INCORPORATED SINCE 1924, this Inner Loop enclave next door to Rice isn’t technically a neighborhood, although it certainly feels like one. If you can afford it, there are few better places in the city to raise children than this community of stately houses and well-manicured lawns, whose literary street names were bestowed upon it by a Rice English major back in the ’20s.
This is a place where neighbors stop to chat and kids’ playdates rule the calendar. The elementary school consistently tops Children at Risk’s list of best schools in the state, and area restaurants like Little Matt’s, with its wall of candy and menu of burgers and fries, cater specifically to kids. On top of that, residents don’t just come home and go inside at the end of the day. The area is full of young families, and it’s totally normal to see crews of parents and kids out on the oak-shaded streets at twilight, pulling toddlers in wagons while kids on bikes spin by.
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