Situated far enough from downtown Houston to avoid the frenzy, yet close enough to indulge in its advantages, Northwest Houston communities surrounding Hockley and Tomball strike the delicate balance between city and rural life.
Originally referred to as “Peck,” the town of Tomball officially changed its name in honor of local politician Thomas Ball. Although settlers had already been in the area since the early 1800s, Tomball didn’t incorporate until 1933. Following World War II, Texans avoiding crime and traffic fled to the countryside of Northwest Houston for a lower cost of living. With the majority of homes in the area built inside the last 50 years, the population of these communities continues to grow.
The Tomball Independent School District serves all of Tomball, while Hockley falls within Waller ISD. Famous alumni range from NBA superstar Jimmy Butler to Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay.
Firmly rooted on 249 just north of the Sam Houston Tollway near Champion Forest, Willowbrook Mall is one of the largest commercial development spaces in the city of Houston. Thriving since 1981, the mall has undergone multiple renovations to proudly house a mix of 160 different modern retail and restaurant businesses.
In addition to various eateries, boutiques, and a Kroger grocery store across the street, the Tomball Marketplace provides Northwest Houston locals with a Target, Kohl’s, Academy, and Marshall’s.
Spring Creek Park
This clean, peaceful campsite allows space for all sorts of fun family activities. Boasting trails, public restrooms, and even an archery range, this historic park is a much-loved spot for Tomball residents.
In the northern part of the Lakewood Forest neighborhood is this unique park, which—unlike most public recreational areas—offers cricket fields and a butterfly garden.