North Houston, Texas Newcomers
Is a move to Houston on your horizon? Great! You’re not alone. With its booming energy industry, Houston is leading the country in population increases, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data.1 That means lots of opportunity, jobs, and ample housing choices. Newcomers are often amazed by the number of cultural attractions, top-notch schools, retail shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation available in and around metropolitan Houston. But, because of its sheer size (over 650 square miles and seven separate counties), Houston can be a bit daunting. An easy way to negotiate all that terrain and find the best place to put down roots is to think in terms of smaller sections. This guide will give you an overview of North Houston, and two of its popular communities—Montgomery, the oldest town in Texas located in the heart of Montgomery County, and spring at the northern tip of Harris County and often called the gateway to Montgomery County.
History happened here
Houston was founded in 1836 by the Allen Brothers, who purchased about 6,000 acres of land along the banks of Buffalo Bayou, and named the area in honor of General Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas. The Allens promoted their stake as a thriving port city and the commercial center for the Gulf Coast. Local area creeks, bayous and waterways provided a network for shipping that ultimately turned Houston into the nation’s third largest ocean port. Railroads played a major role in the area’s timber industry, and linked towns like Spring and Montgomery to ports in Houston and Galveston. Established farms and ranches added to the growth and prosperity. Spring, originally called Spring Camp, developed from a mining camp—remnants of its boom years are still evident in preserved historic buildings. Montgomery was settled by a family of the same name who were among the original settlers led to the area by Stephen Austin. Homes built in the 1850s are still occupied by descendants of early settlers, but wineries have replaced the farms and tourism thrives, drawn by nearby Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest.2
Relocating to North Houston
You’ll find many of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods and master-planned communities in and around Spring and Montgomery, along with a burgeoning retail and recreational/entertainment environment to meet your needs. Commutes vary depending on the time of day, but from Montgomery you’re about 55 miles from downtown Houston, while Spring is about 24 miles away. As the population has grown, so has the availability of housing, schools and essential services. The climate is typical of most inland Houston areas—hottest in August, averaging 95F, and coolest in January, averaging 63F. June is often the rainiest month. Both communities offer low energy costs. You’ll also be happy to hear there is no personal income tax in Texas. These quick snapshots of Spring and Montgomery will give you an idea of what the North Houston area has to offer in terms of lifestyle.
Small town charm and contemporary city convenience—Spring is the best of both worlds. Old Town Spring features turn-of-the-century buildings, art galleries, museums and restaurants. AreaVibes.com rates Spring “Exceptionally Livable,” citing a low cost of living, low crime rate, and sunny weather.3 NeighborhoodScout.com notes that this city of about 55,000 people and 45 constituent neighborhoods has a high percentage of owner-occupied homes (76.29%), with more that 32% built since 2000. One of the newest and most desirable master-planned communities of new homes in Spring is Harmony. A mixed work force of white and blue-collar jobs dominate the local economy; the median household income is $69,511.4 The city offers an attractive lifestyle, an excellent selection of new housing, and proximity to natural recreational resources including 12,000-acre Spring Creek Greenway , a forested preserve. Spring offers easy access to Bush Intercontinental Airport and downtown Houston.
The city itself is small—just four-square miles—but many new developments have grown up beyond the city boundaries creating a thriving real estate market with many new homes in Montgomery, and swelling the population to about 30,000. Like Spring, Montgomery has a mixed force of white- and blue-collar workers, but it also boasts a relatively large number of telecommuters who work in knowledge-based professions.5 While housing within Montgomery is limited and tends to be older, you’ll find some of the nation’s top-selling developments in the immediate area including Woodforest, a 3,000-acre master-planned community in the wooded terrain surrounding Woodforest Golf Club. A big part of the attraction for homebuyers is natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered by Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest. It’s also a safe environment with low crime rates, lots of local retail and services, and a welcoming lifestyle.
North Houston Real Estate Overview
As people continue to relocate to the Houston area, developers are meeting the demand with an exciting variety of housing options. North Houston has an especially wide choice of new homes. Whether you’re a first-time buyer seeking an entry-level home, in the market for a lakefront mansion or looking for something in between, North Houston has plenty to choose from. For quality, style and selection, be sure to put award-winning Houston homebuilder Taylor Morrison on your must-see list. Currently, Taylor Morrison is offering:
- Bonterra at Woodforest
The newest village in highly desirable Woodforest is Bonterra, a 55+ active lifestyle community of 700 single-family homes in a serene wooded setting near Montgomery. Planned resort-style amenities will include a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse, lagoon-style pool, hike and bike trails, plus a full-time onsite Lifestyle Director to point residents to stimulating community activities and events. Two- and three-bedroom, single-story homes start from the $230,000s. Join the interest list and learn more here.
- Springwoods Village
Just south of The Woodlands, Taylor Morrison is building luxury homes on large, forested home sites at Springwoods Village, a sustainable master-planned community in Spring. It’s a walkable, connected community that will include distinct neighborhoods, a mixed-use town center, office and commercial campuses and a health care complex. Planned area amenities include the 150-acre Springwoods Village Nature Preserve, Spring Creek and 33 miles of trails. Taylor Morrison is currently offering the Springwoods Village Discovery Series, three- to seven-bedroom homes starting in the upper $474,000s. Join the interest list and learn more here.
- Allegro at Harmony
Harmony is a 1,000-acre master-planned community of 2,600 single-family homes in Spring near the Exxon Mobil corporate campus and minutes from South Montgomery County world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. In-place amenities include a new aquatics complex with resort-style pool, splash pad and fountain, a covered pavilion and shaded playground. Taylor Morrison is developing the Allegro neighborhood, which will include 500 homes and a planned recreation center with pool and workout and meeting rooms. Join the interest list to stay informed about floor plans, pricing and special events.
For more information about new homes in Spring and Montgomery, or to learn about other new Houston homes by Taylor Morrison, call Internet Home Consultant Ashelea Pinzon at 281-780-4652.
Houston Economic Outlook
Houston is nationally recognized as an economic powerhouse and a leader in several categories, including health care, energy, education, finance, manufacturing, commercial shipping and technology. Companies of all sizes and entrepreneurs will find a business-friendly climate at state and local levels, with programs that include tax incentives and job training. The Chambers of Commerce in both Spring and Montgomery offer resources and programs designed to attract new business. The job outlook is among the nation’s best across many growth industries.6
Education in North Houston
North Houston is served by several school districts. The Montgomery Independent School District currently educates about 7,000 children at eight campuses within its 231-square-mile boundary. Classes are small, averaging about 16 pupils per teacher, ensuring personal attention and in-depth instruction. Spring Independent School District serves over 36,500 students at 38 campuses, 18 of which were built within the last 10 years. Some students will attend schools in the Conroe Independent School District, one of the fastest growing in Texas, serving over 52,700 students at 56 campuses. All Texas schools use the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) to measure performance, academic growth and college or career readiness. To learn more about STAAR and specific school ratings, visit www.tea.state.tx.us. North Houston communities also have excellent private and parochial schools.
In addition to a number of exemplary colleges and universities in the metropolitan Houston, residents of North Houston can also choose from the North Harris Campus of the Lone Star College System, Remington College in North Houston and the Spring branch of Houston Community College.
North Houston Living
Houston is world-renown for professional and collegiate sports, cultural and recreational attractions, fine dining, great shopping and health care services. But North Houston has its fair share of things to see and do, essential services and entertainment. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- You’re never far from a shopping center when you live in North Houston. Choices include The Woodlands Mall, Outlet Malls in Spring, Spring Village Center, Montgomery Mall, University Center and over 150 independent retailers in Old Town Spring.
- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands hosts world-renowned performances in a beautiful natural setting.
- Recreational choices include Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre lake for fishing, boating and other water sports as well as picnic and hiking facilities, and The Sam Houston National Forest, a 161,508-acre expanse for hunting, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and horseback riding.
- If you like to play the ponies, you’ll want to visit the Sam Houston Race Park, a first-rate facility that also features a fine-dining restaurant and hosts live concerts throughout the year.
- Golfers will be thrilled to learn that North Houston is home to a number of public and private courses including The Woodlands Palmer and Oak courses, The Club at Carlton Woods, , Del Lago Golf Resort and Windrose Golf Club.
- Medical facilities include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann Spring, Spring Central Hospital, Saint Luke’s, and Conroe Regional Medical Center.