Forty years on, The Woodlands, that foresty enclave north of Houston, isn’t just any old master-planned community. It’s a master-planned community with a bullet, with one of the highest rates of home sales in the country. Why? Maybe it’s the walkable downtown, or the restaurants galore (not just chains, anymore), the shops, the recreation. Or maybe it’s just the trees. Learn more about the past, present, and future of George Mitchell’s brainchild in this salute to our neighbors to the north, and find out what Woodlands types think about their neighbors to the south.

In This Feature:

The Woodlands Grows and Grows—and Maybe Gets Real

At 40 years old, The Woodlands has made great strides in livability—and broken out of its ‘cookie-cutter’ reputation.

02/02/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Wagyu in The Woodlands?

They’ve come a long way, baby.

02/02/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best Restaurants: The Woodlands Edition

Where to eat when you’re up north

02/02/2014 By Albert Nurick

The Woodlands: What’s in Store

Where there’s wealth, there’s good stuff to buy.

02/02/2014 By Kerry H.

What To Do in the Woodlands

When in The Woodlands, do as the Woodlanders do.

02/02/2014 By Peter Holley

Survey: What the Woodlanders Said

We polled scores of Woodlandians to find out exactly how they feel about the town they call home.

02/02/2014 Illustrations by Alese Pickering By Katharine Shilcutt

Arts in The Woodlands: Beyond the Pavilion

In The Woodlands, cultural offerings begin and end with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Is the public hungry for more?

02/02/2014 By Michael Hardy