Woodforest Sees Surge in Custom Home Construction

(Montgomery, Texas – Sept. 19, 2014)  Drawn by larger homesites, smaller schools and an influx of companies such as Exxon Mobil, custom builders have invested heavily in Woodforest, completing three inventory homes with three more underway.

The list of available custom homes is one of the largest to be found currently in a Houston master-planned community. The cumulative price tag? More than $9 million.

“My homes are designed to be on the ground when employees relocating because of the new Exxon Mobil headquarters are expected to start their home search in earnest,” said Tom Cox, Jr., owner of Tom Cox, Jr. Designs. “I think prospective buyers also will appreciate the broader opportunities their children can enjoy at the smaller Montgomery ISD schools that serve the Eagle Pointe custom neighborhood in Woodforest.”

The builder has two homes ready in Woodforest, with another slated for completion in the next several months. The three are expected to sell in excess of $3 million total.

Ryan Paul with Jeff Paul Custom Homes said it’s not just Exxon Mobil, but also the other large companies in the area that makes Woodforest’s south Montgomery County location appealing.

“Anadarko Petroleum is here, Aon Hewitt, Huntsman Advanced Materials, Waste Connections — there are numerous local possibilities,” Paul said. “Being close enough to so many corporate, entertainment and shopping opportunities that exist in The Woodlands, yet still distant enough to get away from the hustle and bustle makes Woodforest a must-see option for custom home buyers. Plus, where else can you get as much elbow room with half-acre to full-acre homesites?”

Jeff Paul Custom Homes, one of Woodforest’s original custom builders, has one home under construction in the community, priced at $1.79 million. It should be completed next March.

Mary Ross, owner of Mary Ross Custom Homes, said her inventory of one completed home and one under construction in Woodforest stems not only from the likelihood of company executives moving to the area, but also from her efforts to establish her distinctive brand.

“I’ve been building custom homes for five years,” she said. “I need to show people what I do, especially since it is a departure from typical custom construction in Houston.”

Ross’ Southern-styled homes in Woodforest are listed for approximately $2 million each.

The builders said timing is crucial when starting homes exceeding $1 million without a signed contract.

“You have to build the home to close the sale,” Cox said. “Sometimes you have a home listed longer than you’d like, but I’ve never had a spec home not sell. It’s important to time completion to a peak selling season.”

“We are a conservative, financially strong company,” said Jeff Paul, owner of Jeff Paul Custom Homes. “We look at market conditions and believe the timing is right in the Houston area to build a home of this magnitude.”

A dozen custom homes have sold in Woodforest this year. Available homes in the gated Eagle Pointe custom neighborhood of Woodforest will be open for touring 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Visitors should visit the Woodforest Homefinder Lodge for access.

For more information, visit www.woodforesttx.com.


Photo Information:  Custom builders are investing heavily in Woodforest, with three available homes and three more underway. Available homes in the gated Eagle Pointe custom neighborhood of Woodforest will be open for touring 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Visitors should visit the Woodforest Homefinder Lodge for access.


About Woodforest
Woodforest, a project of The Johnson Development Corp., is a 3,000-acre master-planned community surrounding Woodforest Golf Club, one of the top-ranked daily-fee golf courses in the Houston area. Planned is a broad array of housing choices and prices — single-family, patio, townhomes, condominiums and multi-family — targeted to lifestyle-oriented buyers. Woodforest is slated for more than 5,500 homes and a full complement of retail and commercial properties. Located north of downtown Houston, Woodforest is five miles north of The Woodlands and six miles south of Conroe. Convenient access just seven miles west of Interstate 45 is provided by Fish Creek Thoroughfare, a major north/south thoroughfare connecting Conroe in Montgomery County and Tomball in Harris County. For more information, visit www.WoodforestTX.com or call 936.447.2800.

About The Johnson Development Corp.
The Johnson Development Corp. is an award-winning residential and commercial land development company involved in premier projects including master-planned communities such as Sienna Plantation, Fall Creek, Riverstone, Woodforest, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Imperial Sugar, Cross Creek Ranch, Harmony, Willow Creek Farms and Silverlake in Houston, Texas, and Towne Lake, BridgeMill and Lake Arrowhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 1975, known for innovative master planning and today one of the largest and most successful land developers in both Houston and Atlanta, The Johnson Development Corp. has cultivated a strong reputation for vibrant, responsible development, with impeccably designed communities. For more information, visit www.johnsondevelopment.com.