|Thursday 2/29/2024 11:18 PM
REMEMBERING: ASHFORD HILLS IN THE NEWS
Excerpt of an article written by Katherine Feser from the June 2nd, 2003 Houston Chronicle:
With high ceilings and open floor plans, the 20-plus-year-old patio homes of Ashford Hills have a modern flavor.
"We think the houses were ahead of their time when they were built," says Cy Spackman, who moved to a brand-new house in 1982 in the subdivision developed by Arbor Homes.
Spackman was attracted to the area when Conoco offered to pay the relocation costs for employees who moved within a 10-mile circle of its westside campus. The Spackmans were living on Willowbend, a street that changed as scores of apartments were built. Ashford Hills offered a quiet alternative.
"When we first came out here, it was so undeveloped," he recalls.
That has changed as the area has mushroomed with subdivisions, retail developments and office buildings. Ashford Hills still provides a quiet, shady setting tucked behind Dairy Ashford and Briar Forest. Although the neighborhood is small, it features four park-like areas owned and maintained by the homeowners association, and a community pool. The parks were developed on lots where houses were not built because of fault lines.
The location inside of Texas 6 cuts out traffic associated with commuting to Katy. Recently opened schools including West Briar Middle and Westside High in Houston Independent School District have been a draw. Plus, the patio home setup means less yard to maintain.
"They have a little bit more open, modern, contemporary feel to them than most of the homes that have been built in this area,"…
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