Oak Forest Voted Least Recognizable Neighborhood, But Where's All the New Stuff?
Swamplot, Houston's snarky real estate blog, recently announced the winners of its 2013 "Swampies," otherwise known as the The Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. Now in its sixth year, The Swamplot Awards offer Houstonians a chance to first nominate and then vote on eight distinct real estate related categories including "Favorite Houston Design Cliché," "Best Demolition," "Best Houston Transplant," and "The Ground-Floor Retail Award," among others.
Photo by Abby Koenig Everything's changed and yet nothing has changed.
One of the other categories of note was "Least Recognizable Neighborhood," which was awarded to Oak Forest. I give this award special attention because I happen to live in Oak Forest and, yeah, that's the only reason.
According to the nomination: "It's the West U of the twenty-teens around here. Once filled with 1960s ranchers sitting in the middle of large yards with lots of mature trees, now it's the spot to go build McMansions that fill the lot. Already, many streets are unrecognizable from a couple years ago. At the current pace of demo work, there will be very few original homes left in 5 years..."
If you are not familiar with the area, Oak Forest, often combined with the neighboring Garden Oaks, is the third large group of subdivision in Harris County, more or less right outside of the 610 loop, along North Shepherd to the east and 290 to the west.
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