Oaks Civic Association
P.O. Box 540331
Houston, Texas 77254
Voice: (713) 528-2622
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.
of being stuck home and desperate to have your kids go outside and play?
Take your family for a bicycle ride! It’s a fun, safe, and healthy
way to spend time outside while observing Houston’s stay-at-home order.
Check out the
handy Boulevard Oaks bike
map and explore your neighborhood on bike!
Luckily, our neighborhood streets are pretty much all bike-friendly and
pleasant to ride on. If you wish to get a little further out,
Hermann Park is an easy bike ride away. For even longer rides, Buffalo
Bayou Park has excellent bike trails. You can reach either destination
using the suggested routes in the map we have provided. Just remember,
parks are currently closed, so a ride on our mostly empty local street
is a great alternative.
Don’t forget to keep social distancing precautions while you ride.
Avoid riding in large groups. If you ride bikes not belonging to
you or family members living with you, wash your hands before and after,
and use disinfecting wipes. For more safe riding tips and suggestions
for popular bike circuits in Houston visit www.BikeHouston.org.
of Houston Sidewalk Variance
city recently changed its standards for sidewalk replacement form 4
ft. wide to 5 ft wide regardless of location and type of street. This
new requirement is detrimental to our street trees and alters the character
of our neighborhood by creating more paved surfaces. BOCA encourages
all neighbors who are contemplating a sidewalk replacement and builders
building new homes to replace sidewalks with 4 ft wide sidewalks to
match the rest of the neighborhood. The city has a variance procedure
that is easy to follow. The
application can be found here. Select
“HOA Letter” as your reason for requesting the variance. Please attach
our letter to your request. The
BOCA letter can be found here.
for Houston/Boulevard Oaks
Please help keep the" Oaks" in Boulevard
Oaks by making a tax-deductible donation to the Trees for Boulevard
Oaks program and help keep the neighborhood green. Your contribution
will allow us to replace trees that have been lost recently, plant new
trees in locations where redevelopment has created new planting opportunities,
and to water at-risk trees in locations without access to irrigation.
Let us know if you have a specific need for a street tree.
through the Trees for Houston website and select "Boulevard
Oaks" at the top of the portal to ensure your donation is designated
for use within our neighborhood. Or mail a check payable to “Trees for
Houston” with a notation of “BOCA fund” in the memo line. Download
the Street Tree Campaign Forms
and mail your check c/o BOCA
at P.O. Box 540331, Houston, TX 77254. Please do not mail to Trees
for Houston. Contributions
to our neighborhood street tree planting and maintenance program are
More information about this project and
ways to protect your street trees can be found here
can sign up for limited time-sensitive neighborhood news through BOCA
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