Perks of Living in North Houston

North Houston is where you’ll find some of the best communities in Texas. The region gives residents all the convenience of living in an urban area and the relaxation of living out in nature. Years ago Square Cow Movers opened a location in The Woodlands to help families and businesses move into the idyllic area of North Houston, and we’ve enjoyed seeing the area flourish.

Here are a few things that highlight what North Houston has to offer.

Out in Nature, but Close to the City

First, what is considered North Houston? Most locals consider North Houston to be the area north of Sam Houston tollway all the way up to The Woodlands.

The Woodlands was one of the first master-planned communities of its kind, and it’s considered one of the best places to live in North Houston. It’s a family-friendly community with a variety of upscale homes surrounded by protected woodlands, which is how the city got its name. The Woodlands is an extremely safe community with some of the best schools in greater Houston.

Like The Woodlands, Spring is also its own census-designated area in North Houston. It offers some of the most affordable North Houston real estate and a great commute time. Spring is a very diverse area with schools that consistently receive 8-10 ratings from

Both of these communities, as well as a number of others, are about a 30-minute drive from downtown Houston.

Having Fun in North Houston

After a long day’s work you can either relax at home or get out and explore the area. There are countless fun things to do in North Houston whether you’re going solo or bringing the whole family.

Golf Courses in North Houston

If you play golf, then North Houston is where you’ll want to spend time out on the green. There’s a huge selection of public and private golf courses to choose from, including:

  • Cypresswood Golf Club
  • The Oaks and Panther Trail Golf Course
  • Windrose Golf Club
  • The Woodlands Golf Club
  • Augusta Pines Golf Club
  • Lake Windcrest Golf Club

There’s also a Topgolf North Houston location for all of you golf enthusiasts

Wet n’ Wild SplashTown

Get ready for tons of fun out in the sun! This popular waterpark is an active spot during the spring and summer. There are rides and attractions for people of all ages from little tadpoles to senior swimmers.

Parks and Greenbelts

Living out in nature means you also get to play out in nature. Spring Creek Greenbelt just east of the city stretches for 40 miles. In addition to hiking and biking you can canoe and kayak out on the creek. Within the Woodlands there are 130 parks! There’s a total of 7,790 acres of greenspace and over 200 miles of hike and bike trails. Two more areas of interest for nature lovers are Mercer Botanical Gardens south of Spring and the WG Jones State Forest north of The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Mall

With 183 stores, The Woodlands Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in Houston. But The Woodlands Mall isn’t just a shopping mecca. It’s also home to some of the best restaurants in North Houston and offers a variety of entertainment, including a carousel for the kids.

Getting Around North Houston

Getting to Downtown Houston

Many people that live in North Houston commute to work downtown and take trips on the weekend to enjoy a bit of big city life. Getting to downtown is virtually a straight shot from North Houston: 

  • Get on Hardy Toll Rd and head south
  • Keep going 23 miles until you can merge on I-610 E
  • Take Exit 20 to merge onto I-69/US-59 S
  • Continue on I-69/US-59 S until you see an exit for N Jackson St

Getting From Spring to The Woodlands

You don’t have to travel far to get between the largest communities of North Houston. Spring and The Woodlands are just a few miles apart. Get from Spring to The Woodlands by:

  • Getting on I-45 N by heading west on W Riley Fuzzle Rd or Spring Cypress Rd
  • Continue north on I-45 for about 8 miles
  • Take The Woodlands Dr Exit

Getting to The Woodlands Mall

Spend a day window shopping, dining and letting the kids loose in the play area at The Woodlands Mall. The mall is located at:

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr

The Woodlands, TX 77380