Houston TX Neighborhood Guide:

Kingwood TX

Kingwood Overview Texas

Houston, Texas is full of incredible neighborhoods. If you are considering moving to the Houston area, or just switching to a new part of town, take a look at the community of Kingwood, Texas. Kingwood, also known as “the livable forest” is a beautiful master-planned community with 15,000 acres.

Residents enjoy that they get to be close to nature without sacrificing a safe and tight-knit, suburban community. The homes are nestled amidst beautiful pine trees in a wooded area northeast of Houston. Kingwood is known for beautiful trails, parks, pools, community centers and many other amenities. Residents get to enjoy plenty of fun, with easy access to great jobs, schools and more. 

Read on for the complete guide to Kingwood:

Kingwood, Texas

Kingwood, Texas is a master-planned community outside of Humble. The neighborhood covers more than 15,000 acres and has homes, entertainment, dining, shopping and beautiful nature preserves. Located in both Harris and Montgomery counties, the community has a population of about 81,000 people. This census designated place has thousands of already constructed homes with many more currently in development. Most of the residents are families with children, however there are many young professional couples and retirees living in the area. Residents love walking down the tree-lined streets, heading to the pool or taking in all that the neighborhood has to offer.

Master-Planned Communities

Master-planned communities are areas that have been structurally planned in extreme detail. Communities like Kingwood are planned to not only provide housing for families, but an entire lifestyle.  This is why amenities, recreation, events and clubs are an integral part of the design. These communities are typically developed by a single company. Kingwood was developed by Friendswood Development Company There are many master-planned communities in the Houston area, here are some near Kingwood:
  • Balmoral
  • The Groves
  • West Lake
  • Greatwood
  • Fall Creek
Master-planned communities are designed to include something unique that will attract homebuyers to the neighborhood. What makes Kingwood unique is that the streets are covered in big trees, making each home look like it's nestled in a friendly forest.

History of Kingwood

Since 1892, the Foster family owned the tract of land that would eventually become Kingwood. The family had built the Foster Lumber Company on this land. In 1967, the land was sold to King Ranch and Friendswood Development Company. These companies had plans to build a community which would be based in nature. The “livable forest” was founded in 1970 and first opened in 1971. Kingwood grew from only a few thousand residents in 1971 to almost 40,000 by 1992.  With this growth in population, the city of Houston was interested in annexing Kingwood. Residents fought annexation with lawsuits and campaigning. However, at the end of 1996, after a long battle between residents and officials, Kingwood was annexed into the city of Houston. By 2006, the community had over 65,000 residents and has been growing ever since.

Areas of Kingwood

Kingwood takes up a large section of the city of Humble, however it can be difficult to split into specific areas. This is mostly due to the fact that there are over 30 villages within the community of Kingwood and many located just outside. Some of the biggest villages are:

  • Forest Cove
  • Kings Point
  • Woodland Hills
  • Bear Branch
  • Greentree
  • Kings Forest
  • Kingwood Lakes
  • Elm Grove
  • Sand Creek
  • Kingwood Green
  • Fosters Mill

There are many more villages for homebuyers to choose from. A few roads help to separate Kingwood into a few different areas. 

  • Running north to south are Woodland Hills Drive, Mills Branch Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway. 
  • Going from east to west are Northpark Drive and Kingwood Drive. 
  • West Lake Houston Parkway and Kingwood Drive are the main entrances to get into Kingwood. 
  • Willow Terrace Drive and High Valley Drive make up Kings Point at the southeast corner of the community.

Kingwood Community

Kingwood is a beautiful community with so much to see and do. Conveniently located throughout the community are many different businesses and services. Residents love that they can do their grocery shopping, run errands, shop and eat right in their own neighborhood. Take a look at some of the businesses that you can find in Kingwood:

  • Mike Moore Appraisal Company
  • Ability Tree Experts
  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Walgreens
  • Kingwood Medical Center
  • Effex Management Solutions
  • Kingwood Garden Center
  • VCA Kingwood Animal Hospital
  • ShowBiz Cinemas Kingwood 14
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Pirates Cove Car Wash
  • Kroger
  • Alspaugh Hardware
  • Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Some of the best places to find shopping in Kingwood are Kings Crossing, Northpark Shopping Center and Kingwood Commons. From locally-owned boutiques to big name brands, you can find it all in Kingwood. Not to mention the wide array of medical centers, hotels, restaurants and specialty stores in the area. 

Kingwood Population

With a population just under 82,000, Kingwood is the perfect place to raise a family, spend in retirement or to begin settling down. 

The age demographics of the community are generally even. While the biggest age group is 35-44 years, the difference is minimal between that demographic and people between 45-54 years of age. The smallest groups of people are those from 18-24 years old and 65 and up. 

With age populations being almost equal, there are plenty of great peer groups to be a part of. From taking walks on tree-lined streets to shopping and dining at Kings Crossing, there’s something going on at every corner in Kingwood. 

Employers in Kingwood

There are many opportunities for employment in Kingwood. Some jobs can be found right in the neighborhood:

  • Home Builders and Real Estate: Kingwood is a very desirable area with a competitive housing market. While the community is completely developed (other than the Village of Royal Brook) real estate agencies are a great place for residents to find work. 
  • Kingwood Schools: Kingwood residents can find ample opportunities for work in the Humble Independent School District. Whether in education, administration or facilities, employees are always needed at local schools. Kingwood residents can also find jobs in local private schools, preschools and daycares.
  • Healthcare: there are many hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities in the Kingwood area and in Humble. This makes it a great place for those looking for work in the healthcare field. 
  • Retail: residents can find opportunities for work in the many stores and retail centers that dot the community of Kingwood. 

While Kingwood covers a large area, you may have to search for jobs in the surrounding city of Humble or even make your way to Houston. 

Here are a few of the biggest industries in Humble, Texas:

  • Natural Resources: the Houston area is one of the top providers in the natural resource industry
  • Education: there are many primary and secondary schools throughout Humble and the Houston area
  • Accounting and Business 
  • Technology and Communications
  • Hospitality and Retail: there are many hotels and shopping centers in the Humble area
  • Medical: the area contains world-class medical facilities

No matter what kind of a job you may be searching for, you will be able to find it in Kingwood and the Houston area. 

Kingwood Charities

One of the best parts about Kingwood is how much the community likes to give back. You can find countless nonprofit organizations that are active in Kingwood and beyond. 

Here are just a few that you can contribute to or get involved with:

The community also hosts many events where the proceeds go to charity. One of these events is the Kingwood 5k. Here, participants sign up for a walk/run through Kingwood with proceeds benefiting the Kingwood Garden Center. Kingwood also hosts initiatives such as Keep Kingwood Green to promote proper recycling and disposal. 

There are all kinds of opportunities for Kingwood residents to get involved in their community. Whether you decide to volunteer your time or donate what you can, giving back is at the heart of the Kingwood community.

Kingwood Schools

There are many families living in Kingwood. Young people between the ages of five and 18 make up a large portion of residents in the community. The Humble Independent School District (ISD) oversees all schools in the Kingwood area. There are ten elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools in the community. 

There is about one elementary school per every three villages in Kingwood. 

Here are the elementary schools in Kingwood:

  • Shadow Forest Elementary School on Mills Branch Drive
  • Elm Grove Elementary School on Clear Ridge Drive
  • Kings Manor Elementary School on Royal Crossing Drive, not within the Kingwood boundaries but some Kingwood students may be districted here
  • Woodland Hills Elementary on Tree Lane
  • Foster Elementary School on Trailwood Village Drive
  • Bear Branch Elementary School on Garden Lake Drive
  • Greentree Elementary School on Brook Shadow Drive
  • Deerwood Elementary School on Forest Garden Drive
  • Hidden Hollow Elementary School on Appalachian Trail
  • Willowcreek Elementary School on Willow Terrace Drive 

There are also some middle schools in the community:

  • Woodridge Forest Middle School on Woodridge Parkway
  • Kingwood Middle School on Pine Terrace Drive
  • Riverwood Middle School on High Valley Drive
  • Creekwood Middle School on West Lake Houston Parkway

Here are the high schools in Kingwood:

  • Kingwood Park High School on Woodland Hills Drive
  • Kingwood High School on Kingwood Drive

Some residents choose to send their students to private schools in the area. Here are a few that are directly in Kingwood:

  • Kingwood Montessori School
  • The Covenant Preparatory School
  • Christian Life Center Academy
  • St. Martha Catholic School
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal School
  • Pines Montessori School

There are also secondary schools that students over 18 can attend. Lone Star College Kingwood Campus is located directly across the residential area, on the other side of the I-69. Lone Star College has many campuses across Houston for students to attend. There are also larger universities such as Rice University and Texas Southern University located in Houston. 

Kingwood Amenities and Recreation

One thing that families love best about living in Kingwood are the incredible amenities and recreation right in their backyard. Residents can stroll through the park or lounge by the pool. Every village has their own smaller parks that include a playground, small walking trail and an open play field. However, the community also has larger parks that residents love to visit:

Town Center Park is home to all of Kingwood’s exciting events. Some of these events include Christmas in the Park and the Mardi Gras Festival and Parade. The park is a long, open field with beautiful towering trees and surrounding sidewalks. It is used for farmers markets, concerts and other fun events.

River Grove Park is a favorite amongst Kingwood residents. Complete with a boat launch, fishing pier, picnic area, playground and soccer field, it is the perfect place to head on a summer day. The park is still being improved after the flooding effects of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. However, the park continues to have daily visitors. 

Deer Ridge Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Kingwood. It has a small garden and gazebo that look out over the duck pond. The park is 63 acres and contains a soccer field and baseball field. The park also has tennis courts, equestrian riding areas, sand volleyball court, picnic areas and a playground. 

Dylan Duncan Memorial Skatepark is one of the coolest places for skaters, BMX riders and scooter riders in Kingwood. Residents get to enjoy all kinds of ramps and bars to practice cool tricks. 

East End Park contains 158.5 acres of beautiful, undisturbed big thicket habitat. It has a 5.5 mile trail system where you can see wetlands, meadows, woodlands and all kinds of flora and fauna. Birders have identified over 141 species of bird in this area, making it a great place for bird lovers. There are also picnic areas for those that would just like to take it all in. 

Kings Crossing

One of the best places to go in Kingwood is Kings Crossing. Here, you can find all kinds of shopping, dining and community opportunities. Enjoy a meal at one of the delicious restaurants or stop for a quick massage. 

Next to Kings Crossing you can find Creekwood Nature Area. This is a 50-acre undisturbed natural site that has mulched trails perfect for hiking and walking. Discover the flora and fauna that call this beautiful area home. 

Just down the road you can also find the Kingwood Country Club Forest Course. This beautiful golf course features big trees and lakes and was ranked one of the best golf courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News.

Up the street from Kings Crossing, off of West Lake Houston Parkway, you will see the Kingwood Community Center. This is where the community hosts small events, votes, holds children’s camps and more. Whatever you decide to do in and around Kings Crossing you are sure to have a good time.

Kingwood Local Sports

There are countless opportunities to get involved in local sports in Kingwood. Students have the opportunity to play a wide range of sports at their schools or on private teams. There are also opportunities for adults to get involved as well through adult leagues and clubs. 

One of the most popular adult leagues is the Kingwood Adult Softball Association. The community also hosts many clubs for sports such as rugby and kickball. Both adults and students can also book private lessons in tennis, golfing, boating and other leisurely sports. 

Here are some of the sports and recreational activities that residents participate in:

  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Yoga
  • Equestrian
  • Martial Arts
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby
  • Disc Golf
  • Scuba Diving
  • Bowling
  • Gymnastics
  • Boating and Sailing
  • Dance
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball

People who are looking for sports to watch can head to Houston to see one of the six professional league teams. Check out the Texans in the NFL, Astros in the MLB, Dash in the NWSL, Dynamo in the MLS, Rockets in the NBA or SaberCats in the MLR. Houston has a variety of beautiful stadiums that you can watch these games in.

Kingwood Trails

Because the community has an emphasis on spending time outdoors, you can be sure to find many trails for walking and hiking at the parks and nature preserves in the neighborhood. One of the biggest attractions in the community is the Greenbelt. The Kingwood Greenbelt is a 75 mile trail system that goes through the neighborhood. Here are some of the major trailheads:

  • Kingwood Drive near Rockmead Drive
  • Deer Ridge Park
  • River Grove Park
  • Woodland Hills Drive and Kingwood Drive
  • Kingwood Lake
  • Creekwood Nature Area
  • King’s Point off of Kingwood Drive
  • North Park Drive and Lake Houston Parkway

While these are the major entrances, the trails run along almost every street in the neighborhood. 

These trails are used for leisure activities such as walking and biking as well as transportation for students who may be walking to school. The Greenbelt goes along all major roads throughout Kingwood, reaching all villages. It is a great opportunity to encourage residents to get outside and enjoy the scenery around them. 

Kingwood Water Sports

In Kingwood you can find many community pools to enjoy. Each pool is similar, with a six lane swimming pool and a leisure pool complete with a small slide. The Kingwood community pools are a great place to spend a hot summer day. 

Many of the Kingwood community pools have a swim team for students to join. You can also find water sports such as water polo at these community pools. For those looking for more outdoorsy water activities, they can head to River Grove Park for fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing.

No matter what kind of fun water-filled activity you’re looking for, you can find it in Kingwood.  

Kingwood Dining

There are all kinds of places to enjoy delicious food in Kingwood. According to the Houstonia Magazine, here are the top 11 restaurants in Kingwood:

  1. Akashi Sushi Fusion Asian Cuisine
  2. Bill’s Cafe
  3. Chelsea Deli and Cafe
  4. Chimichurri’s
  5. Hunan Garden 
  6. J. Christopher’s Pizza Pasta
  7. Kingwood Meat Market
  8. Three B’s Grill
  9. Tularosa Southwestern Grill
  10. Zachary’s Cajun
  11. Zammitti’s Italian Ristorante 

You can also find popular fast food options in Kingwood. Culvers, Raising Canes, Taste of Greek and Chick-fil-a are just a few of the many fast food restaurants here.

Start the day off with a coffee Starbucks, Javaman Coffee or Coco Crepes, Waffles and Coffee. Grab lunch at a local deli like Bill’s Cafe or Chelsea Deli and Cafe. Grab dinner at one of the best places to find food in Kingwood:

  • Kings Crossing, mostly fast food and casual dining
  • Kingwood Commons and Forest Way
  • Loop 494 near Tienda Shopping Mall
  • Kings Harbor Waterfront Village, fine and upscale dining

Don’t forget to end the night with an ice cream at Berry Bar or Marble Slab Creamery or grab a nightcap at Megaton Brewery or The Draft. 

Kingwood Clubs

The community in Kingwood is very tight-knit. There are always exciting things going on and people meeting for a fun activity. From charitable groups to hobby groups, you can find just what you’re looking for in Kingwood. Here are some of the fun clubs that are offered here:

  • American Needlepoint, Sewing and Quilt Guilds
  • Kingwood Poets Society
  • Kingwood Rotary Club
  • Better Breather’s Support Group
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Kingwood Garden Club
  • British Ladies Group
  • Decorative Painting Pals of Texas
  • East Texas Herpetological Society
  • Fanta-Sea Divers Club
  • Girl Scouts
  • Humble Area Genealogical Society
  • Kingwood Area Writers
  • Kingwood Civic Club

You can see a full list of the clubs in Kingwood here: https://www.kingwood.com/clubs.php. There are so many opportunities to meet new people and do what you love in Kingwood. 

Kingwood Hotels

You won’t be able to find any hotels directly in the residential area of Kingwood. However, you can find many off of Interstate-69. Here are the hotels nearest to Kingwood:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Houston Kingwood
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston-Kingwood Parc-Airport
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kingwood Houston
  • Extended Stay America Houston Kingwood
  • Baymont by Wyndham Kingwood
  • Comfort Suites Kingwood Houston North
  • Palace Inn Kingwood

Kingwood is a great place to stay for those who are visiting Houston. It is quieter and is only a short drive from North Houston. While you may not be able to enjoy 5-star resorts and spas in Kingwood, you can find a comfortable stay in a beautiful neighborhood.

Buy a Home in Kingwood

If you are falling in love with Kingwood, the best way to fully enjoy this life is to buy a home here. There are a few different housing options. You can find apartments, townhouses and single family homes. From large, expensive homes to smaller, patio homes, you can find the best fit for you and your budget in Kingwood.  Currently, all of the Kingwood neighborhoods are completely developed other than Royal Brook Village. All other neighborhoods with homes for sale will be previously owned. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a new owner to make it their own. All throughout Kingwood, residents are remodeling and landscaping their homes to make them better fit their personal style.

Kingwood Builders

Kingwood has not had brand new homes for sale in many years, until recently with the development of Royal Brook Village. There are many builders to choose from in Kingwood, Texas. By having your home built, you can get complete customization or pick from a variety of beautiful home plans.  Here are the seven builders in Kingwood:
  • Ashton Woods: offering four single family home plans in the Village of Royal Brook, starting between $351,000-$396,000.
  • Drees Custom Homes: there are 16 single family home floor plans available in the Village of Royal Brook for between $439,000-$551,000.
  • J. Patrick Homes: offering 17 single family home plans priced from the $520s in the Village of Royal Brook.
  • Lennar: there are a total of 45 home floor plans being offered in the Village of Royal Brook and priced between $237,990-$432,990.
  • Perry Homes: not currently offering homes in the Kingwood community, but offering homes nearby throughout Humble. 
  • Trendmaker Homes: offering a few move-in-ready homes in the Village of Royal Brook priced from the $390s. 
  • Village Builders: not currently offering homes in the Kingwood community, but offering homes nearby throughout Humble. 
While these may be the only current builders in Kingwood, all of the homes throughout the community have been constructed by different builders. This means that all of the neighborhoods look special and unique. Prospective homebuyers can choose from large mansions to smaller townhouses at a wide range of prices. 

Home Prices in Kingwood

In Kingwood, the median home price is $275,000 which is about $111 per square foot. While this is true, you can find homes ranging from the $100,000s to up to $5 million. This is not much different from the nearby area of Humble, Texas where the median home price is $250,000. 

The cost of your home will depend on what street you live on, what amenities are close to you, how private your home is, if you have a pool, the acreage and square footage and any attractions that may be nearby. Whether you decide to purchase a new home in Royal Brook Village or go for an older one in Kings Point, you can find the home of your dreams here in Kingwood. 

Cost of Living in Kingwood

Texas has a famously low cost of living and no income tax. However, residents still have to pay property taxes. There are a few things that may determine cost of living in a Texas city:

  • Property taxes
  • Community and lifestyle
  • HOA fees

There are four bills that are included in the annual property tax in Texas: county taxes, Water Control and Improvement District tax, Independent School District tax and Municipal Utility District tax.

The HOA fees in Kingwood are usually dependent on nearby amenities, size of the home, subdivision and a few other factors. In Kingwood, HOA fees can be between $250 and $2500 a year, although it is most commonly around $1200. 

There is no cost of living assessment for Kingwood, so the nearby city of Humble can be assessed instead using www.city-data.com. The cost of living in Humble, using 100 as the American average, is shown here:

  • Groceries: 96.1
  • Housing costs: 70.3
  • Healthcare: 92.4
  • Transportation costs: 118.7
  • Utilities: 96.9

There are a few things to keep in mind when looking at these numbers. The first is that it can be assumed that housing cost is much higher for Kingwood than Humble, as the median home price in Kingwood is $25,000 higher than that of Humble. The second is that the high transportation number can be owed to those who commute to and from Houston for work and errands.

Life in Kingwood, Texas

Residents living in Kingwood, Texas get to enjoy peaceful scenery and beautiful homes on tree-lined streets. This community is a great place for families who are looking for somewhere safe and with tons of activities. Residents can enjoy the high quality schools, exciting amenities, scenic parks, and exciting shopping and dining here in Kingwood.

This master-planned community is perfect for those who want to live in a tight-knit community that loves the outdoors. This Friendswood Development Company community is the perfect place to settle down and begin exploring. No matter what kind of lifestyle you are hoping for, you can find it here in Kingwood.

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