located 10 minutes from the Galleria and close to some of Houston’s finest restaurants and private clubs. A number of private schools serving grades kindergarten through high school are nearby and include St. Francis Episcopal, Holy Spirit Episcopal, St. Cecilia’s Catholic School, and The Kincaid School. Area public schools are part of the Houston Independent School District.