Old Braeswood is one of Houston’s historic neighborhoods. Originally
planned as a “country club district” in the late 1920’s, Old Braeswood was
actually developed in spurts through the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s. Each
section of the neighborhood has a distinct architectural style, reflecting
the era in which it was developed and the city’s changing residential
patterns during the middle of the century. A detailed history of the
neighborhood and its unique homes can be found in the publication
Braeswood, An Architectural History. This publication is available for
purchase from the civic club by calling Kathy Lord at 713-666-4326.
Old Braeswood is bounded by South Main, North Braeswood, Kirby Drive, and
Holcombe. The Texas Medical Center, Rice University, the Village, and the
Astrodome complex are all within a one-mile radius. Surrounded by some of
Houston’s best schools, medical facilities, museums, restaurants, and
shopping, Old Braeswood is one of the most convenient neighborhoods in the
Many of the best public and private schools in Houston are within an easy
drive of Old Braeswood. Children in Old Braeswood are zoned to Roberts
Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School.
CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES
Numerous churches and synagogues of all denominations surround the area.
For information regarding specific religious institutions, please consult
the telephone directory. OLD BRAESWOOD Property Owners Association The Old
Braeswood Property Owners Association (OBPOA) is a volunteer based
organization charged with preserving the neighborhood’s unique character,
primarily through the enforcement of deed restrictions. OBPOA sponsors an
annual park party and fund-raising efforts for neighborhood projects. OBPOA
is a member of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council and is a
member of University Place Association, an organization that represents a
unified consensus of the neighborhoods, businesses, and institutions
surrounding Rice University, and focuses on the land use and infrastructure
issues impacting the area bounded by S. Main, N. Braeswood, Kirby, and US59.
Old Braeswood maintains liaisons with Houston City Council, the Brays Bayou
Association, Trees for Houston, and the Greater Houston Preservation
OBPOA is governed by an executive committee consisting of nine officers, each
representing a different area of the neighborhood. There are seven standing
committees: Enforcement, Newsletter, Welcome, Trees, Security, Park, and
Architectural Review. Officers are elected at the annual meeting each
November. For more information see the
Membership in OBPOA is open to all residents and property owners. Annual
membership fees are a minimum of $100 for Regular level, $150 for
Sustaining, and $250 for Patrons.
A newsletter is published and delivered to each household in the
neighborhood several times per year. To relay news or notable information
please contact 713-807-1787 or
Over $100,000 has been raised in recent years to develop, maintain, and
update Braeswood Park, which lies in the heart of Old Braeswood. The most
recent renovations include completion of the wrought iron fence surrounding
the park, a new play space for younger children, swings, and picnic tables
and benches. Park maintenance is paid for through contributions to the Old
Braeswood Park Corporation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Old Braeswood participates in the Rice Area Constable Service (RACS).
This is a fee-based service through which Precinct 1 Constables provide
24-hour security patrol of Old Braeswood and surrounding neighborhoods. An
enrollment form is available on the Old Braeswood website. OBPOA distributes
recognition flags to Patrol supporters from time to time.
DEED RESTRICTIONS / ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
Deed restrictions governing setbacks, building materials, density of
housing, use of property, and property improvements are in effect for the
Old Braeswood subdivision. A complete copy of the deed restrictions is
available for purchase from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Plans
for new construction, additions and renovations should be submitted the ARC.
Please contact the office for an application.
Regular household garbage and yard waste is collected every
Tuesday by the City of Houston. Household waste
is to be placed in the large black roll-out City of Houston containers. Yard
waste is to be set out beside the containers in plastic bags. Recycling
(newspapers, aluminum cans, tin cans, and plastic bottles) is collected on
alternate Mondays. Heavy trash is collected the first Monday of each month.
Please help maintain the beauty of our neighborhood by placing your garbage
at the curb after 6 p.m. the night before pickup and by removing your trash
bin from the curb by 10 p.m. the day of pick up, as dictated by city
ordinance. Call 311 for trash pick up questions or complaints, or to request
a trash or recycling bin.
Here is a link to more info on the City of Houston website.
Our association manager, Evalyn Krudy, is available to assist you with
neighborhood matters Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.