Marquette Companies, an Illinois-based development company, broke ground on a build-to-rent community in The Woodlands area Oct. 10.

The J. Beard Real Estate Co. sold 22 acres to Marquette Companies in January for an undisclosed price.

The Sylvan, a community composed of 300 housing units on 1941 Sawdust Road, Spring, will be complete by 2025, Marquette officials said.

The details

The types of housing units available in the development will include:
  • Single-family homes ranging from 1,495-1,805 square feet with three- and four-bedroom floor plans
  • Townhomes ranging from 1,456-1,581 square feet with two- and three-bedroom floor plans
  • Three-story apartments ranging from 650-1,574 square feet with one-, two- and three-bedroom units
The community will provide residents with various amenities, including:
  • A clubhouse
  • A pool
  • A fitness center
  • A cold plunge pool
  • A spa with an infrared sauna
  • A series of walking paths
The inspiration

Marquette Companies, in collaboration with Montgomery County, has designed a $1.5 million plan for preserving the existing trees on the property, according to a news release.

The preservation effort aims to save a variety of tree species, including white oaks, elms, pines, water oaks and other trees that have been a part of the site for decades, according to the release.

The development has three 100-year-old oak trees on the property that have been integrated into the community's communal amenities, according to the release. These tree will serve as focal points for:
  • Seating areas
  • Fire pits
  • Fountains
  • Dining spaces with outdoor meat smokers
For the trees that could not be saved, Marquette Companies partnered with Helmwood, a Houston-based custom woodworking artisan firm, to convert the trees into furniture, bar tops and other artistic pieces for use throughout the community.

What they’re saying

Chris Yuko, managing director of development for Marquette, said the company tried to preserve the natural landscape in The Sylvan development.

"The amount of effort to save several dozen trees within this development is significant,” he said. “We think the abundance of mature trees will attract residents to what will become a new neighborhood within The Woodlands [area].”