Thanks everyone - I really didn't care about the quality of the Heights schools, since we will be in a private school. But I got an education very quickly here- the MISMATCH between (percieved) quality and demographics of the elementary VS Middle/High Schools here is a driving force. Here's what I was trying to find out. If I move to the Heights, and my 11 year old son is a private school outside the loop, are there likely to be other boys around for him to play with informally, now and for next few years, within walking distance of my house (and is it safe for an 11 year old to walk three blocks without crossing a major street?). Here is what I have concluded from the evidence so far: from this post, a post to Heights Moms, and a post to Next Door Heights, and to various people in the Heights. A lot of people started moving to the heights a few years ago, with wee-ones or planning to start families. Those people could obviously afford the houses in the heights at that time. The "good" elementary schools with the demographics they like helped them feel like that would be fine even if they couldn't afford private school. Most of those families outgrow the place they had when they moved there. (Mostly small houses) Some of those families have had their income grow by the same proportion as housing prices, and can afford to buy a bigger place in the Heights now. (Maybe haven't really heard of them). But some of those families can also afford RiverOaks / Memorial now and decide to move there. (The house we were looking at north of White Oak is a family with 2 kids moving to West U). And Lots of families cannot afford to expand in the Heights now. Incomes have not typically tripled like home prices in the Heights. Esp if it means they will be sending their kids to a private High school with $20K per kid added. So they move. WHO takes their place? The people who are choosing to move to the heights now to buy houses in the 800K+ range are very likely to be either Empty Nester's or people with young kids (going to those "good" elementary schools you guys are all fighting about). The people in the big new houses with little kids will probably have enough room to stay as long as they like. Their income will probably grow enough to enable them to afford private schools, and they will probably stay. (Just my guess). Maybe the public school demographics will shift as well. They are probably older parents who will have smaller families also.I did hear from a lot of people with kids that age who are staying in the heights. I even heard of one family moving in with a kid at St Thomas high. I heard from people ashamed to admit they moved away for better schools and bigger houses. I talked to a mom who has 2 boys that age in the area I was looking who sadly shook her head and said that there were not a lot of boys that age around. These are all anecdotes. But the combination of rapid price appreciation combined with a drop-off public school desirability will, on average, mean that there will be fewer and fewer kids my son's age for the next 6 years... I haven't ruled it out, lots to love about the Heights. But all these new houses being built are not a sign that a lot more boys his age would be moving in.