If you've driven south of Houston lately, you may have noticed the freshly minted complex located off of Highway 288. Some of you may even recognize it as Meridiana Elementary School. While it may seem counterintuitive to open an elementary school miles from the larger municipalities of Pearland and Fresno, the school was built preemptively to serve the thousands of homes about to be built within the community of Meridiana.
What was once an agricultural area composed of endless fields and rolling grass pastures is now becoming one of the largest master-planned communities in the Houston area. Dubbed Meridiana by designing firm Rise Communities, the 2,700 acre development will have between 5,000 and 7,000 homes when it's completed.
Meridiana is located in the empty space between the small towns of Alvin, Manvel, and Iowa Colony. With eight construction companies developing in Meridiana, it seems that they're all involved in a competition to outdo each other. Meridiana homes boast expansive floor plans and luxurious touches at every opportunity. Inside, these homes have high ceilings, granite counter tops, and top-of-the-line appliances. An additional bonus, the homes in this area are incredibly affordable. Prices start around $300,000.
While most planned communities first develop the houses and then establish amenities, Meridiana has reversed that. This has effectively solved the problem of residents moving into planned communities like this one only to find that local amenities aren't in place yet, translating to an inconvenient commute.
The Meridiana Amenities Village includes two swimming pools, a restaurant, cafe, and a splash park. There's also a community hall that can be rented out for public events. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the space not only has an open feel, but a beautiful aesthetic.
At the center of the Meridiana Amenities Village is a solar moon clock. The impressive structure not only has value as a monument, but also indicates the date. The clock was designed in partnership with astrophysicists from the University of Texas and is meant to spark the curiosity of scholars young and old.
It's no coincidence that the solar moon clock at the heart of the community has links to scientific study. The whole community is education themed. As such, there are a number of learning labs located throughout each neighborhood. Each of these is designed to teach children about math and science. Galileo's Lab, for example includes a telescope, a model of the solar system, and a sextant to teach children not only about Galileo's inventions, but to inform children about the cosmos and navigation.
Each of the learning labs was designed in close connection with the Alvin ISD, and some of the stations even come with QR codes. Kids can take their iPads or borrow a parent's phone to access hands-on experiments that can be carried out at each location. The QR codes even correspond to the children's ages, so whether your kids are 4 or 14, they'll still enjoy an educational afternoon at the park.
So, if you have a family with young children and you're looking for a place to settle outside of the buzz of Houston, consider making the move south to Meridiana. This master-planned community offers more than sizeable and affordable living, it provides children with easy opportunities for growth, and adults with plenty of opportunities to become a part of an engaged community.
If you're interested in learning more about the planned community of Meridiana or you'd like to move to the greater Houston area, contact the Sam Team. Telling us about your unique needs and specifications is the first step towards finding the home of your dreams.