Discover cosmopolitan living on whatever scale you choose. What makes living in Houston so special? Why does Houston continue to grow faster than other cities? Perhaps it’s because—even though Houston is big, diverse and multifaceted—it can be experienced on many different levels, large or small, depending on what you’re looking for and how you like to live. One thing’s for sure: there’s no shortage of things to do, places to go, or events to experience.
Into Sports? The Houston sports scene has something for every fan. NFL football with the Houston Texans. NBA basketball with the Houston Rockets. Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros. MLS soccer with the Houston Dynamo. Plus college football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, tennis and volleyball with the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice University Owls of Conference USA and the Texas Southern University Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. And when it comes to high school sports, especially football, no other state does it better than Texas, and no other city offers more games on a given fall weekend than Houston.
Enjoy the Preforming Arts? Houston is one of a handful of cities in the United States that can boast major symphony, ballet, opera and theater companies of worldwide acclaim. In fact, the downtown Theater District—which includes the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, the Hobby Center and the Wortham Center—contains more seating capacity than is available in any other city except New York. Thanks to the Society for the Performing Arts, Houstonians routinely have access to some of the world’s best musical, dance, and theatrical talent. Cited by the New York Times as “one of the nation’s best ballet companies,” the Houston Ballet is the fourth-largest company in the United States. The ensemble of more than 50 dancers performs around the world and treats Houston’s ballet aficionados to more than 100 performances a year in the Wortham Center. An integral part of the local arts scene since 1913, the Houston Symphony performs more than 170 concerts a year at Jones Hall, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. One of the nation’s largest opera companies, Houston Grand Opera is internationally recognized for its innovative repertoire that blends the classics with contemporary works and world premieres. Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the nation to win two Grammy awards, a Tony and two Emmys. Da Camera of Houston, founded in 1987, brings together leading American and international musicians. It is nationally acclaimed for provocative chamber music, contemporary music and an annual jazz series that showcases renowned performers and emerging artists. Other musical offerings in Houston are performed by such groups as the Houston Friends of Music, the Houston Masterworks Chorus, the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Love the Theater? Houston’s rich theatrical tradition began in 1947 with the opening of the Alley Theatre in, literally, an alley. Today the Alley is one of only a few professional theaters in the country to employ its own resident company of actors. Performances are year-round in the Alley’s two-theater complex—the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage. Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), one of the largest non-profit producers of musical theater in the country, has cast more than 300 musicals in its 45-year history—to national acclaim. TUTS stages Broadway classics, world premieres and new works at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts downtown—also home to Broadway in Houston, featuring touring productions of Broadway hits. Other local theater groups include Stages Repertory Theatre, A. D. Players, Main Street Theater and the Ensemble Theatre, as well as the Rice Players at Rice University and the University of Houston’s annual Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Like Museums? Houston’s renowned Museum District lies just south of downtown near Hermann Park, the Texas Medical Center and Rice University. A dynamic testament to the city’s commitment to the visual arts, the district offers something for everyone—with special touring exhibits throughout the year. Eighteen museums are located within the district. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), opening in 1924 as the first art museum in Texas, features a collection of more than 56,000 works. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the restored mansion of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, houses decorative arts and contains one of the finest collections of American furniture, paintings, glass and textiles from 1620 to 1870. Another home, Rienzi, donated to MFAH by Houston philanthropists Harris Masterson III and his wife, Carroll Sterling Masterson, holds the Southwest’s most important collection of European decorative art, including ceramics, furniture, paintings and sculpture. The Houston Museum of Natural Science features more than a dozen permanent exhibit areas showcasing space science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas and African wildlife and ancient Egyptian culture. Included within the museum are the Wortham IMAX Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Burke Baker Planetarium. The museum’s satellite facility, the George Observatory, is located in Brazos Bend State Park, south-west of the city. It houses the largest telescope available for public viewing in the Houston area: a 36-inch, 10-ton research telescope, as well as two smaller telescopes. The Contemporary Arts Museum is a non-collecting museum for visual arts focusing on international, national and regional art of the last 40 years. And the Menil Collection displays an immensely significant private collection of nearly 16,000 works dating from the Paleolithic period to present day. Other museums in the district include Cy Twombly Gallery and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, which are parts of the Menil Collection, as well as the Rothko Chapel, the Children’s Museum of Houston and the Health Museum. Historical museums of interest include the San Jacinto Museum of History, within the San Jacinto Monument at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, featuring a wealth of artifacts and documents covering more than 400 years of early history. Within the Museum District are the Holocaust Museum, which tells the stories of Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust through film, photographs, and exhibits and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, which preserves the history, tradition and contributions of African American soldiers since 1866. South of Houston in Clear Lake is the Disney-designed Space Center Houston, the visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It features Texas’ largest IMAX Theatre, live demonstrations, space capsules, space suits and the world’s largest collection on moon rocks.
Seeking Something Different? Cultures from all over the world come together in Houston, and the city celebrates this diversity with exciting annual festivals and one dazzling rodeo. Every late February and early March, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo comes to town at Reliant Park. The largest livestock show and the richest regular-season Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo in the world, the event attracts nearly two million visitors who come to view the animal exhibits, watch the cowboy competitions, and see their favorite music stars performing onstage. The Livestock Show and Rodeo provides millions of dollars in scholarships to area students. Each year a "Go Texan Day" and a spirited rodeo parade through downtown Houston kick off the main events. Beyond the “true Texan” culture of the rodeo, various festivals throughout the year celebrate the heritage and traditions of the international community. Among these are the Original Greek Festival, Fiestas Patrias, the Asian American Festival, Festa Italiana and the Houston International Festival. Other annual events include the International Jazz Festival, Art Car Weekend and the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Need a Breathe of Fresh Air? Of all the things that make living in Houston so enjoyable, high on the list are the city and county parks. Whether you’d like to relax beside a tranquil lake as ducks glide silently by, jog amid an urban forest of tall pines, kayak down a freshwater bayou with glistening skyscrapers as a backdrop, or take the family for a picnic and listen to live music, you can do it in Houston—practically year-round. According to the Trust for Public Land, in 2007 Houston was ranked third in the nation for total green space among cities of comparable density and fourth in the nation for total land devoted to parks. The watersheds that drain Harris County contain more than 800 miles of natural streams and 3,000 miles of human-made waterways. Major city parks include the 445-acre Hermann Park nestled between the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center and Rice University. Hermann Park is the home of a Sam Houston statue, the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Lake McGovern, Miller Outdoor Theatre, a miniature train, the Houston Garden Center, an 18-hole golf course, and more. Memorial Park, encompassing nearly 1,500 acres, is about four miles west of downtown. It features a three-mile tree-lined jogging trail, 18-hole golf course, driving range, an 18-court tennis center, fitness center, 33-meter swimming pool, playing fields and picnic areas. The park area includes the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a 155-acre preserve with more than five miles of quiet, self-guided trails. Discovery Green, Houston’s new 12-acre urban park, is set within the confines of the city’s dynamic downtown skyline. Its features include a lake, a children’s playground, an amphitheater stage, dog runs, public art displays, restaurants, an ice-skating rink and a promenade. For more information, visit Discovery Green online. Cullen Park, Bear Creek Park, and George Bush Park offer tens of thousands of acres of recreational opportunities in west Houston. For more detailed information on all city and county parks, check out the City of Houston's website.
Discovery Green A 12-acre park in downtown Houston, Discovery Green opened to the public in 2008. The long-awaited destination fulfilled a commitment from Mayor Bill White and major private Houston foundations to create and preserve green space within the center of Houston. With its proximity to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, Discovery Green is in an ideal location. “Discovery Green is a wonderful attraction for our city,” said Mayor White. “We are proud of the commitment from the Discovery Green Conservancy in creating this unique destination in the heart of downtown Houston. For a long time to come, Discovery Green will be an asset to Houstonians of all ages and visitors from everywhere.” Prominent features visitors can enjoy include a one-acre lake, a children’s playground, interactive water features, an amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, artworks, the HPL Express (a multipurpose Houston Public Library facility), open lawns and great restaurants (the Grove and the Lake House) operated by Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group. In addition to surface lot and park perimeter parking, the Convention District Garage, operated by the City of Houston, lies beneath the park. The Andrea and Bill White Promenade forms the heart of the park and offers a 360-degree view of Houston’s skyline. Kinder Lake, encompassing more than an acre of the park, features water gardens and a model-boat area, a shallow pool specifically designed to accommodate remote-controlled watercraft operated by parkgoers of all ages. Overlooking the park’s live oaks, Schiller Del Grande’s restaurant, the Grove, and its rooftop bar, the Treehouse, offer patrons exceptional food, service, and views of the park. The Lake House offers fast, casual, family-friendly food, with views of Kinder Lake and the Jones Lawn. The Performance Space amphitheater hosts a variety of performances, such as music, theater, film and dance, and is oriented toward a sloped lawn for audience seating. When the platform is not in use, it is open to all parkgoers, as space for working, lounging or dining near the Lake House. The Jones Lawn is the park’s largest green space, providing ample area for major events or pickup sports. The Brown Foundation Promenade is shaded by hundred-year-old oak trees, the largest of which is the Nancy G. Kinder Oak near Avenida de las Americas, one of four large live oaks that were moved to the park. The John P. McGovern Children’s Playground is carved into an existing, tree-shaded hill, which shields youngsters from the surrounding streets and integrates the theme of the major migratory bird flyway over Houston. Individual species are represented in the play sets, and accompanying signs educate visitors. Overlooking the Gateway Fountain and the children’s playground, the Alkek Building houses the park’s staff offices, information center and public restrooms. The fountain itself offers a visual entry to the park for visitors approaching from McKinney Street and is an extension of the playground area. Two systems of jets create a variety of water activity atop a gently sloping granite surface, with 14-foot-high arching jets serving as gateway landmarks and with smaller jets cycling on and off to invite visitors for a closer look or some fun in the spray. Discovery Green features public art such as new works by artists Margo Sawyer and Doug Hollis. Great care was taken to ensure that the installations would be visually prominent, yet at home in the park’s environment. In addition, Jean Dubuffet’s Monument au Fantôme, an iconic sculpture by the world-renowned artist, has been relocated to the park. But Discovery Green is more than a beautiful green space; it is an experience waiting to be enjoyed. The park comes to life with active programming during its spring/summer and fall/winter seasons. Regularly scheduled music, dance and theater performances, as well as films, exercise classes, children’s events and an urban market, constitute the backbone of park programming. Park spaces also may be reserved for private and public events.
Emerald City Pine trees in Houston? Newcomers to Houston are pleasantly surprised to discover the abundance of trees in the region. In addition to the extensive green space and parkland, a 2005 report from the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC) noted that the region has 663 million trees, with a replacement value of more than $205 billion. According to the CEC report, Houston trees store $721 million worth of carbon, generate $456 million worth of environmental benefits each year, and save $131 million in residential energy costs and avoided power emissions each year. Trees in Houston remove more than 60,000 tons of air pollution annually. The region contains eight major and distinctly different ecosystems: the Big Thicket, the Sam Houston National Forest, coastal prairie and coastal marshes, the Columbia and Trinity bottomlands, the Galveston Bay estuary system, and the Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of the year, some 500 bird species can be seen in a 10-county area that includes Galveston. Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to the region’s rich ecology, many of the colleges, universities and graduate schools in the area offer environmental studies and research programs. Among these are the University of Houston’s Environmental Institute of Houston, the Environmental Law and Justice Center at Texas Southern University’s law school and the Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine at the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Harris County has numerous natural streams and human-made channels, that are referred to locally as bayous. A local initiative, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership—a nonprofit organization that oversees Buffalo Bayou improvements, preservation and restoration—serves as a regional and national role model. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership coordinates the integration of major amenities and restoration projects into the bayou greenbelt and seeks ways to increase community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; educational, volunteer and recreational activities and tours; permanent and temporary art installations, and other natural and built attractions. Among the partnership’s notable successes is the Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade, a 23-acre waterfront park downtown. With dramatic blue and white lighting, hike-and-bike trails, lush landscaping and public art, the park has been lauded as one of Houston’s best-designed public spaces. Greater Houston Partnership is actively involved with public policy issues that enhance the 10-county region’s quality of life and quality of place. It is dedicated to creating a city that is clean, green and prosperous, a place that is aesthetically appealing and offers healthy recreational opportunities. The development of scenic enhancements will continue to have a direct positive impact on this area’s image as a quality place to live and do business, making Houston an even better place to live, work, earn and play. Learn more about the Partnership’s outreach efforts here.
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BRIDGELAND® AND THE WOODLANDS® OFFER NEW TIC TAG TOLL PROMOTION – New Homebuyers Receive Free Grand Parkway Tolls for One Year Plus Builder Incentives This Spring
Houston, TX (March 10, 2016) – Bridgeland® and The Woodlands® announced today the launch of their latest springtime promotion - Tic Tag Toll. Following the recent opening of the Grand Parkway segments that connect the two award-winning master planned communities, the Tic Tag Toll promotion in Bridgeland and The Woodlands urges new homeowners to take advantage of a toll tag on the Grand Parkway, bisecting Bridgeland and now connecting US 290 to The Woodlands.
When homebuyers purchase a new home from March 1 – April 30, 2016 in Bridgeland or The Woodlands, they will receive free tolls for one year or the homebuyer can choose a $2,000 gift card. Along with the Tic Tag Toll promotion, select builders in both communities are offering incentives such as appliance packages, discounts on closing costs, Visa gift cards, up to $40,000 in free Design Center options and more.
“The Grand Parkway simply makes it easier to get to and from home,” said Heath Melton, Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential Development for The Woodlands Development Company. “When you add the Tic Tag Toll promotion to participating builders’ incentives for two of the top master planned communities in Texas, you have a winning combination.”
Participating builders in Bridgeland who are offering incentives include Beazer, Chesmar, Coventry, Darling, J. Kyle, Meritage, Perry, Ryland, Taylor Morrison and Westin Homes. New homes in Bridgeland are priced from the $220s to more than $1 million.
In The Woodlands, builders who are offering incentives include Connor Davis, Coventry, Darling, David Weekley, Gracepoint, J. Kyle, J. Patrick, M/I Homes, Pulte, Ryland, Shea, Taylor Morrison, Trendmaker Homes, Toll Brothers and Village Builders. New homes are priced from the $300s to more than $1 million.
The Grand Parkway is now open for traffic between US 59 South and I-45 North and will be extended to 59 North in late March. The newest segment between US 290 and I-45 opened in February and substantially reduced commuting time between The Woodlands and Bridgeland – two master planned communities within The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) portfolio - and improved access to major employment centers.
Both websites, www.Bridgeland.com and www.TheWoodlands.com, include information on the Tic Tag Toll promotion. Homebuyers must have an electronic tag, Harris County ExTag, TxTAG or NTTA TollTag for the Grand Parkway. Home sales must close by December 31, 2016. For homebuilder promotions, see builders for details. Some restrictions may apply.
Learn more about the Bridgeland Master Planned Community, a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation and managed by The Woodlands Development Company, at www.bridgeland.com or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. For more information on The Woodlands, visit www.TheWoodlands.com or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
CHESMAR HOMES OPENS SALES IN LAUREL GLEN
(Houston) February 16, 2016—Chesmar Homes announces the opening of its new model show home, the San Rocco, in Laurel Glen, a prestigious new Hines Development. The highly anticipated public debut of the community is set for February 20th. Located between Stuebner Airline and Kuykendahl Roads on FM 2920, the community lies in the top notch Klein school district and offers easy access to the Grand Parkway, TX-249, I-45. Amenities in the community will include a recreation center, playground, swimming pool with splash pad, and plenty of walking trails.
Chesmar new home consultant, Todd Barrow is excited to show off the new model to visitors. Featured in the community is the luxury Sausalito Collection of homes, with plans ranging from 2,800 to over 3,700 square feet and priced from the high $300s. Barrow states, “True to Chesmar style, these homes are the perfect combination of luxury and functionality, showcasing high design and high performance. Chesmar’s M. P. G. program is all about the performance of the home. M.P.G. stands for Modern Design, Performance Guaranteed, and Green Certified, which equates to lower operating costs for our homeowners.”
BRIDGELAND® WINS GOLD AWARD FOR “BEST TV COMMERCIAL” AT THE NATIONALS 2016 COMPETITION
Newest Bridgeland TV Commercial Highlights Abundant Community Amenities and Lifestyle
CYPRESS, TX (February 9, 2016) – Topping both national and international entrants, Bridgeland® received the Gold Award for “Best TV Commercial” at The Nationals 2016 Gold Awards. Presented by the National Sales & Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), The Nationals pay tribute to superior new home sales and marketing achievements. Gold Award winners were announced on Tuesday, January 19 during NAHB’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
“We are pleased to win such a prestigious honor for our television commercial which depicts the wonderful amenities found in Bridgeland,” said Peter Houghton, Vice President of Master Planned Communities for Bridgeland. “We continue to create a top-notch community, and it is gratifying to see those efforts recognized within the industry.”
With striking cinematography and an unforgettable sound track, the newest television commercial for Bridgeland, “We’ve Arrived”, highlights the amenity-rich and nature-oriented lifestyle for which the 11,400-acre master planned community has become known. With more than 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, Bridgeland offers the tranquility of a seemingly untouched natural environment while also providing the convenience of modern facilities.
The commercial debuted in February 2015 to coincide with the grand opening of Hidden Creek, the largest section built within Bridgeland thus far with 1,000 homesites set along 142 acres of lakes and waterways. “We’ve Arrived” was a collaboration from the master planned community marketing team and John Manlove Marketing & Communications. Alongside the vibrant footage shot on-site by Kerry Shaw Brown of LA.B Films, the team worked with Pure Evil Music to develop an original song that would resonate with target audiences. After auditioning multiple singers, the team selected 24-year-old, Dallas-based performer Riley Deaver.
Immediately following the commercial’s debut, viewers began to inquire about downloading the song. As a result, “We’ve Arrived,” featuring Riley Deaver by Hook Society is now available on iTunes and all other major digital music sites.
In October 2015, Bridgeland won eight prestigious awards at the Houston’s Best PRISM Awards in several developer categories including “Best TV Commercial,” “Best Event of the Year,” “Best Brochure,” “Best Marketing Campaign,” “Best Print Ad,” “Best Interactive Point of Sale” and “Best Website” as well as the “Grand Award Promotion” recognizing the developer who won the most categories for their advertising efforts. Houston’s Best PRISM Awards are hosted by Greater Houston Builders Association.
Bridgeland is the largest community development in northwest Houston that thrives on its balance in nature. The community has dedicated over 3,000 acres to lakes, trails and parks while also offering on-site schools with a new multi-campus educational village being developed; places of worship, including the upcoming Houston’s First Baptist Church campus; the highly-anticipated Lakeland Village Center; social activities; and recreational outlets.
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Houston’s First Baptist Church Second Place of Worship to be Located in Bridgeland
Cypress, TX (October 9, 2015) – Bridgeland, a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), announced today that Houston’s First Baptist Church has purchased 32.4 acres for a new home for its Cypress Campus located in Bridgeland, an award-winning master planned community.
Houston’s First Baptist Church will be situated off the Grand Parkway in Bridgeland. The initial phase will include a 1,300-seat Worship Center with accompanying Life Bible Study space for infants through adults. The church will consist of a total of 100,000 square feet.
“Bridgeland is one of the premier communities in one of the most dynamic cities in the United States,” said Senior Pastor Gregg Matte from Houston’s First Baptist Church. “It is our privilege and pleasure to offer hope, light and wisdom to the residents of Bridgeland and beyond. Houston’s First Baptist Church is excited to be part of this vibrant community.”
The current Cypress Campus gathers on Sundays at 9:30am and 11:00am for both worship services and Life Bible Studies at Smith Middle School at 10300 Warner Smith Boulevard and Fry Road. The Cypress Campus Ministry Center, located at 22220 Northwest Freeway and Telge Road, provides office and weekday gathering space.
“Houston’s First Baptist Church is excited to build a new building in Bridgeland, but we are even more enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue serving the people in the community for many years to come,” said Jason Swiggart, Cypress Campus Pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church.
Construction on the new campus for Houston’s First Baptist Church will begin in January 2016 with completion slated for February 2017. The design and architecture of the building will be complementary to the aesthetics of the Katy Prairie. This is the second place of worship to open in Bridgeland. The first place of worship to open was The Foundry, a United Methodist Congregation, on Fry Road.
“We are excited to welcome Houston’s First Baptist Church to Bridgeland as our second place of worship, paving the way for more congregations,” said Peter Houghton, Vice President of Master Planned Communities for Bridgeland. “Bridgeland continues to flourish with our recently announced Cypress-Fairbanks ISD multi-campus, Lakeland Village Center and new residences, along with a portion of the Grand Parkway running through our community.”
Alex Sutton, Co-President of The Woodlands® Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation; Peter Houghton, Vice President of Master Planned Communities for Bridgeland; and Rip Reynolds, Director of Leasing and Commercial Land for The Howard Hughes Corporation represented Bridgeland.