New master-planned community coming to Tomball area

Developers are slated to break ground in March or April on a new 325-acre master-planned community five miles west of Tomball along FM 2920.

The Froehlich family along with adjoining neighbors sold the property Dec. 5 to developers Tom Hargrove and Brian McGown with Harrigan Development Partners. The site—located between Cypress Rosehill and Mueschke roads—will be known as Rosehill Reserve and is expected to feature 800–1,000 homes upon build-out in the coming years, McGown said. Home prices are expected to range from the $250,000s to $600,000.

"I am scheduled to meet pretty soon with the engineers and developers," said Burke Froehlich, Tomball area resident and one of the former owners of the 325-acre tract. "They wanted a little bit more assistance from my part. The majority of the property was in the Froehlich family for 100 years—it's some old dirt."

A number of builders are expected to construct houses on lots ranging from 50–80 feet in the future subdivision, including Ryland Homes, MI Homes, Highland Homes, Ashton Woods and Drees Homes, McGown said. In addition, site developers are in the process of establishing a municipal utility district on the property to provide water and sewer lines and drainage services.

McGown said the community will feature a multimillion dollar recreation center and a new station for the Rosehill Fire Department in Phase 2 or 3 of the five-phase project.

"One of the entrances to [Rosehill Reserve] is going to go where the old Rosehill volunteer fire station was," Froehlich said. My family gave them an acre of land to help start that fire department [in 1963]."

Froehlich said his family decided to sell the tract to developers due to timing with his family and the success of the real estate market. The Froehlich family once operated a feed store on the property and has seen the landscape change significantly over the years with the rise of development in the area, he said.

"Real estate has been actually very good," Froehlich said. "[Selling the property was] something we had been working on for quite some time."

Hargrove and McGown have developed more than 20 subdivisions in the Northwest Houston area.