Construction is underway on Prairieland Village—the third and largest of four villages in the Bridgeland master-planned community, according to officials with the Howard Hughes Corp. This will also be Bridgeland’s first development west of the Grand Parkway.

The first homeowners could start moving in as early as spring 2022, according to Heath Melton, executive vice president of master-planned communities. This section of neighborhoods will ultimately feature about 7,000 homesites across more than 3,000 acres, he said during a March 22 virtual announcement.

Officials said the theme of Prairieland Village is immersing residents in nature to promote physical and mental health, and neighborhoods will be named after different species of Texas butterflies.

“Bridgeland [is] designed to foster a balance between the natural and built environment, creating an ecosystem that allows all who reside within the community to live and thrive in harmony,” said Jim Carman, president of the Houston region for the Howard Hughes Corp.

Amenities will include recreational lakes, a lakefront pavilion, canoe and kayak launches, hike and bike trails, neighborhood parks, playgrounds and open play fields. Outdoor spaces will have ample seating, lighting, electrical outlets, Wi-Fi, and water access hookups to accommodate social activities such as food trucks and outdoor music events, Melton said.

Homes will range in price from the low $200,000s to more than $1 million. Melton said he anticipates homebuilders from other Bridgeland villages—which include Lennar, Newmark Homes, Trendmaker Homes, David Weekley Homes, Coventry Homes and about a dozen others—to contribute to Prairieland Village as well, but official homebuilder announcements will be made in May.

While Lakeland Village and Parkland Village neighborhoods are all zoned to Cy-Fair ISD, students living in Prairieland Village will attend one of three school districts—Cy-Fair, Waller or Katy ISDs. A new WISD elementary school is slated to open in the community as early as fall 2023, according to Melton.

Carman said 873 homes sold in Bridgeland in 2020—up 18% over the previous year, and Howard Hughes Corp. leaders said Prairieland Village would ultimately have a population of about 26,000 once completely built out.

The design in the new village will highlight the prairie- and meadow-like landscape. Carman said low-impact design measures include energy-efficient LED lighting throughout and a lake system that provides irrigation for common spaces.

“We are committed to reducing the environmental footprint and embedding sustainability at its full value into the overall strategy,” he said. “With social engagement, we are dedicated to fostering thriving and diverse neighborhoods through authentic initiatives.”