Local Sites We Love

If you're interested in happenings in The Woodlands or Houston, you should check out these sites. From events to news, restaurants to personal stories, these blogs and websites have local insights and flavor to sate all your local curiosities. H-Town Chow Down This website follows food-related happenings in the Houston area (most recent post … [Read more...]

Recycling: New Program, New Motivation

In February of this year, The Woodlands Township updated the recycling policy for residents. They now collect a large bin of recyclables every week, in addition to yard trimmings and scheduled bulky pick-up (to read the full policy, visit this website). This change got me thinking about my own recycling habits and how my state and country are … [Read more...]

The Woodlands Artwork Series #6: The Family

by Charles Pebworth 40 feet tall, 15 feet wide, 15 feet long Painted Metal, welded construction This fascinating sculpture sits at the entrance to The Woodlands on Woodlands Park Drive, greeting visitors and new members of community. This piece is the first outdoor sculpture purchased for The Woodlands, created by Houston artist and … [Read more...]

The Woodlands Artwork Series #4: On the Shoulders of Giants

Artist: Robert Cook Medium: Bronze Metal Casting Dimensions: 15 feet high, 5 feet wide, weighs 1300 lbs. Location: Research Forest Drive at the Grogan's Mill Road intersection Installed: 1989 “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton This statue is beloved for a reason. The poignancy of the … [Read more...]

The Woodlands Artwork Series #3: Tomorrow

Artist: Charles Parks 8 feet tall (with base), 28 inches wide, weighs 1200 lbs. Bronze Metal Casting This contemplative figure sits outside the Homefinder Center on Woodlands Parkway. The statue was created by American realist sculptor Charles Parks and installed in 1981. According to the artist, the man is “pondering the future of our … [Read more...]

The Woodlands Artwork Series #2: The Rise of the Midgard Serpent

Perhaps the most recognizable piece of sculptural art in The Woodlands, "The Rise of the Midgard Serpent" by Marc Rosenthal has become an artistic icon of our community and the mascot of Woodlands whimsy. In 2010 The Woodlands celebrated the 20th anniversary of this piece. The sculpture, originally located on the shore of Buffalo Bayou in Houston, … [Read more...]

What is a Master-Planned Community?

In the ever-growing expanse of suburban sprawl, sometimes it’s difficult to spot the differences between cookie-cutter communities. Subdivisions spring up quickly and randomly, followed by strip malls and new roads in endless construction projects that never seem to finish. In certain areas, developers attempt to make sense of the haphazard … [Read more...]

Have Anything to Sell?

Because by the end of the year, we may be all sold out... As of the end of August, the real estate market in The Woodlands is showing no signs yet of a slowdown in sales. Despite 20% fewer listings on the market than last year, sales are up for the year so far just over 16%. As inventory continues to decline, the market has become … [Read more...]

Quick Facts: The Woodlands Real Estate Market

August 2011 Quick Facts   In 2011, 1,244 homes have been sold to date compared to 1,110 during the same period in 2010. At the end of July 2011, 964 homes are on the market compared to 1,151 at the same time last year. Overall, at the current rate of sale, it will take 5.4 months to sell through the current supply of listings in The … [Read more...]

While the Rest of the Country Drudges Along, The Woodlands Bounces Back

In June I posted a video to my Facebook page that was created by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). The video was a May 2011 press release from HAR that gave some statistics about the Houston real estate market. Carlos Bujosa and David Mendel also pointed out in the clip that because the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credit was in place during the … [Read more...]