Growth Continues as Bridgeland Celebrates 15 Years

Terry Swenson Benefit Homes Project

GHBA’s annual charity fundraiser, the Benefit Homes Project has been the recipient of several homesites donated by the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) over the years, with the sixth lot donated in Bridgeland for a Benefit Home built by M/I Homes in 2019.

GHBA congratulates Bridgeland, an 11,500-acre masterplanned community located in Cypress, TX. The MPC celebrated two milestones recently – the launch of its third of four villages, and Bridgeland’s 15th anniversary in October.

Prairieland Village is located on the west side of Grand Parkway and will consist of 7,000 homesites and will have approximately 26,000 residents once complete. Prairieland residents will be zoned to Waller, Cy-Fair and Katy Independent School Districts. Since starting presales this May, there have been more than 80 homes sold. A grand opening celebration is being planned for April 2022.


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Amenities will include a series of lakes designed for recreational activities, a lakefront pavilion, activity complex and village park, canoe and kayak launches, hiking and biking trails, birdwatching locations, catch-and-release fishing, neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and shade pavilions.

Prairieland Village is envisioned as a development that is “Painted by Nature,” where natural elements of the prairie-like setting have been seamlessly integrated into the landscape and architectural design. Materials and colors have all been thoughtfully selected to pioneer a low-impact design with a contemporary, natural aesthetic. An expansive central green space will feature plantings of prairie and meadow-like flora and fauna that will provide a welcoming habitat for native and migrating butterflies, insects, and other pollinating species, for which pollinator plants have been integrated into each residential landscape. Rain gardens and bioswales will help cleanse the water before sending it downstream as well as assist in stormwater management during rain events.

The new village will include a diverse mix of housing products and prices. The current builder lineup for Prairieland includes Beazer Homes, Chesmar Homes, Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Lennar, M/I Homes, Newmark Homes, Perry Homes, Ravenna Homes, Tri Pointe Homes, Village Builders and Westin Homes.

“Howard Hughes and the Bridgeland Community have been huge supporters of the GHBA and the GHBA charities,” said Patrick Mayhan, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project. “Through their donation of six lots, they have supported HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. They have also donated separate lots to Operation Finally Home exclusively to be built on for that charity to provide injured veterans returning from duty, a mortgage-free new home for them and their families.”

“We can’t thank Heath Melton with the Howard Hughes Corporation enough for spearheading the support the Benefit Homes Project has received from the company and from the award-winning Bridgeland community. We look forward to many more opportunities with the help of HHC to make a difference in the lives of those in crisis in our community,” added Mayhan.

Each year, two homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated lots, materials, and services from GHBA members. The homes are sold at market value and the majority of the proceeds benefit HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. In its 41-year history, the Benefit Homes Project has raised more than $12 million.

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Terry Swenson

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A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's Director of Public Relations. She is also the founder of the PictureThis Project, which puts cameras in the hands of Houston's homeless and allows them to share their story, through their lens.