YOUNG HOMEBUYERS who want the conveniences of city life, but with more square-footage and yards for future children (and current pets), will find lots to love in this west-side neighborhood, whose mid-century ranch-style homes and new builds are more affordable than their Inner Loop counterparts.
First settled by German immigrants in the 1800s, Spring Branch was steadily developed after World War II; during the ’80s, it saw a demographic shift after an influx of residents from Central America and Korea. The resulting community is perfect for those who want to buy, but don’t want to give up the diversity of city life.
Cade and Nicole Radley, recent first-time buyers in their mid-twenties, don’t feel they’ve sacrificed anything by swapping out a rental in Upper Kirby for a new home in Spring Branch. “It’s far enough outside of town, but not too far,” Nicole says.
The couple appreciates both the neighborhood’s proximity to Memorial City Mall and CityCentre, and its mix of ’50s-era mom-and-pop storefronts, busy taquerias, and noodle shops. “I like the mindset here. Some of the neighbors have been in the neighborhood since it was built,” Cade says. “It speaks volumes for the area.”
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