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 by calling the Old Braeswood POA office at 713-807-1787 or
Kathy Lord at 713-666-4326.
Old Braeswood is bounded
by South Main, North Braeswood, Kirby Drive, and Holcombe Boulevard.
The Texas Medical Center, Rice University, the Village, and
the Reliant Center complex are all within a one-mile radius. Surrounded
of Houston’s best schools, medical facilities, museums, restaurants,
Old Braeswood is one of the best locations in Houston to live.
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.
OLD BRAESWOOD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION (OBPOA)
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 Alliance.
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 bylaws.
All property owners in Braeswood Section1, Braeswood
Addition, and Braeswood Extension are members of the association.
Membership in OBPOA is also open to residents (renting) and neighbors
in the area bounded by Holcombe, Main Braeswood and Kirby. Regular
annual dues are $100. To help with the operation of the association,
additional voluntary dues levels of $150 (Sustaining) and $250 (Patron)
have been established and are requested as an option for neighbors who
are able to support the association at a higher level.
NEWSLETTER & eNEWS
The newsletter is published several times a year and
mailed to each household in the neighborhood. Please send news
items to Steich1@comcast.net. OBPOA also sends important news updates and crime alerts as needed. Please submit your email address to info@OldBraeswood.com to subscribe..
OLD BRAESWOOD PARK
The park is located in the heart of the neighborhood
at the intersection of Maroneal, Morningside and Kelving. Several large
fundraising efforts have occurred in recent years to complete the fence
surrounding the park and for the replacement of play structures.
Renovations include a new play space for younger children, swings, and
picnic tables and benches. Park maintenance is coordinated and
paid for by the Old Braeswood Park Corporation, a 501c3 organization,
through generous donations from neighbors. For more information,
contact Annette Eldridge at 713-664-3657 or the OBPOA office.
PATROL(S.E.A.L. Security Solutions)
Old Braeswood POA contracts with SEAL Security for
daily onsite patrols in a marked police-style vehicle. Annual
patrol dues of $300 are requested from all households to help pay for
this valuable service. You can enroll in the service using the dues
form on the website: www.oldbraeswood.com. Contact OBPOA
for more information.
DEED RESTRICTIONS /
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 to the ARC
via the Old Braeswood office electronically to email@example.com or by calling 713-807-1787.
TRASH COLLECTION & RECYCLING
Regular household waste and lawn clippings are collected by the City of Houston Solid Waste Division. Household waste should be placed on the curb inside black roll-out containers provided by the City. Yard waste
(lawn clippings and leaves), may be placed on the curb in city approved
biodegradable bags. Small bundles of branches less than 4 ft. in
length should be placed at the curb. Recycling (newspapers, aluminum cans, tin cans, glass & plastic bottles) is collected on alternate Tuesdays. Heavy trash
& limb debris is collected in alternate months on the third
Monday. Per city ordinance, trash may be placed at the curb after
6 p.m. the night before pickup and bins must be removed by 10 p.m. on
the day of collection. Call 311 or visit www.houstontx.gov for a full listing of trash regulations and a printable schedule or to request new bins.
household trash & yard waste
is a link to more info on the City of Houston website. The recycling program information can be found here.
Our association manager,
Evalyn Krudy, is available to assist you with neighborhood matters
Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.