Frostwood is a small but charming Houston neighborhood located on the city’s northwestern side. This neighborhood is especially popular among young families and retirees, so residents of all ages enjoy living in Frostwood. Due to the neighborhood’s small size and Frostwood’s population tracking under that of other northwestern neighborhoods, the general vibe of the neighborhood is more rural than other areas of Houston.
Nearby public schools and private institutions are well-rated, and crime and safety ratings for this neighborhood are also favorable. Many Frostwood residents are college educated and considered affluent.
Property values in Frostwood are largely high relative to statewide and national averages. Established toward the end of the 20th century, this neighborhood largely features more modern housing options.
This neighborhood is ideally located for anyone looking for easy access to commercial areas of Houston. Frostwood residents also are short drives away from great dining options, outdoor areas, retail spots, and other entertaining Houston venues.
Frostwood’s population sits around 4,000 residents. 49% are male, and 51% are female. An estimated 18% of Frostwood residents have some college education or an associate’s degree. Meanwhile, 39% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, and another 36% of residents have earned a master’s degree or a higher degree.
Roughly 72% of the population is White, and 16% of Frostwood residents are Asian. 12% of residents identify as Hispanic, and 1% of the population is biracial or multiracial.
The neighborhood’s unemployment rate is around 1.2%, and the poverty rate tracks under 3%. Frostwood’s estimated median household income is $250K, and the median individual income is about $104K.
TOP Frostwood HIGHLIGHTS
Frostwood is located in west Houston – an area that is among the hardest-hit by natural hazards that include intense rainfall events, widespread flooding, and hurricanes.
In the past, heavy rains caused massive floods that affected major roads in and around the neighborhood. Several homes were also inundated with close to two feet of water.
Frostwood is working on improving the neighborhood’s infrastructure and drainage systems to mitigate the impacts of flooding during severe tropical storms.
In this part of Houston, over 50% of residents report daily commute times of 15-25 minutes. From there, another 15% of residents have daily commutes of 10 minutes or less.
Frostwood is just south of Interstate 10, and the neighborhood is also a short distance east of Sam Houston Tollway. Interstate 610 can be accessed farther east of the neighborhood. Both Interstate 69 and Westpark Tollway can be found south of Frostwood. Well-connected local roadways include Gessner Road and Memorial Drive.
For reference, Downtown Houston and Sugar Land are both roughly 20 minute commutes from Frostwood. Additionally, it takes about 40 minutes to reach The Woodlands by car from Frostwood.
Frostwood is among the exclusive neighborhoods in Houston with crime and safety ratings that fare well compared to other communities in the U.S.
Overall, the crime rate in the area is about 520 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 80% lower than the national average.
Violent crime rate in the area is about 10 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 99% lower than the national average.
Property crime happens more frequently at a rate of about 410 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 80% lower than the national average.
One has a 1 in 175 chance of becoming a victim of crime in the area.
SCHOOLS IN Frostwood
Frostwood is located within Spring Branch Independent School District’s borders. This excellent school district is highly rated not just across the county, but also on a statewide level.
Around 35,000 students attend Spring Branch ISD campuses. This school district includes 6 early childhood educational centers, 26 elementary schools, 8 middle school campuses, and 4 traditional high schools. Many Spring Branch ISD schools are award-winning campuses that offer AP courses, gifted and talented programing, and excellent college preparatory programs.
The Texas Education Agency rates this school district as “academically acceptable.” Specifically, state standardized tests report that 75% of all Spring Branch ISD students score as at least proficient in math, and 68% of students are at least proficient in reading. The district’s average student-teacher ratio is 16 to 1.
Frostwood students are also welcome to attend a number of private campuses in neighboring areas. There are many respected religious institutions, Montessori-styled campuses, and excellent private schools within short commuting distance.
Frostwood Housing 2020
The estimated medial real estate price in Frostwood is $735K, which tracks as being more costly than 98% of other Texas neighborhoods and more expensive than 92.4% of all neighborhoods in the country.
Although the neighborhood’s median property value tracks closer to the $1 million mark, there are also a sizable number of more affordable properties in Frostwood. Specifically, there is a notable bulk of Frostwood properties ranging between $150K-$200K, with other pieces of real estate in Frostwood being even more affordably priced under $150K.
Frostwood is located in an area of Houston that is largely considered to be a balanced real estate market, seeing as there has generally been an even mix of buyers and sellers namely between November 2015 and November 2019.
Recent trends show list prices have a positive year-over-year increase of 5.2%, and the neighborhood’s sale-to-list price ratio tracks around 97%. For reference, the median listing price per square foot trends at $200.
Frostwood Homes for Sale
Out of all housing options in Frostwood, an estimated 95% are owner-occupied properties, and roughly 5% of other residences are rented. The neighborhood’s vacancy rate tracks around 6.1%, which is a lower rate than about 67% of other neighborhoods in the country.
The bulk of housing options in Frostwood are 3-4 bedroom detached family homes, followed by small bedroom apartment complexes and apartment buildings. Because Frostwood is one of Houston’s smaller neighborhoods, there are generally fewer available housing options than other neighboring areas.
Since the majority of households in the neighborhood are families, there are few properties in Frostwood with 1 bedroom layouts. Because Frostwood started expanding during the later half of the 20th century, the bulk of properties in the neighborhood have a few decades under their belts.
Specifically, many residences were constructed between 1970-1999. A number of other properties were constructed between 1940-1969. Additionally, there are also a sizable number of newly built housing options in Frostwood.