The Villages – Houston Neighborhood Overview
Piney Point Village
Piney Point Village is a city in Harris County, Texas, located on the west side of Houston. The Village has a total land area of 2.1 square miles.
In 1824, John D. Taylor received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin for a league centered on “pine point” at the southernmost turn of Buffalo Bayou. Taylor’s house became known as Piney Point. Our research does not tell us why Taylor selected this land so distant from other settlements in the area. It may have been due to its resources of water and timber or its natural location as a stopping point between John Harris’s settlement of Harrisburg and Stephen F. Austin’s headquarters in San Felipe de Austin.
In 1844, the Board of Roads and Revenues of Harris County approved a public road from Houston (founded in 1836) to Piney Point and on to the county line. By 1885, Piney Point was a station on the Texas Western Railroad and was part of a settlement of largely German farmers.
In 1936, state highway maps located Piney Point near several sawmills in the area.
In 1954 Piney Point was incorporated with an alderman form of government and by 1966 had a public school and four churches.
The population rose from 1,790 in 1960 to 3,257 in 1990, to 3,380 in 2000, and dropped slightly to 3,125 in 2010. As of the 2010 census there were 3,125 people, 1,064 households and 945 families residing within the city limits. As of 2010, Piney Point Village has the highest per capita income in Texas.
Hunter’s Creek Village
Incorporated in 1954, the city of Hunters Creek Village is a vibrant community of 4,400 people living in approximately 1,460 homes.
Within its 2 square miles are 22 miles of streets and 6.33 miles of hiking and biking paths.
In the early 1950s, a group of citizens living on the West side of Houston concerned about the lack of zoning gathered to incorporate their own cities.
The Hedwig Villages derived from land grants given to John Taylor and Isaac Bunker for their service during the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. Over the years, they sold parts of their land to various owners.
Many of the early settlers were from Germany; some of the streets are named after them. They were farmers and some raised livestock. Since the area was heavily wooded, there were also sawmills and lumberyards in the area.
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