Fondren Garden is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas that is located southwest of downtown. It is bordered by South Main Street to the north, Sam Houston Tollway to the southwest, and Hillcroft Avenue on the east. Other neighborhoods nearby are Westbury, Greater Southwest Fondren, Central Southwest, and Fort Bend.
The name Fondren Garden is deceptive. While this is in many ways a rural area, there are no garden attractions located within the community. The only gardens here are personal ones around residential properties.
Along the northern edge, South Main Street is definitely commercial with lots of open spaces and businesses. South Main Street is four lanes and busy. Along the southern border there is a tollway, and just north of that, a busy four-lane local road with lots of open space and some homes.
The area has some sidewalks along a few of the more residential streets, but they are narrow and spotty. There are huge power lines traveling right through the center of the area on West Orem Drive. Prices for homes are quite low when compared to other neighborhoods in Houston.
The houses in the area are mostly small and one story; some were built as far back as the 1940s. The yards are small on a few streets and spacious on others. There is an area of multi-family homes off of South Main on Ormandy Drive. The feeling is quite rural in most of the neighborhood. There is easy access to major highways to get residents into downtown Houston. There are businesses mixed among houses on most streets.
There is a Home Depot on Sam Houston Parkway, but most other businesses are local enterprises.