BRAESWOOD REAL ESTATE
Welcome To Braeswood
Braeswood, often referred to as “Old Braeswood” by long-time Houstonians, is bordered by Holcombe Boulevard, Brays Bayou, N. Braeswood Boulevard, and Kirby Drive. A strongly deed-restricted neighborhood, Braeswood has approximately 314 homes looked after by the Braeswood Property Owners Association.
One of Braeswood’s most famous residents was larger-than-life oilman Glenn McCarthy, who built Houston’s legendary (but long-gone) party palace, the Shamrock Hotel. In the 1930s, McCarthy built an 18-acre estate on Kelving Street and lived there with his family. Called “Glenlee,” it was the second most-expensive home in Houston at that time.
Platted in 1927-1928, Braeswood was laid out by the prestigious Kansas City landscape architects Hare & Hare. Developer George Howard’s timing was unfortunate, however, and the new subdivision was derailed by the Stock Market Crash of 1929. As a result, Braeswood grew more slowly than earlier suburbs and exhibits a wider range of architectural styles stretching from the 1930s to today.
Braeswood homesites are the largest among the surrounding neighborhoods, and residents are only minutes from the lively Rice Village. The neighborhood is zoned to Houston Independent School District schools and enjoys access to its own City of Houston Park, Braeswood Park.