Bellaire — Bellaire was founded in 1908 by William Wright Baldwin, president of the South End Land Company. The city was founded on what was part of William Marsh Rice’s (the founder of Rice University) 9,449-acre ranch. Baldwin started the City of Bellaire to serve as a residential neighborhood and an agricultural trading center. Six miles of prairie separated Bellaire from the city of Houston, and the two were connected by a trolley line on which construction began in 1909. Most original homes have been replaced with large modern homes. Values start at $800k—Millions.