Bellaire is a city within the city of Houston offers the perfect combination of quiet, small town America , with the convenience of big city attractions. Originally one of Houston 's first suburbs, Bellaire grew from a small farming community to a booming residential neighborhood.
Bellaire is known as the "City of Homes " as the city is mostly residential. The city mainly functions as a bedroom community for upper-middle class families. As of 2000, Bellaire was the 27th wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income. Bellaire High School is a flagship of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). An HISD magnet school for foreign languages and the International Baccalaureate Program, Bellaire High School is well known for consistently producing the highest number of National Merit Finalists of any high school in HISD, in addition to regularly producing state champion baseball teams.
Bellaire is made up of enclaves. They include Bellaire Place, Bellaire Courts, Bellaire Oaks, Sylvania Courts, Southdale, Teas Gardens, Westmoreland Farms, Braeburn Hollow, Blume Acres, Tenbrook Plaza, Elmhurst, Hollyview, Post Oak Terrace, Carroll, Evergreen Plaza, Mulberry Manor, Turrentine, Pin Oak Estates, Cranford Place, Braeburn Gardens, Oak Terrace, West Post Oak, Cedar Oaks, Twin Oaks, Bellview, Peaceful Valley, Oakdale, Teasdale, Richmond Plaza, Aband Alley, Evergreen Court, Vaughn Estates, Loveland Terrace, Georgian Terrace, Spruce Lane Place, Beechmont, Heart of Bellaire, Normanor, Willow Lane Place, La Mont, Frank L. Holton, Braeburn Gardens, and Braeburn Country Club Estates.