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LOVE IT! I remember that listing well! Congratulations on your awesome home. :D

BTW everyone, Otter Pond, Gannet Hollow, and Shallow Pond all have options or contracts. These homes are going fast...people are definitely getting the message. Three years ago it was a lot different. There's a new listing on Fire Flicker that is the exact same floorplan as the one in the pics I posted and it's now listing for 147K. It's a neat house!

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I have always loved Life Forms homes. They were masters of use of space. There was very little wasted space in their homes. I have the line drawings of one of their homes built in the late 90's. Does anyone have any recommendations on who I can get to draw it up into usable blueprints or design a house very similar to it. We are going to build a house in the country and this is the only house that we have ever walked into and got that Ahh feeling.

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LOVE IT! I remember that listing well! Congratulations on your awesome home. :D

BTW everyone, Otter Pond, Gannet Hollow, and Shallow Pond all have options or contracts. These homes are going fast...people are definitely getting the message. Three years ago it was a lot different. There's a new listing on Fire Flicker that is the exact same floorplan as the one in the pics I posted and it's now listing for 147K. It's a neat house!

I have always loved Life Forms homes. They were masters of use of space. There was very little wasted space in their homes. I have the line drawings of one of their homes built in the late 90's. Does anyone have any recommendations on who I can get to draw it up into usable blueprints or design a house very similar to it. We are going to build a house in the country and this is the only house that we have ever walked into and got that Ahh feeling.

Unfortunatly, I have no guidance to give you, but I am also interested in finding plans of the Life Forms homes, such as the Tree House. We have the same idea as you - build a similar house in a rural, wooded setting. We had really liked some of the ones in Summerlyn Wave, sort of craftsman style cottages. Very private master suites and well laid interiors.

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I too am a lover of Life Forms homes. I just found out that they are no longer around. What a shame :( . I live in a Life Forms home that was built in 1994. I am trying to find the contractor or anyone who knows who put the thermostats in my home., I can't figure out how to work the thermostat. I went to the company's site but had no such luck.

You may have gotten the answer already, but if you haven't, you might try Jack's Cool Air, since they installed the AC in our 1994-built Laurel in Alden Trace. I wasn't totally thrilled with their service, I much prefer Phil Stojanik as an AC guy and home inspection guy for integrity and service, but Jack's was the name on my thermostat. I absolutely adored that house (tho we upsized to Altwood). I never felt "cold" even in the winter. The soaring LR-DR area always felt cozy and comfortable and full of light. Since we deliberately avoided stucco, we avoided mold problems entirely.

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We purchased a beautiful LifeForms home last December that was built in 1993. I don't know what the name of the floorplan is, but it's a very traditional, almost all red brick, four-bedroom, three-&-a-half bath, two-story, with all bedrooms on the second floor. You walk through the front door, with the staircase (which is really pretty) being just a tad off center to the left. There's a small entry foyer, with the formal living room to the right & the dining room to the left. On the other side of the formal living room is the family room, with both these rooms sharing the same fireplace. After you pass the dining room, you come to the laundry room on the left, which leads to the attached, two-car garage. On the right is the powder room. All of this leads to the kitchen, which is HUGE! The kitchen & family room each have a door that opens to the back yard. I've seen some houses where everything is flipped to the opposite side. The family room fireplace is flanked by display cases. We also have hardwood floors in the foyer, formal living room & dining room. The kitchen & bathrooms are white ceramic tile, which I desperately want to get rid of because it's so sterile looking & the grout is hard to clean, & white wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the rest of the house.

On the second floor, the master is off to the right, kind of at an angle at the top of the stairs. The sitting area is a little strange. Instead of it being off to the side, the room is where you walk in, thinking this is all there is to the bedroom, but when you step in to the room & look over to the left, that's where the sitting area is. This was very awkward at first in trying to place the furniture, but I'm pretty satisfied with the way I have it set up. The master bath is off to the right when you're in the bedroom, & has two separate sinks, as opposed to one long vanity with a double sink. As soon as you walk toward the bathroom, the tub is centered, with the toilet closet to the left & the shower to the right of the tub. The bathroom window faces the front of the house & the bedroom windows face the back. Prior to setting foot into the actual bathroom itself, there's a large, walk-in closet on the left & a smaller closet on the right. Before you enter the bedroom, you immediately see built-in shelves & cabinets when you get to the top of the stairs. There's a bedroom to the left of the shelves & another bedroom kind of across from that, where it sits above the dining room. The first secondary bedroom's window faces the back yard & the other secondary bedroom faces the street. As you go further down the hallway, there's a full bathroom with double vanity to the left. At the end of the upstairs, at the opposite end from the master bedroom, is the fourth bedroom, which is above the garage. This room has a small, full bathroom & the "Texas basement." I notice with this floor plan, which is almost 3,000 sq. ft., you could actually convert that storage room into a bedroom, but you'd still have the attic & garage for storage, & use that fourth bedroom as a game room. You could also take the sitting room part of my bedroom & wall up the bedroom, turning that into a loft when you come up the stairs & remove the built-in bookshelves/cabinet.

My only complaint is the way the kitchen is laid out. It's big & sunny, & the woodwork is beautiful (my cabinets are a warm chestnut color), but the sink & dishwasher lead into the family room. If I'm cleaning up in the kitchen, my husband is complaining that with the water running the sound goes right into the room & he can't hear the TV. Also, at first it was very awkward having the stove on the other side of the room from the sink. Typically, the stove & sink/diswasher are located on the same side of the kitchen or in close proximity to each other. Also, if we stay in our house for a long time, we'll probably change the tile countertops. That seems to be a LifeForms signature of their homes built during this time -- white ceramic tile countertops with a band of color tile on the edge. We ended up with blue, which is my least favorite color. I've seen other homes where the tile is red, green, black or mauve. I also don't like this tile because it's hard to clean & shows dirt. We also have the original towel bars & toilet-paper roll holders -- white with a gold band trim & faucets. But these are things that can be easily changed.

Is anyone else familiar with this floorplan? I can't seem to find a website on the company. I'd also like to mention that our house is in Haydens Run in Chochran's Crossing. All the homes in this neighborhood are LifeForms.

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pictures!! i wanna see it. ;) it sounds nice.

btw, they have some really efficient, "silent" dishwashers out now that may help reduce kitchen noise in your family area.

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pictures!! i wanna see it. ;) it sounds nice.

btw, they have some really efficient, "silent" dishwashers out now that may help reduce kitchen noise in your family area.

Well, I can't post any pictures until we get a new digital camera -- my husband left it in Russia when he was there on business a while back. We keep saying, "We have to get a new one" & just never do just out of sheer laziness. Anyway, we had our dishwasher replaced since the old one was the home's original & had seen better days. The dishwasher really isn't the problem -- it's pretty quiet -- it's when I'm running water or making noises with the dishes because I'm loading them into the dishwasher or putting clean ones away. I'm thinking if we stay in this house a long time, I'd like to have the sink/dishwasher moved to the other side of the kitchen, or even put up a partial wall to help block some of the noise. I lived in an old house for 11 years, where the kitchen didn't open to the family room & was separate; I didn't mind this at all. So, we'll see. :)

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Unfortunatly, I have no guidance to give you, but I am also interested in finding plans of the Life Forms homes, such as the Tree House. We have the same idea as you - build a similar house in a rural, wooded setting. We had really liked some of the ones in Summerlyn Wave, sort of craftsman style cottages. Very private master suites and well laid interiors.

We held onto the plans for our Laurel, because I'd never been in a home that gave me that feeling before, either! I wonder if anyone else in those neighborhoods did the same, and for a small fee would be willing to part with it, or with a copy of it...... it might be worth a little door-knocking. Given the price of plans these days, it might even be worth a few title searches and long-distance phone calls.

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Price per square footage is going up in The Woodlands, but especially on the older LifeForms. In fact, I think there are only about three on the market currently. It's been like that for a few months now.

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Where was the first LifeForms home built? What floorplan was it? Did LifeForms build exclusively in the Woodlands, or did they branch out to other areas?

Someone mentioned in another post that LifeForms is no longer around. Aren't they located on Research Forest somewhere? Their homes are so nice that it would be a shame if they were gone.

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Where was the first LifeForms home built? What floorplan was it? Did LifeForms build exclusively in the Woodlands, or did they branch out to other areas?

Someone mentioned in another post that LifeForms is no longer around. Aren't they located on Research Forest somewhere? Their homes are so nice that it would be a shame if they were gone.

LifeForms is no longer in business. If you check one of the earlier posts in this thread, a member gives a great history of their existence.

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Congrats Mark, that looks like a terrific example of Life Forms' excellent use of space!! Is that over there off of Rush Haven/Flintridge?

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:lol: Hey, you guys rock with all this helpful Woodlands housing advice!

My husband and I are looking at moving to the Woodlands in the summer. We have been out there several times, and LOVE it! We are moving for the schools, and great housing prices! We are even moving the grandparents, and we are equally impressed with ALL the cool senior stuff out there! Here are my questions for you..any feedback you can give would be GREATLY appreciated! The first question I have is about housing. Right now, we live in Houston, in the MIDDLE of the medical center, literally! We are close to the site where Baylor is building the new teaching hospital. What we love about our 38-year-old house, is its charm. Solid foundation, cool architectural details, high ceilings..stuff you don't find anymore. What neighborhood would you guys recommed, where we can find that in the Woodlands? Here's my equally important second question for you. Where do we look for a home if we're concerned about schools? I know they're all good out there. We would like to have Mitchell Intermediate, McCullough Jr. High and old Woodlands high school. Are they zoned to Indian Springs and Cochrans Crossing? We like both their subdivisions, but, we really like the old homes in Grogans Mills, PLUS Grogans Mills is so close to 45 and everything..does anybody know about the new College Park High School? What about students going there who live outside the Woodlands? Thanks, guys!

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vicman will need to respond about the school districts.

my nephew, who lives with us, attends college park (we live in grogan's mill near town center). i'm not a fan of public schools; however, college park has been great for him. in comparison to the woodlands high school, i think the present culture at TWHS is superior to TWCP (the woodlands college park). college park is a new school. TWHS has 30 years of tradition and consistently receives high marks in education and athletics. i believe that college park will continue to improve and will be a true rival of the woodlands high school in years to come. if your kids are not yet in high school, college park may be just as noteworthy in a few years.

there are interesting houses in every village in the woodlands. grogan's mill is convenient and has homes from 90k to over a million dollars. the eastern side of grogan's mill suffers from i-45 road noise. west of grogan's mill road has some quieter spots. the deeper you go into the woodlands the quieter it is, with the exception of homes backing up to the woodlands parkway or research forest. also, find out where the nearest fire station is. i was not aware that there was a fire station right down grogan's mill road from my house. we hear the fire trucks every time they head south on grogan's mill or hit the woodlands parkway.

if you haven't already done so, get a map of the woodlands and/or use google maps when looking at houses.

feel free to PM me if you have other questions. i'm a woodlands geek and love to talk about it.

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>:)

vicman will need to respond about the school districts.

my nephew, who lives with us, attends college park (we live in grogan's mill near town center). i'm not a fan of public schools; however, college park has been great for him. in comparison to the woodlands high school, i think the present culture at TWHS is superior to TWCP (the woodlands college park). college park is a new school. TWHS has 30 years of tradition and consistently receives high marks in education and athletics. i believe that college park will continue to improve and will be a true rival of the woodlands high school in years to come. if your kids are not yet in high school, college park may be just as noteworthy in a few years.

there are interesting houses in every village in the woodlands. grogan's mill is convenient and has homes from 90k to over a million dollars. the eastern side of grogan's mill suffers from i-45 road noise. west of grogan's mill road has some quieter spots. the deeper you go into the woodlands the quieter it is, with the exception of homes backing up to the woodlands parkway or research forest. also, find out where the nearest fire station is. i was not aware that there was a fire station right down grogan's mill road from my house. we hear the fire trucks every time they head south on grogan's mill or hit the woodlands parkway.

if you haven't already done so, get a map of the woodlands and/or use google maps when looking at houses.

feel free to PM me if you have other questions. i'm a woodlands geek and love to talk about it.

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Thanks for that! We are going to tour the schools. We have also looked at the Life Forms houses, but we are not limiting ourselves to those. We love the open-ness of them. We have a friend who lives on the golf course in Grogan's, and when you are in the backyard, you can hear the freeway, but she says it doesn't bother her.

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vicman will need to respond about the school districts.

my nephew, who lives with us, attends college park (we live in grogan's mill near town center). i'm not a fan of public schools; however, college park has been great for him. in comparison to the woodlands high school, i think the present culture at TWHS is superior to TWCP (the woodlands college park). college park is a new school. TWHS has 30 years of tradition and consistently receives high marks in education and athletics. i believe that college park will continue to improve and will be a true rival of the woodlands high school in years to come. if your kids are not yet in high school, college park may be just as noteworthy in a few years.

there are interesting houses in every village in the woodlands. grogan's mill is convenient and has homes from 90k to over a million dollars. the eastern side of grogan's mill suffers from i-45 road noise. west of grogan's mill road has some quieter spots. the deeper you go into the woodlands the quieter it is, with the exception of homes backing up to the woodlands parkway or research forest. also, find out where the nearest fire station is. i was not aware that there was a fire station right down grogan's mill road from my house. we hear the fire trucks every time they head south on grogan's mill or hit the woodlands parkway.

if you haven't already done so, get a map of the woodlands and/or use google maps when looking at houses.

feel free to PM me if you have other questions. i'm a woodlands geek and love to talk about it.

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Greetings Native5th,

We moved from the Galleria 2 years ago and I understand the urge for both great schools and being closer to it all. We moved here for the schools and for the advantages selling our in-town ranch house would give us.

After being here for two years and seeing the massive changes underway, I would move to Cochrans Crossing. In fact, we may move up there from Sterling Ridge next year as we love a certain neighborhood and its much closer to TWHS and MCCullough. Cochrans is right in the middle of the woodlands, zoned to those schools you mentioned, and has houses in all price ranges. I love walking the areas off Cochrans Crossing between Lake Woodlands and Research Forest. They have everything from multi-million to wonderfully spaced houses around 200 or less, I am guessing. The area is mature, well-spaced, private, well laid out and has a the feeling of being in another town. Most of the homes are zoned to Galatas, Mitchell, MCCullough and TWHS.

You learn so much about the nighborhoods after living here for a year or so, its hard to find your niche when you are spending only weekends looking for houses.

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ditto katiedidit's advice. i've heard the same "good vibes" about cochran's crossing from other families who live there.

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Thanks so much, you guys..The big issue will be the schools in the Woodlands. Anyone out there who can give their opinion is welcome to respond. I am concerned about intermediate schools all the way through high school. We are zoned to HISD right now in Houston. Which schools have the best advanced classes for the Woodlands? We are probably choosing the schools first and then the neighborhood. I have to tell you, I was a little freaked by the news about the Woodlands High School kids being caught with Molotov(spelling?) cocktails near another school. Would you choose the new College Park High School, or the old one? I am a native Houstonian, but we were hearing so many mixed things about the middle and high schools in Houston, we decided maybe it would be best to get out of HISD. Basically, we haven't found a neighborhood in The Woodlands we wouldn't be happy with. We love the Grogans and Panther Creek areas, because they are older. But we were surprised that those are the ones zoned to the new College Park High School. Cochrans Crossing and Indian Springs we like a lot, too, and those are the old Woodlands High School, right? Also, do the kids in the Scout programs in the Woodlands go to the Boy and Girl Scouts affiliated with their schools, or with their churches? Thanks again..

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Thanks so much, you guys..The big issue will be the schools in the Woodlands. Anyone out there who can give their opinion is welcome to respond. I am concerned about intermediate schools all the way through high school. We are zoned to HISD right now in Houston. Which schools have the best advanced classes for the Woodlands? We are probably choosing the schools first and then the neighborhood. I have to tell you, I was a little freaked by the news about the Woodlands High School kids being caught with Molotov(spelling?) cocktails near another school. Would you choose the new College Park High School, or the old one? I am a native Houstonian, but we were hearing so many mixed things about the middle and high schools in Houston, we decided maybe it would be best to get out of HISD. Basically, we haven't found a neighborhood in The Woodlands we wouldn't be happy with. We love the Grogans and Panther Creek areas, because they are older. But we were surprised that those are the ones zoned to the new College Park High School. Cochrans Crossing and Indian Springs we like a lot, too, and those are the old Woodlands High School, right? Also, do the kids in the Scout programs in the Woodlands go to the Boy and Girl Scouts affiliated with their schools, or with their churches? Thanks again..

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All the schools have great GT programs. We are currently in one. I do feel the education is much more sound than HISD and we get great art, music pe etc. No spanish and we still study for the TAKS <_< .

Don't worry to much about the bored teens and their little distruction modes. At least they aren't forming gangs like they do in HISD and now SBISD.

I can't help you with Scouts, but I can ask a friend who has a son in it.

I don't know what your price range is so I really can't fully recommend a neighborhood. But you can look at HAR.COM when you have time and then ask questions about certain streets and areas if you see something you like. I still say Cochrans and the schools its feeds to is your best bet.

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We don't currently live in The Woodlands (right next to) but we are in the same Boy Scout district. My son is a Cub Scouts and they are primarily done by school to keep the boys together. I know Awana is done by churches. We do meet a church though. They don't have anything to do with the running of the Boy Scouts.

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We don't currently live in The Woodlands (right next to) but we are in the same Boy Scout district. My son is a Cub Scouts and they are primarily done by school to keep the boys together. I know Awana is done by churches. We do meet a church though. They don't have anything to do with the running of the Boy Scouts.

Thank you SO MUCH, you guys. By the way, the more people we tell about our plans to move, the more we hear from others who are planning on moving there as well. We are also moving aging parents, and I know the Woodlands has a lot of things for them to do. Thanks again for all of your help!

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I too have caught the bug viewing these beautiful houses. My fiance and I started looking at houses in the area roughly 3 months ago. I went through page after page of boring houses that all look the same until I came upon the Life Forms. I fell in love. We scheduled a showing and she fell in love with them also. At this point we may just wait a while until the right one comes on the market. For me, once I saw my first one, there was no other option!

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I have always loved Life Forms homes. They were masters of use of space. There was very little wasted space in their homes. I have the line drawings of one of their homes built in the late 90's. Does anyone have any recommendations on who I can get to draw it up into usable blueprints or design a house very similar to it. We are going to build a house in the country and this is the only house that we have ever walked into and got that Ahh feeling.

Do you mean the 2D drawings that they hand out? I have the original drawings, elevations, etc of structure, electrical, carpentry, etc. from when Life Forms built our Laurel in 1994ish, on Greywing Circle in Alden Trace. It sits opposite a little culdesac near Midnight Moon.

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Just wanted to let everyone know that we have a contract on a LifeForms in Cochran's Crossing! I am so excited I could tinkle :lol:

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VOCC is the best Village up here. I love that little neighborhood of Life FOrms, Haydens somethingeranother. Wisteria Walk is the main road in.

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Ours is in Sylvan Forest Katie, but I know which area you are talking about--I like that too, very much. Our street is off of Echo Bend (right off of Lake Woodlands Dr.) near Shadowbend Park. There are just two streets in there with LifeForms. It's kinda neat! I am so tickled about it. I will post pics soon!!

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Ours is in Sylvan Forest Katie, but I know which area you are talking about--I like that too, very much. Our street is off of Echo Bend (right off of Lake Woodlands Dr.) near Shadowbend Park. There are just two streets in there with LifeForms. It's kinda neat! I am so tickled about it. I will post pics soon!!

Congrats, Parrothead! I can't wait to see the pics!

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welcome to the forum hill country native.

Thanks! It was this Life Forms thread that drew me in. Fantastic homes -- I've been an obsessed fan ever since I move to the metro area. Especially those in VOIS and VOCC. I still can't believe they're no longer building. Their Summerlyn neighborhood in VOAB was really great, too. I wish more production builders would follow their example and quit churning out multitudes of bland brick boxes.

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Thanks! It was this Life Forms thread that drew me in. Fantastic homes -- I've been an obsessed fan ever since I move to the metro area. Especially those in VOIS and VOCC. I still can't believe they're no longer building. Their Summerlyn neighborhood in VOAB was really great, too. I wish more production builders would follow their example and quit churning out multitudes of bland brick boxes.

it's unfortunate that the average home buyers buys what they do. i'm currently reading "the fellowship". it's about frank lloyd wright's taliesen fellowship in wisconsin. FLW believed that every personality required its own unique home. today's builders haven't a clue. it amazes me that people can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a house that is like every third or fourth house in their neighborhood. spend 15% of your budget on an architect and get something original......just like you. ;)

lifeforms proved (imo) that there is a market for unique homes under 200K. is anyone out there filling their shoes? if so, i'd like to know. i'd like to work for them.

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people can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a house that is like every third or fourth house in their neighborhood.

Village Builders is a plague up here. :angry:

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We terminated our contract on Otter Pond today. :( Both hubby and I feel like we need to stay in Spring Branch ISD where we are, or at least Katy ISD, for right now. Both districts have exceptional programs for special needs students, and I was not getting good vibes from the administrators at CISD. They seemed to be put out that I even wanted to speak with them about my daughter when she wasn't even enrolled in school yet.

Our condo is still on the market, but The Woodlands, sadly, is out, which means Life Forms is too. I am a little sad, though not too much. I truly believe God has already told us what we should be doing, so I am okay with this decision. There are no coincidences, ya know?

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We terminated our contract on Otter Pond today. :( Both hubby and I feel like we need to stay in Spring Branch ISD where we are, or at least Katy ISD, for right now. Both districts have exceptional programs for special needs students, and I was not getting good vibes from the administrators at CISD. They seemed to be put out that I even wanted to speak with them about my daughter when she wasn't even enrolled in school yet.

Our condo is still on the market, but The Woodlands, sadly, is out, which means Life Forms is too. I am a little sad, though not too much. I truly believe God has already told us what we should be doing, so I am okay with this decision. There are no coincidences, ya know?

:closedeyes:

If it helps any, I think you made the right choice. Everything you need is right there and very close by, which helps quality of life. Find peace in your decision.

Our home is not selling up here and I fear we will have to re-sell the one we bought in town. It will sell in a week or less. The market up here is totally flat in our price range and I don't think we can support two houses for more than a few months. We keep dumping the price on a 3 year old Weaver and are getting less and less showings each week. It makes us ill, we are so ready to move back and move on.

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I'd find other owners of Life Forms homes from your street or neighborhood and ask them--I bet they can help!

I see these post go back to July 2006 but I'm hoping to get some more information as we are actively looking to buy.

We plan to move from Houston to the Woodlands NOW. The things I want/need of the Woodlands are: a house on a greenbelt (or very wooded), neighborhood with lots of kids (ages 6-12), not too far back into the woodlands, quiet from street noise, and great schools for all levels. Lifeforms seems to be the right fit for the living in the trees idea. I don't see the point of moving to The Woodlands and living in a typical builder house.

We have been looking in IS,CC,PC. I like some houses in Grogans but worry there are not young kids around. I like Trace Creek a lot and I'm also drawn to the area around Bear Branch Park. Let me know your thoughts of areas to look at. People always refer to the "treehouse". Is this the most popular plan of lifeforms? Is there a way to search for lifeforms on the market now? I see the one on windstar... Parrothead seems to know how to do this.

There have been many good posts but special thanks to Parrothead, Bachanon, and Arch Daniel for the insightful comments. I look forward to your thoughts and ideas.

Thanks, archidave

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I see these post go back to July 2006 but I'm hoping to get some more information as we are actively looking to buy.

We plan to move from Houston to the Woodlands NOW. The things I want/need of the Woodlands are: a house on a greenbelt (or very wooded), neighborhood with lots of kids (ages 6-12), not too far back into the woodlands, quiet from street noise, and great schools for all levels. Lifeforms seems to be the right fit for the living in the trees idea. I don't see the point of moving to The Woodlands and living in a typical builder house.

We have been looking in IS,CC,PC. I like some houses in Grogans but worry there are not young kids around. I like Trace Creek a lot and I'm also drawn to the area around Bear Branch Park. Let me know your thoughts of areas to look at. People always refer to the "treehouse". Is this the most popular plan of lifeforms? Is there a way to search for lifeforms on the market now? I see the one on windstar... Parrothead seems to know how to do this.

There have been many good posts but special thanks to Parrothead, Bachanon, and Arch Daniel for the insightful comments. I look forward to your thoughts and ideas.

Thanks, archidave

I loved Cochrans Crossing. I used to drive over and park at Cattail dog park (off Cochrans Crossing) from Sterling Ridge and walk the neighborhoods over there. My favorite smaller neighborhood was Haydens Run ( main road in was Wisteria Walk), a Lifeforms neighborhood right by Galatas Elem.. Homes in the low 200's tucked amongst the million and up homes. The neat thing was you had to really drive back to it through a greenbelt, over a bridge that dead ended in a Park. Here's one listing http://www.har.com/7318724

Lots of the Treehouse plan in there too.

The schools in the area there are favored, however the education is no better than Houston schools. For now however they are"safer" all the way through High School.

Deretchin, the elem. school one of the boys went to is now around 1200 strong with temp buildings and drowning in ESL students, according to my old neighbors.

We moved from Houston to The Woodlands in 2004. Recently we moved back home to Houston.

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These are the latest listings for Life Forms homes in The Woodlands:

Cochran's Crossing

11 Sand Piper Place

29 Windstar Court

Indian Springs

103 E. Trace Creek

22 Winter Wheat Place

47 Winter Wheat Place

26 Twisted Birch Place Ct.

10 Breezy Point Place

Grogan's Mill

11419 Slash Pine (Life Form's first neighborhood)

11425 Slash Pine

Alden Bridge

31 S. Greywing Place

66 Hidden Meadow

6 Hidden Meadow

15 Vinca Trail (newer built)

18 Flickering Sun (newer built)

15 Cloud Bank Place (newer built)

86 Flickering Sun (newer built)

55 New Avery Place

35 Autumn Branch Circle

Keep in mind some of the above have contracts already, but that doesn't mean you can't put in an offer! :D

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Grogan's Mill

11419 Slash Pine (Life Form's first neighborhood)

11425 Slash Pine

Those two on Slash Pine are great looking examples and the price for that size seems very reasonable to me, knowing nothing of home values up there. Has Grogan's Mill become run down? It's been many years since I've been over there.

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Grogan's Mill is located in the very front of the Woodlands, so it is not as desirous as being in, say, Cochran's Crossing. I wouldn't hesitate to be over there...considering it's a super-quick jaunt to the Woodlands Sawdust P&R. There are some parts of Grogan's Mill that are in the $750K + arena, and some that are in the low $130K's. The Slash Pine neighborhood will be seeing the same benefits like Trace Creek, Rush Haven, etc with the renewed interest in Life Forms. It's a good investment for sure.

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there are many areas of grogan's mill that are almost 35 years old. every neighborhood has its own identity; the cheaper areas are more "run down" than the high end homes, the homes on the golf courses are typically maintained better. there is one neighborhood, doe run, that has many large older homes ($300k-$900k). in recent years, there have been two tear downs on the golf course (in doe run). there are many great buys in the 150K range. neighborhoods along north millbend are a 15-20 minute walk from the woodlands waterway.

here are some samples:

2811 w wildwind circle

2902 e wildwind circle

134 s tranquil path

25 doe run drive

140 timber top drive

12

moonvine ct

42 wild meadow ct

48 whisper drive

27 n autumnwood way

11022 meadow rue st

74 deerfoot circle

1915 oldfield pl

20 sawmill grove

1110 red cedar circle

12227 rock oak pl

grogan's mill homes/townhomes range from under 100k to over 2 million. the prices vary street to street. there are new homes still being built on the northern end of grogan's mill road past research forest.

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We fell in love with Life Form homes from afar. We were in Mass. looking at homes in The Woodlands and decided we had to have a Life Forms, nothing else would do. Ours was built 92 and we've been here 2.5 years.

( Pictures from when we came to do the home inspection before moving into the home ) http://timestocome.com/wordpress2/2005/04/...ys-to-move-out/

I love it. The quality is fine, it seems no better or worse than other homes I've seen around here. The size is comfortable for us.

Coming from a 100 year old Victorian deep in the city in New England it was wonderful to move to a home with 2 story rooms and lots of windows. The Victorian was such a dark home. And though I loved the Victorian, I was ready for an open floor plan. All those charming nooks and crannies make for a dark home.

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