Hunter's Valley offers stability, price
The Hunter's Valley subdivision is one of northwest Harris County's hidden treasures, yet somehow homebuyers keep finding it and snapping up the homes for sale in the 38-year-old neighborhood that fans out to the southeast of the Malcomson and Grant roads intersection.
At birth in 1972 - the subdivision was named Hunterwood Forest. Somewhere along the way, the fledgling neighborhood adopted the nickname Hunter's Valley," but the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing System (www.har.com) did not. Therefore, anyone searching the MLS for this gem of a neighborhood must know to go by its original name.
And buyers who are doing so should search quickly, as there are only 11 currently for sale in the neighborhood of 581 homes. That does not count two that are about to drop off the market due to pending sales.
That is par for the course, according to local Realtors.
It is a very stable neighborhood with gorgeous, wooded lots and beautiful homes," said Nadeen Stepp, a Northwest Houston RE/MAX Realtor who has sold and re-sold some homes in Hunter's Valley three and four times. The homes are older but a lot of them have been updated while keeping their unique charm. You just get so much for your money in this neighborhood."
The subdivision was developed in three sections of custom homes in the 1970s and 1980s. The first section was built on the east side of Malcomson Road; the second section was built to the south of that and bordering North Eldridge Parkway; and the third section is to the west of that in a triangular section bordered by North Eldridge, Grant and Malcomson roads.
The average lot size in Hunter's Valley is about 8,700 square feet. Homes range from 1,800 to 3,500 square feet and typically sell in the $150,000 to $250,000 price range.
Many have three-car garages, and there is a unique blend of architectural styles, including Victorian, Tudor and French.
The Hunter's Valley Homeowners Association owns and operates a clubhouse (?) with a pool and tennis courts on an 1.5-acre lot on Hoya Court, which backs up to the Malcomson Road/Eldridge Parkway intersection. The annual homeowner's association fee is $560.
The subdivision is in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and is zoned to Moore Elementary, Hamilton Middle and Cypress Creek High.
Stephen and Keri Wedel moved to their home in the triangle" section about nine months ago from further out in Cypress.
The Wedels did not find the listing online, as they were not aware of Hunter's Valley, but spied the For Sale" sign when driving through the area on a house-hunting mission.
We saw the big, wooded yard and the pool and we had to look at it," Wedel said. Since moving here we have really liked the privacy of the neighborhood. Many of the homes are on cul-de-sacs like ours, so we feel safe playing outside and in the street with our kids without worrying about traffic."
I also love the shade of the trees," she said. I can actually run in the summer and keep somewhat cool!"
Mary Turner, editor of the neighborhood's Back Fence" newsletter, said her family moved to Hunter's Valley 27 years ago when it was still a relatively new subdivision.
Her husband, Donald, had accepted a job in the Galleria area, and she said they did not want to live far out because of commute times.
Not excited about homes for sale in their price range in the city of Houston, the Turners expanded their search.
We worked out way out and finally got to Hunter's Valley where we saw homes that we could get excited about," Turner said. There was a huge selection. We went from house to house and found several that we liked."
Their children have left the nest, but the Turners remain in their family home.
I like the friendly look and feel of our subdivision," she said. We have stayed here because we have great neighbors. You just can't buy great neighbors."
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