Boulevard Oaks Civic
P.O. Box 540331
Houston, Texas 77254
Voice: (713) 528-2622
Oaks General Information
Boulevard Oaks is
one of Houston's premier inner city neighborhoods, noted for its beauty
and grace. Located near Rice University, approximately four miles southwest
of Downtown, its boundaries are the Southwest Freeway to the north, Morningside
to the west, Bissonnet to the south, and Graustark/Parkway to the east
(plus the 5300 blocks of Cherokee and Mandell, the 1700 blocks of Albans,
Wroxton, Bolsover and Rice Blvd., and properties facing Ashby). There
are more than 1,200 residences, together with some 30 small businesses
along Bissonnet and Sunset. See
Map. A wide variety of housing is found in the neighborhood ranging
from old mansions to bungalows, and a small section of ranch-style homes
built after World War II, though many have been recently replaced by larger
two-story homes. The advantages of Boulevard Oaks can be summed up under
three headings: location, beauty, and neighborhood culture.
their civic associations in Houston usually mirror deed restricted areas.
Most neighborhoods having common deed restrictions contain 500 or more
residences. However, the area within Boulevard Oaks was developed
over a period of 20 years, and 17 small deed restricted areas emerged.
These neighborhoods range from Broadacres, an area of 20 stately mansions
having strict deed restrictions and a neighborhood assessment system,
to deed restricted areas of as few as four residences. As
a result, until 1980 the area had no common identity as a neighborhood
and no effective civic organization.
Boulevard Oaks Civic
Association (B.O.C.A) was founded in 1980 to provide an effective umbrella
civic association for these contiguous subdivisions, although several
of the original civic clubs remain in existence to enforce deed restrictions.
Since 1980, the identity of the neighborhood of Boulevard Oaks has been
established, and the area is becoming increasingly familiar to Houstonians.
The name was borrowed from the Boulevard Oaks Ladies Club, a longstanding
Membership in B.O.C.A.
is open to all residents and property owners. There are four categories
of annual membership fees: $50 for regular membership, $100 for sustaining
membership, $200 for patron membership, and $20 for tenants. Membership
is voluntary. The fiscal year is from 7/1 to 6/30.
Oaks Patrol Service,
a non-profit corporation, is managed and comprised of the residents of
Boulevard Oaks and Southampton. The patrol is manned by Houston Police
and Harris County peace officers who drive a vehicle with roof lights.
The officers maintain a 24-hour a day, 365-day a year watch, protecting
approximately 2,500 residences. The patrol can be reached at 713-825-5555.
Click here to learn more about the Southampton/Boulevard
Oaks Patrol Service. Please be aware that the Patrol Service is separate
from BOCA and is overseen by its own five member board. Its name describes
the areas that the Patrol serves. Click
here for a patrol signup form.
for Boulevard Oaks
The glory of Boulevard
Oaks is its magnificent arbor of over 2000 street trees. Perfect geometric
patterns of trees along the streets present the predominant architectural
feature in many areas of the neighborhood. These trees not only provide
greenery, quiet, and relief from the heat, but due to their formal planting,
also establish the character of Boulevard Oaks as an urban neighborhood.
Over the past 26 years Trees for Boulevard Oaks
has raised over $145,000 to fund the planting of approximately 1,475 street
trees. The program also oversees the care and maintenance of new trees.
A separate fund is maintained for this project. An annual fundraising
drive is conducted each fall. Contributions to the tree program are fully
The B.O.C.A. Newsletter
is published six times annually by the Boulevard Oaks Civic Association
and is delivered to all residents of the neighborhood via door to door
delivery and is posted on the website. If you are interested in becoming
a sponsor (distribution approximately 1260), contact the B.O.C.A. office
at 713-528-2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a price list.
The Boulevard Civic
Association has created Construction Guidelines
for the purpose of preserving the unique character of our neighborhood.
We ask that you keep these guidelines and a sense of place and space in
mind when renovating or building a new home, garage, fence or driveway.
It is important for us to work together to guarantee that our neighborhood
will be beautiful for years to come.
Periodically BOCA sends email alerts to its members. If you do not receive
these alerts and wish to receive them, send your name and email address
address will only be used by BOCA to alert you to important neighborhood
events and issues. BOCA does not share these addresses with anyone under
If a person were to
take all of the places of interest in Houston and mark them on a map,
they would form a circle around Boulevard Oaks. With very few exceptions,
the places of interest in Houston can be reached from Boulevard Oaks by
city streets, not freeways, in less than 15 minutes. This circle
includes the following:
Downtown Houston (including
the symphony and opera halls), the University of Houston (including its
performing arts facilities and the Hofheinz Pavilion athletic facility),
the Hermann Park area (including the Houston Zoo, Museum of Fine Arts
and Museum of Natural Science), the Texas Medical Center, (a regional
and international health care center, including over 29 hospitals and
10 educational institutions), the Astrodome (home of the Houston Astros,
the Rodeo, and Astroworld, Houston's premier amusement park), Rice University,
the Compaq Center (home of the Houston Rockets), the Village shopping
district, the uptown shopping and hotel district (including the Galleria
and a heavy concentration of local, national and international retailing
establishments) and the River Oaks area. Included within this circle
are most of Houston's outstanding restaurants, stores and places of interest.
The New York Times
on October 11, 1987 wrote the following about a Boulevard Oaks vista:
"To stand at the
foot of South Boulevard in Houston is to look down what is perhaps the
most magnificent residential street in America. Staged rows of soaring
live oaks form the vaulted arches of a great Gothic cathedral over a grassy
esplanade, lined with imposing yet graceful mansions from the 1920s by
such eminent architects of their day as John F. Staub and Birdsall P.
Oaks is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in America. This results
primarily from its most prized possession; its street trees. Yet the fabric
is that of an urban neighborhood, not suburbia or the country. The street
trees form geometric architectural patterns and sidewalks connect the
houses. The feeling is always urban, although the mood is one of charm,
civility, grace and quietness. Boulevard Oaks is not just a neighborhood
of mansions, however. Residences range from duplex apartments to modest
bungalows to stately mansions. This is the other side of Houston described
in The New York Times as a place of "grand houses, shade trees and quiet
By culture, here we
do not mean the opera or the symphony, although they are nearby.
Rather we mean the quality of neighborliness and commitment to family
and home which characterize its residents and the variety and diversity
of the talents and interests of its residents. Boulevard Oaks is not a
showplace neighborhood. Its large stock of modest housing is both
home to many residents of more modest means, and avoids an image of an
enclave for the rich, especially those who have just arrived. Proximity
to Rice University, probably the outstanding university of the South,
has always been an important shaping characteristic of the neighborhood.
Its urban character attracts those who are comfortable living in the city.
The neighborhood culture of Boulevard Oaks is special.
Most of the premier
private schools of Houston are convenient to Boulevard Oaks, such as St.John's,
Presbyterian School, Kincaid, St. Agnes and Strake. However, the public
schools of the area are strong and attract many if not most, neighborhood
children. Poe Elementary School is actually located within Boulevard
Oaks, and is considered one of the best public elementary schools in Houston.
Neighborhood residents worked hard to rescue the school from near collapse
in the 1960s and the many neighborhood children in this excellent school
have the opportunity to study with a rainbow of children representing
every culture found in Houston. Lanier Middle School is nearby,
and maintains a separate Vanguard Program for gifted students. Lamar
High School has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and presently
offers an international baccalaureate program for gifted students, as
well as special college prep magnet programs. Within each of these
schools will be found a large group of students representative of the
residents of Boulevard oaks. There will also be found large numbers
of students representing all economic and cultural groups that make up
modern-day America. Boulevard Oaks residents are proud of their schools.
of Worship and Other Institutions
Boulevard Oaks is
ringed by synagogues and churches of all denominations, including many
of the principal city churches of Houston. These include First Presbyterian
Church, St. Paul's Methodist Church, South Main Baptist Church, St. Anne's
Catholic Church, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, St. Matthew's Lutheran
Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Temple Emanuel, First Christian
Church and the 4th Church of Christ, Scientist. In addition to West
University Little League and soccer, excellent children's sports programs
are available trhough area churches.
University Place Association
and Super Neighborhood is a strong, cohesive family of area neighborhoods,
businesses and institutions including BOCA, Southampton and the Extension,
Southgate, the Village, Rice University, Old Braeswood, Museum Area Municipal
Association, Morningside Place and others. A 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization,
University Place Association is operated exclusively for the promotion
of common civic goals. University Place began as a project of BOCA in
1992 and served as the model for the city’s super neighborhood program.
University Place was among the first three approved super neighborhood
councils officially recognized by the City of Houston. Its boundaries
are US59, Kirby, Brays Bayou and Main Street. BOCA contains a quarter
of the area’s 6,000 households. Your BOCA dues help support this