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Meritage Homes to Start Model Construction

Apr 26, 2018

Meritage Homes will soon begin construction of model homes in Spring Brook Village following the Houston City Council’s consent to allow the creation of a Municipal Utility District (MUD) for the Spring Branch-area development.

Located along Gessner Road near Clay Road at the site of the former Pine Crest Golf Course, Spring Brook Village began development in spring of 2017 as one of the largest new-home communities in the highly desirable Spring Branch area of Houston. All homes in the community will be built outside of the 500-year flood plain, satisfying the elevated standards recently passed by the city. The city council gave its consent for the MUD Wednesday.

“Our plan from the very beginning was to ensure that no homes would be built within the 100-year or 500-year flood plains,” said Kyle Davison, Division President for Meritage Homes in Houston.

To do this, Meritage is building a 26-acre drainage system to keep rainwater contained in the center of the community away from homes and neighbors. The drainage system will be capable of holding as much water as the previous golf course would have, as well as accommodating water run-off from the new homes and streets at a faster rate. The excavated dirt is being used to elevate the areas of the community where homes will be built so they are 2 feet above the specified 500-year flood plain. No new net dirt has been added to the community during development, which also meets new city requirements.

“Meritage Homes is developing responsibly so Spring Brook Village will have no negative impact to the surrounding community,” Davison said. “The drainage system will be able to hold the same amount of water and convey it at the same or lesser rate as when the property was a golf course.”

And because the drainage system was partially constructed prior to August 2017, its capabilities have already been tested by one of the most devastating storms to hit the Houston area — Hurricane Harvey.

“We had only completed the first phase of the drainage system when Harvey dumped an unprecedented amount of rain on the region,” Davison said. “The drainage system performed exactly as expected, with no water exceeding its banks. Because we were able to contain the storm water, the drainage system was a big reason Brickhouse Gully did not flood adjacent neighborhoods during Hurricane Harvey.”

In addition to meeting building requirements regarding the level at which homes must be built, Meritage is exceeding several other standards set by the City of Houston.

“The homesites will be much larger than similar new-home construction in the area and our density of eight homes per acre is much less than the 27 units per acre allowed by the City of Houston,” Davison said. “In addition, all of our homes will be single-family detached and either one or two stories.”

Approximately 900 homes are projected for the 115-acre Spring Brook Village, with the first phase comprising 41 townhomes, 46 patio homes and 28 executive homes of up to 2,870 square feet. Meritage Homes, the developer and exclusive homebuilder in Spring Brook Village, will offer homes priced from the mid $200,000s to mid $400,000s. Construction is starting on three townhome models, two patio homes models and one executive home model.

The water contained within the drainage system will also function as community amenity lakes and will be flanked with park space for residents to enjoy. Other Spring Brook Village amenities include an area for outdoor yoga, a duck pond with a picnic pavilion, a scenic boardwalk, a recreation center, a dog park and hike-and-bike trails.

“Most of the new residential areas in Spring Branch are very small — only 1 to 10 acres with very dense, attached housing,” said Lawrence Dean, Regional Director for Metrostudy, a national housing research firm. “And that’s a valuable distinction. A community of 1 or even 10 acres can’t offer the community feel Spring Brook Village will have.

“Spring Brook Village has an excellent location, and there’s quite a bit of demand for new and resale housing in the area. It’s immediately adjacent to the Energy Corridor and close enough to downtown that getting to work isn’t even a commute by Houston’s standards. Excellent shopping and dining are close, and the surrounding Spring Shadows neighborhood is one of the best-maintained and attractive established areas in Spring Branch.”

Home sales in Spring Brook Village are expected to begin in July with models grand opening in August. Children in the community will attend schools in the Spring Branch Independent School District.

About Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes is the seventh-largest public homebuilder in the United States, based on homes closed in 2017. Meritage Homes builds and sells single-family homes for first- time, move-up, and active adult buyers in markets including California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Meritage Homes has designed and built over 100,000 homes in its 32-year history, and has a reputation for its distinctive style, quality construction, and positive customer experience. Meritage Homes is the industry leader in energy-efficient homebuilding and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award every year since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy efficient homebuilding.

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