In 1964, George Mitchell purchased 28,000 acres of forest from the Grogan Cochran Lumber Company. A decade later, The Woodlands celebrated its grand opening with a grand idea to preserve the forest while building a master-planned community. The idea of a large suburban community with small town conveniences was brand new. Mitchell’s vision was to develop The Woodlands with an environment that has both a sense of being at home in the forest and in community with fellow residents.
The Woodlands still reaches deep into the native instinct of its residents and reminds them of a time when people were intimately connected to nature. Located only 25 miles north of downtown Houston and directly south of the W.G. Jones State Forest you’ll discover a community like no other. As a pioneer in master-planned communities, The Woodlands has maintained its pledge to preserve the serenity of its native tranquil forests.
The Villages of The Woodlands
The Woodlands has succeeded in maintaining a hometown atmosphere in a community with more than 90,000 residents. The reason for this success is The Woodlands has been developed in “Villages”. Each village has the advantages of being part of the master plan while extending clear rewards of enjoyment of a rich mixture of home town amenities. Village associations serve as a grassroots forum with officers elected by the residents. Each individual village includes a variety of prices, architectural styles and recreational amenities. They also include convenient shopping centers with everything you may need for everyday living. With more than 120 tree-shaded parks in more than 1,800 acres of open green space and almost 200 miles of hike and bike trails, each village gives ample opportunity for residents to walk, run, bike or simply stroll with the dog whenever they desire.
The Woodlands Township
Rather than incorporating as a city, The Woodlands operates independently under an umbrella of The Woodlands Township. Similar to a city, taxes are collected based on the area of the residence and the value of the home. Those assessments fund the services provided by The Woodlands Township.
The Woodlands Town Center
While we have another page that goes into detail about our Town Center, we remind you that The Woodlands is much more than a suburban subdivision. We have our own downtown district with everything you would expect to find in an urban environment.
Tomball, Texas has been described as the “hometown with the heart”. Those wanting to bring their family to the type of city they grew up in as a kid will love Tomball. It is located in the northwest part of Houston about 25 miles from Metropolitan Houston. The Beltway 8 and Highway 249 make it an easy commute. Tomball ISD school district is well regarded, and there is a large Lone Star College campus in the center of the city. There are a variety of new and resale homes in all price ranges. People seeking acreage and neighborhoods where horses are welcome find a large amount of choices in the Tomball area. Shopping, restaurants, movies and other attractions are abundant. There is an “old town” with unique shops and restaurants. The city hosts multiple festivals and events. Tomball truly is a big city with a small town feel. Popular subdivisions in the Tomball area include the master planned community of Northpointe, Saddlebrook, and prestigious Holly Creek Estate...not to mention the variety of choices in Country Homes and Acreage.
The Spring/Klein community is in the northern part of the Houston, Harris County area. The area known as “Spring” basically surrounds the town of “Old Town Spring” which is north of Houston on Interstate 45 and a stone’s throw from the new Exxon Mobil Campus and The Woodlands. It is situated in the highly regarded Spring and Klein School Districts and shares nearby shopping and entertainment with The Woodlands. Houston residents enjoy spending time in “Old Town Spring” which has shops and restaurants that bring you back to Houston in the “early day”. Commuting from the area is made easier by using either the Hardy Toll way or Interstate 45 which has bus service as well as a contraflow lane for car pools heading to downtown Houston. There are a multitude of subdivisions in this part of Northwest Houston of all price ranges, many of which have their own amenities such as area pools and tennis courts. Several of the subdivisions like Augusta Pines, Auburn Lakes and Northampton have their own golf courses.
The Spring/Klein and Tomball portion of Northwest Houston offers affordable real estate prices in heavily wooded areas, excellent schools shopping and restaurants. The area is near enough for residents to enjoy what the city of Houston has to offer without having the inner city feel. This family friendly suburban area contains many subdivisions that include their own amenities such as area pools and tennis courts. Master planned communities such as Windrose and Gleannloch Farms feature golf, tennis, swimming and other activities. There is easy access to the arts, spacious parks and shopping. The Bush International Airport is an easy 30 minute drive and Lake Conroe with all the boating and activities is about 30 minutes north. If you are looking for an easy lifestyle for the whole family with affordable real estate prices, the northwest part of Houston is for you. Defining Spring/Klein and Tomball
Spring is a name referring to a large portion of northern Harris County and a small part of Montgomery County. The original town is now known as “Old Town Spring” and has many antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Klein is an unincorporated community in northwest Houston with top rated schools. The Klein Independent School District covers 87.5 square miles in Harris County and is named after a German immigrant, Adam Klein. The famous singer, Lyle Lovett, is the great-great-grandson of Adam Klein. Klein is served by the privately owned David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport.
Tomball is a small town a little further west, and has been described as the “hometown with the heart”. The “old town” part of Tomball has its unique shops and atmosphere, including a farmer’s market many weekends. Those looking for acreage and neighborhoods where horses are welcome, will find a multitude of choices in the Tomball area. The Tomball area is served by the Tomball Independent School District a two year Lonestar College Campus, with a four year campus about 10 minutes away.
The allure of excellent schools, affordable housing, wooded lots, easy access to downtown Houston and the Bush Intercontinental Airport make the Champions area a very popular suburb in northwest Houston TX. The Champions neighborhood is located near the Cypress Creek Parkway and Texas State Highway 249 and is only 16 miles from downtown Houston. This northwest Houston community area was developed in the 1970’s with the development of the world renowned Champions Golf Club.
Cypress North is collection of neighborhoods located in the Northern part of Cypress, Texas. Cypress has two different land-dwelling profiles divided by Hwy 290. Cypress North is northeast of Hwy 290 / FM 1960 and is forested and thickly wooded. There is an abundance of things to do on this side of town all along FM 1960 from shopping centers, medical facilities, parks, etc… Everything you need is conveniently within the area.
Two major hospitals are in the area, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center and North Cypress Medical Center. Cypress is home to the Northwest Forest Conference Center, which is an 80 acre resort and conference center replicating the Alamo in San Antonio. There are numerous golf courses in the area where you can go to enjoy a round of golf inclduing Cypress Lakes Golf Club and Hearthstone.
Cypress is a part of the exemplary Cy-Fair ISD and there are public as well as private schools. So, no matter what type of school system you are looking for, we have it. Several schools in the area have been recognized as exemplary schools, which is very important when considering what school your child should attend when you move. There are also several colleges near but the closest is Lone Star College, which has numerous campuses all throughout the area as well as in Tomball, Houston, University Park area, etc….. Willowbrook Mall is one of the favorites in the area and also has plenty of other shopping centers nearby as well as a variety of food options in case you get hungry. There is always something to do here in Cypress, so if you looking to relax by the lake, shop, golf, etc…. then Cypress North is where you should consider making your new home!
Subdivisions within the Cypress North Community include: Fairfield, Lakes of Fairfield, Coles Crossing, Lakewood Glen, Stable Gate, Rock Creek, Sydney Harbor, Lakewood Forest, Norchester.
The FM 1960 / Cypress Creek community is located about 16 miles north of downtown Houston close to Interstate 45. The homes in the 1960 / Cypress Creek area offer an easy commute to downtown Houston, The Exxon Mobil complex and the Houston International Airport . The heavily wooded mature neighborhoods, affordable housing and Spring school district attract residents to the area. Northgate Forest Country Club with 27 holes of golf is situated in the prestigious Northgate Forest subdivision. Known as the “River Oaks of the Northwest” these custom high end homes near the country club are an attraction to many upper end buyers. Ponderosa, Westador, Olde Oaks are some other neighborhoods situated in the area and provide housing at all price levels. Residents don’t have to drive to Houston for the arts. The Texas Repretory Theater co, Playhouse 1960, Pear Finch Museum of Fine Arts, American Academy of Dance and Houston Dance Theater, Applause Theatrical School and Theater Co , Cypress Creek Foundation for the arts(FACE) and the Barbara Bush Library are all located in the 1960/Cypress Creek area. There are numerous restaurants and shopping close by and The Woodlands Mall and restaurants are only a quick drive up Interstate 45. Public transportation is accessible as there is a bus line that runs down the Cypress Creek Parkway (FM1960). There is also a nearby park and ride that is a popular commute to downtown Houston a breeze.
Hockley is an unincorporated community located in Harris County, Texas on Texas State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 290, approximately five miles southeast of the city hall of Waller, and thirty-six miles northwest of Downtown Houston. The community serves as the main hub for railway traffic serving Houston, Austin, and many parts of central Texas. The Southern Pacific (now known as Union Pacific) rail line is one of the community's major employers. The community is surrounded by grain farms and cattle ranches..
Nothing beats living right on the water, and the Lake Conroe area is full of wonderful waterfront homes to fit virtually every taste and budget. From the multi-million dollar estates for sale in The Woodlands to the affordable vacation homes in Willis, Montgomery County is home to a variety of beautiful waterfront real estate. Make your dreams of peaceful lakeside living a reality. Find out more about the different waterfront communities.
Conroe has been called the “urban jewel in the piney woods.” The Conroe area is home to quaint, historical neighborhoods and a variety of vibrant local cultural events and outdoor recreational opportunities. The area's popularity is also due to its beautiful rural location and its from its close proximity to Lake Conroe. Find out more about the different communities in Conroe, TX...