Hilshire Village, one of the most charming of the Memorial Villages, is nestled in the wooded area north of Interstate-10 and west of Wirt Road. Ravines, rolling terrain and mature trees give Hilshire Village its special beauty, but the most important element is the neighborhood home owners.
With fewer than 300 families comprising this tightly knit, caring community, Hilshire truly offers a friendly atmosphere. Visiting Hilshire Village around 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on any given day, an amazing number of people are out walking, running, riding bicycles or having a neighborly chat. In Hilshire Village, the old-fashioned concept of the small-town neighborhood continues to thrive in the middle of one of the largest urban areas in the country.
Hilshire Village was incorporated in 1955. The village enacted zoning ordinances in 1957, one of which limited home owners to no more than two horses per lot. Present day Hilshire Village is governed by a mayor and five council members, and contracts with the Spring Valley Police Department and the Village Fire Department to provide fire protection and emergency medical services. Water and sewer services are provided by the City of Houston. Children attend highly rated schools in the Spring Branch Independent School District.
A large number of Hilshire Villages’ original homes are California Ranch-style or flat-roofed Contemporary-style and occupy expansive, rolling ravine lots. In recent years, many of those original homes have been extensively renovated or replaced by larger new homes.