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Fairfield: Landmark master-planned community in its final phase of new-home sales

Fairfield: Landmark master-planned community in its final phase of new-home sales

One of Houston’s iconic master-planned communities will build its final new homes this year.
Fairfield, located off US 290 at Mason Road and the site of the former historic Nine Bar Ranch, has made history of its own as the community that started the housing growth in the northwest corridor. The 3,200-acre master-planned community by Friendswood Development Company has just 28 home sites remaining and is expected to sell its final new homes by the end of the year.
In 1989, Friendswood Development Company introduced Fairfield to an area of the Houston market that relatively unknown for residential development, and offered new-home buyers a vision in the form of a long-term master plan that included a wide variety of housing styles and price ranges, school sites and abundant recreation that included parks, lakes, miles of greenbelt trails, and recreation areas. It was also one of the first in the Houston area to offer a 15,000 square-foot athletic club just for residents that included a fitness center, tennis courts, a competition-size pool, ball and soccer fields and even meeting and child care areas. Today, Fairfield has a total of six neighborhood pools, the Fairfield Athletic Club that is active with events and activities year-round, a long list of parks including a dog park and miles of greenbelt trails that wind throughout the community.
“The Houston market was already familiar with Friendswood Development Company’s reputation and its success with venturing into new areas such as Clear Lake City and Kingwood,” said Kayla Stewart, Senior Land Analyst for Friendswood Development Company. “Fairfield also opened on the heels of the huge success of Copperfield, our first northwest Houston master-planned community, so most new-home buyers trusted the Friendswood name and the promise that the master plan we presented would be fully executed.”
The past 20 years has been very successful for Fairfield, which has continued to benefit from continuous growth in the northwest Houston area and saw a particularly strong surge in popularity after the opening of the Houston Premium Outlets in 2008 on land that was designated for commercial development within the community. What followed was a number of medical, retail and service businesses continue to open. Over the past year, Fairfield experienced another home sales surge with the opening of the northwest segment of the adjacent Grand Parkway, which made a significant impact on the daily commute for a large number of Fairfield residents.
Also contributing to Fairfield’s success were highly rated schools in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and the plan for schools within its master plan. Ault Elementary School was open in the early years of Fairfield’s development and quickly became known for its outstanding performance by students and teachers, remaining an Exemplary rated school by the Texas Education Agency. Today, Fairfield has a total of four schools within its boundaries. In addition to Ault, the community is home to Keith Elementary, Swenke Elementary and Salyards Middle schools.
At its build out, Fairfield will have a total of 5,585 homes. Lennar is selling the final new homes in Fairfield and has a model home and sales office open daily.
“As more and more new-home buyers discover that new-home opportunities are limited in Fairfield, interest has remain strong,” Stewart added. “If sales continues at this pace, Fairfield may be built out even sooner than expected.”
About Friendswood Development Company
In 1962, Friendswood Development Company introduced the Houston housing market to the concept of the master-planned community with the opening of Clear Lake City. Today, Friendswood Development Company master-planned, Trailwood and urban communities span across all areas of the Greater Houston market, offering new homes priced from the $100,000s to more than $1 million by top builders. Active master-planned communities in Houston include West Ranch in the city of Friendswood, Fairfield in Cypress, Grand Mission Estates in West Houston, Graystone Hills in Conroe, Lakes of Savannah in the Pearland area, Wildwood at NorthPointe and Woodtrace in the Tomball area, Falls at Green Meadows in Katy, Royal Brook in Kingwood and Tavola just north of Kingwood. Active urban communities include Knoll Park in the Spring Branch area and Upland Preserve in the City Centre area.

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