America's Best Suburbs
The Woodlands, Texas
The Woodlands, Texas, is a master-planned community 28 miles north of Houston that is ranked by Niche as the #2 Best City to Raise a Family in America, and #6 Best Public Schools in America. The geographic layout covers 44 square miles and includes wooded parks, lakes, walking trails, tournament golf courses, and The Woodlands Pavilion outdoor amphitheater that features name performers like John Legend and Jimmy Buffet and is the summer home of the Houston Symphony. The Woodlands houses are stylish and reasonably priced, and shopping is made convenient by the centrally located Woodlands Mall and shopping centers in each of the nine individual Woodlands neighborhoods. A vibrant arts and culture scene throughout brings creative Woodlanders together.
The Woodlands has won a Special Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute, an international research and education organization whose stated mission is “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.”
Corporations have tastefully established offices in The Woodlands, creating well-paying jobs with easy access for many of the community’s 116,270 residents. Those companies include ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Anadarko Petroleum, Baker Hughes GE, McKesson Corporation, Maersk Line, Southwestern Energy, and is headquarters for the 788-branch Woodforest National Bank, which was instrumental in creating a charitable facility in The Woodlands Trade Center for South Texas citizens in need of food (e.g. Hurricane Harvey survivors) that has been named “Woodforest Food Bank.”
The qualities and spirit of the much-praised Woodlands school system that serves those nine neighborhoods are probably best summed up by what a graduating student had to say about her experience at one of the high schools:
“The Woodlands High School is a fantastic place to go to school. We recently won the Lone Star Cup, meaning that we have superior academics and athletics. And our band consistently places in the top 10 in the nation. Almost all of the teachers here care about what they are teaching and about their students themselves. Although it’s a big school, there are still plenty of resources for everyone to be successful. There are opportunities to get leadership roles with student council and different clubs. And the overall climate is very accepting of minorities and different religions, so there are opportunities for every student to succeed and also have fun while attending school here. Go Highlanders!”
The most popular colleges chosen by The Woodlands High School seniors to apply to are University of Texas – Austin, Rice University, Texas A&M University, and University of Houston. The Woodlands / Houston region also has several specialty colleges and technical schools to consider including the MD Anderson Cancer Center, recognized as the #1 cancer center in the world. It is part of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, which has the largest concentration of healthcare and medical research institutions anywhere, 54 of them, with many of their staff being University of Houston pre-med and nursing school graduates.
For EB-5 professionals who may be considering relocating to this suburb, the median listing price of a home in The Woodlands, according to Zillow, is $450,000. Home values there have risen 8% in 2018, and Zillow expects them to increase 3% in 2019.
The LCP Groupwould welcome the opportunity to work with EB-5 professionals to whom The Woodlands appears to have attractions they’d like to explore. We would also be pleased to share our experience in making the most advantageous investment to qualify for the EB-5 program.