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Everything You Need to Know About Kingwood, Houston, Texas
Kingwood is a 14,000-acre master-planned community located less than 25 miles northeast of downtown Houston, Texas. Nicknamed the “Livable Forest” for its generous number of trees, green spaces, and natural walking paths, the size and population of this flourishing community makes it the largest master-planned community in all of Harris County. Compared to the entire 10-county Houston metropolitan area, Kingwood is the second-largest master-planned community.
While technically a part of Houston, Kingwood is very much independent in the eyes of residents. Developed in the early 1970s, it was first recognized as an official “census-designated place” in 1990. At the time, there were less than 38,000 people living in the area. As of last count, there were more than 65,000 residents in Kingwood – which speaks to the considerable growth of the community over the last few years.
Kingwood was first developed in 1971 by the Friendswood Development Company and got its name from King Ranch. Known as the “Birthplace of American Ranching,” King Ranch is one of the country’s oldest active ranches. It was founded in 1853 after Captain Richard King traveled from Brownsville to attend the Lone Star Fair in Corpus Christi.
While the population of Kingwood is just 65,000, there are more than 200,000 people living within a 10-mile radius of the community. Kingwood takes pride in its harmony with nature and you’ll find more than 500 acres of private natural preserves, 75 miles of hiking and biking trails (known as the “greenbelt”), dozens of beautiful lakes, and plenty of wildlife.
But don’t let the nickname fool you – living in Kingwood isn’t just about camping. It’s a thriving, modern community with major shopping and fine dining. There are also two private clubs – Kingwood Country Club and Deerwood Club – which host excellent social gatherings and world-class golf courses.
Kingwood is a very affluent and highly educated community. More than four out of five residents have some college education, while 53 percent have college degrees. The median household income is $77,527, with a large percentage of people working in white-collar occupations. The top occupations are management (17 percent), sales (14 percent), office and administrative support (13 percent), and education (8 percent).
Roughly 90 percent of Kingwood is white, 7.8 percent is Hispanic, and the remaining portion identify as black, Asian, or other. Crime is at or below the national average and the area tends to be a quiet, safe community.
Kingwood Real Estate
Real estate is booming in Kingwood. According to NeighborhoodScout, the median real estate price is $241,780, which is more expensive than 78.5 percent of other neighborhoods in Texas. The average rental price for homes in the community is right around $1,600. That makes the Kingwood rental market higher than 90 percent of all neighborhoods in the state of Texas.
The vast majority of homes in Kingwood have three or four bedrooms and were built prior to 1989 – though there has been considerable construction over the last couple of decades (with 41 percent of homes built after 1990). The split between owner occupied and renter occupied homes is roughly 70-30.
For those interested in investing in rental properties, you should know that vacancy rates tend to hover right around zero percent, meaning positive cash flow is almost a guarantee.
In order to understand this master planned community, you have to understand the structure and setup. Kingwood is divided up into 25 distinct neighborhoods, which locals refer to as “villages.” Most of these villages have pools with free access to residents, as well as village-specific amenities and services. For example, many of the villages organize youth swimming teams in the summer and compete against one another.
Trailwood is the oldest village in Kingwood and was part of the original Friendswood Development in 1971. Newer villages – many of which still involve new construction – include Barrington, Kings River, Kingwood Greens, Kings Point, and Royal Shores.
As a side note, many neighborhoods outside of Kingwood are unofficially recognized as part of Kingwood. For example, Oakhurst doesn’t pay Kingwood Service Association fees, but was developed by Friendswood Development and is considered part of the community.
Part of what makes Kingwood such a family-friendly community is the fact that its public school system is superb. The GreatSchools rating is an 6 out of 10 with a number of excellent schools all the way from elementary to high school.
Kingwood is part of the Humble Independent School District, with Kingwood Park High School and Kingwood High School serving the area. Students also have the option of attending Quest High School, which is a magnet high school located in Altascocita.
A number of Kingwood families send their children to private schools and Christian schools, of which there are many options. Kingwood is also home to a Lone Star College campus, a two-year community college, which means there are nearby educational opportunities for students all the way from daycare through college.
Kingwood Attractions and Amenities
Kingwood is a very connected community, which means there are a number of attractions, amenities, and events for all ages and interests. Here are a few highlights:
• As mentioned, there are more than 75 miles of hiking and bicycle trails, which makes outdoor activities very popular during the warmer months.
• Throughout the year, there are a number of popular events in and around Kingwood. Most of these are held in Town Center Park, including the Mardi Gras parade and fair, Picnic in the Park (held the day before Easter), spring and fall Auto Shows, Fourth of July festivities, and Christmas in the Park.
• For those who enjoy water activities, such as boating and fishing, Lake Houston is a popular destination during the spring and summer months. It’s accessible from many different locations in and around Kingwood.
• If you like to be near the water, but not in it, Kings Harbor Waterfront Village is the place for you. This high-end shopping center has a variety of boutiques, shopping, and fine dining. During the summer months, there are weekly live music concerts.
• Stuck indoors with the kids on a rainy day? You may enjoy Fun Little Tykes indoor playground, the Jumpalooza inflatables gym, or black light mini golfing in nearby Humble.
This is just a small taste of some of the different amenities and attractions Kingwood offers. Whether you like sports, music, outdoor activities, shopping, or socializing, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
Contact Green Residential Today
At Green Residential, we take pride in our knowledge of the Houston area. We’ve been in business for more than 30 years and have solidified our name as one of the premier property management firms in the Greater Houston Area.
Whether you’re looking for assistance renting out your investment properties or selling your personal residence, we can help. Our Houston property management services include tenant screening, property marketing, rent collection and distribution, maintenance repair and coordination, property inspections, and even eviction.
As for home sales, we operate on a flat rate fee, which allows our clients to save thousands of dollars in commission. We also offer a helpful home search tool if you’re looking to find your next home.
For more information on any of our services, or to learn more about the Kingwood community and what makes it such a desirable place to live or invest, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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