Tomball business growth ignites housing boomTomball business growth ignites housing boomhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=882015-08-21T12:41:00Z2015-08-21T11:15:00Z

TOMBALL - With mobility improvements and further business growth, new housing developments are continuing to sprout in the Tomball region.

From the expansion of Wildwood at NorthPointe and the developing Woodtrace community off Texas 249 to The Reserve at Spring Lakes off Zion Rd., Alexander Estates off FM 2978 and Pine Country off Tomball Cemetery Rd., new housing is keeping pace with population growth.

Opening of the 6.7-mile, $73 million Tomball Tollway and construction of the Grand Parkway, coupled with the business growth in the area, including nearby campuses of Exxon Mobil Corp., Baker Hughes, Southwestern Energy and Noble Energy, has meant a population boom for the region.

Wildwood at NorthPointe, located off Texas 249 and Northpointe Blvd., is answering that need by expanding the community.

Friendswood Development Co. has acquired a 200-acre parcel of land for the expansion of its top-selling community.

The 200 acres, which borders Boudreaux Rd. and is north of the Oakcrest at Wildwood neighborhood, will add about 475 lots, plus space for trails, pocket parks and a recreation center.

Buildout for the expanded Wildwood at NorthPointe is projected for spring 2019. Builders consist of Village Builders, Lennar, M/I Homes, Meritage Homes and Anglia Homes.

Wildwood at NorthPointe, a 700-acre community offering homes priced from about $190,000 to more than $600,000, reported 442 home sales last year.

The Reserves at Spring Lakes is a 232-acre community located on Zion Rd., less than a mile from Tomball High School.

The community is located five miles from The Woodlands and less than two miles from Lone Star College Tomball.

Woodtrace is located off Texas 249 and FM 149 and being developed by Friendswood Development Co. The community will have 850 homes upon completion.

The number of apartments in the Tomball area has doubled in the last two years, said Bruce McClenny, president of Apartment Data Services in Houston, which analyzes apartment trends throughout the region.

There are 5,127 units in the area now, compared with 2,500 a year ago, he said.

In the last year, there have been about 1,300 apartment units added in Tomball at four communities

At the new Alexan Creekside in northeast Tomball on Hufsmith Rd. and Kuykendahl Rd., there are 380 units among its 17 buildings, and at the new Avenues at Northpointe apartment community, located off Texas 249, there are 280 units.

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