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What to Know Before Looking for Property in Spring, Texas
If your property search has brought you to the greater Houston metropolitan area, you’d be remiss to neglect the possibility of Spring. Not far from Houston itself, Spring is a suburban area with a small-town vibe that could be the perfect spot for your property investment.
Spring isn’t a formal city; instead, it’s an unincorporated city-like area that encompasses both Harris and Montgomery Counties. It’s about 25 miles north of downtown Houston, sitting northwest of Humble and northeast of Cypress. The entire area occupies an estimated 23.6 square miles, but the proper, former city of Spring (now referred to as “Old Town Spring”) only occupies a single square kilometer. The area is just off of Interstate Highway 45. Public transportation is available, but most residents commute regularly via private vehicle.
The history of Spring, Texas, like many of the small cities in the greater Houston area, is rich and fascinating. The area was first inhabited by Orcoquiza Indians, who were visited by Spanish explorers as early as 1746. However, it wasn’t until William Peirpoint created a trading post on Spring Creek (a nearby area) in 1838 that the town got a chance to grow. Throughout the 1840s, German immigrants began to settle the Spring area, farming the fertile soil and making use of crops like sugar cane and cotton.
The town exploded in size and popularity in 1871, when the Great Northern Railroad passed through Spring. It had a population of 150 by 1884, and rose to 1,200 by 1910. The city saw a temporary decline in the 1920s, when the roundhouse was moved to Houston and the effects of the Depression set in, but the population rebounded by 1947.
For the next few decades, in response to the Houston Oil Boom, the population of Spring rose, until it reached 15,000, the number on record in 1989. Around this time, suburbs around Houston began to expand northwest, encompassing the Spring area, and the Old Town Spring Association transformed the historic downtown area into the robust specialty shopping center and historical district it is today.
Today, the population of Spring is just shy of 55,000, with a population density of 2,370 per square mile, making it less dense than downtown Houston, but denser than some of the rural suburbs in the surrounding area. The region supports many young families, with a median age of 33, and a population that is 60 percent married. The area is also more diverse than other areas of Texas, with an African American population of 21.5 percent (compared to Texas’s overall 11.9 percent), and a Mixed/Other population of 13 percent.
Most households in the area make between $60,000 and $100,000 per year, with almost 50 percent of households making between $40,000 and $150,000 per year.
Spring residents get to enjoy sizable stretches of park land, thanks to their proximity to Spring Creek. Along the creek are several independent parks, including Pundt Park and Spring Creek Greenway. The Greenway alone connects several parks together, and features more than 12 miles of forest trails and white sandy beaches. In fact, it stretches all the way to Humble, so you should never run out of trails to hike. Smaller parks, closer to the residential areas, like Bayer Park, also exist with playgrounds, greenery, and picnic areas.
One of the biggest attractions in Spring is Old Town Spring, the historic district in the center of the unincorporated city. There are over 150 different shops, restaurants, and galleries, known to locals to be one of the best places to buy antiques, collectibles, clothing, and gifts. Most of the buildings are several decades, if not more than 100 years old, and the city is rumored to have been a robbery victim of Bonnie and Clyde (though this is unconfirmed).
Spring is also home to SplashTown, a water park open during summer months when the heat and humidity of Texas are in full force.
Spring has a solid school district, rating 8 out of 10 on GreatSchools. Elementary schools in the area include George E. Anderson, Chet Burchett, Pearl M. Hirsch, Mildred I. Jenkins, Ginger McNabb, Northgate Crossing, Salyers, Lewis Eugene Smith, and John A. Winship Elementary. There are three middle schools: Bailey, Dueitt, and Twin Creeks, and two high schools: Spring High School and Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. Because the city is unincorporated, some Spring addresses are not served by the main Spring Independent School District (SISD).
The Housing Market
Since Spring has been growing since the late 1800s, there’s no shortage of older homes available in this small town. The median closing price is $153,000, and the median cost per square foot is $111. That puts Spring on par with other Houston suburbs, though somewhat cheaper than downtown Houston property. Home prices have remained stable in the area for the past several years. Crime rates are slightly higher in Spring than other rural suburbs, in part due to the higher population density, but aren’t a major influencer in property values.
Roughly 85 percent of residents are homeowners with less than 15 percent renting, making Spring a poor choice if you’re looking for rental property.
Is Spring the Perfect Place for You?
If these qualities apply to you, you can bet that Spring would be an ideal place for your next property:
• You’re looking to own. Most of the properties in Spring are owned, rather than rented. If you’re looking for an area with a high proportion of tenants, you may consider a different region. Prospective homeowners, especially those with families, will do fine in Spring.
• You want the old-town vibe. Throughout the city are many century homes and houses several decades old. Thanks to the population boom from the Texas oil craze of the 1970s, many homes date back to the 1970s and 1980s. In addition, there are several historical districts that give the entire Spring area an old-town vibe that some residents can’t get enough of.
• You love to stroll outside. If you love the idea of walking outside, Spring is an ideal place for you. The population density is high enough to support walking to some locations, and the 12 miles of forests along Spring Creek make for an amazing hike. Old Town Spring is also highly walkable, which is especially appealing to avid shoppers.
Whether you’re looking for an investment property or your next home, Green Residential can help you find the perfect location. Our in-depth property search tool lets you search the entire Spring area—or anywhere else in Texas you’d like—for your ideal property.