Editor's note: This story is based on trends Community Impact staff identified through monthly Impacts section reporting in 2023.

In The Woodlands, developer Howard Hughes is driving several real estate ventures underway in 2024, including Riva Row's 268-unit complex, the Ritz-Carlton Residences, and the XSpace commercial development, a bespoke flexible space intended for storage, offices, showrooms and personal use.

The details

These projects signify a shift in upscale housing options.
  • 1 Riva Row features a 13-story multifamily structure with 268 units, offering diverse residential choices like penthouses and townhomes.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences boast 111 exclusive living spaces overlooking Lake Woodlands.
  • XSpace, a joint venture between Howard Hughes and XSpace Group, will offer customizable spaces adaptable for storage, offices, showrooms and personal usage, catering to diverse nonresidential needs.
  • Aria Isle is another luxury development with 25 custom homes planned and starting at $3 million.
As single-family residential development in The Woodlands is built out, these projects show a new focus on luxury multifamily residences and upscale amenities.

“The Woodlands continues to attract innovative companies that are seeking to provide unique offerings to our community,” said Jim Carman, president of the Houston region for Howard Hughes.

Some context

These projects in The Woodlands are underway, each progressing through distinct phases towards their envisioned completion:

1 Riva Row multifamily development:
  • Update: Groundbreaking occurred in late August
  • Timeline: Projected completion in fourth quarter of 2025
Ritz-Carlton Residences:
  • Update: Architectural plans unveiled in November
  • Timeline: TBD
XSpace development:
  • Update: Expected to break ground in 2024
  • Timeline: Projected opening planned for 2025
Aria Isle:
  • Update: Announced in late 2021
  • Timeline: TBD

What they’re saying

Amid plans for new construction, however, some residents in The Woodlands have voiced concerns. Grievances include dust pollution and noise disturbances emanating from the 1 Riva Row construction site.

Chris Nunes, chief operations officer for The Woodlands Township, spoke to the township board on Nov. 29, regarding complaints about 1 Riva Row in The Woodlands.

Nunes clarified the board's limited regulatory influence over commercial development to the township’s residents.

“It doesn't mean that this board doesn't care about their concerns," Nunes said. "It's just a matter of what we have the ability to impact with the lack of regulatory ability of commercial development in this area specifically.”

In an emailed statement, Nunes said officials with The Woodlands Township want positive communication between Howard Hughes, the Development Standard Committee and residents of the area to address concerns that have been generated.

Carman said Howard Hughes selected the Ritz-Carlton for its track record with branded private residences.

He said Robert A.M. Stern Architects will design the community with a look inspired by iconic Texas estates.