Neighborhoods Shepherd Park Plaza, Candlelight Plaza, Oak Forest
Houston’s near northwest is home to charming vintage neighborhoods, three of which are Oak Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza, and Candlelight Plaza. The area is bounded loosely by 43rd Street on the south, Pinemont on the north, N. Shepherd on the east and T. C. Jester on the west. Ella Blvd. runs roughly north/south through the middle of the area.
Oak Forest was developed west of Ella Blvd. by Houston real estate magnate Frank Sharp, and was Houston’s largest subdivision until Sharp’s namesake neighborhood, Sharpstown, was completed. Sharp’s Oak Forest Realty Corporation divided Oak Forest into 17 sections, with sufficient acreage set aside for churches, commercial development, and four parks - T.C. Jester, Candlelight, American Legion and Oak Forest Park. Today, Oak Forest is experiencing a rebirth as original homes are being updated and significant numbers of new homes are being built. Home prices in Oak Forest today range from less than $100,000 into the $300,000s for original homes; new-construction home prices range from near $400,000 into the $700,000s.
East of Ella Blvd., Shepherd Park Plaza and Candlelight Plaza were developed in the 1960 and 1970s. The two neighborhoods are contiguous and often participate jointly in area activities and projects. Prior to residential development, the area was predominantly truck farms whose produce filled the stalls at the nearby Farmers Market on Airline Blvd. Many current residents grew up in the adjoining neighborhoods and have returned to raise their families, giving the neighborhood continuity and inter-connection.
Shepherd Park Plaza has a very active civic club, garden club, and the Plaza Moms club. Original homes in both neighborhoods are in demand and there is an increase in renovation and updating of original structures. Home prices range from $200,000 into the $400,000s.
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