With its close proximity to the Galleria, the Medical Center and downtown Houston, Bellaire is a community that prospective buyers find irresistible. Recently experiencing a building boom, with older homes being replaced with new construction, Bellaire offers a diversity of residential choices for the new home buyer.
Soon after the turn of the century, W.W. Baldwin purchased 97,000 acres of land known as the DeMoss Ranch; the original town site of Bellaire was part of this purchase.
The construction of Loop 610 had a significant impact on Bellaire. The Loop split the city into an east/west division, altered traffic patterns permanently and, between 1962 and 1968, displaced 250 homes. Since 1939, the issue of zoning has been a controversy between residents who favor business expansion and those who want to retain Bellaire’s identity as a residential community within the expanding Houston metropolis.
One thing all residents agree on is that Bellaire is a great place to live. Quiet neighborhoods, excellent libraries, parks and recreational facilities, award-winning schools, and quality city services make Bellaire one of Houston’s best values. When the city changed its long standing no-growth building permit process in the 1980s, a building boom occurred. Builders flocked to Bellaire and purchased small, post-World War II housing to tear down and rebuild. The result is a divergence of architectural styles with spacious homes on large lots. Home prices begin in the $200,000s for lots and range to upwards of $2 million for recently constructed homes.