Homebuyers will soon have a new community to consider in a growing part of League City.

The gist

On March 6, Dallas-based developer Hillwood Communities broke ground on its third Houston-area community, named Legacy, which is located between I-45 and FM 528, just south of Friendswood Drive.

The first phase of the 805-acre community will consist of more than 500 homes, multiple pools and a rec center, according to a March 5 news release. Future amenities will be connected through 60 acres of waterways with multiple launch areas for kayaks and paddleboards.

Projected to be fully built out within the next decade, all phases of the development will include approximately 1,600 homes, and there are proposed sites for an elementary school and recreation center, according to the news release.

Home lot sizes will range from 50 to 80 feet, Legacy Development manager Bailey Cuadra said.

“The diverse product range allows us to bring in multiple builders and hit different price points, ... so hopefully we can reach many different homebuyers,” Cuadra said.

Legacy is zoned for Clear Creek ISD.

Also of note

In tandem with the housing development, Hillwood Communities is partnering with League City to expand League City Parkway, which runs through the community into Friendswood. The pair will widen a section of the parkway between Maple Leaf Drive and Bay Area Boulevard, from two lanes to four, according to a March 8 news release from the city.

The parkway expansion is expected to be completed by this fall, League City City Manager John Baumgartner said.

In their own words

Legacy will bring an estimated 5,000 new residents to League City, Baumgartner said. To support its growing population, the city has required Hillwood Communities to dedicate 100 acres of the community for a regional park.

“As League City grows from 118,000 people to nearly 200,000 people, there’s going to be a need for more sports fields, baseball fields, football fields, soccer fields. And we’re excited about that part of the partnership, too,” Baumgartner said.

Hillwood identified, with League City’s population growing, the area had long been underserved in terms of new development communities, said Russell Bynum, Hillwood Communities Houston general manager.

“The west side of League City took longer to develop than the east side in part due to utilities, water and sewer, but ... the progressive nature of the city got that resolved and opened up opportunities,” Bynum said. “League City is such a thriving community—great demographics, great household income base. We thought, 'This is a great place to put our next flag.'”

One more thing

Builders will receive initial homesite deliveries in the first quarter of 2025, with homes priced between $300,000 to more than $1 million, according to the news release.

Hillwood Communities has developed two other communities—Valencia and Pomoa—in nearby Manvel. For Hillwood Communities, which started acquiring land for Legacy in 2022, this project marks the company's first venture into League City.