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Known for desirable real estate and high-profile residents, Houston’s Tanglewood community is the ideal location if you want a well-established neighborhood with room to build what you want. At Frankel Building Group, we do that — and more.Let's Talk
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Tanglewood’s Houston Roots Run Deep

Today, many Houstonians know Tanglewood as an attractive, upscale community located just north of the Galleria area and West of 610. That version of Tanglewood — one where Meditteranean-style casas and English manors abound amid a canopy of sprawling oaks — was only realized in the last 50 or 60 years. 

When the initial developer bought the land, there were no trees in Tanglewood. Instead, the area was native to thousands of acres of coastal grassland. Hence, its name reportedly originated from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales, a favorite book of the developer’s daughter. 

Ranch-style homes, a rarity in Tanglewood today, initially dotted the newly sprouted oaken landscape. Over time, many of those modest dwellings have been replaced with stately two-story estates. The oak trees, however, remained, making the neighborhood feel private, even though it’s only a few minutes from the Galleria.

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The Benefits of Building a Home in Tanglewood

While Houston is known for its lack of zoning; Tanglewood has successfully managed to insulate itself from major development and change. The neighborhood’s strict enforcement of design regulations and deed restrictions is one of the community’s main selling points. Though, there are many more reasons why people choose to build a home in Tanglewood than just its high level of privacy. Here, we’ll share them with you, as well as showcase several custom homes we’ve designed and built for our clients in this exclusive community. 

1. Notable Residents

Tanglewood is also home to many local Houston celebrities, including Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of Lakewood Church, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Additionally, many of the city’s society members and leaders live in the area. Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were also longtime residents of Tanglewood.

2. Great Location

Tanglewood has easy access to virtually everything Houston has to offer, with San Felipe Street, Chimney Rock Drive and Woodway Drive serving as the main arteries of traffic for the area. 

Popular destinations around Tanglewood include: 

  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
  • Clay Family Eastern Glades
  • Memorial Park’s running trails
  • Houston Country Club
  • Several grocery stores, including Whole Foods and HEB
  • The Galleria and Uptown area
  • Many of Houston’s top restaurants
  • River Oaks District
  • Memorial
  • Downtown

3. High-Performing Schools

Tanglewood has many options for top-ranked education — both public and private. Zoned to Houston ISD, the public schools offer specialized academics from elementary all the way through high school, including Gifted and Talented Programs, nationally recognized magnet schools, and Advanced Placement courses. 

Some of the most prestigious private schools in the country are available within minutes of Tanglewood, including:

  • Awty International School
  • St. John’s School
  • The Kinkaid School
  • St. Thomas High School
  • The Village School


Source: St. Thomas High School

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Three Decades of Custom Home Building in Houston, TX

As a fully custom home builder, Frankel Building Group doesn’t have any floor plans. Anything you dream up, we can make, and we’ll do so from scratch. There are no limits to what we can do for your home, whether you choose Tanglewood or another community in Houston. 

We’re the only custom home builder in Houston to offer a full-home experience, meaning we provide everything you could ever need to design, build and care for your home, including warranties and maintenance after you move in. 

With our intimate process, you will always be taken care of by our team, including our Co-Presidents, Scott and Kevin Frankel. At Frankel Building Group, our clients become part of our family, and we’ll do everything in our power to make your dream home come true.