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Northeast Houston

NORTHEAST Houston is made up of a triangle of communities: Atascocita, Humble and Kingwood. Located within a 10 mile radius from where Highway 59 and FM 1960 intersect, these communities share an abundance of forest and natural beauty. These areas are approximately 22 miles from downtown and just 5 miles from Bush Inter-Continental Airport. 


In 1971, Friendswood Development Company masterminded this planned community located 22 miles northeast of downtown Houston. Recently annexed by the City of Houston, Kingwood is 14,000 acres of beautiful homes, golf courses and wooded landscapes. The population was projected to reach 65,000 by the year 2000.

The densely-wooded Kingwood community is made up of several subdivisions that are connected by a few major thoroughfares. The suburb has all the amenities of a big city. Commercial centers are scattered throughout to meet the grocery, shopping, dining, and other needs of its residents. Essentially, everything you might need- paint, hardware, beauty, auto, music, veterinarian/pet grooming, medical, dental, legal, religious, or social- is accessible without ever having to leave your community. If you work in downtown Houston, the Metro Bus System offers direct service, five days a week. The Kingwood Metro Park 'n Ride lot is located on Lake Houston Parkway near Town Center. If you drive your own car into downtown Houston, the morning commute in rush hour traffic takes about 45 minutes. Kingwood is located just minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Commuting time should decrease once the construction and dedicated Metro traffic lanes have been completed on U.S. Highway 59 (a.k.a. the Eastex Freeway).

Kingwood's designers prioritized the development of recreational facilities in this master planned community. There is a spectacular greenbelt winding its way through more than 58 miles of trees, connecting neighborhood villages to parks, pools, shopping areas, restaurants, businesses, and schools. In addition, large tracts of undeveloped land were set aside as "reserves" for these greenbelts. You can ride a bike or jog for miles through the pine forest. Kingwood also has 19 swimming pools, 200 acres of community parks, two youth sports parks, a private boat launch, private stables, and two country clubs. Kingwood Country Club members enjoy four 18-hole championship golf courses, 26 tennis courts, five swimming pools, elegant dining facilities and planned social activities. The Deerwood Club also offers members an 18-hole championship golf course and fine dining. There are three public golf courses in the vicinity: Tour 18, Kingwood Cove Golf Club and EagleQuest Total Golf. Year round Little League and other adult sporting activities are offered in Kingwood.

Kingwood is part of the Humble Independent School District. Kingwood has one high school, one ninth grade school, three middle schools, and nine elementary schools. Private education is also available from pre-school through middle school. Humble ISD established a program for academically gifted students in its elementary schools in 1979, calling it Win For Gifted Students (WINGS). Since that time, the program has expanded to include students in grade levels 2-12. Higher education seekers commute to Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College or the University of St. Thomas, all in Houston; or, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Kingwood has its own two-year college, Kingwood College, which is a publicly-supported, comprehensive community college offering post-secondary educational opportunities.


The Atascocita/Humble area is located just 21 miles northeast of downtown Houston along U.S. Highway 59. The city of Humble dates all the way back to the Civil War. A large oil discovery around the turn of the century led to the founding of Humble Oil Company, known today as Exxon Corporation. In the 1960's, the opening of Houston Intercontinental Airport helped boost growth in the Humble area. Population today exceeds 30,000 in Humble and Atascocita. Humble's forested boundaries take up nearly 100 square miles of land in northeast Harris county. Humble has parks, golf courses, award winning schools, two major hospitals, Deerbrook Mall, "Park 'n Ride" facilities, Lake Houston, and the San Jacinto river, making it one of the fastest growing areas in Harris County. New homes & resales range from $60,000 - $1,000,000. 

Employment opportunities abound in and around the Humble area. Highway 59 South will take you into downtown Houston, or take Beltway 8 a short distance to Baytown, Texas, home of some of the largest refineries and petrochemical plants in the United States. Houston Real Estate  If you travel often, Bush Intercontinental Airport is only 15 minutes from Humble. Major expansion of U.S. Highway 59 has been underway for the past three years which, when completed, should reduce your drive time into Houston considerably. Currently, the commute from the Humble area into downtown Houston during rush hour traffic is about 35 minutes. There is also a center High Occupancy Vehicle ("HOV") lane for Metro "Park 'n Ride" passengers who work in downtown Houston.

Humble displays its small town charm through various annual festivals and activities, including Rodeo Parade, Good Oil Days, Businessfest, an annual Fireworks display on the 4rd of July, and a Christmas Parade. In Houston and its surrounding communities, you are never far from a golf course. The Humble/Atascocita area is closest to the Atascocita Golf Club, Walden on Lake Houston Golf Club, and Tour Eighteen, which highlights eighteen of the most popular golf holes in the world. In the Humble/Atascocita area, the young and young at heart have all kinds of activities to choose from. There are two bowling alleys with year-round leagues. Houston Real Estate The area has many parks and swimming pools. There are also various clubs and charitable organizations including the YMCA, Little League, and more.

The Humble Independent School District serves the Humble/Atascocita and Kingwood areas. HISD comprises four high schools, one ninth grade school, six middle schools, and 18 elementary schools. Humble ISD established a program for academically gifted learners in its elementary schools in 1979, calling it Win For Gifted Students ("WINGS"). Since that time, the program has grown to include students in grade levels 2-12. HISD also has an impressive, well-rounded athletics program. Students may not take athletics as a class until seventh grade, but can participate in a variety of intramural sports and leagues. High school students may choose to participate in a full range of UIL and non-UIL sports. Higher education institutions such as Rice, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College and the University of St. Thomas all have campuses in Houston. A commute to Huntsville takes you to Sam Houston State University. North Harris County Community College has two campuses within a short distance of Humble, offering two year study programs.

Huffman, Texas is another fast growing area in Northeast Houston.  With neighborhoods like The Commons of Lake Houston the population has double in a few short years.

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