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Grand Oaks Reserve readying model homes

August 6, 2018

Since their ribbon cutting May 1, there’s been a rumble on the 750-acres along TX 321 and the TX 105 bypass in Cleveland as work on the Grand Oaks Reserve subdivision inches toward another milestone.

Workers spent the good part of the week pouring the foundations for what will be a model home park in the front of the subdivision while excavators and bulldozers continue digging out the 40-acre detention pond along the backside of the property. Phase 1 of the project was estimated to cost around $110 million.

McKinley Vice President Amanda De Rosario told the News Advocate that they plan on building five homes, three from a tier one home and one from a tier two, and the last one a tier three luxury home.

“The smallest homes will begin at 2,300 square feet and will be listed in the mid-$200k range,” she said.

The Tier Three homes will have considerably more square feet and De Rosario said they were still working on the price points for those homes but estimated them to be in the low $400k range.

“We will have a custom section that will be a half million-plus,” she said.

The subdivision will also boast luxury condos and apartments.

“They won’t be the condos you’ll see in the River Oaks area, but they’ll be very nice,” De Rosario promised.

The infrastructure for the development is steadily being installed. Pipe for water and sewer, culverts and even fire hydrants are lined up above ground awaiting crews to bury them as the dirt work is completed.

“We’ve also begun development for the commercial area. That will be something that will really spark Cleveland once we get some commercial out there,” she said.

“We get a lot of inquiries right now which I’m very surprised at the number of them,” she said.

She’s received so many that De Rosario has now begun a waiting list.

Many of them, the vice president said, will live in the subdivision and work at their business on TX 321 once they start building.

“When you see the distance between Fulshear and downtown Houston and how it compares to this area, we’re hoping to see it flourish here in Cleveland in a similar manner,” she said.

De Rosario, who lives closer to Houston, said she is always asked, “What is in Cleveland?”

“I tell them that they’re on US 59 and a lot of good things are happening there,” she smiled. “The Houston area has Sugar Land, Pearland, and now there’s Cleveland.”

De Rosario boasted to her friends that the area is in the northeast where traffic is less congested and there’s additional amenities that make the move to Cleveland an opportune one.

“If you’re living on the eastside of Houston, you’re in the Innovation Corridor and that’s something that’s really sparked some attention, especially when the city of Houston was trying to attract Amazon,” she said.

“There’s a lot of new businesses coming to that area and they need somewhere to live,” she said and added “the further out you go is where you’re going to get the best value for your money. You can’t get it inside the Loop [610].”

The first set of homes will take a little longer to build and may not be open until November simply because they’re being constructed on virgin soil where there still aren’t a lot of streets and infrastructure completed.

“Once those are in, everything else will go much faster,” she said.

“It looks like we’ll have a beautiful Christmas,” she smiled. “Once these are done, things will go much faster.”

Meanwhile, underground easements, streets, and the golf course is underway. The 40-acre retention pond continues to be dug out. They are about 12 acres deep so far, but the ultimate goal is approximately 38 feet.

One of the more fascinating items that they have come across are trees with trunks so big they appear to be more than 100 years old.

“We’re trying to preserve as many of those as we can,” she said.

What can’t be seen from the road is the acres and acres of land that has already been cleared including the basic outline for the golf course.

All the dirt being dug out of the detention pond is being used to raise the elevation up front where homes will be built by approximately an additional 7 feet.

“Although Hurricane Harvey was a tragedy, it gave us an opportunity to see where our weak areas are, and we did elevate those areas,” she said.

De Rosario said that was something she believed their future homebuyers would be looking at and taking into consideration.

“Hopefully, that will never happen again, but if it does, this community will be able to handle it well,” she said.

De Rosario said they are trying to be patient and know that the result will be beautiful when it comes.

“Realistically, the only thing that is holding us back is waiting to get those streets in so people will know where their lots are,” she said.

It can’t come fast enough.

dtaylor@hcnonline.com

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