Peek Inside the Ritz at The Woodlands

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – With the groundbreaking TBD on the condo community Ritz-Carlton Residences, The Woodlands, project sources have been releasing previews of what’s planned: gracious living on a grand scale.

As developer, Howard Hughes Holdings Inc. teamed up with Ritz-Carlton on the residential-only project. That means no hotel, so the amenities and grounds are for owners only. Ritz-Carlton, The Woodlands is comprised of 111 estate-inspired units, 15,000 square feet of private amenities and 1,200 feet of Lake Woodlands shoreline. The eight-acre site is the last large-scale residential site on Lake Woodlands.

Building height, unit size and asking prices were not released.

The project’s design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects is meant to evoke the grand estates in tony neighborhoods located across Houston, project materials indicate. An underlying design influence is the work of acclaimed architect John F. Staub. His mid-20th c. mansions in River Oaks remain a high bar in residential design for their character, refined elegance and sophistication.

The design from RAMSA aims to bring those qualities to The Woodlands.

“This project exudes sophistication. Each residence has been laid out like a great house,” said Robert A.M. Stern, who was dean of the Yale Architecture School years ago.


With those hallmarks established, the building design takes a sculptural form. The roofline, for example, has varying heights and volumes. The façade clad in Texas limestone relates to time-honored building materials for Texas homes. Metal accents add texture and draw the eye upward.

Three-acres of residents-only outdoor amenities include an Olympic-length pool, cutting garden, dining bungalows with outdoor kitchens, sports court and owners’ boathouse.

Interiors are bright, airy and finished in light-tone wood in the designs for the proposed Ritz-Carlton, The Woodlands. Architecture by Robert A,M. Stern Architects. Courtesy: Howard Hughes.

Interiors are bright, airy and finished in light-tone wood. The residences have oversized bay windows framing lake views, airy living spaces both generous and cozy in scale to accommodate various uses by residents — with or without visiting family members and guests.

The atmosphere and shared amenities suggest country-club living, augmented by the grounds steps away. Amenities include an owners’ lounge and bar area with concierge service, private dining room, wine cellar, and library adjacent to private garden. The fitness center also has a lake view and includes a multi-sport simulator room as well as cold plunge and dry sauna rooms.

The Woodlands, a master-planned community 27 miles north of downtown Houston, is one of the large-scale developments in the Howard Hughes portfolio.

“The private residences at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, The Woodlands, reflect the global expertise of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, with their classically inspired design that blends grand classic gestures with regionally inspired design features. Each home has been meticulously crafted in terms of functionality and material selection, balancing symmetry and proportion to provide owners with a luxurious and comfortable backdrop for contemporary living,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for Howard Hughes

Feb. 13, 2024 Realty News Report Copyright 2024


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