Drees Custom Homes Debuts New Plans in Grand Central Park

When Drees Custom Homes begins construction of its model home in Grand Central Park this month, it will not only be the first home it is building in the highly anticipated Conroe development, it will be the first time the family builder has ever constructed that floor plan.

The one-story Kentshire design is part of a roster of floor plans priced from the $410,000s that Drees Custom Homes is debuting in Houston.

“All but three of the plans we are offering in Grand Central Park are new to the Houston area, and the model is brand new to the company,” said Chris Olson, Houston sales manager. “Grand Central Park is such a unique community that we took a targeted approach based on thorough market research to decide what to build there.”

Olson said Drees’ collection of floor plans will appeal to empty nesters drawn to the promise of Grand Central Park’s active lifestyle. Four of the nine designs are one-story homes and all feature downstairs guest suites. Each plan also emphasizes outdoor living with large patios, glazed windows and optional sliding glass doors that create an indoor-outdoor living area.

“Most of our homesites back to nature areas rather than homes, so we wanted to capitalize on the natural setting,” Olson said.

Olson said exterior elevation choices will also feature options for painted brick — something not typically seen in Houston.

“I can’t think of another production builder that has painted brick exteriors,” he said. “We think many of our buyers will be coming from The Woodlands and wanting something a little different.”

Other features unique to Drees Custom Homes are family foyers off the garage, family ready rooms, tankless water heaters that are standard and a building program that meets diamond-level measures in the Environments for Living initiative.

“Variable-speed heating and cooling systems are standard, plus our plans also maximize cabinet and counter space in the kitchen,” Olson said.


Buyers are already lining up to learn more about Drees Custom Homes in Grand Central Park, said Linda Simmons, market manager for the community.

“The weekend after our pricing was announced, I had five people come out to Harpers Preserve where I’m officing until the Grand Central Park model is built to talk about our plans and the community,” she said. “Plus, there have been innumerable phone calls and emails.”

Founded in 1928, Drees Custom Homes is under the stewardship of a third generation of the Drees family. It is the nation’s 10th largest privately-owned homebuilder. In addition to Grand Central Park, Drees Custom Homes can be found in eight other Houston-area developments, offering customizable homes priced from the $260,000s to nearly $1 million. Learn more at www.dreeshomes.com