So many of us love our hometown of The Woodlands. It is an exceptionally wonderful place to live, work, play, learn and discover. And the fact that this acclaimed, award-winning master-planned community has recently been recognized by Niche.com as the “#1 Best City to Live in America” for 2021 makes it even sweeter.
The prestigious A+ grade by Niche.com resulted in the top ranking, which is based upon rigorous analysis of data and reviews of factors such as public schools, housing, being good for families, jobs, diversity, health & fitness, and outdoor activities.
Set in harmony with nature, as originally envisioned by founder George Mitchell when it opened in 1974, The Woodlands today boasts a thriving and dynamic economic environment, world-class shopping (thanks to Market Street – The Woodlands, The Woodlands Mall, and area boutiques), and stellar healthcare, all accented by cultural entertainment (highlighted by The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion) and vibrant art.
Did you know that The Woodlands has one of the largest outdoor art collections in the nation? Positioned throughout the various villages, art aficionados and novices alike appreciate the 80 pieces of art which include 56 unique sculptures and 24 interactive art benches. The Howard Hughes Corporation® purchased the outdoor art sculptures through an Art Fund created in 1973 and the art bench program was commissioned through The Woodlands Arts Council.
The first sculpture installation was in 1974 at the entrance for the grand opening of The Woodlands. “The Family” by Charles Pebworth is a metal abstract that spans four stories high. Perhaps the most notable public art display is “Rise of the Midgard Serpent” which was installed in Lake Woodlands in 1985 before the lake was filled. Viewable from Woodlands Parkway, this at 35 feet long and six feet high mythological snake peeks over the top of Lake Woodlands.
Spanning 28,500 acres, The Woodlands practices environmental preservation by dedicating 28% (nearly 8,000 acres) as undeveloped green space. With 220 miles of hike-and-bike trails and 148 parks, The Woodlands is a forested oasis for its residents and visitors. A highlight is the George Mitchell Preserve, a large, forested nature preserve covering nearly 17,000 acres that offers a 2-mile main hiking trail loop and 3 miles of bike trails, all accented by a lake.
The Woodlands is considered a great destination for vacationers to visit with so many things to explore and discover – whether you’re from out of town or just an hour’s drive away.
Congratulations to The Woodlands for earning this prestigious recognition. To live here is truly the best!
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