Established in 1838 as a plantation to grow cotton, corn and, of course, sugar cane, Sugar Land saw its major growth when the state's oldest company, Imperial Sugar, turned the area into a company town. The city’s corporate past gets a nod in the official seal, which incorporated the Imperial Sugar crown logo into the city seal.
Located 20 miles southwest of downtown in Fort Bend County, Sugar Land’s population in recent times passed the 75,000 mark and is located in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. It was named by CNN/Money and MONEY Magazine as one of the top 50 places to live in the U.S.
Incorporated in 1959, when Imperial Sugar began selling off company housing, the community has been carefully built to appeal to a variety of lifestyles. Sugar Land's assorted developments feature homes set next to country clubs, golf courses and nature reserves. Several of the earliest homes built by the Imperial Sugar Company, located in The Hill area and Mayfield Park neighborhoods, have been passed down through generations of family members.
Cost of Housing
Homebuilders all through the area build in Sugar Land and the surrounding region. The average home price is $225,000 with prices ranging from $120,000 on into the millions. Town homes run from $90,000s up to the mid-$200,000 range. Developments contain sections of First Colony, as well as the communities of Hall Lake, Sugar Creek, Sugar Lakes, Sugar Mill and Venetian Estates.
Founded in 1969, the 1,200-acre Sugar Creek is built around two private country clubs. Located off U.S. 59, it is surrounded by retail and commercial development. Sugar Lakes, a 330-acre waterfront community, is built around 44 acres of lakes and nature reserves. Developers offer single-family homes, custom homes and "garden homes" in Tudor, contemporary and traditional styles. Prices range from $180,000 for a 2,000-square-foot home with two bedrooms and two baths to $600,000s for a 3,400 square-foot-home with three bedrooms and three baths. More than 70 Percent of Sugar Lakes homes are located on waterfront lots and are surrounded by lakefront jogging trails.
Land and its communities are served by the well-regarded Fort Bend Independent School District. It includes Highlands Elementary, Sugar Land Middle and Kempner High School. More than 80 percent of Fort Bend students demonstrate mastery on the state achievement test.
Shopping is nearby by with seven shopping malls within 20 minutes, including the First Colony Mall. Residents of Sugar Land and the surrounding communities enjoy three highly regarded golf courses. Pedestrians enjoy a leisurely walk around Sugar Land Town Square with its shops, restaurants, office buildings, hotels and other services. Community parks, tennis courts, playgrounds and pools abound.
Lakefront, walking/jogging trails allow residents to stretch their legs, but for the more ambitious hikers, Brazos Bend State Park is nearby. Also nearby is the George Observatory, the largest public observatory in the country.
Sugar Lakes is conveniently located off U.S. 59, 25 to 30 minutes from downtown Houston and minutes away from the First Colony Mall.