The Woodlands, Texas

Article by Holly Murdoch
Photography by George Hosek

The Woodlands is the number one master-planned community in Texas. Nestled in the forest north of Houston and just minutes from Bush International Airport, The Woodlands offers homes in virtually every style and price range, exemplary schools, plentiful recreation and a major employment center. Within its 27,000 acres youíll find a village approach to living.


The Woodlands is composed of seven residential villages with an eighth now being developed.

They are the villages of Groganís Mill (the original), Panther Creek, Indian Springs, Alden Bridge, Cochranís Crossing, College Park, Sterling Ridge and Carlton Woods.

Development work has begun on the new Village of Creekside Park, set to open in 2006 and highlighted by a 2,000-acre nature park.


Each village is like its own small town, where one can have easy access to parks, playgrounds, schools, places of worship and shopping.

The villages feature a variety of home choices including apartments, townhomes, condos, small family houses and custom estates.

Choose from homes offered by more than a dozen homebuilders and many custom homebuilders, at prices from the $100ís to more than $3 million.

Many residents attest to the comfort and coziness of their neighborhoods, a small town kind of feeling.

Yet, in The Woodlands, you enjoy the advantages of a larger community within a major metropolitan area.

They are part of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, and are located in the Village of College Park, the center for higher education in The Woodlands.

 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands entertains a broad audience. The summer home of the Houston Symphony, this picturesque amphitheater offers performances ranging from rock to Bach.

The Pavilion accommodates up to 16,000 with covered reserved seating for 3,000 beneath its soaring white peaks, room for 1,900 guests in the uncovered reserved area and nearly 12,000 on the hillside lawn.

For concert and event schedule, call 281- 363-3300 or visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org


The Woodlands is the perfect place for shopping.

Enjoy browsing through major department stores including Foleyís, Dillardís, Sears, Mervynís and JCPenney plus specialty stores at The Woodlands Mall.

This regional shopping mall features a new indoor-outdoor lifestyle area adjacent to The Woodlands Waterway.

You can also shop in the seven village centers for groceries and other neighborhood conveniences.

There is also a 34-acre downtown known as Market Street located in the Town Center which encompasses shopping, dining, entertainment and community events all in a pedestrian-friendly area.


For a fine dining experience, try Perryís Grille & Steakhouse, Ristorante Tuscany at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott or Landryís Seafood House overlooking Lake Robbins. Among the newer restaurants are The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changís China Bistro, Brio Tuscan Grille, Rockfish Seafood Grill and Kirbyís Steakhouse.

The Woodlands is home to restaurants with such national names as Benihana, Romanoís Macaroni Grill, T.G.I. Fridayís and Chiliís. Local and regional favorites include Guadalajara Mexican Grille & Bar, Black-eyed Pea, Jasonís Deli, Becks Prime, Black Walnut Caf» and Paris Caf» & Bakery. And thatís just a few of them.

Of course, youíll find fast food eateries, including several in the Food Court at The Woodlands Mall.

The Woodlands Country Club

Founded in 1974, The Woodlands Country Club offers top-rated golf on its five courses totaling 99 holes, plus exceptional practice facilities.

Golfers seeking a challenge will delight in the diversity and natural forested beauty of golf on The Woodlands Country Club golf courses; The Palmer, TheÜEast and The Player Courses.

The 27-hole Palmer Course is located in the Village of Cochran's Crossing at the Palmer Clubhouse and features rolling fairways with subtle undulations scattered throughout the course.

As former home of the Houston Open on the PGA Tour, the Club's 18-Hole East Course is considered one of the most fair tests of a golfer's ability in the Southwest and is located in the Village of Grogan's Mill.

The 18-hole Gary Player Signature Championship course, designed by the legend himself, is located in the Village of Sterling Ridge.

There are also two daily fee courses located at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. These include Panther Trail, 18 holes and The Oaks, 18 holes.

 Visit www.thewoodlandscc.com or call 281-863-1433



All 17 public schools in The Woodlands are in the Conroe Independent School District and consistently receive high state rankings from the Texas Education Agency. You may obtain more information on these schools by calling: 936.441.9297, or logging on to The CISD website.

For those that want an alternate to public education, there are four private schools. For younger children, parents can choose from more than 20 preschool and daycare centers in The Woodlands.

For higher education, residents have easy access to Montgomery College and The University Center.

The Club at Carlton Woods

The Club at Carlton Woods is located in the premier gated community of Carlton Woods. Enjoy The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, voted the best private course in Texas by Golf Digest Magazine. The new Tom Fazio Signature course, scheduled to open in 2005, will add to the clubís golfing pleasure.

Other facilities include tennis, fitness, swimming and the Carlton Woods Golf House, a state-of-the-art teaching facility. For information about homes and homesites in Carlton Woods, visit

Facts about the Woodlands

Population (year 2000): 55,649
Males: 26,796 (48.2%), Females: 28,853 (51.8%)

County: Montgomery
Zip code: 77381

Median resident age: 36.9 years
Median household income: $85,253 (year 2000)
Median house value: $168,300 (year 2000)

At The Woodlands Town Center, you can experience all the excitement of a thriving urban environment, plus the relaxation and beauty of nature.

Captivating shops, unique markets, gourmet adventures, whimsical sculptures, a natural wonderland of cultural delights surrounded by a beautiful forest.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a shop-till-you-drop excursion, The woodlands Town Center is the perfect destination.

Town Center is a shopper's dream come true. You can explore world renowned department stores, specialty shops, charming boutiques, and discount stores. Whatever you're looking for - from a new wardrobe to new home accessories - you'll find at Town Square.

For a Main Street style shopping experience, stroll the quaint sidewalks of Market Street. Or, spend some time discovering the many wonders of the Woodlands Mall. Or do what most people do - and sample them both

There are many excellent hotels, from the grand to the practical to the romantic. Popular lodging choices include The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Or, choose one of the outstanding limited service hotels like the Drury Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Residence Inn or Fairfeild Inn & Suites. Wherever you stay you be certain to get a good night sleep.


The Woodlands Town-Center


Aaron Brothes, 281-298-8593
Anthropologie, 281-419-3453
Ann Taylor Loft, 281-298-6394
Barns & Noble, 281-465-8744
Bath Junkie, 281-298-8593
Bazart, 281-681-9094
Beauty First, 281-465-4600
Bed Bath & Beyond, 281-292-9902
Best Buy, 281-292-1355
Bombay, 281-298-0988
Borders Books & Music, 832-585-0051
Circuit City, 281-364-9650
Cost Plus World Market, 281-419-8300
Dillard's, 281-363-9300
Donoho's Jewellers, 281-367-9050
Elizabeth's Boutique, 281-292-9399
Foley's/Macy's, 281-362-6250
Foley's Furniture Galleries, 281-362-6233
Golf Galaxy, 832-585-0505
Game Stop, 281-363-0016
Hemline, 281-292-0065
Interior's with Panache, 281-367-8600
Jacob's Ladder, 281-362-0505
Janie & Jack, 281-298-6747
JCPenny, 281-419-1419
J. Crew, 281-419-7492
Just Add Water, 281-296-4635
KaBloom, 832-585-0220
Kirkland's, 281-292-1770
La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery, 281-321-2480
Learning Express, 281-364-8697
Lilly Pulitzer, 281-465-9764
Lines-N-Things, 281-362-8188
Lowe's Home Improvement, 936-271-1166
Luke's Locker, 281-419-0326
Maggie's 281-419-4464
Magic Moon, 281-419-2974
Mattress Expo, 832-585-0800
Mattress Firm, 281-367-1181
Mega Marshall's, 281-364-0780
Mikasa, 281-419-5538
MJ Shoes, 281-419-3355
Nations Rent, 936-273-0530
Office Max, 281-367-4502
Orvis, 281-203-6150
Payless Shoe Source, 936-273-0288
Pier 1 Kids, 281-292-3836
Pink Couture, 281-419-7465
Pink Cowboys, 281-419-0600

Pottery Barn, 281-419-0517
Pottery Barn Kids, 281-419-5386
Ross Dress for Less, 281-298-6336
Sears, 281-362-3055
Sharper Image, 281-292-1221
Shoeballou, 281-465-8811
Smith & Hawken, 281-292-5812
Storehouse, 281-419-1300
Sunglass Hut, 281-465-8292
Sur La Table, 281-298-7320
Swoozies, 281-292-7666
Talbots, 281-367-7408
Target, 281-364-1281
Woodlands Oriental Rug, 281-364-9799
Tickled Pink, 281-367-7465
Tommy Bahama's Emporium, 281-292-8669
Toys-R-Us, 281-367-0061
Ulta, 281-419-7297
Urban Outfitters, 281-419-6001
Wal-Mart Super Store, 936-321-9922
White House/Black Market, 281- 419-5320
Williams Sonoma, 281-298-6915
The Woodlands Pro Shop, 281-364-6320
Z Galleria, 281-465-0211


Benihana Grill, 281-367-9797
Berryhill Tamales, 281-292-0061
Black Eyed Pea, 281-367-7143
Border's Cafe, 832-585-0051
Brio Tuscan Grille, 281-465-8993
Cafe Express, 281-298-2556
Cafe on the Run, 281-292-2080
The Cheesecake Factory, 281-419-3400
Chick-Fil-A, 281-364-0475
Chili's Bar & Grill, 281-362-9191
Chipolte, 281-296-2772
Cold Stone Creamery, 281-419-7500
Cru-A Wine Bar, 281-465-9463
Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet, 281-363-0200
Double Dave's Pizzaworks, 281-681-3283
Extreme Pizza, 281-465-9899
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 281-362-0103
Grotto Cocina Neopolitana, 281-419-4252
Guadalajara Mexican Grille, 281-362-0774
Jamba Juice, 281-681-1167
Jason's Deli, 281-419-0100
Jasper's, 281-298-6600

Johnny Rocket's, 281-419-9002
Kirby's, 281-362-1121
La Madeleine, 281-419-5826
Landry's Seafood House, 281-362-9696
La Parrilla Grill & Cantina, 281-465-4211
P.F. Chang's China Bistro, 281-203-6350
Panera Bread, 281-363-1056
Palotta's Black Walnut Cafe, 281-362-1678
Potbelly Sandwich Works, 281-292-6652
Quizno's Subs, 281-419-5968
Ristorante Tuscany, 281-681-5780
Rockfish Seafood Grille, 281-419-3474
Romano's Macaroni Grill, 281-367-3773
Smoothie King, 281-419-1338
Spartilo, 281-364-6200
Starbucks, 936-321-0306
Starbuck ( Town Center ), 281-367-1457
Sweet Tomatoes, 281-292-0556
TGI Friday's, 281-296-8252
Tin Star, 281-465-9800
Tommy Bahama's Cafe, 281-292-8669
Uni Sushi, 281-298-7177
Willie's Grill & Icehouse, 936-321-


Cinemark, 281-419-8532
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 281-363-3300
The Oaks Golf Course, 281-364-6329
Panther Trail Golf Course, 281-364-6329
Playtime for Kids, 281-630-9177
The Segway Experiance, 713-933-7347
The Woodlands Children's Museum, 281-465-0955
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center,
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center, 281-367-9797
Tinseltown 17 at The Woodlands, 281-364-0600


Fairfield Inn & Suites, 936-271-0110
Courtyard by Marriott, 281-292-3262
Drury Inn The Woodlands, 281-362-7222
Hilton Garden Inn, 281-364-9300
The Marriott Residence Inn, 281-292-3252





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