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 of Charlotte Hosts “Business After Hours”

It was a memorable afternoon of networking in a gorgeous home.  Actually, make that two gorgeous homes.

M/I Homes of Charlotte was proud to host Business After Hours, a casual event with fun, food and networking sponsored by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  About 50 Chamber members mingled and toured models of M/I’s new Hanley and Preston home plans in the Hawk’s Creek community in Fort Mill, South Carolina.


“The homes were beautiful,” says Alisha Rosenthal, communications manager for the chamber.  “And just like at any party, guests congregated in the kitchen and living room.”

The model homes provided a relaxed, intimate setting for making business contacts.  Hosting the Chamber event demonstrated how well the two-story Hanley and Preston plans work for entertaining and family living. Attendees enjoyed the chance to win door prizes including a $100 Target Gift Card.  Adding to the festivities were treats from Melanie Rowe Catering including fruit tarts, citrus meringue tarts, chocolate decadence bites, and butter rum melt-aways.


Several potential homebuyers dropped by and got to see the home plans in action.  “At this Business After Hours event, it almost felt like you were at a friend’s house,” says M/I Homes Sales Associate Paul Eagle. “Everyone had a really good time.”

Learn more about Hawk’s Creek here.

Home Plan Feature: The Ashbury

Are you ready to make the transition into a larger home that reflects the true personality of you and your family? M/I Homes Indianapolis has a number of floorplans available that will fit your needs, including the Ashbury. The two-story Ashbury home plan offers an assortment of choices to accommodate any and every standard of living. With 4 bedrooms coming standard, home buyers can choose to have between 2.5 and 3.5 baths, and 2-3 garage spaces. No matter your choice, the Ashbury offers plenty of space with an average size of 2,278-2,439 square feet! The Ashbury is equipped with a spacious kitchen, making it the perfect choice for a master chef or someone just getting acquainted with the culinary world.

In addition, the Ashbury is offered in eight of our neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis, including communities in  McCordsville, Brownsburg, Noblesville, Zionsville, Avon, Westfield, Columbus and Fortville.  These neighborhoods feature some of the top-rated school districts in central Indiana, including Franklin Township, Bartholomew Consolidated, Mt. Vernon Community, Avon Community and more.

The cost of the Ashbury varies based on the community, with prices typically ranging from $158,990 to $232,990, depending on location and the options you choose for your home. If you’re looking for the luxury the Ashbury offers without any wait, there is currently a move-in ready Ashbury inventory home available for purchase in the Ambria community in McCordsville.

If the Ashbury sounds like the ideal fit for you, schedule a tour today to start building the home of your dreams! For any other questions, feel free to call Wendi at 317.883.9517 or email salesindy@mihomes.com.

Community Profile: Hickory Stick

At M/I Homes Indianapolis, we really pride ourselves in being able to provide an ample number of floorplans and communities throughout central Indiana. We believe we have a neighborhood and a home to meet every person and family’s needs! Today we want to share a bit more about one of our larger neighborhoods, Hickory Stick.

Hickory Stick has been one M/I Homes of Indianapolis of our top-selling neighborhoods two years in a row (and it’s easy to see why)! With amenities such as a pool, pool house, walking trails, playground, ponds and gorgeous landscaping, the community is a charming and beautiful place to live. Hickory Stick is actually made up of three different neighborhoods: Raintree, Shadow Ridge and Hickory Ridge. Each neighborhood in the Hickory Stick community has something to offer- various floor plans and home sites to meet everyone’s needs. Homes in this neighborhood are located in the award-winning Center Grove School district and are part of the M/I Homes Horizon, Prestige and Showcase collections with square footage ranging from 1,424 to 3,627 square feet. Prices in this community range from the high $170K’s to nearly $340K.

M/I Homes of Indianapolis Model Exterior

Close to lots of shopping (have you seen all the updates to Greenwood Park Mall?), great school districts and ample green space,  Hickory Stick is a great community to live in and is located just about a half an hour from downtown Indianapolis.

M/I Homes Master Bedroom   M/I Homes Kitchen
Does it sound like the Hickory Stick community might have what you’re looking for? Stop by and see the two gorgeous model homes (the Cheswicke and Wellesley models) or contact us for more information.

Home Plan Feature: The Cheswicke

Looking for a single-level, spacious, yet charming home? Well, you’re in luck! M/I Homes Indianapolis has the perfect floorplan for you. The ranch style Cheswicke home plan offers an array of choices to accommodate any and every lifestyle. With the option of 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 full baths, 2-3 spacious garage spaces and an average size of 2,188-2,774 square feet, the Cheswicke offers enough space for homebuyers at every stage of life.

In addition, the Cheswicke is offered in nine of our neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis, including communities in Zionsville, Greenwood, Brownsburg, Columbus, Fortville, Noblesville and Franklin. These neighborhoods feature some of the top-rated school districts in central Indiana, including Franklin Township, Bartholomew Consolidated, Mt. Vernon Community and more.

The cost of the Cheswicke varies based on the community, with prices typically ranging from $169,990 to $344,990, depending on location and the options you choose for your home. There are currently two fully furnished, beautifully decorated Cheswicke model homes available for viewing in the Shadow Ridge at Hickory Stick community in Greenwood as well as The Sanctuary community in Zionsville.

If the Cheswicke sounds like the place for you, schedule a tour today to start building the home of your dreams! For any other questions, feel free to call Wendi at 317.883.9517 or email salesindy@mihomes.com.


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