Recent archaeological findings have suggested that human beings were present in the Cypress, Texas, area as early as 7,500 BC. The Atakapa and Akokisa Indian tribes inhabited the modern-day Cypress location until settling of the area by German immigrants in the 1840s. It is noted that General Sam Houston used the Cypress area as a camping place in 1836 on his way to the Battle of San Jacinto in Harrisburg.
Until the 1980s, the Cypress area remained largely undeveloped. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, developers began to construct several master-planned communities in the area. The area came to be known as the Cypress-Fairbanks or Cy-Fair area. This name was in reference to the 1930s merger of Big Cypress School and Fairbanks High School into the Cy-Fair High School and the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. This once rural area has been transformed by large scale residential and commercial development into one of Houston’s largest suburbs.
The Cypress area is one of the most affluent areas within Harris County. Eighty-six percent of Cypress residents work white collar jobs, and nearly 77% make well over $50,000 per year, with at least fifty percent making over $100,000. The Cypress area is ranked midway in the top 100 highest-income urban areas in the country.
Cypress has a high population of families with children and a median age of 35. Therefore, much of the local culture is centered on family life and recreational activities at local parks and recreation areas. Nevertheless, there’s a vibrant nightlife in the area as well as an abundance of options for shopping and dining.
Since Cypress is under the extra-jurisdictional authority of Houston, the Houston City Council serves this unincorporated suburb. The City Council is Houston’s legislative body. It has the power to enact and enforce all resolutions and ordinances. The 16-member Council also adopts the city’s annual budget and confirms the mayor’s appointments. Council members are elected every four years.
Sylvester Turner is Houston’s Mayor or Executive Officer. The city’s chief administrator and official representative, he is responsible for general management of Houston and for making sure all laws and ordinances are enforced. His duties include appointment of department heads and advisory board members. The mayor also signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances the city council passes.
Cypress is served by the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce. Established over thirty years ago, the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber provides a collective voice for its more than 500 members as the main advocate for Cypress-Fairbanks businesses. The Chamber establishes strategic partnerships in transportation, infrastructure and education in order to understand and influence public policy in the region.
There are fifteen public elementary schools in Cypress. These are Sampson, Hamilton, Swenke, Warner, Robison, Keith, Postma, Lamkin, Pope, Farney, Ault, Andre, Rennell, Millsap and Black Elementary School.
There are several public middle schools and three public high schools that serve Cypress. Four private schools also serve Cypress. The public middle schools in Cypress are Spillane Middle School, Smith Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, Arnold Middle School, Goodson Middle School, Hopper Middle School and Oakcrest Intermediate School. The public high schools serving Cypress are Cypress Woods High School, Cypress Ranch High School and Cy-Fair High School. Private schools serving the Cypress area are Longwood Montessori School, Kids 2000 Montessori School, The Oaks Adventist Christian School and Cy-Fair Christian Academy.
All twenty-five public schools in Cypress are under the jurisdiction of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. The highest rated public schools in Cypress include Spillane Middle School and Warner Elementary School.
The school district that serves Cypress is the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, headquartered in northwest unincorporated Harris County. The Cypress-Fairbanks district is Texas’ largest recognized school district. Seventy-five out of seventy-eight of Cy-Fair’s campuses have received a “Recognized” or “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency.
The Cypress-Fairbanks school district has ninety-one general-purpose campuses. Fifty-six are elementary schools. Eighteen are middle schools. There are thirteen high schools and four special program facilities in the Cy-Fair district. Although the district covers the entire Cypress area, it also covers a small area of Houston, including the Fairbanks section, the city of Jersey Village and some other unincorporated areas within Harris County.
Cypress has fifteen elementary schools. Three of these schools are highly rated. Ninety-nine percent of Pope Elementary School students are proficient in math and 98% in reading. Another top-rated school is Rennell Elementary, where 98% of students are proficient in math and 94% are proficient in reading. At Warner Elementary, 94% of students are proficient in both mathematics and reading.
Of seven middle schools in Cypress, several are highly rated. Ninety-six percent of Smith Middle School students are proficient in math; 94% are proficient in reading. Hamilton Middle School is also highly ranked, with 95% of students proficient in math and 92% in reading. At Spillane Middle School, 94% of students are proficient in math and 93% in reading.
Two high schools in Cypress are top-rated. At Cypress Woods, 88% of students are proficient in math, and 87% are proficient in reading. Ninety-four percent of students at Cypress Ranch are proficient in math, with 91% proficient in reading. Cypress Woods is ranked at #39 in Best Public High Schools in Texas. Cypress Ranch is ranked at #40.
There are four private schools that serve the Cypress area—Longwood Montessori, Kids 2000 Montessori, The Oaks Adventist Christian School and Cy-Fair Christian Academy. Longwood has 101 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. Kids 2000 also serves Pre-K through Kindergarten. The Oaks has 141 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Cy-Fair serves 142 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th.
Cypress, Texas, is a fairly affluent suburb of Houston, where 89% of residents are homeowners. A peaceful area with little crime and a true rural-suburban feel, Cypress is a residential area comprised mainly of single-family homes. There are, however, several loft-style homes in Cypress.
Because the area did not undergo development until the late 1980s and early 1990s, most all of the housing is relatively modern. Many of the homes are on large lots and have swimming pools. A large number of homes are multi-storied. Siding on homes is more often than not brick or stone or a combination of the two.
With much new construction in the area, many older homes have been remodeled to include updated kitchens and hardwood floors. Currently, there are 605 homes for sale in the area, with an average listing price of $304,000. There’s plenty of new construction available from $599,900 to $1,100,000 and an abundance of apartments for rent.
Real estate in Cypress includes primarily modern single-family homes, although the area does have some condominiums. Until the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cypress area was rural and undeveloped. Once development took off in the area, multiple neighborhoods sprung up to include many lavish and luxurious two-story stone and brick homes.
There are many pre-existing and remodeled homes for sale in Cypress. However, Cypress is a veritable boom town for new constructions. There are currently 161 newly-built homes on the market in the area from $236,836 to $737,022.
The median home value in Cypress is $287,030. Over 40% of homes are valued between $135,001 and $270,000. Homes in Cypress have shown over 85% appreciation since 2000 and 3.35% annual appreciation during this time period. In January of 2016, the median home list price was $294,777. In December 2018, the median price was $315,000. The Cypress real estate market remains stable as a balanced market.
Cypress has plenty to offer for things to do. From shopping to nightlife to arts and parks, Cypress is a family-friendly area sure to keep residents and visitors entertained and well-fed.
A least nine shopping centers in Cypress offer every-day and upscale shopping experiences. One of the best local shopping destinations is The Boardwalk, situated on the shores of Towne Lake.
For artistic experiences, there’s the Vino Artino art gallery and studio, where participants can hold private painting parties. For the culturally inclined, a favorite location is Cypress Top Historic Park, which authentically re-creates historic life.
Those who wish to partake in nightlife can head to Pickles or stop by the Quench Lounge for a romantic night out at a luxurious, elegant spot.
Sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite are the numerous eateries in the area. Nyam Nyam Café is a unique and relaxing diner that serves delicious Russian foods and crepes. Frio Grill serves good old-fashioned comfort food and beer.
Alden Woods is a new construction community with many floor plans, ranging from $402,000 to $560,000. Bridgeland is a neighborhood with creative spaces like Turtle Land and a park within a quarter mile of every home. Bridgeland homes go for between $376,900 and $499,900. Canyon Lakes West is a new construction neighborhood with numerous floor plans available from $280,000 to $375,000. Alder Trails is a 155-acre community with beautiful walking trails and two lakes. With shopping and dining nearby, homes in Alder Trails list for between the $200,000 and $800,000. Town Lake is a neighborhood with a 300-acre lake and playgrounds and parks, with homes between $200,000+ and $1,000,000+.