The Woodlands, Texas is now my hometown, and I love being a part of an exceptional community.  

The Woodlands provides some of the most sought after real estate in the United States. The Woodlands features 44 square miles of beautiful estates, urban style lofts, premier country clubs and golf courses, shopping malls, and top educational facilities. A planned community founded over 36 years ago, The Woodlands won an Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. Home to over 100,000 residents, this beautiful collection of villages is located just 32 miles North of Houston.

Developed along small rolling hills within a heavily forested area, each village contains its own recreational areas, schools, centers for worship, shopping, and playgrounds. This modern community is centered around convenience and consideration. If you are looking for a large family home on a lakefront or a loft in the middle of Town Center, The Woodlands has several ideal houses to choose from.


The Woodlands, Texas provides some of the best educational opportunities in the country. The Woodlands is located within the Conroe, Tomball, and Magnolia School Districts. Many of the schools in this community are recognized for their excellence on a national level. In fact, The Woodlands High School was listed in Newsweek's 2012 list of America's Best High Schools. There are over 30 pre-schools and several public and private school options. There are also two universities, Lone Star College-Montgomery and Lone Star College-University Center,  located within The Woodlands community.

Entertainment | Nightlife | Activities

When you live in The Woodlands, fun is only a few steps away. Each village provides exceptional shopping, dining, and entertainment. Whether you are ready for a night on the town or a fun family activity, The Woodlands can provide you with the entertainment you are looking for. The Woodlands Country Club, The Club at Carlton Woods, and the Canongate at The Woodlands, offer several fantastic golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, spas, and recreational facilities. The Woodlands Mall and Market Street make shopping a divine experience. The Cynthia Woods Pavilion hosts musical acts from symphonies to rock and roll.  Recently, Hughes Landing was developed and now we have world class restaurants like Trulucks to Escalantes to Local Pour.


The Woodlands, known to be one of the greenest communities in the area consisting of a total of 6,230 acres of luscious green land protected by 121 community parks, 7 golf courses and a plethora of forest preserves and greenbelts, was once given the name of "The Invisible City" by a visiting journalist due to the overwhelming presence of trees and forestry which almost hides the roadways, commercial areas and residential neighborhoods.  On one of my first visits to The Woodlands, I got lost looking for a gas station.  They have a wonderful sign ordinance that keeps the signs low to the ground and the stations hidden behind the trees.  I love that.

The Woodlands is an ideal place to go for a jog, a long walk, a scenic bike ride with the family, or a romantic picnic. The Woodlands consists of over 6,000 acres of green forest and provides residents with 190 miles of nature trails and bike paths. Each village has several parks, playgrounds, lakes, ponds, and swimming pools. The Woodlands also features the Riva Row Boat House and a Koi Pond. The Woodlands Waterway also provides water vessels and trolleys for a neat way to visit features along the waterway.

With all of the amenities and community spirit, it is no wonder why The Woodlands community has such a stunning reputation. The Woodlands is a wonderful place to raise a family, buy a first home, or settle into retirement. If you are interested in buying a home in The Woodlands, Rick Raanes is the rock star agent you have been looking for! If you are looking for the leading real estate agent for The Woodlands, contact Rick today!

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