Popular Places to Move near Houston, Texas

Houston is an attractive relocation spot for many young professionals, families, retirees and individuals in between. With a healthy job market, no state income tax, attractive annual forecast and endless options for home-style barbeque, Houston is a unique metro mixing Texas charm with urban edge. Houston’s real estate market is one of very few in the nation to withstand the Great Recession of 2008, mostly due to the city’s involvement in the energy sector. In 2007, national home values fell 29 percent while Houston home values remained relatively stagnant.

Almost a decade later Houston property prices are still thriving. In the past year, home values in Houston have increased 8.5 percent, and Zillow predicts another 3.4 percent increase in the next year alone. The median home value is currently sitting at $141,300, making the city a relatively affordable spot compared to some of the other major urban dwellings throughout the United States.

If you’re considering a move to Houston to benefit from the strong real estate market but still crave a more suburban vibe, consider the following communities.

Augusta Creek Ridge

Located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston, and only 15 minutes off of I-45, the homes within Augusta Creek Ridge are designed with luxury in mind. Large cul-de-sacs and corner lots provide extra privacy for families or individuals seeking additional ground space. Homes in Augusta Creek come in 3, 4 or 5 bedroom plans, ranging from around 2,300 to 3,800 square feet. The community is conveniently located within the Klein Independent School District for families with school-aged children. The master planned community of Augusta Pines offers a semi-private, 18-hole golf club and a public clubhouse. Residents of Augusta Pines can also spend time relaxing by the community swimming pool, fishing pond and tennis courts. The community park offers a lap pool, splash pool, swimming pool and clubhouse.

Laurel Park

With waterfront views, Laurel Park homes are nothing short of spectacular. The community is located in Spring, TX, just 24 miles of downtown Houston. However, with a quiet surrounding, filled with biking trails, you won’t feel the stress of the city in Laurel Park.  Homes in Laurel Park are constructed on 60, 70 or 80 foot wide lots, and range from 2,263 to 5,509 square feet. Like Augusta Creek Ridge, some Laurel Park homes are also situated on cul-de-sacs for added privacy.

McKenzie Park

Featuring greenbelt trails, three well-stocked and illuminated lakes, a swimming pool with splash pad, Recreation Center, Tres Largos in McKenzie Park is a beautiful, new master-planned community in Spring, TX. Located 1 mile North of the Grand Parkway, 4 miles west of 1-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, and 3 miles south of The Woodlands. McKenzie Park is in the highly acclaimed Klein Independent School District. Families who choose to call this community home.

With waterfront lots available, the gated section of Tres Lagos in McKenzie Park will feature single and two-story homes ranging from 3,885 – 5,509 square feet, and offering sophisticated, smartly designed, open floor plans. These new homes will feature vast entertaining areas along with a variety of options and upgrades suitable for today’s most discerning families.

For all Houston communities, M/I Homes is proud to offer Whole Home energy savings, in-house financing and a 10-year transferable structural warranty. To start your journey to Texas and the greater Houston area, contact M/I Homes for more information.

** Jennifer Riner writes about rentals, home improvement and design for Zillow.

 

ExxonMobil Spurs Growth: New Tomball & Klein ISD Schools + Master-Planned Communities

Reblog from PinkArmadillo.com by Jennifer Grassman

Northwest Houston is seeing incredible community growth. Tomball has seen a population increase of nearly 23% in 15 years, and things seem to be just ramping up. The influx of new residents has necessitated the building of new schools, shopping centers, roads, and neighborhoods, including some luxury residences that are absolutely stunningly.

Much of Northwest Houston’s growth can be attributed to ExxonMobil’s new North Houston location in Spring. The oil industry giant is constructing a state-of-the-art “campus” designed to accommodate 10,000 employees. Located off I-45 and The Hardy Toll Road, ExxonMobil Houston will serve as headquarters for all of the company’s Upstream, Downstream, and Chemicals companies, bringing an untold number of oil industry jobs to the area.

New Tomball & Klein ISD Schools

Over the next five years, Tomball ISD expects a whopping 3,700 new students. That’s almost 30% of their current enrollment. To accommodate, three new schools – Wildwood Elementary, Oakcrest Intermediate, and Creekview Elementary – are opening this August. A fourth school, Creekside Park Junior High, is slated to open in 2016.

But Tomball isn’t the only Texas ISD feeling the crunch.

Highly acclaimed Klein ISD is projecting that by 2020, five of their schools will be over capacity. In preparation, French Elementary opens its doors next month.

The as-yet-unnamed Elementary School No. 31 is set to open in 2016, with High School No. 5 to open in 2017. Plans for a Pre-Kindergarten school are also underway. In all, Klein ISD is investing $283,641,612 into building new schools and expanding existing locations.

Beautiful New Communities

The influx of new residents is also necessitating the development of new neighborhoods, and we’re not just talking cookie-cutter housing here. Some of the burgeoning communities in Northwest Harris County are incredibly upscale, ranging in value from $300,000 to over $1,400,000 per home.

In fact, the average value of homes in Tomball has risen dramatically from about $180,000 in 2012 to $360,000 in 2015.

Information via http://www.Zillow.com

One classy example of a new North Houston neighborhood is McKenzie Park. A master-planned community in Spring, it’s a quick 3 mile drive from ExxonMobil, and zoned for Klein ISD.

M/I Homes is among the builders developing McKenzie Park.

Among the builders developing McKenzie Park, M/I Homes is constructing some beautiful two-story houses, which include numerous lakefront properties. The homes boast sophisticated architecture, first floor masters, media rooms, designer touches, and fantastic spaces for Texas-sized entertaining.

Access to the community’s resort style swimming pool and splash pad is another amenity well worth noting.

More within the financial reach of upper-middle-class families, and zoned for Klein ISD, is Laurel Park, M/I Homes’ newest North Houston community. Within 10 miles of ExxonMobil, residents will enjoy quick access to 249, FM 2920, and the Grand Parkway. Laurel Park home prices range from $299,990 – $636,990.

With all these elegant new communities in construction, the whole northwest Houston area is expected to see a rise in property value, an increase in upscale shopping, and of course more funding for local charities, churches, and community initiatives from the new residents who are packing to move in.

An elegant interior view of “The Kathryn,” an M/I Homes model available in Houston area communities, including Laurel Park.

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** Jennifer Grassman is a mother of two little girls, Jennifer Grassman is a writer, recording artist, and work-at-home mom. She publishes a Northwest Houston community magazine, The Pink Armadillo, and serves as Marketing Director for GeniSoft Water filtration systems.

M/I Homes Sells Benefit Home in Houston, Texas

Closing for Benefit HomeThirty four years ago the Greater Houston Builders Association Board of Directors created a charitable project to bring vendors, builders, developers and volunteers of the GHBA together for one cause: to find a way to give back to Houston. The overall goal of the program was to build quality homes to be sold at market value for a profit that would then be donated to charity. This program is still going strong today.

This year, M/I Homes of Houston was given the opportunity to build this “benefit home” in the Woodlands – Villages of Creekside Park community. M/I Homes donated the construction and management of the home, while The Woodlands community donated the homesite.

The Steffany II floor plan was selected for this event. This home featured 2,629 square feet of space with 3 bedrooms, a study and an open concept kitchen looking into the family room.

When looking for a new home Jennifer Simmons fell in love with this home, the community and the location.  She adored the open concept kitchen and the large variety of upgrades that were included in this home, as well as the spacious game room, media room and full bathroom upstairs.  The icing on the cake was when she learned that this home also benefited three local charities; the Texas Cancer Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and HomeAid Houston. Jennifer’s decision to purchase this home became an even simpler one.

Jennifer Simmons New Home

This benefit home closed on June 20th, 2014. The program that was created 34 years ago by the GHBA has raised over 9 million dollars for local charities throughout its existence. With the help of generous vendors, hard working volunteers and the Greater Houston Builders Association, M/I Homes was proud to be a part of such an amazing project.

To learn more about this program go to the GHBA website.

7 Ways to Help Your Family Adjust to a New City [Guest Blogger]

Uprooting yourself from a familiar place you call home can prove to be a tough task. It takes careful planning, the support of your friends and family, and a period of adjustment to your new locale — in this case, Houston. However, if you do intend on making the leap of faith, following a few simple guidelines can help make your family’s transition easier and more comfortable.

6 Ways to Help Your Family Adjust to a New City

Keep Family Communication Open

As with any other big decision, it’s vital that you keep the avenues of communication open between your family and yourself. Allow them to express all the concerns they have with the impending move. This allows them to air out everything that’s bothering them, giving you the opportunity to help with the transition. Children often take the news the hardest; they must leave behind friends and familiar surroundings. Make sure you take extra time to help them get settled and have them discuss their feelings once you get to your new home.

Move to the Perfect Area of Town

Because moving to a new area can seem overwhelming, especially a thriving one such as Houston, make sure you have everything planned ahead of time. Check out different homes in Houston, see what the community has to offer, and try visiting the area before the move. Finding a home in the perfect area of town to suit your family’s needs can often be the difference between happiness and loneliness. Remember to always ask your family what they think about the new area and house. Make sure your new home feels like home and not just a new house, this may take a little while, especially with children, but making it as comfortable and as beautiful as possible for everyone in the family is key to adjusting to a new city.

Get Involved

Even if you begin to work an insane amount of hours, use your free time to get your family involved in the local community. The sooner you get your spouse or children involved in activities, the faster they’ll acclimate to the move. Many bigger cities like Houston offer an array of free or cheap activities such as youth sports programs, museums, and fun runs to keep your family occupied and get their mind off the move.

Deal With Goodbyes

Perhaps the most difficult part of a move is saying your goodbyes. Everyone has something that they’ll miss. Understanding that everyone copes with this in a different way is important. Make sure you allow everyone to air out their grievances before the move and afterward. That way, you can pay special attention to your family members that are having trouble with the transition.

Schedule Family Days

Once again, the mental health of your family tends to be the most integral aspect of the move. Even if you’re working non-stop, take a day to schedule a family day. While this tends to be a bit more difficult with teenagers, they won’t regret it. Make sure that you don’t make the outing too long. If you have younger children, it’s a perfect way to get your mind off work and entertain the kids by going to the zoo or an Astros, a Texans, or a Rockets game.

Make Your New Home Feel Like Home

Making your new abode feel like home means making it as comfortable and as aesthetically pleasing to everyone in your family. It’s a good idea to have the whole family help out and have some input in the decorating and painting process of the new home. Check out these apps to help spur some creative design ideas. Letting them pick out the new paint colors, theme and decorations for their own rooms, will give them a sense of customization, ownership and pride in their new home, which will in turn expedite the adjustment process.

Help Your Spouse

Much like your children, your spouse has doubts and questions about the new move. To help with the transition, make sure your finances are in order. This allows your spouse to search for a rewarding job as opposed to taking the first one that comes their way. Also, lend ideas to how they spend their free time. Sitting idly at home is a horrible way to transition to a new city, so finding clubs, trivia nights, and open mics is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. No matter where you choose to move and at what time in your life, the transition is harder than you think. However, you can help smooth things over by making sure your family is in good spirits. This will enable you to keep your focus on your job and not stressing out over things at home. A healthy family life should be the focal point, and once everyone is adjusted, you’ll find yourself loving life in a new place and enjoying new adventures for years to come.

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JT Ripton is a freelance writer out of Tampa, who loves to write about a myriad of things, home improvements, moving and interior decorating being a few of them, you can follow JT on twitter @JTRipton

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