The Memorial Villages consist of six different villages: Bunker Hill Village Hedwig Village Hunters Creek Village Piney Point Village Hishire Village Spring Valley The first four villages are categorized under “South Villages” and the last two under “North Villages”. Lately the Memorial Villages have undergone a urban development, but they maintained and enhanced their identity as a serene and very private neighborhood. These six villages together are known as The Villages since the 1950’s. They rank as one of the most desirable places to live in Texas. The affluent population of the Villages prompts comparisons with other Houston neighborhoods, such as River Oaks. But Villages houses are often larger and occupy larger lots, many of an acre or more. Prices begin in the upper $500,000 up to $6,000,000. The Villages also provide quality municipal services, billboards are outlawed and shopping centers are only allowed at the perimeters. They have an award winning school system, the Spring Branch Independent School District, that has achieved national recognition.