The North Houston Region was settled by farmers and ranchers during the middle of the 19th century. It was a rural area, rich in agriculture, but close enough to Houston to make a job commute easy.
During the 1960ís, the large Bush Intercontinental Airport opened, resulting in an explosion in both population and commercial growth. The Champions subdivision was being built, in addition to Wimbledon, Memorial Northwest, Spring Creek Oaks and Longwood. Custom home building also became successful in the forested portions of North Houston. Following the growth of large, master-planned communities was the opening of the Greenspoint commercial core and the Greenspoint Mall. Greater Greenspoint is a bustling community knows as the downtown of Houston's north side.
Quality of life in North Houston is fostered by the performing arts, theater, museums, parks and recreation, and ease of mobility. Many local arteries and thoroughfares facilitate a steady stream of commuter traffic and personal travel. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for the Performing Arts in the Woodlands hosts outdoor concerts, popular musical groups, orchestras and ballet. The Performing Arts Center of North Houston and the Woodlands Living Arts Council sponsor local and touring theater productions. Symphony North is an 80-member orchestra and choir for local musicians.
Jesse Jones Park and Mercer Arboretum highlight the many parks featured in North Houston, where larger parks include Bear Creek, Meyer, Burroughs and Keith-Weiss Parks. In addition to the Sam Houston Race Park, golf is a major local sport. There are both numerous outstanding public golf courses and fine private courses at area country clubs for golf enthusiasts at any level. Among the most popular country club courses are Champions, Raveneaux, Northgate, Woodlands and Kingwood. Of course, nearby Houston is represented by every professional sport team imaginable, including baseball, basketball, football and hockey.
Residential growth in North Houston was a natural result of an expanding commercial base. It didn't hurt that the region was connected to major transportation facilities and that the terrain was rugged and filled with the natural beauty of forested land.
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