Spring Branch
  • Overview
  • Schools
  • Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Things To Do
Overview
Overview

Spring Branch is a neighborhood in the northwest area of Houston, Texas. It is near Interstate 10, Highway 290 and the 610 Loop and is in close proximity to the Galleria, Memorial Park and the Memorial City District. One of Houston’s largest neighborhoods, Spring Branch is generally divided into Spring Branch West, East, Central and North.

The Spring Branch neighborhood was established as a rural German American community in the 1800s. It now includes significant Hispanic American and Korean American communities.

Named one of the “25 Hottest Neighborhoods” by Houstonia magazine, Spring Branch has a wide variety of options for recreation, shopping and entertainment, as well as top-rated schools. Some amazing shopping destinations include Memorial City Mall and Blalock Shopping Center. Entertainment for kids and adults can be found at Marq-E Entertainment Center and Roundup Outdoor Music Venue. Guadalupe River Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park are great destinations for hiking, picnicking, horseback riding or swimming.

The Neighborhood Experience
Top-Rated Schools Diversity Excellent Commuter Access Wonderful Parks and Trails Strong Real Estate Market Great Shopping and Entertainment Destinations
  • Location
  • Commute

Location

Spring Branch is located mostly within the city of Houston on the northwest side just outside the 610 Loop. It is bordered by Tanner Road and Hempstead Road on the north, Interstate 10 to the south, the 610 Loop on the eastern end and Beltway 8 to the west. The neighborhood is in proximity to Downtown Houston, the Energy Corridor, the Memorial City District, Texas Medical Center, Uptown Houston and Westchase.

Bear’s Creek Pioneer Park and Cullen Park are to the west of Spring Branch. The Spring Valley Village, Hedwig Village and Hunters Creek Village communities lie to the east and south. Jersey Village is directly to the north.

Commute

Spring Branch is conveniently located near I-10, Highway 290 and the 610 Loop, which provides an easy commute to most north, west and central regions of Houston, including major employment areas such as the Energy Corridor, Galleria and Memorial City district.

Commutes to Downtown Houston from Spring Branch average about thirty minutes one way. Commuting from Spring Branch to Midtown Houston takes about 20 minutes.

During morning hours, this commute can take about thirty-five minutes and can take up to forty-five minutes during the evening commute. During rush hour, it’s recommended to find alternate routes to avoid congestion on 1-10 and Beltway 8.

Culture

Many of the residents of Spring Branch are immigrants. The type of work residents do varies, depending on where they live in Spring Branch. For example, most Spring Branch East residents are blue collar workers. In Spring Branch West, most are young, white collar professionals.

Because of its many options for dining, shopping and recreation, Spring Branch is one of the most popular places to live outside the Houston city center. The area offers its residents access to several cultural institutions such as Houston City Ballet, Uptown Dance Center and Newspring Art Studio. Nearby parks, which include hiking, biking and horseback riding, are popular recreational destinations for Spring Branch residents.

Schools
Schools

The public schools that serve Spring Branch are part of either the Spring Branch Independent School District or Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Elementary schools attended by Spring Branch students are Bane Elementary in Houston, Kirk Elementary in unincorporated Harris County and Lee Elementary School in unincorporated Harris County. Middle school students attend Dean Middle School in Houston and Truitt Middle School in unincorporated Harris County. Most high school students in Spring Branch go to Spring Woods High School and Northbrook High School, although some attend Memorial High School in Hedwig Village or Cypress Ridge High School in unincorporated Harris County.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston oversees two kindergarten through 8th grade schools and one high school in Spring Branch. These are The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, St. Jerome School and Saint John XXIII High School. Other private schools in Spring Branch include Houston Christian School, The Monarch School, The Parish School and Western Academy.

Elementary Schools
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Bane Elementary School
Address:
5804 Premier St, Houston, TX 77040
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Bane Elementary School is located in Houston and is in the Houston Independent School District. This school has 888 Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The student to teacher ratio is 15 to one. Based on state exams, 67% of Bane Elementary students are proficient in math. Sixty-five percent are proficient in reading.

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Lee Elementary School
Address:
12900 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77041
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Lee Elementary School is a top-rated school in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. It has 987 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. There is one teacher for every 17 students. Eighty-six percent of students are proficient in math, and 78% are proficient in reading. Lee Elementary ranks at 897 of 4,532 best public elementary schools in Texas.

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Kirk Elementary School
Address:
12421 Tanner Rd, Houston, TX 77041
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Also in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Kirk Elementary School is an above average school with 1,022 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. The student/teacher ratio is 17 to one. Based on state assessments, 74% of students are proficient in math and 75% in reading. Kirk Elementary is ranked at 1,665 of 4,532 best public elementary schools in Texas.

Middle Schools
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Dean Middle School
Address:
14104 Reo St, Houston, TX 77040
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Dean Middle School is an above average school in the Cypress-Fairbanks District. Dean serves 1,527 students in 6th through 8th grades. There’s one teacher for every 16 students. Seventy-two percent of students are at least proficient in mathematics, and 71% are proficient in reading. Dean Middle School ranks at 870 out of 2,066 best public middle schools in Texas.

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Truitt Middle School
Address:
6600 Addicks Satsuma Rd, Houston, TX 77084
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Truitt Middle School is an above average school, also in the Cypress-Fairbanks District, that has 1,370 6th through 8th grade students. The student to teacher ratio at Truitt is 15 to one. Seventy-six percent of students are proficient in math and 75% in reading. Truitt Middle School ranks at 270 among 498 outstanding middle schools in Texas.

High Schools
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Spring Woods High School
Address:
2045 Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77080
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Spring Woods High School is in the Spring Branch Independent School District. It serves 2,216 9th through 12th grade students and has a student/teacher ratio of 17 to one. Based on state tests, 66% of students are proficient in math, and 53% are proficient in reading. Spring Woods ranks at 737 of 1,717 best in high school sports in Texas.

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Northbrook High School
Address:
1 Raider Cir N, Houston, TX 77080
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Northbrook High School, in the Spring Branch District, has 2,332 students in grades 9th through 12th. The student to teacher ratio is 17 to one. Sixty-three percent of Northbrook students are proficient in math. Forty-five percent are proficient in reading. The average SAT score for students at Northbrook is 990.

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Memorial High School
Address:
935 Echo Ln, Houston, TX 77024
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Located in Hedwig Village, Memorial High School is a top-rated school in the Spring Branch District. It serves 2,650 9th through 12th grade students and has a student/teacher ratio of 19 to one. Eighty-five percent of students are proficient in math, with 88% proficient in reading. Memorial High ranks at 25 of 1,624 best public high schools in Texas.

Private Schools
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St. Jerome Catholic School
Address:
8825 Kempwood Dr, Houston, TX 77080
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St. Jerome School is a Catholic school located in Houston. It has 235 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. There is one teacher for every eleven students. The school focuses on instruction in Catholic doctrine, liturgy and Christian values. Attendance at Mass and daily prayers is required.

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St. John XXIII College Preparatory
Address:
1800 W Grand Pkwy N, Katy, TX 77449
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Saint John XXIII College Preparatory School, located in Katy, is a highly rated Catholic school. It serves 444 students in 9th through 12th grades. The student to teacher ratio is seven to one. Ninety percent of students go on to attend a four-year college after graduation. Tuition is around $17,000 for the highest grade offered.

Housing
Housing

Spring Branch is one of the largest neighborhoods in Houston, and housing options in the area are greatly diversified. Depending on the area of Spring Branch, there are very dated single family homes and a large number of new constructions at affordable prices. This is a neighborhood in Houston where housing can regularly be found under $150,000 and over $2 million. Lot sizes are, on average, larger than in other areas of Houston.

On the whole, however, Spring Branch housing is comprised largely of newly constructed single-family homes and condominiums. There are also apartment complexes and high rise residential buildings in the neighborhood.

Types of housing vary from area to area throughout Spring Branch. Spring Branch West has many 1960s era ranch-style houses. Spring Branch Central has more modern, more expensive, newly constructed homes. The eastern area of Spring Branch includes many lower cost bungalow style houses with wood siding.

Single-Family Homes
Most of the houses in Spring Branch are single-family homes. Many of them are newer construction; however, some, especially in Spring Branch East, are very dated single-family homes comprised mainly of wood-sided bungalow style houses. A number of single-family homes in Spring Branch West are ranch style, built in the 1960s.
New Construction
Spring Branch is the area of Houston with the greatest concentration of new home construction. As of January 2019, there were over 120 newly constructed homes for sale in Spring Branch in several master-planned communities. One master-planned area that contains some of the most recently constructed homes in Spring Branch is The Preserve at Singing Hills.
High Rises
There are a number of high-rise residential buildings in or near Spring Branch. A couple of such high rises are The McCarthy Apartments and The Fountains at Memorial City. The Fountains offers one to three-bedroom apartments with a rooftop pool. The McCarthy Apartments has studios and one and two-bedroom units with a resort-style pool and a dog park.
Apartments
There are a variety of apartment living options available in Spring Branch. The greatest concentration of apartments is in Spring Branch West, including Cedar Branch Apartments, Valencia at Spring Branch and Blalock Woods Apartments. Central Spring Branch apartments include The Oaks of Moritz and Hammerly Oaks Apartments. Some complexes in Spring Branch East are Spring Grove and Ravenwood Apartments.
Real Estate
Real Estate

Many homes for sale in Spring Branch are 1960s era ranch style houses. Some are older, bungalow style buildings. Many older homes in Spring Branch can be purchased for under $150,000. The preponderance of the real estate market in Spring Branch, however, includes modern homes and brand new construction.

As of February 2019, there were at least 660 properties for sale in Spring Branch. During the first half of February 2019, twenty homes sold in Spring Branch for between $160,000 and $482,000. Four of these were either condominiums or townhouses.

The greatest concentrations of homes for sale at this time were in Spring Branch West. Spring Branch East had the second greatest number of homes listed. Spring Branch Central and Spring Branch North had relatively few homes for sale, compared to Spring Branch West and East.

From 2016 to 2019, around 3,519 homes sold in Spring Branch. The greatest concentration of homes sold was in Spring Branch East.

Things To Do
Things To Do

The Spring Branch neighborhood offers a plethora of things to do. There’s an abundance of shopping available at the many shopping centers that dot the neighborhood. Performing arts and live music venues can also be found in the area. The neighborhood also offers beautiful parks and natural areas, as well as family-oriented entertainment venues.

A hot shopping destination in the Spring Branch area is the Memorial City Mall, which is home to over 100 stores and restaurants and an ice skating rink. The Centre at Bunker Hill and Blalock Shopping Center offer a wide range of services and retail stores.

Kids can enjoy hours of exercise and fun at Marq-E Entertainment Center. Area residents can view hundreds of dinosaur tracks at the Heritage Museum, perform in a play at Stage Theatre or go for a float on the Guadalupe River. The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue is a live entertainment venue both adults and kids can enjoy.

Retail and Entertainment
Memorial City Mall
Memorial City Mall has over 100 stores and dining establishments, including a Macy’s. From car rentals to beauty salons to financial services, Memorial City Mall has something to offer for everyone. Clothing stores include Chico’s and Claire’s. Restaurants include 024 Grille, Berryhill Baja Grill and Goode Co. Seafood. Ice skating and live entertainment are also available at this fabulous mall.
Marq-E Entertainment Center
Marq-E Entertainment Center is a venue that offers family-centered entertainment. Edwards Cinema is a main draw of the center. LA Fitness offers fitness classes, racquetball and swimming. Dave & Buster’s is a favorite place to eat, have a drink and watch sports. Rocket Fizz has nostalgic gifts and unique items. Improv Houston is among many other venues at Marq-E Center.
The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country
This museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical items associated with the Texas hill country. The main goal of the museum is to protect the nearly 300 dinosaur tracks that were discovered on the site. One of the most popular events is Dinosaur Day, which features dinosaur track tours and fossil identification excursions.
Blalock Shopping Center
Blalock Shopping Center is located within the Spring Valley subdivision of Spring Branch. Businesses at the shopping center include a Wells Fargo bank, Bradley’s Art and Frame and China Café. Dentistry, dry cleaning and other services are available. The center also has a Super H-Mart grocery store.
Stage Theatre Bulverde
The Stage Theatre (Spotlight Theatre and Arts Group, Etc.) is a community theater whose goal is to offer students and the public an opportunity to learn and participate in the performing arts. This small, 144-seat theater presents shows such as Cash: Ring of Fire, Drinking Habits: Caught in the Act, Funny Little Thing Called Love and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.
Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Directly adjacent to Spring Branch to the west is Bear Creek Pioneers Park, a 2,168-acre park with paved roads and parking for visitors. The park features walking trails, a horse trail, a small zoo, an aviary and playgrounds. Soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and hundreds of picnic areas are also available.
Guadalupe River State Park
This gorgeous park is a favorite destination for swimming. With four miles of river frontage, visitors can swim, fish, canoe and tube on the Guadalupe River. There are areas available for camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and bird watching. There’s also a gift store and a discovery center for learning about the park’s natural features.
Jumping World NW Houston
Jumping World is an indoor park that provides a safe environment for children and adults to be physically active. The park features trampoline lanes, basketball dunk, dodgeball, foam pits and toddler courts, as well as a ninja warrior course, water ball and zip line. Jumping World is great for birthday parties, youth groups and field trips.
The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue
The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue hosts a wide range of community, private and live music events. The venue features an outdoor main concert stage and an indoor stage. Both stages have dance floors in front of the stage. There are food trucks stationed throughout the grounds and a full bar indoors. There’s also a three-acre playground for kids.
Centre at Bunker Hill
The Center at Bunker Hill is a newly built 39-acre shopping center in Spring Branch. Businesses include home improvement, optometry, fitness and health and cosmetology. Specific retailers include Costco, Michael’s, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Pearle Vision, Mattress Firm and Creative Blinds.