The Woodlands, Texas (Harris and Conroe Counties) is located along I-45, about 25 miles north of Houston in Montgomery county. Nestled in 27,000 acres of forest, The Woodlands is one of the original master planned communities in the nation and is located just minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport. From its inception in 1974, The Woodlands has held steadfast to its concept of blending nature with today’s modern conveniences and creating a lifestyle unequalled almost anywhere in America and offers homes in virtually every style and price range. It’s known for the exemplary schools, plentiful recreation and is a major employment center. In 1990 The Woodlands numbered 29,205 inhabitants
The Woodlands was conceived after the oil industry investor George P. Mitchell attended a symposium by the Rouse Company subsidiary American City Corporation on how to develop HUD financed Title VII towns like Columbia, Maryland. It was dedicated by George P. Mitchell in 1974, managed by The Woodlands Corporation as an extension of Mitchell Energy & Development. Mitchell, an oil businessman, planned to establish a conference center, hotels, office parks, retail malls, schools, large distribution centers, and golf courses. Houses would range from affordable to expensive and large. Bill Schadewald of the Houston Business Journal said that Mitchell wanted the development to “entice city slickers looking for far-flung suburban quality of life.” Schadewald said that local sources stated that the HUD New Town program, a federally funded program, had a “low survival rate” and questioned whether The Woodlands would succeed.
The Woodlands Corporation was acquired on July 31, 1997, by a partnership between Morgan Stanley and Crescent Real Estate Equities. In December 2003, The Rouse Company acquired Crescent’s interest, and Rouse was bought by General Growth Properties on November 12, 2004. In 2011 The Woodlands was sold to the Howard Hughes Development Corporation.
The land was previously occupied by the Grogan-Cochran Lumber Mill, hence Grogan’s Mill and Cochran’s Crossing neighborhoods, called “villages”. The original planning utilized many of the planning concepts and design consultants employed in other well-regarded new communities of that era such as Columbia, Maryland, Irvine Ranch, California and Reston, Virginia. The original development plan included environmental design principles espoused by Ian McHarg, a distinguished landscape architect, teacher and author of the seminal work Design With Nature.
There’s always a warm welcome waiting for you at The Woodlands Town Center. Home to over 400 shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues, The Woodlands is a thriving business district and a regional destination. Sports, entertainment, dining, parks and pathways are all nearby. There is always something exciting to discover in the Woodlands, whether at its magnificent outdoor amphitheater – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion either of its two Country Clubs – The Woodlands Country Club, The Club at Carlton Woods, six award-winning golf courses, nearly 100 parks or The Woodlands Waterway®.
The Woodlands community is committed to maintaining its high quality of life through community service organizations that organize resident programs such as The Woodlands Watch and provide resident forums for community involvement. Other community groups organize the Fourth of July parade, the First Night™ New Year’s Eve celebration, National Night Out, art shows, flea markets, Earth Day, and dozens of other neighbor-to-neighbor events.
Houses in The Woodlands are among the most costly in the state of Texas, but are still below the national average, according to a new report. The Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report ranked nearly 2,000 markets across the country based on the average listing price of four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes. The report examined the pricing of more than 51,000 similar homes to come up with an average of $295,317.
Houses in The Woodlands were found to be the most expensive in the Houston area, with an average price tag of $279,764. That placed it No. 6 in the state behind Boerne ($378,154), Austin ($369,510), La Vernia ($299,089), Grapevine ($287,270) and Keller ($285,912).
Parks & Pathways
The Woodlands is verdant with more than 80 parks all linked to over 100 miles of trails and pathways accessible from each community. Parks range in size from small one-acre tot lots, to 14-acre village parks, and over 40 acres of recreational plazas. Parks are located everywhere in the community and feature a mix of amenities that can include swimming pools*, baby pools, basketball courts, playgrounds, play structures, sports fields, picnic areas, pavilions, skateboard parks, and tennis courts.
Hike and bike pathways are for non-motorized use and are located throughout the villages of The Woodlands so residents can enjoy a variety of activities, such as walking, jogging, bicycling and roller-blading. Pathways are also conveniently linked throughout neighborhoods to parks and area shopping centers.
As of 2010, the total population of The Woodlands is 93,847, which is 68.64% more than it was in 2000. The population growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 20.59% and is much higher than the national average rate of 9.71%. The The Woodlands population density is 2,140.06 people per square mile, which is much higher than the state average density of 93.62 people per square mile and is much higher than the national average density of 81.32 people per square mile. The most prevalent race in The Woodlands is white, which represent 88.39% of the total population. The average The Woodlands education level is higher than the state average and is higher than the national average.
Exemplary! Blue Ribbon! Outstanding! These are among the designations earned by and bestowed on public schools of all grade levels (K-12) located in The Woodlands. All are part of the highly regarded Conroe Independent School District (CISD). Elementary schools feature low student-teacher ratios, hands-on science programs, impressive test score results, and strong parent, community and partnership programs. Nine schools in The Woodlands provide education for grades K through 4, plus one flex school for grades K-6. Another flex school opens in the fall of 2005. Three intermediate schools serve students in grades 5 and 6.
Knox and Branch Crossing Junior High Schools include 7th and 8th grades. The Woodlands High School McCullough Campus for grades 9 and 10, and The Woodlands High School for grades 11 and 12, have strong athletic, fine arts and extracurricular programs as well as exemplary core academic courses. The Woodlands High School is a national Blue Ribbon School awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Both high school campuses offer a wide choice of electives, clubs, organizations and athletics.
The high school’s academic and athletic teams are consistent winners at regional, state and national levels. Advanced placement students are often able to earn college credit hours at the same time they complete their high school diploma requirements.
There are 31 K-12 schools in The Woodlands, TX, including 18 public schools and 13 private schools. The Woodlands public schools belong to one districts, Conroe ISD District. There are 29 The Woodlands elementary schools, 8 The Woodlands middle schools, 6 The Woodlands high schools and 48 The Woodlands preschool schools.
Conroe Independent School District
Center for Teaching & Learning
Christ Community School
John Cooper School
The Woodlands Christian Academy
The Woodlands Preparatory School
Sam Houston State University – The Woodlands Center
|Alden Bridge||Creekside Park||Panther Creek|
|Carlton Woods||East Shore||Sterling Ridge|
|Cochran’s Crossing||Grogan’s Mill||Town Center/The Waterway|
|College Park||Indian Springs|