Bellaire was named for its breezes. Founded in 1908 by William Wright Baldwin, the neighborhood incorporated and became an independent city bordered by Houston and West University Place.
Bellaire’s schools are renowned and diverse with facilities specializing in art, music as well as HISD’s World Languages. Bellaire High School was established in 1955 and remains well-known for its exemplary academic and athletic programs, consistently claiming the highest number of National Merit Finalists nationwide. Private and parochial schools such as Episcopal High School also add academic prestige to the area.
Today, many of Bellaire’s original ranch homes have been replaced with newly-built spacious homes ideal for growing families and professionals attracted to Bellaire’s proximity to Downtown, the Medical Center and the Galleria. The community features a Nature Discovery Center and 13 parks maintained by an award-winning parks and recreation department. It has its own police and fire services and recently constructed a multi-million dollar Aquatic Center which is adjacent to Town Square. Neighborhood activities and events, including the Fourth of July Parade, Trolley Run, Holiday in the Park and Friday night concerts are offered to all residents throughout the year.
Bellaire’s central location and family-friendly venues make it one of the most attractive communities in Houston.