Idylwood is a cozy, tree-lined neighborhood of approximately 300 homes just a few miles to the southeast of Downtown Houston, inside Loop 610. The neighborhood is unusual for flatland Houston, characterized by winding lanes, rolling terrain, and stately trees; the predominately cottage-style bungalows are neat and well-kept. Idylwood has maintained its charm and its beauty thanks to an active Civic Club and regularly enforced deed restrictions.
Encroaching commerce is kept at bay on three sides of the neighborhood, thanks to the Villa de Matel, Wortham Golf Course, and Brays Bayou. The Villa de Matel, a Catholic convent and basilica surrounded by a large, wooded property, provides a serene and unchanging neighbor to the west. Idylwood is bounded on the north by Gus Wortham Golf Course, formerly the Houston Country Club. Our undulating eastern boundary is formed by Brays Bayou, meandering towards the Houston Ship Channel several miles downstream. Across the bayou lies peaceful Forest Park Lawndale, an older Houston cemetery dotted with stately Spanish moss-adorned oak trees and lakes hosting families of ducks and geese. Evening concerts of carillon hymns float across the bayou on breezes cooled by the water.
Residents of Idylwood benefit from the area's proximity to downtown, the Texas Medical Center, Hermann Park, the Museum District, and the University of Houston and Rice University, all just minutes away. Many of Houston's finer restaurants are within the inner Loop 610, as are libraries, stores and schools. Galveston Bay and Galveston Island are an easy 30-45 minute drive from Idylwood, thanks to its Eastside location.