A Memorial address signals personal achievement, showcase architecture, exceptional educational opportunities and civic pride. Here is country living with a sophisticated flair.

No less than the “Father of Texas” once held title to what has become Memorial. The legendary Stephen F. Austin was granted the land by Mexico in 1824, with instructions to promote settlement of what was then broad prairie surrounding a majestic island of trees. The incorporated townships and neighborhoods that comprise today’s Memorial offer distinct personalities, yet they share certain definite advantages. There’s the lush pine and hardwood canopy that shades meandering Buffalo Bayou. Proximity to schools, churches, retail and job centers. Excellent security and city services. Protective covenants. A variety of home styles to choose, from ranch to sleek contemporary to Georgian brick mansion, with prices from $125,000 to the millions.

What especially impresses first-time Memorial visitors is just how accessible Houston’s downtown is to a “place in the country.” This forest of homes is only minutes from city center via the I-10 (Katy) Freeway or the more scenic Memorial Drive route. Increasingly, executives and professionals are choosing Memorial homes for both the pleasure of their families and the convenience to work.

The Spring Branch Independent School District has had the distinction of being the only district to place three schools among America’s best secondary schools in one year, as ranked by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, ten schools from the SBISD have been ranked “Nations Best” by the U.S. Department of Education. SAT and TASS scores are consistently above state and national averages. The District and nearby private academies produce an impressive number of National Merit Scholarship contenders each year.