ABOUT OLD BRAESWOOD
OLD BRAESWOOD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION (OBPOA) – The Old Braeswood Property Owners Association (OBPOA) is a volunteer based organization charged with preserving the neighborhood’s unique character, primarily through the enforcement of deed restrictions. OBPOA sponsors an annual park party and fund-raising efforts for neighborhood projects. OBPOA is a member of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council and is a member of University Place Association, an organization that represents a unified consensus of the neighborhoods, businesses, and institutions surrounding Rice University, and focuses on the land use and infrastructure issues impacting the area bounded by S. Main, N. Braeswood, Kirby, and US59. Old Braeswood maintains liaisons with Houston City Council, the Brays Bayou Association, Trees for Houston, and Preservation Houston.
OBPOA is governed by a board consisting of nine officers, each elected by the members in November. There are 13 standing committees: Architectural Review, Block Captains, Deed Restriction Enforcement, Directory, Flood Control, Garden Club, Historic Preservation, Newsletter, Security, Park, Social Events (aka, Neighborhood Fun), Trees and Welcome.
MEMBERSHIP – All owners of property in Braeswood Section 1, Braeswood Addition, and Braeswood Extension, are automatic members of the Association. Membership in OBPOA is also open to residents and neighbors in the area bounded by Holcombe, Main Braeswood and Kirby. Regular annual dues are $100. To help with the operation of the association, additional voluntary dues levels of $150 (Sustaining) and $250 (Patron) have been established and are requested as an option for neighbors who are able to support the association at a higher level.
DEED RESTRICTIONS/ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW – Deed restrictions governing setbacks, building materials, density of housing, use of property, and property improvements are in effect for the Old Braeswood subdivision.Visit the Deed Restrictions page for more information. Plans for new construction, additions and renovations should be submitted to the ARC via the Old Braeswood office electronically to info(at)OldBraeswood.com.
HISTORY – Old Braeswood is one of Houston’s historic neighborhoods. Originally planned as a “country club district” in the late 1920’s, Old Braeswood was actually developed in spurts through the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s. Each section of the neighborhood has a distinct architectural style, reflecting the era in which it was developed and the city’s changing residential patterns during the middle of the century. A detailed history of the neighborhood and its unique homes can be found in the publication Braeswood, An Architectural History. (GK – link to BOOK PAGE) This publication is available for purchase by contacting the Old Braeswood POA office.
NEWSLETTER & COMMUNICATIONS The newsletter is published several times a year and mailed to each household in the neighborhood. Please send news items to Steich1@comcast.net. OBPOA also sends important news updates and crime alerts electronically. To subscribe, submit your email address to info(at)OldBraeswood.com.
OLD BRAESWOOD PARK CORP. – The Park is located in the heart of the neighborhood at the intersection of Maroneal, Morningside and Kelving. Several large fundraising efforts provided funds for fencing, a play space for younger children, swings, picnic tables and benches. Park maintenance is coordinated and paid for by the Old Braeswood Park Corporation, a 501c3 organization, through generous donations from neighbors. For more information, visit the Park page.
PATROL (S.E.A.L. Security Solutions) – Old Braeswood POA contracts with SEAL Security for daily onsite patrols in a marked police vehicle. The annual patrol subscription is $300.00. This amount is requested from all households to help pay for this valuable service. You can enroll in the service via the Patrol page. Questions or complaints should be directed to the Security committee chairman or to the OBPOA office.
TRASH COLLECTION – Regular household waste and lawn clippings are collected by the City of Houston Solid Waste Division. Household waste should be placed on the curb inside black roll-out containers provided by the City. Yard waste (lawn clippings and leaves), may be placed on the curb in city approved biodegradable bags. Small bundles of branches less than 4 ft. in length should be placed at the curb. Recycling (newspapers, aluminum cans, tin cans & plastic bottles) is collected on alternate Tuesdays using the large green single stream rolling bins. Heavy trash is collected the third Monday of the month. Junk waste is collected in even months only. Tree waste is collected monthly. Per city ordinance, trash may be placed at the curb after 6 p.m. the night before pickup and bins must be removed by 10 p.m. on the day of collection. Call 311 or visit www.houstontx.gov for more information including a full listing of trash regulations, and printable trash schedules.
Regular household trash & yard waste Tuesdays
Recycling Every other Tuesday
Heavy Trash 3rd Monday
(Note: Junk waste is collected in even months only)
OBPOA is a member of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council (SN#28) and the University Place Association. It maintains liaisons with Houston City Council, Houston Parks Department and the Public Works and Engineering Department, the Brays Bayou Association, Trees for Houston, and Preservation Houston.
The Old Braeswood Garden Club, founded in 1934 and one of the oldest garden clubs in Houston, meets monthly and is open to residents of Old Braeswood. The Old Braeswood Book Club, founded in 2014, also meets monthly and is open to Old Braeswood residents.
OLD BRAESWOOD SECTIONS AND BLOCKS
Old Braeswood POA consists of 314 private residences, Braeswood Park (a City of Houston park), and city owned esplanades on Blue Bonnet and Glen Haven which are maintained by the association. The POA oversees the enforcement of deed restrictions for the tree section of of Braeswood Addition: Section 1, Braeswood Addition, and Braeswood Extension. Section was developed in the late 1920s through early 1930s, the remainder of the neighborhood was developed in the late 1930s through 1950s.