Located 13 miles north of The Woodlands in Conroe and Willis, the award-winning master-planned community, The Woodlands Hills, looks forward to a bright 2022. Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Woodlands Hills features 2,000 acres of gently rolling terrain.
The Houston Chronicle/Conroe Courier reports on the growth of The Woodlands Hills in its article, “Woodlands Hills community primed for growth in 2022” by Catherine Dominguez.
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As reported in the Houston Chronicle/Conroe Courier by Catherine Dominguez:
“Woodlands Hills community primed for growth in 2022”
It’s been three years since the Howard Hughes Corp. celebrated its grand opening of The Woodlands Hills near Willis and officials say 2022 holds continued development with an eye toward more modern design.
“We are excited about the community and the path of growth and pace of sales we have had out there,” Melton said of the growing community off FM 830.
Howard Hughes Corp. broke ground on the development in 2017. The long-time developer took a page from visionary, George Mitchell, and planned the community to mirror The Woodlands on a smaller scale.
The Woodlands Hills spans 2,000 acres and will include 4,500 home sites, 112 acres of open space, a 17-acre village center complete with events center, hike and bike trails and eventually include more than 20 neighborhood parks at build out.
In July 2018, Howard Hughes Corp. officials celebrated the grand opening of the community with several model homes and an amenities center. Today, the development is continuing to expand.
Melton said by the end of the year, the community will be at around 330 homes sold to date. Like the existing home market, the low inventory of home has home builders focused on getting products on the ground.
“We anticipate delivering over 700 lots next year to fuel that demand,” he said adding the community aims to offer different square footage and price points to span all generations. “The square footage has come down a little and that is driven by lifestyle and supply constraints.”
The Woodlands Hills originally started with four home size offerings, Melton said, but has since added about three more and will added a couple more in the coming year.
One new option will be villas on smaller 28-to-30-foot lot. While villas are normally in a townhome configuration, Melton said the builder has decided to separate them.
“That really targets a couple different parts of the market,” Melton said. “One is the lock and leave lifestyle, low maintenance and smaller square footage home. Second, it gets us to the price point where people that want to live in a premier master planned community can buy one of these villas and then grow into the rest of programs in our community as they go through life’s stages.”
Additionally, 2022 will mark the launch of the community home development on new 60-foot lots.
As officials look to add options for younger, first time buyers, Melton said the architecture of the homes is taking a more modern look and including flex space that can double as a home office.
For the community, Melton said there will be a couple new parks in the coming year including hike and bike trails including more native foot paths through the wooded terrain.
“When it is all said and done, we will have about 100 miles of trails in The Woodlands Hills,” he said. “We think that is very important.”
While The Woodlands Hills is attracting many families looking for the master planned experience, Melton said the community is seeing the movement residents from The Woodlands to The Woodlands Hills.
“As The Woodlands continues to grow and we reach our residential build out, residents are going through their changes too like needing to downsize so we are capturing a lot of people moving out of The Woodlands,” Melton said. “They know what we are going to do is right on par or event better than some of the things we did in The Woodlands.”