Cypress, Texas Newcomers Guide
Whether you call it Cypress, Cypress-Fairbanks or Cy-Fair, this inviting Harris County community northwest of downtown Houston is an attractive option if you’re moving to the area. Once rural farm land, today Cypress is one of Houston’s largest suburbs, with a thriving economy, excellent public and private schools, plenty of local recreational, cultural and entertainment choices and a healthy new housing market. This guide will give you a quick overview of everything Cy-Fair has to offer.
Cy-Fair Past and Present
People have been settling in this area northwest of Houston for a long time. Archeological digs have discovered evidence of human beings as early as 7500 B.C. In more recent times, it was populated by Atakapan native tribes, and by the 1840s, German farmers joined the Anglo ranchers. Names like Huffmeister Road, Telge Road and Matzke Elementary School honor the original settlers. Cypress began to experience rapid growth with the discovery of oil on the Gulf Coast in 1904. It remained largely rural, with rice and dairy farms providing the main occupations, until the 1950s, when suburbanization began throughout the Houston area. By the 1990s Cypress saw the development of its first master-planned communities and the population has been growing steadily ever since.1 Today, Cypress has a population of about 120,000 people (up from 18,500 in 2000) and is the twenty-third largest community in the state. But it still honors its roots, preserving historical buildings and hosting many events in the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.2
Relocating to Cypress, Texas
Newcomers to Houston soon discover that it is huge. Deciding where to put down roots can be a challenge, but one of the best ways to approach it is to see it in terms of smaller geographic sections. Cypress is in the northwest corner of Harris County, 25 miles from downtown Houston via the Northwest Freeway (U.S. Highway 290) and State Highway 249. The Sam Houston Tollway serves as a major connector to locations east and south of Cy-Fair, and Bush International Airport is also close by—all good to know if you plan to travel frequently, or commute daily. However, you’ll also find many job opportunities right here in the Cy-Fair area, along with a rich array of retail centers, parks, top-notch medical facilities, primary and secondary education choices, leisure activities and an abundance of new housing attractively priced. The climate is about what you can expect to find in most inland Houston communities: typically, August is the hottest month (95F average), January is the coolest (63F average), and June is wettest.3 Factor in low unemployment and energy costs, and no state personal income tax, and Cypress is a great choice if you’re looking for a new hometown in the Houston area.
Here’s a quick snapshot of Cypress and the Northwest Houston area:
- It is a medium-sized town with 120,603 residents and 15 constituent neighborhoods.
- It has a high percentage of newly built homes, on average, some of the newest in the nation.
- The growing population is comprised of affluent, well-educated people with median household incomes of $92,752 and over 42% holding at least a bachelor’s degree.
- Over 86% of the workforce are employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average.
- More than 87% of homes are owner-occupied.4
- Northwest Houston ranks as “Very Livable”, with high marks for cost of living, weather and amenities.5
Cypress Real Estate Overview
The availability of new housing bodes well if you’re in the market for a new home in Cy-Fair. According to NeighborhoodScout.com, over 87% of homes in the area are single-family, with a median value of $201,561. For style, selection and quality, you’ll want to take a look at what award-winning Houston homebuilder Taylor Morrison is currently offering:
- The Grande Series at Cypress Creek Lakes are selling now and priced from the high $420,000’s. If you’re looking for large homes (up to seven bedrooms and three-to-four-car garages standard) and all the resort-style amenities of a master-planned community, learn more and join the VIP interest list here.
- If you’re a first-time buyer, the Chalet Series at Park Creek is a great choice. These new homes in Cypress start at $181,990, and offer three- and four-bedroom plans, community pool and playground, and close proximity to good schools. Many homes will be ready for move-in by year’s end 2014. Learn more and join the VIP interest list here.
- Alder Trails by Taylor Morrison is set to open for sales early in 2015, with plans currently calling for a resort-style pool, picnic pavilion, playground and two lakes with walking trails. Join the VIP interest list to receive email updates about pricing, floor plans and special events for the Villa Series, Chateau Series and Grande Series at Alder Trails.
To learn more about these and other new Cypress homes by Taylor Morrison, contact Houston Internet Home Consultant Ashelea Pinzon at 281-780-4652.
Cypress, Texas Economic Outlook
Cy-Fair has the business-friendly attitude and regulations that continue to attract both start-ups and established companies looking to relocate. That pro-business climate, an educated, diversified workforce and excellent educational institutions are inviting to companies of all sizes from small entrepreneurial concerns to Fortune 500 corporations. Major industries in the area range from manufacturing to construction, energy, education, healthcare and professional services. The low-cost of living and abundance of available land and office space are also big pluses. In the last few years, Cypress has been lauded as one of the best cities to start a new career (Daily Beast), a top city for recent college grads (Bloomberg Businessweek) and a top U.S. manufacturing city (Manufacturers’ News). To encourage business expansion in the area, the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce offers an array of services.6 In addition, Cypress residents have the thriving job market throughout the Houston area to choose from.
Education in Cypress, Texas
The quality of public education and the availability of good schools add value to every community and benefit its citizens, even those without school-aged children they lift property values and help attract new, involved citizens. In Cypress, residents are served by the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. It currently has 113,032 students enrolled on 86 campuses, including 53 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, 11 high schools and four special program facilities. Thirty-five of the campuses have been built since 2000. CFISD is the third-largest district in Texas. It is the largest school district to have 100% of its campuses earn Met Standard honors in the 2014 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings.7 Cy-Fair also offers students a choice of fine parochial schools, including two K-12 and one K-8.
In addition to the many exceptional college and university campuses throughout the Houston area, Cypress residents can attend Lone Star College-CyFair campus.
When you live in Cypress, you’re never far from essential services and exciting things to see and do. Of course, you’re close to all that metropolitan Houston has to offer—from sports to culture, fine dining, shopping and recreation. And Golf Coast attractions are nearby, as well. But you’ll also find much to entertain, amaze and amuse you right here in Cypress. Here are a few highlights. Once you’re here, you’re sure to find your own favorites.
Shopping venues in and around Cypress include Cypress Town Center, Vintage Park, Houston Premium Outlets, Willowbrook Mall and Traders Village.
Parks in the immediate area include Telge Park, Cypress Top Historic Park, Bud Hadfield Park, and East Shadow Lake Pocket Park. Find a complete list and more information here. There are also a number of hike and bike trails, dog parks and community centers in and around Cy-Fair. Cypress itself is home to the trailhead for the planned Cypress Creek Greenway Project, which will link major anchor parks along the entirety of Cypress Creek and like up with Spring Creek Greenway.
Golfers have many courses to choose from in and near Cypress. Public choices include Black Horse Golf Club, Longwood and Cypress Lakes Golf Club. Private courses in the area include Raveneaux Country Club, Hearthstone Country Club and Houston Oaks Country Club and Family Sports Retreat.
For just plain fun, Cypress offers the 65-acre Berry Center, home to the district’s second athletic stadium, a conference center, and auditorium for performances. The Northwest Forest Conference Center is an 80-acre resort with life-size replica of the Alamo. And don’t miss Tin Hall, one of the oldest continually operating dance halls in Texas.
Houston is renowned world-wide for its medical facilities. In Cypress, those include the North Cypress Medical Center and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center.