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Summer Storm Neighborhood Marquis

Summer Storm Neighborhood Marquis

Summer Storm Neighborhood is the largest neighborhood in the north Cochran’s Crossing horseshoe area. Summer Storm is located in the very heart of The Woodlands right off of Research Forest and the 2nd Cochran’s Crossing Road (if headed West on Research Forest). Summer Storm’s location is conveniently located to everything The Woodlands has to offer.  A unique aspect to the neighborhood of Summer Storm is that there is an additional entrance/exit aside from Cochran’s Crossing called Cat’s Craddle which is a street that crosses over Research Forest directly into The Woodlands High School. As you can imagine, this easy High School access makes for increased traffic in the mornings and evenings, however most of the traffic is on foot as the kids are walking to and from school. Commuting from Summer Storm to I-45 is painless. If Research Forest has too many street lights for you to get to I-45, Highway 242 (a.k.a. College Park Drive) is less than 2 minutes away and will get you to I-45 just as fast, if not faster.

Summer Storm’s location within The Woodlands is considered ideal because it is:

  • 7 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • 12 minutes from Highway 2920
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

Like its adjoining neighborhoods: Amberglow, Tealpoint and Havenpoint, Summer Storm was built by both

Summer Storm is a tree-lined neighborhood

Summer Storm is a tree-lined neighborhood

David Weekley Builders and Village Builders. However, unique to this section of Cochran’s Crossing is that you will also find Ryland Home Builders and Pulte Home Builders. The homes are all very traditional with a few colonial-style columned entry ways sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. The homes feature brick facades, some wooden shutters flanking the windows, and steep sloped roofs. As I was driving through its streets, Summer Storm seems to have more one-story homes than most comparable neighborhood.   Homes range anywhere from 2,000 sq.ft. to 3,000 sq.ft. in size. Also different from adjoining neighborhoods is that the garages on many of the homes are a more prominent aspect of the facades where as most of the homes in the neighboring areas have detached garages tucked behind the homes. There are no sidewalks, but the concrete streets with curbs and clean yards make this neighborhood very aesthetically pleasing. There are also great walking/biking/running trails that connect through the front and back of the neighborhood.

A peak into the Summer Storm neighborhood

A peak into the Summer Storm neighborhood

Summer Storm has an very active real estate market for its size.  There are currently 6 homes for sale plus 3 homes pending sales. Since January 1, 2008 there have been 20 homes sold with an average days on market of 34 which is fantastic.   The neighborhood price range is between $170k – $360k which is a high-demand price range in The Woodlands. Of the 20 homes that sold last year, the average price was $230,225 and the price per square foot was $91.54 (bearing in mind that some homes sold for as much as $114/sq.ft).  This is a very reasonable price per square foot for The Woodlands in this price range.

To help me learn more about the Summer Storm neighborhood I started talking with a resident, Jamie, mom of 3 who has lived in their home in Summer Storm for 4 years now. Jamie said that she has been happy with the area. Her kids have plenty of friends to play as was evident by the many groups of children playing throughout the neighborhood whether they were on bikes, throwing a football or playing “fairies.” Jamie’s children are not yet High School age, but she is excited for when they will be attending The Woodlands High School because of the easy access her neighborhood affords by crossing Cat’s Craddle. She also mentioned that

Summer Storm Neighborhood Park

Summer Storm Neighborhood Park

the location was great as she can zip to and from all of her regular errand stops and still be home in time to let the dog out. As a negative Jamie did not like that a good number of the homes in Summer Storm back to Research Forest Drive, including her own. There is a thick row of trees and a walking trail between the backyards and the road, but Jamie mentioned that after having owned a home that backs to a busy road, she will make sure that will not be a characteristic in her next home. When I asked here where she would move in The Woodlands, if she had to, she says she honestly would stay in Cochran’s Crossing. She loves the feel of the area and everything she needs is right there.

I also met Danielle, mother of 3 who has lived in Summer Storm 9 years and has really enjoyed it. “We are a very active family with 3 very buys kids. The location is great, my kids have all of their friends really close and that makes being the mom easy on me because I am able to get to know all of the parents and we keep close tabs on all the kids.” She also is very grateful to have the easy

Woodlands High School in nearby

Woodlands High School in nearby

in and out access to The Woodlands High School because she said that Research Forest can get messy and she avoids it all together. Danielle mentioned that she loves all of the mature trees and one of her favorite times of day is in the late morning when she walks her dog up and down the near by streets. When asked about the negatives of the area Danielle mentioned that for some reason there are constantly people moving in and out of the area. “There are at least 5 yard signs up at a time in this neighborhood and I don’t understand why, but it is a great opportunity to get to know new people I guess” she commented. When asked where she would move if she were to sell her current house she mentioned that she really likes some of the larger homes in Indian Springs and you would still have the benefits of a great location, being in the middle of The Woodlands.

Summer Storm is a beautiful, active neighborhood that seems to keep its home owners happy. There are a lot of young families, a lot of new families and a lot of people whom look after one another. Summer Storm is a well established neighborhood with great location, great schools, great neighbors and great amenities and what seems to be plenty of opportunity to move in to one of its houses.

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