Best The Woodlands Neighborhoods For Families | Top Amenities and Schools

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Best Neighborhoods In The Woodlands

The Woodlands is a 28,000-acre community divided into 10 “villages”. One of Houston’s Best Suburbs, The Woodlands ranked highly in “Best Places To Live” list due to its strong property values, neighborhood amenities, golf courses, top-ranked schools, and access to commercial centers.

All of The Woodlands' villages have their own village association elected by residents of each village. Those looking for a nature-centric alternative to Houston’s more urban environments will find big-city comforts amidst a lush and green space.

True to its name, The Woodlands features 7,665 acres of open green space. Residents enjoy access to forested nature preserves, 146 neighborhood parks, around 214 miles of winding hiking trails, and world-class culinary and entertainment venues.

Facilities are available for kayaking, tennis, and outdoor activities. Home to several golf course communities, The Woodlands is the only community in the US with seven world-class golf courses (See Houston’s Best Golf Course Communities).

The Woodlands is home to a number of large companies including ExxonMobil, Huntsman, Hewitt Associates, Maersk Sealand, Chevron Phillips, Anadarko, Lexion Pharmaceuticals, and Woodforest National bank. Two of Houston’s main job centers, Downtown Houston (30mins) and the Energy Corridor (45mins) are also just a short drive away.

Some of Houston’s highest-rated public and private schools are located in The Woodlands. School districts that serve The Woodlands include Conroe ISD, Magnolia ISD, and Tomball ISD.

In an effort to help you identify the best of The Woodlands neighborhoods, we completed an analysis ranking:

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Table of Contents

  1. The Woodlands: Neighborhoods Near Top Schools
  2. The Woodlands: Neighborhoods With Best Amenities
  3. Most Accessible Neighborhoods In The Woodlands
  4. The Woodlands Neighborhoods With Best Appreciation
  5. Most Expensive Neighborhoods In The Woodlands
  6. New Construction The Woodlands Neighborhoods
  7. Flooding Information on The Woodlands Neighborhoods
  8. Data Sources & Disclaimers

The Woodlands: Neighborhoods Near Top Schools

For more data on the other top The Woodlands neighborhoods with good schools, contact Paige Martin - the #1 Individual Agent with Keller Williams in the city of Houston.

The Woodlands expands into three public school districts: Conroe (CISD), Magnolia (MISD), and Tomball (TISD). The community houses 30 childcare centers and preschools and an Academy of Lifelong Learning for seniors.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered at Lone Star College-Montgomery, Lone Star College-University Center, and Sam Houston State University. These institutions are available within the comforts of The Woodlands.

Most schools in The Woodlands made it to our list of Houston’s Best Schools.

Due to the high number of schools that service The Woodlands, we only listed public schools with:


Top Ranked The Woodlands Elementary Schools

School Name GreatSchools Rating Neighborhoods Median Home Price 10-Year Appreciation
Tough Elem 10 The Woodlands $695,000 73%
Warner Elem 10 Cypress South $467,500 67%
Buckalew Elem 10 Conroe Southwest, The Woodlands $446,000 52%
Pope Elem 10 Cypress South $445,000 48%
Sampson Elem 10 Cypress North $400,000 51%
David Elem 10 The Woodlands $398,500 44%
Bush Elem (Woodlands) 10 Conroe Southwest, The Woodlands $357,515 40%
Deretchin Elem 9 The Woodlands $759,900 52%
Timber Creek Elem 9 Spring/Klein/Tomball, The Woodlands, Tomball $659,000 0%
Ann K. Snyder Elem 9 Spring Northeast $634,220 39%
Creekside Forest Elem 9 The Woodlands $589,950 81%
Galatas Elem 9 Conroe Southwest, The Woodlands $455,000 24%
Lakewood Elem (Tomball) 9 Tomball South/Lakewood $334,990 68%
Birkes Elem 9 Copperfield Area $290,000 60%
Rennell Elem 8 Cypress South $538,762 115%
Sally Ride Elem 8 Spring Northeast, The Woodlands $525,000 94%
Creekview El 8 The Woodlands, Tomball $460,000 0%
French El 8 Spring/Klein $442,500 0%
Swenke Elem 8 Cypress North $442,500 44%
Decker Prairie Elem 8 Magnolia/1488 East, Tomball $399,000 59%
Keith Elem 8 Cypress North $373,195 101%
Powell Elem (Conroe) 8 Conroe Southwest, The Woodlands $370,000 68%
Broadway Elem 8 Spring Northeast $370,000 45%
Frank Elem 8 Spring/Klein/Tomball $349,900 55%
Postma Elem 8 Copperfield Area, Cypress South $340,000 81%
Giesinger Elem 8 Lake Conroe Area $325,000 0%
Sam Hailey Elem 8 Spring/Klein, Spring Northeast, The Woodlands $315,000 -32%
Willow Creek Elem (Tomball) 8 Tomball South/Lakewood $313,899 51%
Canyon Pointe Elem 8 Tomball South/Lakewood $312,000 64%
Kaufman Elem 8 Spring Northeast $291,750 66%
Farney Elem 8 Cypress North $291,475 35%
New Waverly Elem 8 Lake Conroe Area, New Waverly Area, Willis/New Waverly $249,450 0%
Krahn Elem 8 Champions Area $234,900 40%
Stephens Elem (Aldine) 8 Aldine Area $173,900 9%
Armstrong Elem (Conroe) 8 Conroe Southeast $166,450 0%

Top Ranked The Woodlands Junior High Schools

The list of the best junior high schools serving The Woodlands area below only includes public junior high schools with defined school boundary maps, a 4 of 4 Performance Index Rating, and a 9 or 10 rating (of 10 possible) from GreatSchools.org. (See more Best Houston Neighborhoods With Top Ranked Schools)

School Name GreatSchools Rating Neighborhoods Median Home Price 10-Year Appreciation
Smith Middle (Cy-Fair) 10 Cypress South $445,000 53%
Mccullough Jr High 9 Conroe Southwest, The Woodlands $435,000 40%
Spillane Middle 9 Copperfield Area, Cypress North, Cypress South $335,000 97%
Hamilton Middle (Cy-Fair) 9 Cypress North $330,000 53%
Salyards Middle 9 Cypress North, Cypress South $328,700 44%
Willow Wood Jr High 9 Tomball South/Lakewood $325,000 62%
Goodson Middle 9 Cypress North $320,000 33%
Knox Jr High 8 Conroe Southwest, Spring/Klein, Spring Northeast, The Woodlands $396,750 46%
Aragon Middle 8 Copperfield Area $280,000 60%
Arnold Middle 8 1960/Cypress, Cypress North $254,900 34%

Top Ranked The Woodlands High Schools

The list of the best high schools serving The Woodlands below only includes public high schools with defined school boundary maps, a 4 of 4 Performance Index Rating, and a 9 or 10 rating (of 10 possible) from GreatSchools.org. (See more Best Houston Neighborhoods With Top Ranked Schools)

School Name GreatSchools Rating Neighborhoods Median Home Price 10-Year Appreciation
Tomball Memorial H S 9 Tomball South/Lakewood, Tomball Southwest $335,000 67%
Cypress Ranch High 8 Copperfield Area, Cypress South $400,000 45%
Cypress Woods High 8 Cypress North $326,000 48%
Woodlands High 7 Conroe Southwest, The Woodlands $435,000 40%
Woodlands College Park High 7 Conroe Southwest, Spring/Klein, Spring Northeast, The Woodlands $396,750 0%
Cy-Fair High 7 1960/Cypress, Cypress North $299,500 42%

To find an updated listing of all The Woodlands real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.

Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, the information provided above is accurate but not guaranteed. Please double-check by visiting the school’s website.


1. Cochran’s Crossing

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2. Indian Springs

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3. Alden Bridge

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The Woodlands: Neighborhoods With Best Amenities

The Woodlands: Neighborhoods With Best Amenities

Houston has a number of suburbs that offer incredible amenities, top-ranked public schools, and great access to key Houston employment and business hubs, which is why many choose to move here. To help you out, we've done the research and ranked only the best suburbs in this easy-to-follow guide so you can easily see which is the best suburb for you and your family.

1. Sterling Ridge

Situated in the west end of The Woodlands, the lush and quiet Sterling Ridge neighborhood has access to outstanding schools, world-class golf courses, and twenty parks.

Sterling Ridge is best known for:

Featuring a variety of homes ranging from different price points and styles, Sterling Ridge is also 5 ½ miles west of Interstate 45, next to FM 1488 & FM 2978.

(See: BEST NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE WOODLANDS)


2. Creekside Park

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3. Alden Bridge

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Most Accessible Neighborhoods In The Woodlands

Most Accessible Neighborhoods In The Woodlands

Due to the large number of home types, neighborhoods, and smaller communities within the Woodlands, it’s better to check out real estate trends in specific areas. Email Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com for more information.

1. Cochran’s Crossing

Cochran’s Crossing is a master-planned community conveniently located near a variety of shopping, retail, recreation, and dining options. The village, home to the 27-hole Palmer golf course, country club, and recreation center, is served by the most number of top-ranking schools in The Woodlands.

Cochran’s Crossing is a short drive away from Houston’s main business districts: 40 minutes from Downtown Houston and 50 minutes from Energy Corridor via the I-45. It is also only a 30-minute drive away from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Residents in Cochran’s Crossing can easily access various amenities and businesses within their neighboring communities due to the village’s central location.

Within Cochran’s Crossing are the Bear Branch Sports Complex and the Bear Branch Park and Recreation Center with tennis courts, a skate park, a dog-friendly park, a volleyball court, and an inline hockey rink.

Residents don’t need to venture very far for shopping options as the village hosts its own village center which features a Kroger Signature store, CVS Drug Store, restaurants, banks, shops, and personal offices.

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2. Grogan’s Mill

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The Village of Grogan’s Mill is one of the most accessible in The Woodlands. It has many access points to Interstate 45 with close proximity to many of the community’s amenities and attractions.

Dubbed as the “Gateway to the Woodlands”, Grogan’s Mill is just a few minutes away from the Hardy Toll Road, a 30-minute drive from Downtown Houston, and a 25-minute drive from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Grogan’s Mill is the first village to be established in The Woodlands in 1974. It is flanked by the Woodlands Town Center to the north, Spring to the south, Panther Creek Village to the west, and Interstate 45 to the east.

The village, which is home to the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, contains twelve parks with a slew of different amenities. Two of the community’s premier golf courses, The Oaks and the Tournament Course, are also located within Grogan’s Mill, making it one of the best golf course communities in The Woodlands.

Grogan’s mill has its own village shopping center anchored by Randall’s Supermarket with a variety of eateries, shops, and a bank.


3. Sterling Ridge

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The Village of Sterling Ridge, located 5 ½ miles west of Interstate 45, is conveniently located next to FM 1488 and FM 2978. Sterling Ridge is home to Carlton Woods, one of The Woodlands' premier gated communities.

Like most villages in The Woodlands, residents of Sterling Ridge are conveniently located near top-notch community amenities.

There are twenty parks in Sterling Ridge, a village shopping center anchored by a Kroger Signature grocery store, and two renowned golf courses under the Woodlands Country Club (the 18-hole Gary Player Signature Championship Golf Course and the Jack Nicklaus Course).

Cranebrook Park is home to the largest public BMX-style all dirt track in The Woodlands, while Terramont Park features a 9-hole disk golf course and a pet-friendly skate park. The Indian Springs shopping center is also located within 3 miles of the village.

A membership at the Club at Carlton Woods offers exclusive access to health and fitness centers, premier golf courses, pool facilities, dining options, concierge service, and a day spa.


The Woodlands Neighborhoods With Best Appreciation

If you want a detailed real estate data and appreciation trends on any neighborhood in The Woodlands, please contact Paige Martin, ranked as the #1 Individual Agent with Keller Williams in the city of Houston.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
The Woodlands: Carlton Woods $1,857,450 $566,000 9%
The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside $1,500,000 $483,000 39%
The Woodlands: East Shore $865,000 $268,000 -4%
The Woodlands: Creekside Park $700,000 $223,000 70%
The Woodlands: Sterling Ridge $728,000 $220,000 67%
The Woodlands: Augusta Pines $670,000 $214,000 38%
The Woodlands: Del Webb $604,250 $184,000 N/A
The Woodlands $575,000 $174,000 74%
The Woodlands: Cochrans Crossing $571,000 $172,000 78%
The Woodlands: Indian Springs $542,500 $165,000 43%
The Woodlands: Alden Bridge $522,450 $155,000 76%
The Woodlands: Panther Creek $451,011 $138,000 65%
The Woodlands: Grogan's Mill $425,000 $125,000 32%
The Woodlands: Windsor Hills $379,700 $113,000 62%
The Woodlands: College Park $356,000 $108,000 N/A
The Woodlands: Windsor Lakes $360,608 $107,000 78%

The Woodlands: Indian Springs Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Panther Creek Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Cochrans Crossing Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Sterling Ridge Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Grogan's Mill Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Creekside Park Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: Alden Bridge Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: College Park Real Estate Trends

The Woodlands: East Shore Real Estate Trends


Most Expensive Neighborhoods In The Woodlands

Most Expensive Neighborhoods In The Woodlands

Many of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods are also, historically, the best performers in real estate appreciation. Contact us for a custom list of homes in these areas and make your Houston real estate investments worth it!

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
The Woodlands: Carlton Woods $1,857,450 $566,000 9%
The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside $1,500,000 $483,000 39%
The Woodlands: East Shore $865,000 $268,000 -4%
The Woodlands: Creekside Park $700,000 $223,000 70%
The Woodlands: Sterling Ridge $728,000 $220,000 67%
The Woodlands: Augusta Pines $670,000 $214,000 38%
The Woodlands: Del Webb $604,250 $184,000 N/A
The Woodlands $575,000 $174,000 74%
The Woodlands: Cochrans Crossing $571,000 $172,000 78%
The Woodlands: Indian Springs $542,500 $165,000 43%
The Woodlands: Alden Bridge $522,450 $155,000 76%
The Woodlands: Panther Creek $451,011 $138,000 65%
The Woodlands: Grogan's Mill $425,000 $125,000 32%
The Woodlands: Windsor Hills $379,700 $113,000 62%
The Woodlands: College Park $356,000 $108,000 N/A
The Woodlands: Windsor Lakes $360,608 $107,000 78%

The Woodlands: Carlton Woods

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
The Woodlands: Carlton Woods $1,857,450 $566,000 9%

The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Map

The Carlton Woods is one of Houston's Most Expensive Neighborhoods. It features luxury homes and high-end amenities in one of Houston's Best Suburbs, the Woodlands.

The Carlton Woods is known for its:

The Carlton Woods is accessible to top-ranked schools and business centers. The area is home to major employers and is zoned to the Conroe Independent School District.

Map of The Woodlands: Carlton Woods

The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Real Estate Trends


The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside $1,500,000 $483,000 39%

The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside Map

Carlton Woods Creekside is one of the addresses sought after in The Woodlands. This 500-acre gated community is nestled within the Village of Creekside Park.

The Carlton Woods Creekside is known for its:

Carlton Woods Creekside features homes that are in the Most Expensive Properties within The Woodlands.

Map of The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside

The Woodlands: Carlton Woods Creekside Real Estate Trends


The Woodlands: East Shore

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
The Woodlands: East Shore $865,000 $268,000 -4%

The Woodlands: East Shore Map

The prestigious East Shore is also known as The Woodlands Garden District. It is strategically located near Woodland's Town Center and has a spectacular view of Lake Woodlands.

East Shore residents enjoy:

Homes in East Shore are zoned to Conroe ISD. Residents can enroll in top-ranked schools like Woodlands College Park High and Knox Junior High.

Map of The Woodlands: East Shore

The Woodlands: East Shore Real Estate Trends


1. Indian Springs

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2. Cochran’s Crossing

3. Creekside Park

New Construction The Woodlands Neighborhoods

New Construction The Woodlands Neighborhoods

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1. Creekside Park

Creekside Park, bordered by Indian Springs to the north, is a master-planned village located south of The Woodlands. It is located 30 miles north of Downtown Houston, with convenient access to the Grand Parkway (99) and I-45. The village was established in 2007 and is one of the largest village developments in the community.

The new Creekside Park The Residences, a multi-family development located within Creekside Park Village Center, was completed in mid-2018. It is a 292-unit complex boasting Craftsman-style architecture, with one to three-bedroom residences and sizes ranging from 600 to around 1,400 square feet.

Residents have access to upscale amenities that include a resort-style pool with outdoor kitchen and grilling areas, a 24/7 fitness facility, and a one-story clubhouse among others.


2. East Shore

East Shore is located east of Lake Woodlands near The Woodlands Mall, Waterway, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and Market Street. It is a gated community situated on 169-acre land that is slated to contain green spaces and garden parks.

Waterway Landing is a 5.4-acre gated townhouse luxury community adjacent to the East Shore Clubhouse. Plans range from 2,891 square feet to 4,529 square feet, with community features that include gated access, brick drives and streets, gas lights, and exclusive access to The Woodlands Waterway.

The townhomes, developed by Waterway Builders LLC, are available in 15 various floor plans.


3. Sterling Ridge

May Valley in the village of Sterling Ridge is situated near FM 2978 and The Woodlands Parkway. This 400-acre village was developed by three builders: Beazer Homes, Chesmar Homes, and Westin Homes.

Beazer Homes has a model home in the Centennial Ridge subdivision, where two-story attached homes have sizes ranging from 1,877 to 2,180 square feet.

The same developer also has one and two-story single-family homes in the subdivision of Springtime Creek, with sizes ranging from 1,725 to 2,707 square feet. In the same subdivision, Chesmar Homes have residences ranging from 1,586 to 2,640 square feet.

Westin Homes offer homes with sizes ranging from 2,916 to 4,043 square feet. May Valley is served by the Magnolia ISD and boasts amenities that include basketball courts, tennis courts, and an outdoor pavilion.

Having more than 750 acres of parks, lakes, and natural open spaces, Elyson will also have on-site schools, fruit orchards, and 30 miles of trails that connect the neighborhoods.


4. Grogan’s Mill

Grogan’s Crest is offering a variety of patio homes. Developed by Conner Davis Homes, the community offers homes ranging from 2,022 to around 3,000 square feet. Features include 2 to 3-story layouts, energy-efficient materials, AMX home automation, voice-activated systems, and in-law suites.

Residents enjoy access to the community pool and proximity to Hardy Toll Road and the I-45.

Honeycomb Ridge is another luxury master-planned location in Grogan’s Mill. The subdivision features 19 low-maintenance home sites all built with innovative architectural design. Custom home builder First Stone Homes is in charge of the development.


Flooding Information on The Woodlands Neighborhoods

Flooding Information on The Woodlands Neighborhoods

If you're looking to buy a home in Houston that is at lower risk of flooding, we can definitely help you. We've done the research into the areas that did and did not flood. Email Paige@HoustonProperties.com for recommendations.

Most areas in The Woodlands are located away from floodplains and experience no flooding, but some villages, especially those situated along Spring Creek and Panther Branch, have flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

In Creekside Park, previous builders who planned poorly have constructed homes with inadequate elevations over a 500-year flood plain, causing around 100 homes in the Timarron and Timarron Lakes subdivisions to be inundated by Hurricane Harvey.

Some areas situated near creeks in the villages of Cochran’s Crossing and Indian Springs are also vulnerable to flooding.

The Woodlands Township board has established an active task force to tackle drainage issues and avoid further flooding. Following Hurricane Harvey, the board has coordinated with state and national leaders to assist in flood mitigation.

If you’re looking at specific homes or buildings and want to confirm if the property is in a flood zone, please email the Houston Properties Team.


Data Sources & Disclaimers

Data Sources & Disclaimers

With all the available information out there about all the suburbs in Houston, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which suburb to choose. Get the advice of the best realtor in Houston and remove the guesswork when shopping for the best suburb to live in.

The land value was calculated by looking at the median sold price per square foot of Lots and Single-family homes sold at lot value.

Data is provided by the Houston Association of Realtors, a multiple listing service.

Distance and commute times are approximated via GoogleMaps.

Data deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


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