A Bit of Brit

British-style community to rise in Houston: Big name developer bets on new high-priced homes

British style community to rise in Houston: Hines jumps into home game

Somerset Green Hines residential development for Old Katy Road rendering October 2013
Site plan for Somerset Green, a 46-acre residential development planned by Hines Rendering courtesy of Preston Wood & Associates and Hines

A British-style gated residential community is coming to a largely commercial and industrial zone inside Loop 610 as early as 2015, thanks to a recent land purchase by Houston-based Hines, which is mainly known for its skyscrapers gleaming across the globe.

The project, named Somerset Green, is expected to consist of about 500 high-end townhomes on 46 acres at 6900 Old Katy Road near Star Motor Cars, the Houston SPCA and Decorative Center Houston.

Houses will reflect a Regency style of architecture and share community spaces such as pocket parks, dog parks and an amenity/gathering area with a resort-style swimming pool.

House prices are expected to range from $500,000 to $1 million, with Coventry Homes, Pelican Builders and Toll Brothers committed to building during the project’s first phase. Hines plans to start the initial phase of infrastructure in early 2014, with house construction underway later that year. Preston Wood & Associates is designing the land plan for the development.

The project is Hines’ first Houston single-family community in years, with most of the company’s residential developments in Dallas.