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Overview of Briar Forest

Rent an apartment in Briar Forest, Houston, TX, for a slice of life in this family-friendly suburb. Like most West Houston neighborhoods, Briar Forest was once open land that was planted with cotton or rice. The most significant feature was Buffalo Bayou. The area was developed beginning in the 1960s as the bedroom communities spread west.

Briar Forest is adjacent the Memorial neighborhood, one of the city's wealthiest, as well as Westchase, a beautiful, planning management district. The community is close to the vibrant "Energy Corridor." Hundreds of companies that specialize in oil and gas exploration and engineering are based in the corridor. It is the third largest employment center in the area. Living in Briar Forest puts you within easy commuting distance.

Briar Forest Lifestyle and Entertainment

Briar Forest is the epitome of the suburban lifestyle. This bedroom community is popular with people of all ages, but is especially attractive to 30-something marrieds with children. The area includes a variety of cafes, coffee shops and eateries for everyone's taste. The neighborhood's location gives you easy access to the dining and shopping destinations of the Westchase and Galleria-Uptown communities. Plus, the I-10 and U.S. 59 put you just a freeway ride from the Museum District, downtown Houston and other attractions.

George Bush Park adjacent to Briar Forest is a tremendous outdoor space for a variety of activities. A Houston city park, it is the sixth largest in the nation. It was renamed in 1997 after President George H.W. Bush. The Buffalo Bayou is a major water source for the park and is a nature preserve within it. Most of the parks attractions are along Westheimer Parkway, which runs through it. The park includes sports fields, a shooting range, model aircraft flying fields, playgrounds and ponds and a system of jogging and bike trails.

The Briar Forest Rental Market

The apartment rental market in Briar Forest ranges from the affordable to the upscale. The majority of the construction in the area took place in the 1970s and '80s. A number of original buildings have renovated or converted into loft spaces, as well as condos and townhomes. New construction offers more upscale apartments with the latest amenities. One bedroom apartments in a garden-style building start at less than $500 a month, with two bedroom units costing about $650-$680. Larger apartments in a renovated building range from $700 for one bedroom to $975 for two. Single-family homes are also available. Most people commute 15-25 minutes to work.

Briar Forest Resources

Residents of Briar Forest reside in Houston City Council Districts G. Visit Houston city government for more information. The area is served by the Kendall Neighborhood Library. Children living in Briar Forest attend schools operated by the Houston Independent School District.

Briar Forest Zip Codes

Zip codes serving the Briar Forest area include: 77077 and 77042.