One of the Most Expensive Blocks in the U.S is in Houston

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One of America's most expensive "blocks"
Business Week has put together a list of the ten most expensive blocks in America, and Houston has an entry on the list. Spoiler alert: You probably don't live on it.

Everyone will surely be knocked over to learn that the block, which actually seems to be quite a few blocks, is in River Oaks.

People might be more surprised to learn, as Business Week puts it, that The Menil Collection is in River Oaks.

Which means if you live in that area around the Menil, you can brag to friends that you live in River Oaks.

According to Business Week:

No. 7 Afton Oaks/River Oaks, Houston, TX Where: Buffalo Bayou to San Felipe Street Median home value: $1,722,454 Median household income: $250,000+

Streets around the River Oaks Country Club, such as Inwood Drive and Lazy Lane, have some of the most expensive estates in this section of Houston, according to estimates on Zillow.com. River Oaks is also home to the Menil Collection, a museum of modern art created by Schlumberger oil-drilling heiress Dominique De Menil and her husband Jean. The building, featuring designs by both Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano, houses nearly 16,000 works, including antiquities, Byzantine, African, and Modern art. One of the highlights is the Mark Rothko chapel.

The most expensive "block" in America, by the way, is in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jwoodrff
Jwoodrff

Montrose was developed by Mr. Link in the teens and early 20's. River Oaks, miles away, was developed by Will Hogg in the late 1920's and early 30's. It almost went under because it was only accessible from Westheimer street. You had to go way out into the country past Hyde Park and Montrose.

WTH
WTH

The Menil? When did River Oaks annex Montrose?

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drod
drod

Stupid eastern noobs

a colvin
a colvin

So Montrose is now River Oaks. Well, I live on the edge of the Trose, so that means I'm River Oaks-ish. P.S. Who really gives a shit?

UziGal
UziGal

Interesting. Dominique's old house appears to be just south of the Red Line, out in Dog Patch.

Kingstonliv
Kingstonliv

Please, whatever we do, let's not raise their taxes one bit! They deserve a super-low tax rate, and let the mids and lows pay for more, and suffer from cut programs. The rich are simply overburdened now in America.

chef504
chef504

Oh, for the love of all things ridiculous to write about. Thank you Business Week for that gripping and surprising list of shit no one cares about. How about a list of places and streets where more families own their homes and not the banks. How about a list of places where neighborhoods are diverse and the people are great characters. I shit on Houston a lot saying that the city is too spread out to have a soul or a vibe, but there are places in Houston that do seem like small cities. Places in the city that do have a since of community. Lets celebrate those areas and the people and places that make parts of Houston bearable.

Schwarzestiefel
Schwarzestiefel

I know Louis Kahn did some initial designs for the Menil when it was going to be sited at Rice, but he died in the 70s, what part of the present day Menil did he do? I thought it was all Piano's baby.

Tacotruck
Tacotruck

I've always dreamed of living in River Oaks, and now I do.

Asdfasdf
Asdfasdf

I don't really understand how they calculate this. I can think of one (quite long) block in Florida, on the beach, where there is no house under $20 million. Even if you count the cheap houses on the other side of the street ($800k - $2m), the average is still $10 million.

Craig
Craig

In my mind the Menil Collection is a world away from River Oaks.

Samarx
Samarx

The Trose. The Montrose.

I wish people who utter such hipster nonsense would move to River Oaks!

CL91
CL91

This is relevant...how?

Poop
Poop

I care.

News is news; the more information, the better.

Danacrum
Danacrum

If Business Week is wrong about this simple stuff, they're also wrong to advocate for lower taxes for the rich. There's the connexion.

CL91
CL91

Great call, because they don't know the intricate geography of a city that they are not based in, and probably don't frequent, I wouldn't trust them to understand broad and universal economic concepts like taxation rates, either.

For the record, I'm not defending Business Week, I've never even read it.

I do also find it odd that they lumped Montrose and River Oaks together, but they're only separated by Shepherd pretty much, so it's somewhat understandable.

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