Houston Northeast Corridor Newcomers Guide
Everything is bigger in Texas! Houston, America’s fourth-largest city has one of the country’s fastest growing populations, strongest economies, lowest unemployment rates and most robust new housing markets. The Greater Houston Metropolitan Area city covers a total area of 10,062 square miles, just a little smaller than the whole state of Massachusetts.1 It encompasses nine counties, with a total population in the 2010 census of 5.4 million, including Harris County, the third-largest in the U.S. with 41 incorporated cities.2 That’s a lot of ground to cover if you’re looking for new homes in Houston. To make it more manageable, this series of guides divides Houston into seven areas, including the Northeast Corridor.
Sometimes called the Lake Houston Area, the Northeast Corridor is home to the cities of Humble, Kingwood, Houston and Atascocita. It is located about 10 miles north of downtown Houston, and 60 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Houston’s Northeast Corridor is bounded on the south by Interstate 10 East and on the west by Highway 59. Kingwood, Crosby, Huffman and Highlands sit on the eastern border and the town of Splendora is to the north.
Like all of Texas, the Northeast Corridor is rich in history. It was part of the original settlement named in honor of General Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas. Just before the American Civil War, P. S. Humble settled along the banks of the San Jacinto. Soon a small town named in honor of him formed. It was near here than C.E. Barrett drilled for oil. He named his oil field after the town, which also lent its name to the giant Humble Oil Company, later Exxon and today, ExxonMobil. Other historic sites in the Northeast Corridor include Kingwood, a joint venture of the King Ranch and Friendswood Development Company along the shore of Lake Houston. Known as The Livable Forest, Kingwood has preserved the area’s beautiful woodlands.
Today, wherever you settle in the Northeast Corridor, you’ll find award-winning, family-friendly communities, excellent schools, recreational opportunities, year-round great weather, and access to shopping, world-class services, medical care, employment centers and natural beauty.
Relocating to the Houston Northeast Corridor
If you’re looking for homes for sale in the Houston Northeast Corridor, you’ll find an exciting variety to choose from. Development is robust, fueled by demand for the larger, wooded home sites the area offers and excellent accessibility. All the communities in the area are connected to major transportation routes, including US 59, US 90, FM 1960, the Sam Houston Toll Road, and the Hardy Toll Road. HOV lanes help move commuter traffic in and out of the area, but for those who prefer public transportation, the Northeast Corridor is well served by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. The METRO is widely recognized as one of the best and safest systems in the U.S. Buses, and park and ride facilities take commuters into downtown Houston and adjacent employment and retail centers. Northeast Corridor residents are also close to the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, just five miles outside of Humble. Built in the late 1960s, IAH is widely credited as a major catalyst for the development of several of local master-planned communities that transformed the area. These include Eagle Springs and Summerwood.
Houston Northeast Corridor Real Estate
The Houston real estate market has been booming and shows little sign of cooling off. According to the Houston Business Journal “In November (2014), the market recorded its 30th consecutive month of year-over-year increase in sales…Prices continue to outpace 2012 – with many months recording record levels – as demand continues to outpace supplies.”3
With its abundance of land and variety of housing options, the Northeast Corridor is enjoying the excellent growth.4 Right now, for example, Taylor Morrison is offering a number of new Houston Northeast Corridor homes.
In Humble, new homes are now selling at Eagle Springs 70s Premier Series, starting from $323,990, and Eagle Springs 80s Grande Series, starting from $407,990. To find out more about these homes, call 832-777-3070.
Two Summerwood collections are also selling in the Northeast Corridor. New homes in the Summerwood 60s Chateau Series start from $245,990, while the Summerwood 70s Premiere Series homes start from $340,990. Call 713-401-3637 for more information.
Taylor Morrison will offer three home site sizes – 60’s, 70’s and 80’s including lake front home sites – at Stillwater on Lake Houston. Prices have not yet been released. Call 281-780-4652 for more info.
The Groves will offer new homes and 70’ home sites. Prices have not yet been released. For more information call 281-780-4652.
Like all Taylor Morrison homes, those in the Northeast Corridor offer quality construction and an array of popular standard features that add value.
Northeast Corridor Schools
Most of the Northeast Corridor communities, including Eagle Springs, Summerwood, Stillwater and The Groves, are part of the Humble Independent School District. Humble ISD serves 36,000 students at 41 elementary, middle and high school campuses. Residents in the Humble ISD can choose from six high schools, eight middle schools and 27 elementary schools.
The district also offers an International Baccalaureate program, Early College High School Program and Career and Technology Education Center. Due to rapid growth, Humble ISD maintains an aggressive new school building program to ensure all students have access to an excellent learning environment. Recognizing that community participation is critical to quality education, Humble ISD encourages volunteerism. As a result, students in Humble ISD benefit from over 530,000 volunteer hours per year.
Northeast Corridor Living
In an area as large as the Northeast Corridor it’s not surprising that residents enjoy an amazing range of recreational, entertainment, employment and cultural options. Here are just a few of the highlights that make living in the Houston Northeast Corridor so attractive:
One of the most popular is Lake Houston and the Lake Houston Wilderness Park, about 15 miles northeast of downtown Houston. The lake itself is 11,854 acres with a maximum depth of 45 feet, located at the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. It is a popular fishing spot for largemouth and white bass, blue catfish, white crappie and bluegill. The Lake Houston Wilderness Park is nearly 5,000 acres of wooded parkland offering overnight camping, 12 miles of nature trails, 8 miles of equestrian trails and kayaking on tree-lined creek. Accommodations include the Forest Lodge, Lazy Creek Lodge, lakeside cabins and tent platforms plus various campsites. Also onsite is the Lake Houston Wilderness Park Nature Center, with displays of forest and wetland habitat.
A number of new retail centers have been built to accommodate the growing population in Houston’s Northeast Corridor. These include 1.2 million square foot Deerbrook Mall, home to over 140 stores and a multiplex theater in Humble.
Major employers in the area include Chase, CVS Corporation, Kingwood Medical Center, Shell Oil and Exxon Mobil, Halliburton and Fox Network Center, to name but a few.
Golfers will have ample courses to choose from including the Golf Club of Houston, formerly the Redstone Golf Club. The 7,422-yard, par 72 course was designed by Rees Jones and is home to the Shell Houston Open.
Locals also enjoy shows, exhibits, live performances and events at the Humble Civic Center and Humble Civic Arena.
Of course, residents are never far from the world-class array of shopping, dining and entertainment choices available in nearby Houston. These include the world-renowned Galleria, the Museum District, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the Houston Pavilions, Reliant Stadium and Discovery Green, Houston’s 12-acre downtown park. From ballet to grand opera, blue to rock, major league baseball and pro football to the Johnson Space Center; Houston has it all and it’s easily accessible when you live in the Northeast Corridor.