If there’s boom happening in Texas, it’s happening in Houston. But the Bayou City isn’t just a burgeoning urban cityscape. Houston and its surroundings house some of the top master-planned communities going, and more are coming, fueled by the growth of Houston as the energy capital of the U.S.
No community, much less no master-planned community, is experiencing the growth and fast pace that The Woodlands is. This suburb of Houston is the fastest-growing place in Texas, thanks to the coming of Exxon Mobil and the 10,000 new jobs it’s bringing with it by 2015. A home in The Woodlands is so sought-after that there is barely a month of inventory (a normal market has six months) and in many cases, homes are selling the day they hit the market, and for more than the asking price.
Sedona Lakes, a new master-planned community just south of Houston, in Manvel, is a luxury master-planned community in the shadow of the big city. Sedona Lakes is just a quick commute to the Texas Medical Center, the central business district, Greenway Plaza, and a most major work centers in the metro area. This gated community is served by the Alvin Independent School District, and an onsite elementary school is planned here.
Another gated master-planned community just outside of downtown Houston is the 200-acre Barrington Kingwood. This upscale community is surrounded by the back nine of the Lakes Golf Course of Kingwood Country Club and is renowned for its spectacular views. There are also manicured baseball and soccer fields, horse stables, the boat ramp into Lake Houston, and Deer Ridge Park. All within a few minutes of the booming, bustling downtown.
Just minutes from the Medical Center and Galleria area is City Park, an eclectic master-planned community that puts you close to work, but gives you splendid living options. Renowned builders have lent their hands to a superb location, with outstanding amenities that put you close to city living, but still in the quiet and calm of your own neighborhood.
Still under construction, Westover Park is a premier 500-acre master-planned community slated to house more than 1,400 homes when it’s completed. The inaugural two recreation centers feature a 5-acre recreation complex that includes three pools, a cabana house, a multi-purpose sports field, a playground, a lake, and a park. Prices are ultimately expected to range from the $150,000s to the $350,000s.