Everything You Need To Know About The Woodlands

The Woodlands is a master-planned suburb community 28 miles north of Houston in Montgomery County.

Its mix of magnificent real estate, corporate campuses, good schools, parks, and shopping make it a wonderful place to live and work.

It is the main hub for many businesses including ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips, Hewitt Associates, and many other corporations.

The Woodlands continues to grow the number of job opportunities available in this area, which makes it an exciting place to live.

The population is also expected to increase rapidly within the upcoming years.

The Woodlands Real Estate

The Woodlands is the #1 best selling Master Planned Community in Texas, and #2 in the nation.

Beautiful homes from the world’s most prestigious builders are located in The Woodlands, providing you with amazing homes to add to your portfolio or an amazing living experience.

The suburban setting sees a wide range of home styles and prices.

The Woodlands properties are the most expensive in the Houston area, and among the top in Texas, as well as some of the most desired.

Prices start around the $200,000 range, and go up into the millions.

The Woodlands Neighborhood Information

Nine different communities make up The Woodlands, each one with it’s own shopping centers, housing associations, parks, and personalities.

These communities are known as “villages” and each village has their own elected officers who reside in that community.

Village associations meet once a month to sponsor community social and civic events and create scholarship programs for students in the area.

All of the residents of the specific village are welcome to attend their village association meetings.

The environment and natural surroundings are important to The Woodlands’ residents, which is apparent from the abundance of green space and parks.

There are 110 different parks, many include indoor or outdoor swimming pools as well as 140 miles of hiking and biking trails.

There are activities for everyone in this community with many parks designated as dog parks, skate parks, or hosting activity centers where you can play tennis, soccer, and basketball.

The main shopping attractions in The Woodlands are Market Street, Grogan’s Mill Village Center, and The Woodlands Mall.

At Market Street, you’ll experience an open air shopping center with over 70 stores, tons of restaurants, and modern conveniences such as valet parking, a live performance venue for live music, and concierge services.

Adjacent to Market Street is The Woodlands Mall, a two story enclosed shopping mall with over 160 retail stores and major anchor stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Dillard’s.

A few minutes drive away is Grogan’s Mill Village Shopping Center, which is filled with office space, retail stores, businesses, and restaurants.

There is a ton of shopping options in this community. You’ll be able to find just about anything you need.

There are also plenty of events and entertainment venues to visit in The Woodlands.

The most notable place is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater that brings performing arts to the area.

The covered reserved seating holds nearly 6,500 people and offers box seating, while the whole venue seats about 16,500 people altogether.

Elton John, Britney Spears, and The Houston Symphony are just a few of the performances you can expect at the Mitchell Pavilion.

The Woodlands Neighborhood History

George Mitchell, an oil businessman and owner of the Mitchell Energy and Development, purchased The Woodlands’ land from the Grogan Cochran Lumber Company after attending a symposium that taught how to develop HUD financed homes.

Years later, he received a loan of $50,000,000 to develop The Woodlands, the only project funded by the Housing Act to keep good on its loans.

In 1974, the Woodlands held its grand opening, selling homes for a starting price of $49,999 and giving professionals from the city an opportunity to enjoy suburban life.

By the year 2000, many of the major draws of the city such as The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Mall, and The Lone Star College Montgomery were established, assisting the city to reach a population of 50,000 people.

In 1997, George Mitchell sold The Woodlands to Morgan Stanley and Crescent Realty for $540,000,000. It was later purchased by The Rouse Company, General Growth Properties, and finally the Howard Hughes Development Corporation.

Today, The Woodlands is seen as one of the nation’s top master planned communities.

Most of the town was planned and designed by consultants that worked on other well-regarded master planned communities in the United States.

Ian McHarg planned the environmental design principles that included 7,000 acres of green space, forest preserves, and greenbelts.

The Woodlands continues to highly regard natural settings and practice preservations of its parks, golf courses, and greenbelts.

There have been a few natural disasters that have affected Houston and more specifically The Woodlands.

About 20 years after The Woodlands was founded, Hurricane Alicia wrecked havoc in the town.

In 2008, The Woodlands suffered damage because of Hurricane Ike. It damaged the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, flooded some areas, took down power lines and knocked down trees. In 2011, there was a significant drought that killed thousands of trees throughout Houston, also affecting The Woodlands until 2012.

Originally, the plan was for The Woodlands to be annexed by Houston. Residents in the middle 2000s fought against annexation, fearing that there would be regret over the changes which would occur like what happened to the Kingwood development.

In order to fight annexation, an independent city government was created. This turned The Woodlands Township into a special-purpose district that is run by member of the board directors who serve two year terms.

The Woodlands Neighborhood Profile

The Woodlands occupies Montgomery County, Texas and a small portion of Harris County. It’s made of 43.3 square miles of land, much of which is heavily forested to provide shade and decoration. It’s a mostly flat area with some variance in elevation between Spring Creek and Flintridge.

The climate is humid subtropic, with hot and humid summers and cool winters. As of 2014, there are an estimated 125,000 people who live in The Woodlands.

The Woodlands isn’t a city nor a traditional township government, but because of its structure and size, there are limited government services available.

Trash pickup, security patrols, fire and rescue services, and streetscaping are just a few of the municipal government services which exist.

There are also transit services including The Woodland Express which commutes from The Woodlands to Houston, Waterway Cruisers, and a free Waterway Trolley.

There’s also two USPS operating locations in The Woodlands, as well as law enforcement provided by Montgomery County.

Community In The Woodlands

The Woodlands Waterway

The Woodlands Waterway is a special area that combines natural scenery with spectacularly designed commercial space, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

There’s a plaza and waterfall area where you can watch choreographed water fountains and light shows while listening to music, or you can visit one of the outdoor green spaces to relax and enjoy life.

There are also regular cruises over the waterway and kayaks available to rent to experience the water.

Market Street Concert Series

Every few weeks in the summer, there is a new musical talent showcased in The Woodlands on Market Street.

The Market Street Concert Series is open to the public for free, and usually runs about three hours in total.

You can experience the show from a lawn chair or blanket sat in Market Street’s Central Park, or if you arrive early enough then you can sit at one of the Market Street Restaurants and dine out while you listen to live music.

They have a little bit of music for everyone, whether you like pop, rock, or smooth jazz.

The Grogan’s Mill Farmers Market

Every Saturday, year round, there is fresh produce at The Woodlands Farmer’s Market At Grogan’s Mill.

It is open 8am until noon, and offers some of the best local produce and sustainably grown products.

They also offer umbrellas while you shop, so that you are always comfortable and out of the heat.

You can also find a wide range of health products, handmade crafts, snacks, and prepared foods at the farmer’s market. It’s a good event for the whole family.

The Woodlands Schools

The Woodlands is part of two school districts, Tomball Independent School District and Conroe Independent School District.

Both school districts educate around 60,000 students with over 70 schools to choose from.

Superior education brings lots of students to this community, where the average test scores are much higher than they are compared to Texas and national standards.

Here is a list of all of the schools in this area or close-by:

Elementary Schools

Collins Intermediate School (K-8)

Buckalew Elementary School

Mitchell Intermediate School (K-8)

Timber Creek Elementary School

Private Elementary Schools

St. Anthony of Padua School (Catholic, K-8)

The John Cooper School (PK-12)

The Woodlands Montessori

Greystone House Montessori

Middle Schools

Mccullough Junior High School

High Schools

The Woodlands High School

College Park High School