Wednesday, September 9, 2015 / by Marion Franke
Developers Offer Many Master-Planned Community Options
With the proven popularity of The Woodlands, many other developers are offering their own versions of this type of community. The degree of planning varies just as much as each neighborhood has a different list of amenities. Clearly, home buyers seeking a place where the developer has carefully planned parks, pools, retail centers and business parks into the master-plan now have many options in Montgomery County.
Area Master-Planned Communities
The list below is organized from the largest to the smallest based on the developer’s acreage claims. All label their development as “master-planned”.
Woodforest (3,000 acres) http://www.woodforesttx.com/
Developers claim this is the fastest-growing master-planned community in Montgomery County. It is located directly north of The Woodlands off of FM 1488. There is a long list of popular amenities including a several parks, pools, splash parks, walking trails, a golf club and 700 acres of green space for outdoor recreation.
Grand Central Park (2,046 acres) http://www.grandcentralparktx.com/master-plan?gclid=CKSh0P6v6scCFQ86gQodlSIABA
The sheer convenience of this community, bordered on two sides by I-45 and Loop 336 makes it an exciting addition to our county. More than 500 homes will love having unmatched access to major thoroughfares while also being less than a 5 minute walk to a massive natural park and open space. The plan includes 336 Marketplace, a regional shopping, dining and entertainment development expected to open in late 2016.
Proposed Whitestone (1,564 acres) http://www.landadvisors.com/whitestone/print/whitestone.pdf
This new proposed community will be located in southeast Montgomery County 2 ½ miles north of the Grand Parkway near Hwy 59 north. The entire tract is part of the Houston Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and will be constructed according to requirements from the City of Houston. Plans have been completed and submitted to both Houston and Montgomery County authorities.
Harper’s Preserve (880 acres) http://www.harperspreserve.com/
This community is located one mile east of I-45 off TX 242. Prices range from the #350’s to $600’s. Amenities include a 160 acre nature preserve with a lake, neighborhood pool, walking trails, playgrounds, bowling ball greens and horseshoe pits. When finished, the community will have 1,713 lots for building single family homes. Conroe ISD
Buffalo Springs (800 acres) http://www.montgomerytexas.com/buffalo-springs/
Offering the conveniences of city living with the historic city of Montgomery. They aim to provide a place where the pace slows down even though all the benefits of restaurants, shops and medical facilities are nearby. Residents love the fact everything they need on a regular basis is close by – even walking distance – rather than battling the stress of getting on one of the local freeways.
Bluejack National (755 acres) http://www.bluejacknational.com/
This community, located near Montgomery, includes the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the country. Located on the former Blaketree National Golf Club, the community will include 400 residential homes. The development boasts about “The Fort” – which includes an old-time burger joint, movie theater, bowling alley, tennis courts, pickle ball and even a bunk for sleepovers.