Hi friend! I am so excited to be writing this blog post. Let me preface this post by saying, you might hear me say that a lot. But side note: I am almost always excited, especially when I get to write, and when I get to write for you. I love nothing more than educating others around our north Houston suburbs, and this place called “Klein” holds a very dear place in my heart.
It was where I was born. I was born here in 1986, and while this blog post isn't my story, know I lived here until I was 4, and then I came back when I was 17. My heart has always been called by Klein. My dad spent many of his years growing up in Champion Forest, while my grand father operated his insurance office, right down the street. Even though our last name might not be Klein, I feel the love for Klein, still runs within the blood in our veins.
And it is where I currently call home. So I know I boast about all the many many suburbs of north Houston, it is true, Klein is the one I call home. Catch me without my “realtor hat” on, and I will tell you how amazing my girls' elementary school is. I will tell you how we have now purchased our second home within Klein, and how we held on to the first one to keep it as an investment property. I will tell you about the brand new “resort style swimming pool” just constructed, that opened mid-October of last year. I will tell you how I walk my girls to and from school each day. How my kids are now on their second season of Klein soccer, and I could go on and on, in run-on sentences, and all. Lol.
So I want to start this post with the history of Klein, and the basics you will find through a Google search or two. Then I will jump to the meat and potatoes. So the basic paragraphs are title History of Klein, Texas, Tell Me More, Education, and Parks and Recreation. The nitty gritty of the post will be titled “My Words to You”.
History of Klein, Texas
In the 1840s German immigrants established an agricultural community called Big Cypress on Cypress Creek in Harris County. Adam Klein and his wife, Friederika (Klenk), natives of Stuttgart, arrived in 1854, after Adam had spent a successful stint in the California goldfields. Twenty years later they-with the Bernshausen, Benfer, Brill, Kaiser, Lemm, Theiss, and Wunderlich families, and soon joined by the Klenk and Strack families-organized Trinity Lutheran Church, which became the center of religious, social, and educational life at Big Cypress. Through the efforts of Adam Klein a post office was established in 1884 in William Blackshear's general store on Spring-Cypress Road. The area it served was named Klein in honor of Adam. (Citation)
In 1938 the eighty-eight square miles of the community's rural school district was made the Klein Independent School District. The area within the boundary of the school district has been without a post office since 1906; it is served by the post offices of Houston, Spring, and Tomball. Nevertheless, the district was in 1977 officially designated by the state legislature as Klein, Texas. In the late twentieth century the schools in this populous part of the Houston metropolitan area were named for early settlers, whose numerous descendants still resided there. In 1988 the Klein, Texas, Historical Foundation was established to preserve the community's heritage. (Citation)
Tell Me More
Klein is an unincorporated community in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston within north Harris County, Texas, United States, roughly bordering Texas State Highway 99 to the north, Texas State Highway 249 to the west, Interstate 45 to the east, and the city of Houston to the south. It includes the entire area of Klein ISD. Residents of the zip codes 77066, 77069, 77086, 77379, 77388, 77389 and 77391 can use Klein as their postal city. (Citation)
It is named after Adam Klein, a German immigrant whose best-known great-great-grandson is singer Lyle Lovett. Other famous sons and daughters of the Klein community include actor Jim Parsons, actor Lee Pace, actor Matthew Bomer, actress Lynn Collins, actress Sherry Stringfield, singer/songwriter Derek Webb, songwriter Aaron Tate, singer/songwriter Chase Hamblin, actor Ben Rappaport, Major League Baseball players David Murphy and Josh Barfield, NFL players Randy Bullock, Ashton Youboty, Mike Green (running back), and Olympic gold medalists Laura Wilkinson and Chad Hedrick as well as Kevin M. Klein chef and restaurateur. (Citation)
Klein is served by David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, one of just a few privately owned airports in the U.S. to have a Federal Aviation Administration control tower, and home to Civil Air Patrol's Delta Composite Squadron. (Citation)
Looking to learn more about the history of Klein? Check out this New Yorker article from 2004.
The Klein community is primarily served by the Klein Independent School District, established by the Texas Legislature in 1977. The Klein ISD area joined the North Harris Montgomery Community College District (now Lone Star College) in 1998.
Parks and Recreation
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner operates a 55-acre facility with five lighted softball fields, four lighted baseball fields, one unlighted soccer field, one sand volleyball court, two playgrounds, a skate park, nature trails, picnic tables, barbecue grills, rest room facilities, a canoe launch, and limited access to fishing along Cypress Creek.
Meyer Park, a 40-acre park, which straddles Cypresswood Road has 38 multiple-sized soccer fields for different age groups. The park also has 4 baseball fields, a playground, a dog park, toilet facilities, and pavilions. And it is home to the Klein Soccer Club!
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, is one of the newest parks in the community, and has quickly become a favorite among locals and travelers alike. Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is an 80-acre property featuring Marshall Lake which spans approximately 40 acres a staff building, paved roads, three fishing piers, 1.7 miles of paved trails, several unpaved natural areas, a canoe launch, restrooms, a covered picnic area, a fire ring (for group and camping activities).
The canoe launch is available to non-motorized boats only during regular park hours. Trails are open to pedestrians and bicyclists, so please be cautious and courteous to all patrons. Leashed pets are welcome, and pet waste clean-up stations are located along the trail. Visitors may not disturb, alter, remove, litter, or damage any plants or natural aspect in the park.
There are many other parks scattered around the area, and most can be found on the Harris County Precinct 4 website or through a quick Google Map Search. Link.
My Words to You
So you are thinking about moving to Klein, Texas? Let me tell you why we choose Klein..
We choose Klein because it amazing schools, neighborhoods with character, and its rich history. Many of the people I call friends, happen to be living in my neighborhood and so many of them, have been calling Klein home, since before they had children. There are newer areas of Klein and older ones, but we are all one big happy family.
Earlier today, I was on the phone with a lady who was considering the move from Hawaii to Texas, and had the Klein area on her mind, as a good place to settle. She had done a bit of research, before our phone call, and I was probably the icing on the cake for helping her understand why so many families call Klein home.
Location Location Location
Klein is perfectly located between Houston, The Woodlands, Cypress, and Tomball. It is technically a part of Spring, so you can lump that city into that previous statement as well. What I love about where I live, is that I am only 20-30 minutes away from, what feels like, everything! Some of my favorite shopping centers / destinations include:
The Vintage: I really need to do a video for each of these locations, but The Vintage is a very hot destination. They have the best restaurants around, and a couple of the favorites include BRIX, Peli Peli, Laurenzo's El Tiempo Cantina, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and Shogun! In the Vintage you will find a grocery store, dessert spots, and a Star Cinema Grill! And if you just go up Louetta a little bit, there is a Black Walnut, and an amazing shopping center that houses Whole Foods, and a few of my favorite restaurants ever, including Bella Green, Torchy's Tacos, and Katsu!
Grand Parkway Marketplace: This shopping center complex is borderline brand new, and really one of our favorite destinations. It houses a Target, TJ Maxx, DSW Show Warehouse, Burlington, Ross, Michaels, PetSmart, Five Below, Party City, Ulta, Olive Garden, Willie's, Buffalo Wild Wings, MOD Pizza, Chipotle, Potbelly, a beyond yummy Mexican restaurant, and truly so much more. And it is still growing!
There truly is so much more shopping in Klein, but these two places are probably the most popular.
The Elementary Schools Have My Heart
The elementary schools truly are the bread and butter of Klein and Klein ISD. I know how important my children's foundation is, and the elementary schools here, have their priorities straight. Between 8 and 3, each day, my mind is at peace. I know my children are being loved and cared for, and I know the teachers and staff members are making a difference in their lives, and making a difference in their future.
I am a bit bias to Theiss Elementary School, but I bet most, if not all, elementary schools within Klein ISD have the same caring teachers. Three of my children, and soon to be a fourth, have all attended Theiss Elementary School. The prek and kindergarten teachers are the nicest people I have ever met in my whole entire life, and that, I know, has made a difference in their lives. We have gotten very lucky each year, and I think, it comes down to, Klein ISD, knows how to hire their teachers!
Theiss and Benignus are the two schools within Klein ISD that receives all designations.
I know I talked about the parks and recreation above, so if you glossed over it, you should give it another glance. There are so many nature parks and preserves in the area, and I am addicted to them. I feel so at home within Nature, and if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, the parks will welcome you!
Reasons We Call Klein Home
I am going to bullet point this section..
- Low tax rate
- Amazing school district
- Close to everything
- We don't notice the crime, minus the petty usual stuff
- People are very friendly
- The sports are fun and competitive
- Residents are proud of their local high school football team
- I like how the schools are challenging, but my kids still have a life
- I get to walk my kids to and from school
- Feels like home
- Fantastic parks
- Love the Klein Soccer Club
- Maturity of the neighborhoods
- All the trees
- The fact that there is also new construction scattered
- The ease to get to freeways, but how we don't feel too close to them
- That it doesn't feel congested during rush hour
- Density of quality homes
- The easy access to so many grocery stores, including Whole Foods.
- Love my neighbors
- You get more for your money here (more square footage for the price in the older neighborhoods)
Reasons Why Others Call Klein Home
I went ahead and polled my neighbors for this one.. (I will keep updating this section..)
Tina said she loves the schools and people.
Sherri said the schools are why she moved to Klein. And to Memorial Northwest, because the elementary school and middle school was here in the neighborhood with basically all neighborhood kiddos.
Susan said I like the fact that Doerre and Theisswood are both in the neighborhood. I think the brand new club and Aquatic Center are really a drawing now.
Alix said First of all, obviously Klein ISD. I have two boys one is labeled as twice exceptional and the other as GT.
Klein has been working with my twice exceptional on his speech since he was 4. They really seem to care. I know a lot of people with SPED kids who move to Klein because our dept for it is so good. They don’t let anyone fall into the cracks. My sons speech has improved GREATLY since doing the speech therapy at school. He is almost 8 now.
My GT son is 10 at Theiss and is in coding club and Destination Imagination. He is on an award winning team that consistently goes to state. He is able to learn how to think on his feet, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Klein ISD is constantly working and improving all of their STEAM programs and we love being a part of them.
The neighborhood is well established and pleasant to drive around. All of the houses look different and are not cookie cutter. We have a Whole Foods five min away!! Most people do not have the luxury of having a healthy grocery store so close to them. Vintage park with all of its offerings. And fairly close access to Highway 249, Grand Parkway 99, and I-45.
Before moving to Klein we lived deep inside Cy Fair ISD and the school path would take them to [a high school we didn't prefer]. The opportunity presented itself to move and with my wife having a Realtor for a father we conducted an analysis of where we wanted to live…maps, map pins, different colored legends, and statistics. Klein ISD seemed to be the best place overall so the search began. What ended up being our last round of houses to look at and trust me we had already looked at a few dozen, we found our current house in MNW had come on the market that day. Walking in it met ALL of the specifics we were searching for except it wasn't on a cul de sac. It had the magnificent yard for the kids to play in, NO pine trees, a stand alone study, master bedroom downstairs, and a kitchen big enough to keep my cooking skills honed. Not to mention as far as my wife was concerned we were 2 miles from her parents who helped out with child care and 1 mile from her sister. We already knew people in the area and it seemed to be the perfect fit.
We were not the first however to make an offer on the house so we came back with a second offer over asking price and eventually made the purchase.
My trip to work in Metropolis was an easy drive considering its location and time of day of my travels and my wife's work location became further but in the end it has proven to pan out since she was already working as an event planner for the company she now works for full time AND it's 4 stop signs from the house. As my career with the city was coming to an end my current job with KISD opened up and now I am 1.2 miles from work (6 stops with traffic).
Living now in this small tight knit community I am constantly reminded and enchanted with how the names we see on street signs and schools and some businesses are the founding family names for Klein. There are multiple opportunities to learn about the area and even visit with descendants of what made Klein what it is today.
In the 10 short years we have lived here we are now friends and acquaintances with many times more people we were before. Every extra curricular activity for our kids folded into each other and the circle of influence they now had to choose from was what we dreamed of in the beginning! Our daughter, Hannah, is now in college preparing to become a teacher and return to Klein to give back to where she “grew up” and we couldn't be more proud. Our son, Michael, became an Eagle Scout here, a leader in the Klein band and is currently choosing his path for the future. He says he will be living eventually in California and will buy us a house out there but I have “politely” declined as for me and my family we will choose to stay right here. God has blessed the Klein area and us with the friends and opportunities we enjoy and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Wow, I am just blown away by the love others' feel for our community.
Neighborhoods of Klein
There so many amazing neighborhoods of Klein. Client favorites include: Champion Forest, Gleannloch Farms, Memorial Northwest, Northampton, Spring Creek Forest/Oaks, and Windrose.
$150,000 – $200,000
I hope this blog post has opened your eyes to another possibility in location for your next home. It is truly is a lovely place to call home.
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