Margie Kaplan specializes in luxury homes, high rise condos, and other The Woodlands, Texas real estate. She has been a Texas Realtor since 1983 and a licensed Broker since 1986. She was the designated Broker of RE/MAX Memorial in Houston and then transferred to RE/MAX Professional Group and in 2006 had her grand opening of MK Luxury Homes and Condos, Inc. in Houston and Dallas.
She holds many designations including CRS, CLHMS, CNHS, CFS, ePRO. Most of her The Woodlands real estate business is by referral and repeat clients. She has one of the most talked about and previewed web sites regarding luxury homes and high rise condos for sale or lease in The Woodlands and from her website you can view hundreds of VIRTUAL TOURS from the privacy of your own home.
The Woodlands, founded in 1974, is some 28 miles north of Downtown Houston. It is a much in demand master-planned community, with a population of just over 90,000. The community combines recreational amenities, and an emphasis on education with multi spectrum residential neighborhoods. Business and commercial spaces abound, from office spaces to retail shops and entertainment venues. The setting is naturally beautiful, with above 25% of The Woodlands being dedicated to green space. This provides residents and visitors with multiple parks, pathways and open spaces, not to mention the golf courses and forest preserves that are in the area.
The Woodlands blends nature with modern conveniences and makes living and working in the area a pleasure. Commutes are short, and lifestyle laidback and old world, and corporate maneuvering often gives way to friendly community sports. Education opportunities range from pre-primary to post graduate, and homes are available in a range of styles and prices. From humble beginnings as a suburban development and bedroom community, The woodlands has grown to a much more urban presence. Economically, the beginning of the 21st century saw a surge of construction in commercial and office space, attracting corporations, like Chevron Phillips, Hewitt Associates, Anadarko, Huntsman, CB&I, Baker Hughes, Marsk Sealand, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, etc. There is no dearth of residential properties as well as corporate space and the city has a shopping mall, multiple golf courses, a concert venue, and well known star rated hotel chains. The Woodlands is connected to the outside world by two major thoroughfares the I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. The Bush Intercontinental Airport is no more than 17 miles of easy drive, and Downtown Houston is just a little ways up the I-45.
Founded, in 1974, by George P. Mitchell, The Woodlands was planned using many planning concepts that have served other new communities well. Amazingly, the original plans also included the environmental design principals that are coming into vogue now. As a result, although it continues to grow, both residentially and commercially, it has retained, and is likely to continue to have, its green belt and its charm. The Town Center now includes facilities for shopping and eating, and a waterway. Although the original plan had a vision of eventual annexation by the city of Houston, Woodlands residents began to create their independent city government around the turn of the century to prevent that from happening, and with a view to the eventual incorporation of the city.
The area is a popular destination for relocating young families due to an excellent school system. From good preschool options to higher education, children in the community have access to some of the best schools, ranked far above the state and national standards. The school districts include the Conroe Independent School District, the Magnolia Independent School District, and the Tomball Independent School District. Easy access to parks, playgrounds, schools, places of worship and shopping and entertainment are part of the overall sense of community and convenience. Families cycling along bike trails, walking, shopping at local village stores, and picnicking at neighborhood parks, are everyday images of village life in The Woodlands.
Shopping, dining out, swimming, playgrounds, golf courses, parks and trails, and entertainment venues, a load of fun activities are just a short distance away. The Woodlands is a great place in which to work, and this attracts more young families, which in turn attract employers. Local job opportunities grow every year, and there is always the choice of commuting to Houston to work. Over the years, The Woodlands has grown well, balancing economic advances with good community life. Planning for the future includes a list of new entertainment venues, and improvements to the Waterway.