Over the past few months, developers have announced numerous residential projects all around Houston. Lately, the trend has been water – see for instance, the resort-style lagoon development, Saint Tropez, or the slightly more radical Generation Park surf and event resort.
For its new 235-acre community, however, developers Meristem Communities are going back to their roots with what they call an “agrihood”. This week the developers are slated to break ground on Indigo, a visionary new community in Richmond, Texas.
Located directly off of SH 99 in Fort Bend County – 26 miles southwest of downtown, Houston – the 750-home community will emphasize walkability and “craft-made culture”, with amenities that include a working farm and pasture, 25-acre lake, and car-free zones.
“We wanted it to be a safe place for children and families. We’re trying to accomplish a community that is different, is an actual community, where you know your neighbors and one of the ways to do that is to create green spaces,” Clayton Garrett, partner at Meristem Communities, told Houston Chronicle.
The development, which is expected to “bloom” late 2023, will dedicate over half of its area space to trails and green space. Its 42-acre urban farm will be a community fixture, as will the aforementioned lake, wherein residents can use recreationally.
Collections from David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, and Empire Communities will be available at Indigo priced in the range of $300,000 to mid $500,000s.
“We’re local. We are deeply connected to the food, music, and craft-made culture of our Houston roots,” the Meristem Communities website reads.
“From the walkable neighborhood town center to the human-scale working farm and pasture, we’re committed to creating a true community—one that will naturally connect those who live here in engaging, healthy ways.”
In addition to boutiques, markets, and cafes, planned community features include an event barn, Indigo Commons town, center, as well as communal parks. Of the latter, the developer plans to substitute small green areas for home front lawns and to create green spaces every other block in what they’re calling “car-free” zones.
Indigo expects to welcome its first residents around February 2024.