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Piney Point Village

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Piney Point Village is one of Houstonʼs highly sought-after Memorial Villages. As its name might suggest, the village is well known for its heavily-wooded, forest-like environment. Once here, youʼd never know youʼre located in the middle of it all, minutes from major employment centers such as the Galleria/Uptown and the Energy Corridor. However, the city has had a ban on businesses since its inception; only homes, churches and schools are. Because of this, Piney Point Village remains a quiet, secluded enclave of homes.

Piney Point Village occupies a heavily wooded 2.1 square miles, and residents have easy access to I-10, with both Beltway 8 and the 610 Loop only a few minutes away. According to the 2010 census, its population was 3,125 residents.

The History:

The city is named for the residence established on the townsite by John D. Taylor in 1824, after he received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin. The original site, then known as “pine point”, was located at a turn of Buffalo Bayou at the southern edge of the city limits.

Along with the neighboring villages, the area was originally settled by German farmers who operated sawmills on the heavily wooded land. In the 1800s, the townsite was home to a station on the Texas Western Railroad.

Piney Point Village was established in 1954 following earlier attempts to create a larger Spring Branch municipality; this prevented annexation by rapidly-growing, adjacent Houston.

Good to Know:

As with the other Memorial Villages, Piney Point Village has no post office of its own. All addresses are designated by the US Postal Service as “Houston” despite the cityʼs operation as an independent city. The city is served by the nearby Memorial Park Post Office, which is located at 10505 Town and Country Way.

Piney Point Village shares police protection with its neighbors Hunters Creek Village and Bunker Hill Village. Together, they operate the Memorial Villages Police Department, located at 11981 Memorial Drive. Fire protection is jointly operated by all six Memorial Villages; the Village Fire Department is located at 901 Corbindale Road in adjacent Hedwig Village.

For more information, visit http://www.cityofpineypoint.com/.

Shopping and Dining:

While no businesses may operate within the city limits, shoppers and food lovers need not shy away from this wonderful community. Houstonʼs best shopping destinations are only a minute away, including the Galleria, Memorial City Mall, and City Centre. The Galleria area and City Centre are home to some of Houstonʼs premier restaurants, so no matter what youʼre hungry for, thereʼs a unique option nearby to satisfy that craving.

Schools:

As with its neighbor Hunters Creek Village, most residents are served by the Spring Branch ISD (www.springbranchisd.com), while a small portion is served by Houston Independent School District (http://www.houstonisd.org).

The Spring Branch ISD portion (The majority of the city) is zoned to Memorial Drive Elementary School, which is located within the city. Secondary school students are zoned to Spring Branch Middle School and the sought-after Memorial High School, both located in adjacent Hedwig Village.

The Houston ISD portion (South of Buffalo Bayou) is zoned to Emerson Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Lee High School, though students are given the option of attending Lamar and Westside High Schools alternatively.

The prestigious Kincaid School, which serves students of all ages, is located in Piney Point Village, along with St. Francis Episcopal Day School, which serves students in grades K-8 as well as preschool students aged 18 months or more.

Libraries:

Piney Point Village is served by the Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library, operated by the Harris County Public Library system and located in adjacent Hedwig Village at 930 Corbindale Road.