As part of the Houston metropolitan area, the fourth largest metro area in the nation, Spring, Texas has enjoyed the amenities of a large city without the downfalls of urban living. It sits approximately 30 minutes north of Houston. The landscape is sprawling and flat, but home builders in the area take advantage of the space. Homes in the city are increasing in value and new homes and communities continue to be built in Spring, one of Houston’s hottest suburbs.
Spring has a great variety of communities and neighborhoods. Stone Forest is a popular community that has quick access to one of the metropolitan area’s highways, increasing the convenience factor of the neighborhood. It is known for its newer cottage style homes, many located on cul-de-sacs. WindRose is another area neighborhood and is a master planned community built with convenience in mind. The neighborhood is loaded with amenities including restaurants, a movie theater and varied recreational opportunities. Some communities in the neighborhood are gated. The Lakes of Cypress Forest is a fully gated neighborhood with tree-lined streets, nature trails, lakes and wildlife. It is a newer community, just over 10 years old, with homes prices ranging from above average to extravagant. Spring Creek Forest is an older, established wooded community, which offers its residents larger lots and many nearby amenities. The majority of Spring is serviced by the Klein School District.
The Houston area is home to many of the state’s largest employers. The memorial Hermann Healthcare System employs almost 20,000 people in the area and is Houston’s largest single employer. Kroger and Continental Airlines are also big companies. Houston is known as a center for energy companies as well, with many of them having headquarters or large offices in Houston. ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, National Oilwell Varco, Chevron, BP and Halliburton are all based, at least partly, in Houston and supply well over 60,000 jobs to the area.