The Gulfton community has long been populated by residents looking to pursue their American Dream. When the area was first developed in the early 1970s, it created a thriving community of large apartment complexes catering to Houston’s young, single adults who worked in the booming oil industry. However, as the oil industry fell on tougher times, Gulfton gave way to a new community of families from many countries looking for prosperity and security.
Single family home sales range from nearly $100,000 in Shenandoah to $337,000 in Williams Court, north of Bellaire. The Westpark Tollway, a major new thoroughfare, is now open on the border of the Gulfton area. This increased accessibility and visibility have encouraged businesses, such as Sam’s Wholesale Club, to locate in the area. Metro light rail also plans to have stops in the area. The Houston Independent School District serves elementary students at Cunningham, Benavidez, and Sylvan Rodriquez, Jr. In addition to private schools such as Holy Ghost, there are charter schools and child development centers in the area. Students feed into Jane Long Middle School, followed by Robert E. Lee High School. Lee has a humanities magnet program that has strong partnerships with many arts organizations.