While working on my latest project I made a really cool timeline of the history of The Woodlands, and I wanted to share it with you!
On October 19, 1974, The Woodlands celebrated its grand opening and the introduction of this new community to the Houston marketplace. Progress over the years has been achieved through collaborative efforts. To view the full timeline of events, on the George’s Coffee Club website, please follow the link below. The storytelling and history provided and a fantastic read.
George Mitchell purchased the Grogan’s Cochran Lumber Company land – including 2,800 acres that became the genesis of The Woodlands, marking the original transaction.
An additional 300+ transactions were completed in order to assemble the original 17,455 acres. “Developing in harmony with nature” concept was established which emphasized the preservation of existing vegetation and a natural drainage system.
First public school, Lamar Elementary, opened.
Formal announcement of the HUD agreement to provide $50 million in loan guarantees. On September 6, $50 million in 7.1% U.S. governmental New Community Debentures were issued.
October 19, formal opening of The Woodlands. Real Estate Division completed its move to 2201 Timberloch Place. 10-year contract signed with the Houston Golf Association to host the PGA Houston Open. The first village of The Woodlands opened, Village of Grogan’s Mill. In 1976, the second village opened, The Village of Panther Creek.
In 1983, the Village of Cochran’s Crossing opened and the Village of Alden Bridge. In 1984, the Village of Indian Springs opened. Village of Indian Springs is the smallest of the villages, and the only one to not have a public school. The John Cooper School is within this village.
The Woodlands Hospital opened. Lake Woodlands filled with water.
Severe economic downturn as energy prices collapsed and Houston market crashed. The Woodlands increased its share of the housing market.
The Woodlands’ population topped 30,000. In April, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion opened. #1 in new home sales and closings in Houston for first time. Total investment exceeded $2,000,000,000. The Arnold Palmer Golf Course opened.
1993 & 1995
In 1993, construction of The Woodlands Mall began. Formal announcement of Town Center. Community college campus announced. In 1995, the Village of College Park opened. This village is the location of Lone Star College and Sam Houston State University – The Woodlands Center.
The Woodlands High School opened. Population exceeded 45,000. Tinseltown Cinema opened in Town Center. 1,053 new homes sold – new calendar year record and 1st time to exceed the 1,000 mark. 7th consecutive year – #1 in new home sales in the region.
Population exceeded 50,000. On July 31, 1997 The Woodlands Corporation and all of its assets were purchased by a partnership formed by Morgan Stanley and Crescent Real Estate Equities for $543 million.
Opening of Windsor Hills, “active adult” neighborhood. The opening of the Village of Sterling Ridge, which includes the gated community of Carlton Woods, which was initially a village of its own. Resident diver Laura Wilkinson wins Gold Medal at Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. All time record of 1,679 new home sales set. Milestone of 100 miles of hike and bike trails reached.
Gosling Road Bridge opens, providing a connector to Harris County. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center opens. The Anadarko Tower is occupied. Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. occupies new building in Town Center. Population exceeds 70,000.
First urban residential projects open on the Waterway in Town Center. Market Street project is under way in Town Center. Rouse Company purchases Real Estate Equities’ 52.7 percent interest in The Woodlands.
Market Street opens. In 2007, The Village of Creekside Park opens. The newest village development to be undertaken by The Woodlands Development Company in Harris County. Planned to have 5,516 single-family production homes, 541 age 55 and over homes, 738 multi-family residences, and 298 custom homes and estate homes in the gated community of Carlton Woods Creekside.
In November elections propositions pass authorizing the expansion of former Town Center Improvement District to cover The Woodlands, reorganization of the district’s board to a seven-member resident-elected board and allowing the district to assess an ad valorem property tax. Town Center Improvement District changes its name to The Woodlands Township.
Township assumes full responsibility for Community Association services. U.S. Census shows population at 97,023.
The Howard Hughes Corp. buys Morgan Stanley’s interest in The Woodlands. ExxonMobil announces plans for a new north Houston campus along the future site of the Grand Parkway near the intersection of Interstate 45 and Hardy Toll Road.
Estimated population exceeds 105,000. St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital undergoes a $25 million expansion project.
Hughes Landing, a a 66-acre mixed-use development situated on the 200-acre Lake Woodlands opens. Hughes Landing houses Whole Foods, Starbucks, multi-family housing, Restaurant Row, Embassy Suites, The Hughes Landing Bandstand, walking paths, and so much more.
2016 – 2017
The Woodlands was named “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2017 and 2016 and “Master Planned Community of the Year” in 2015 by the Greater Houston Builders Association.
The Woodlands Development Company announces that Waterway Builders, LLC has broken ground on Waterway Landing at East Shore, a 5.4-acre gated enclave of 59 luxury townhomes. Waterway Builders offers three- and four-story townhomes, ranging in size from approximately 2,862 to 4,561 square feet. Homes are priced from the upper $700,000s to more than $1 million.
The Woodlands today, is a 28,000-acre master planned community that practices environmental preservation. It is home to over 116,000 people, and more than 66,000 people work in the community The Woodlands is one of the top-selling master planned communities in Texas and the nation.
I am so excited to be apart of The Woodlands, and all its charm. If you need anything at all, please reach out to me.