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Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

Accessible suburbia north of 610

HAR Average List Price: $707,000

Just north of the 610 loop lies the GOOF, or Garden Oaks/Oak Forest, a newly trendy area with a rapidly growing real estate demand. Garden Oaks offers slightly larger homes than Oak Forest, but the styles are largely similar: bungalows, ranch-style homes, and large brick houses. Of the two, Garden Oaks is the more developed area, but Oak Forest is not lagging far behind. The GOOF is home to a lot of creative types with its cozy wine bars, shabby chic gastropubs, and hip eating spots. Homes in the area sell like hotcakes with many young families attracted by its suburban feel and practical accessibility.