Why Timbergrove

Timbergrove is one of the most popular and sought after neighborhood in Houston’s Inner Loop. Check out some of the reasons why Timbergrove is popular:

1.  Location

Timbergrove, located just west of Historic Houston Heights,  is a perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts — especially those who are part of Houston’s growing bicycling community.  The recently completed Hike and Bike trail connection at 11th Street and TC Jester now gives cyclists a straight-shot all the way to downtown along White Oak Bayou.  And don’t forget Memorial Park, your neighbor just to the south, which is buzzing everyday with little league, soccer, tennis, joggers and dog-walkers!

2.  Community

Timbergrove is a strong, civic-minded community. Through the good work of dedicated citizens the renovation of Jaycee Park was completed in 2012. Thanks to the commitment of grassroots organizations like the Friends of 11th Street Park, the Timbergrove Manor Civic Club and Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association, the park now features a 1/3 mile walking trail, new basketball court, renovated tennis courts, new playground with shade structures, and picnic tables and benches. Jaycee Park also boasts a sprayground water feature — generously funded by a partnership between H-E-B, H.P.A.R.D., the Houston Parks Board, and Friends of Jaycee Park.

3.  Homes and Affordability

There are few other neighborhoods inside Houston’s inner loop that offer the value that Timbergrove does.  Homes, ranging in price from $350,000 to $650,000, are typically 1960s single-story ranch-style homes with two-car garages.  Many have undergone significant renovations to attract new Buyers.  While the extent can vary greatly from home to home, upgrades such as master suites, whirlpool tubs, center island kitchens and open floor plans offer Buyers turnkey properties.

Buyer beware: Some Timbergrove homes are in the 100-year flood-plain.  Buyers carrying a mortgage on homes located within those boundaries must purchase mandatory flood insurance policies.

4.  Restaurants/Retail

Timbergrove is home to some of Houston’s finest restaurants — both old and new.  Longtime local favorites like the Rainbow Lodge, Cedar Creek, Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, Kojak’s cafe, Pappa Geno’s Steak and Cheese are consistent crowd pleasers while newer spots, like Hughie’s, Warehouse Bar & Chill, Crisp and Cavatore’s reflect the diversity and needs of an evolving neighborhood.

Home “chefs” are in luck too as Timbergrove has the largest Kroger inside the loop (11th Street & Shepherd) which offers organic and specialty foods selections. In need of a bit of retail-therapy? Head over to the historic 19th street shopping strip or check out Houston’s premier shopping district, the Galleria.  With over 375 stores — and an ice skating rink — it’s the largest mall in Texasl!

5.  Deed Restrictions

Houston’s zoning laws, or lackthereof, is the stuff of legend. Residential and commercial spaces co-exist with abandon. Doggy daycare facilities next to an office, next to a bungalow, next to a 7-11.  This eclectic commingling gives neighborhoods their spunk and charm — but has also traditionally kept housing prices down.  Homeowners typically don’t take huge risks when they have no idea what might be built next door.

In place of zoning, developers created deed restricted communities like Timbergrove.  These deed restrictions limit the use of the property within the borders of a community.  In Timbergrove’s case, you can only tear down and build on a piece of land and rebuild with residential construction.  Deed restrictions also require that the new construction remains consistent with the look and feel of the neighborhood.  These restrictions provide a greater security for the homeowners as they ensure that Timbergrove will remain a community filled with residential, single-family homes. For more information about Timbergrove deed restrictions, visit Timbergrove Manor Civic Club and Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association websites.