Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB
- Crime & SafetyC
- Good for FamiliesA
- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesB+
Braeswood is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas with a population of 20,768. Braeswood is in Harris County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Braeswood offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Braeswood there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Braeswood and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Braeswood are above average.
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Police only show up if there is something serious going on, something dangerous, not for simple burglary or break-in. I've called about a strange man camping out and charging his cell phone next to the Leasing Center (and across from my apartment), and because I didn't see and report a weapon, they ignored my call. It took multiple calls from me and others before a swat of police caught him. I usually don't see any cops driving around. I do wish my apartment complex installed a fence around the parking lot that I park; my car has a history of being broken into. Again, I report the break-in to the cops, nothing else happens. Fortunately, I have not heard of anything worse that this in my area. There are no registered sex offenders in my apartment complex that show up in Houston records.
I am less than ten minutes away from work, and other business are nearby, such as restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, auto repair, and Target. I've had my car broken into twice in 5 years, otherwise I've had no other security problems. The streets tend to flood, but to be honest, that's normal for all of Houston; flood insurance is a must. I've heard positive things about Longfellow Elementary and Pershing Middle School. My main con is rent; I pay a price for living close to work. My apartment rent increases by $50 - $60 every year, I may have to move out next year. I currently pay $800/mo for a single bedroom, 500 sq. ft. apartment. Many nicer apartments nearby start at $1200/mo. This is because the area is growing and Houston has a strong real estate market. I see in the future someone buying out my apartment complex, tearing it down, and building luxury apartments in it's place, that is the trend I've been seeing around me.
It's a very diverse community. There seems to be a pretty even ratio of families to singles and professionals. If you need anything, chances are it's close by. From the medical center, which houses some of the best doctors in the country, to Rice Village, where all the young adults converge. There's always plenty to do in West U. Need to go shopping, what a better place than the Galleria. And don't forget to check out Upper Kirby, you'll find some wonderful restaurants. It's a lively, yet quiet place to live. Crime rates seem to continue to go down. Schools are working their way up. And everyone is nice to their neighbors. You'll see tons of people jogging or walking their dogs in the mornings and evenings. There's an amazing dog park nearby, especially for big dogs as it is a larger quarter mile run with a small pond for them to splash in. The little dogs have a separate area too, looks the same is just a much shorter run. They also have a spot to wash your pup off after all that play time. It's just a great community and there's always stuff to do, and you'll find everything you need in a 5 mile radius.