Spring, Texas, is a census-designated place (CDP) in Harris County and is part of the Houston-The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The name “Spring” used to only refer to a small area now called Old Town Spring. For commercial real estate purposes, Spring refers to a larger area comprising parts of Harris County and Montgomery County.
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Spring lies in the outlying suburban area of Houston and offers lower commercial space rental prices on average than the city of Houston. Office space seekers can expect to find prices around $24 per square foot, compared to the $30.80 Houston average. Plenty of spaces are available in Spring; the area has a vacancy rate of about 18%, slightly lower than the generous 24% Houston vacancy rate.
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Spring covers a total of 23.6 square miles (or 61 square kilometers) 23.2 square miles of which is land and .35 square miles of which is water. Downtown Houston is 25 miles away from Spring—a 30-minute drive on most days. Locals get to enjoy the more spacious Spring area but still have quick access to Houston and all its activity. Important industries in Spring are transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, retail trade, educational services, healthcare and social assistance, and construction.
Those who live and work in Spring tend to use personal vehicles to get around. The number of people who carpool to work is 19% higher than the national average. Taking public transportation is less common; the number of people who use it to get to work is 71% lower than the national average. Spring does have one nearby Amtrak Train Station. Additionally, the Spring Park & Ride offers morning, midday, and evening bus rides to Downtown. Spring has a low walk score in part because everything is so spread out. The city also doesn’t have many bike lanes. The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH / KIAH) is located about 13 miles away for those who need to travel nationally or internationally.
Spring will soon be home to Old Town Spring Business Park, a 196,000 square-foot flex industrial development with both office and warehouse space that will cost $10-15 million to construct. The project is intended to provide a reasonably priced rental option for small businesses. Suite sizes will range from 2,625 square feet to 49,000 square feet so that both large and small businesses will have plenty of space options. Its prime location along Riley Fuzzell Road also offers easy access to public transportation. The site also features security gates, cameras, and dedicated parking. Giddy Up Development LLC, the company working on the project, has said it will be finished in late 2018.
Spring offers plenty of delicious lunch options to try. If you’re arranging a business meeting or just want to get out of the office for lunch, look up Cast Iron Southern Grill, The Black Sheep Bistro, CorkScrew BBQ, or The Runaway Plate. Perhaps in part because it’s a relatively large area, Spring also offers a wide variety of coffee options besides Starbucks. Try Momentum Coffee, The Blue Giraffe, Trilogy Brew, or DeNovo Coffee. If you need a place for visiting business partners or clients to stay, reserve rooms in Best Western Plus Spring Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott Houston Springwoods Village, or Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Springwoods Village.
Spring not only includes the usual things like restaurants, coffee shops, and movie theaters but also features some entertainment unique from the rest of Houston. For example, Splash Town, Houston’s only waterpark, gives locals a fun way to escape the heat. The waterpark has a huge wave pool, volleyball courts, restaurants, and, of course, water slides. Another fun place to go is Old Town Spring, the historic part of the area that used to be the whole Spring. It has a lot of antique and home good shops and offers plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of Spring. Be sure to visit Camille’s Antiques, German Gift House, and Masterpiece Hand-Crafted Furniture. Another interesting attraction in the area is the TGR Wildlife Park. It’s better than a zoo because a lot of the animals are endangered. Though it’s not open every day, it’s available for tours and events.
Originally, Orcoquiza Native Americans lived in the Spring area. The French and Spanish established early trading posts known as “El Orcoquisac” where they could trade with the Indians. In 1836, Texas gained its independence from Mexico, after which colonization increased in the Spring area. Spring officially joined the Harrisburg municipality that same year when the Texas General Council of the Provisional Government put it there. The two had only residents in 1840. However, Spring began to grow much faster in the mid-1840s when German immigrants began making the area their home. Farming grew in popularity there; sugarcane, cotton, and vegetables were common crops.
The International and Great Northern Railroad, which ran through Spring, opened in 1871, bringing even more expansion opportunities to Spring. By 1884, Spring had two cotton gins, three churches, several schools, and two steam saw and grist mills. When another railroad opened that could transport people and goods between Spring and Fort Worth, the population increased to 1,200. In 1912, the Spring State Bank was established. Some people say that Bonnie and Clyde robbed it once.
In 1947, Spring’s population rose to 700. When Houston’s suburbs began growing northward, multiple subdivisions and residential areas were built in Spring. In 1980, the Old Town Spring Association was established to promote the Old Town Spring shopping area, which is made up of old houses that have been restored. By 1990, Spring had become a tourist area, and its population had risen to 33,111. As of 2010, the population was 54,298, spread across 18,050 households.Notable people who have lived in Spring include: artistic gymnast Simone Biles, The Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender actor Greg Baldwin, and professional golfer Patrick Reed.