During the 1970s the Northwest area was a quiet, sleepy, hidden woodland intersected by several gentle farm-to-market roads. The area was a haven for golfers, farmers and some early northside settlers. Within a decade, the area exploded into one of the most phenomenal growth stories in Texas history, and is predicted to remain a high growth area for many years to come.

Located 20 to 25 miles north-northwest of downtown Houston, the area along FM 1960 between Highway 290 and Interstate 45 is thickly forested, and its semi-rolling terrain is drained by hundreds of scenic streams, creeks, and bayous. It has attracted developers, business people, and new homeowners who have built a new, progressive community.

The completion of the Sam Houston Toll Road, the upgrading of Hwy. 6 and FM 1960 and improvements to Hwy. 290 have greatly improved transportation and mobility in the Northwest area, making downtown Houston quite accessible. Houston Intercontinental Airport serves the area with Hooks Airport used for general private aviation.

Houstonís Great Northwest has numerous health and fitness clubs in addition to country clubs and private neighborhood facilities. The Aerodome ice skating rink at FM 249 and 1960 is the practice arena for the Houston Aeros Hockey Team and also features skating classes and family fun. Many fine parks with jogging trails are located throughout the area with a variety of recreational and sports centers.

The region has experienced a significant residential development as well as major office and industrial activity. The area between the Katy Freeway and Highway 290 is referred to as Bear Creek and is one of the three distinct areas that make up Houstonís northwest. Master planned communities in Bear Creek include Fairfield which expects a future population of about 20,000 residents. Neighborhood homes are priced from the $60s to the $160s. Copperfield, a second master-planned community in the Bear Creek area, is composed of villages that span 1,800 acres. Each village has its own recreational facilities. Home prices range from the $80s to the $200s. Residents enjoy recreational facilities such as golf, swimming, lakes and parks.

The second major area of the northwest is Cypress-Fairbanks defined by Highways 249 and 290. Located here is Lakewood Forest, a bedroom community of mainly single-family homes ranging from the low $100s to $250s and more. Wooded lots offer quiet, secluded living.

Making up the third area of the northwest is the "Champions" area between Highway 149 and I-45 named 20 years ago for the northwestís first subdivision. With a wide selection of styles and price ranges varying from $60,000 to over one million dollars, the area is known as a "house hunterís delight"! The majority of residents live in single family homes on individual lots in beautifully wooded subdivisions. Regardless of the type of housing, virtually all homes feature neighborhood or community amenities for park space, swimming, tennis or golf. Along the 1960 corridor are more than fifty subdivisions. Also in this area is Northgate Forest, a neighborhood of custom estate homes starting in the $400,000ís. Country clubs and golf courses abound in the Champions area.

Willowbrook Mall and Greenspoint Mall are the largest retail centers in the area. Practically anything can be found in the multitude of other retail outlets where the range of quaint mini-centers, flea markets and specialty stores offers a varied shopping experience. The Cypress Creek Community Center located off Stuebner Airline near 1960 features a new music hall where area residents can enjoy performances by the Houston Symphony and other entertainers.

There are four independent school districts in Northwest Houston: Klein, Cypress Fairbanks, Tomball and Spring. Each district is governed by its own board of elected trustees. North Harris County College and the University of Houston-Woodlands Institute are located in this area, and Houston Community College also offers a comprehensive curriculum of day and evening classes.

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