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Cypress, Texas Property Taxes: What you need to know

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about property taxes paid in Cypress. Many of you are moving from out of state and are not used to the different levels of tax we pay here in Cypress. Most homeowners in Cypress pay 3 taxes each year. What are these taxes used for? Well, they help pay for public schools, libraries, playgrounds, city streets, county roads, police, fire protection, emergency medical service and many other services. Listed below are the 3 property taxes you will pay upon moving to Cypress and buying a home.

1. Property Tax – HCAD: Cypress is located in Harris County. Every year homeowners in Harris County are subject to a property tax. Every October Harris County Appraisal District sends out tax bills with your current taxes due. You can also find out how much you owe on their website www.hcad.org.

2. School Taxes – Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District: No matter where you live in Harris County if you own a home you will have to pay school district taxes. Here in Cypress we pay CFISD school district taxes. These bills generally go out in October as well. You can find out how much tax you owe on their website as well www.cfisdtax.com.

3. MUD Taxes – Municipal Utility District: Unless you own a home that is not in a MUD district you will have to pay this tax as well. A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is a special-purpose district or other governmental jurisdiction that provides public utilities (such as electricity, natural gas, sewage treatment, waste collection/management, wholesale telecommunications, water) to the residents of that district. Most instances of MUD taxes in Cypress are for sewage treatment, waste collection and management, and water services. There are numerous MUD districts in Cypress, check with your local real estate agent of HOA for the MUD district in your neighborhood.

 

 

Main Street America, Houston, Texas

 

So the other day Josh and I decided to go check out Main Street America. Basically it is a bunch of showcase homes laid out like a street in a neighborhood but in disguise as a store. Supposedly you can purchase anything from the furniture to the mortgage for a new home. When we attended, it  was a realtor event and we attended at no charge but on a normal day it costs the average joe $15 just to enter the premises. I am not sure about you guys but I know I can find everything at this place on the internet for free and from the comfort of my pajamas. Have any of you gone? If so what did you think? Were you impressed? Would you go again? Would you advise taking clients?

Cypress, Texas: Churches and Places to Worship

Just moved into Cypress, Tx and you can’t find your local church? Here is an alphabetical list of local churches and places of worship in and around Cypress and Cy-Fair. Let me know if I missed one. I would love to have a more extensive list.

 

  • Adventure Christian Community, At Sampson Elementary 16002 Coles Crossing Dr. Cypress, TX 832-661-6886
  • Celebration Church 9740 Barker Cypress Road #111, Cypress, TX 281-840-0195
  • Christ Family Church 16333 Mueschke Road, Cypress, TX 281-758-0454
  • Christ The Redeemer Church Pca 11748 Grant Rd, Cypress, TX 281-379-5387
  • Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church 11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 281-469-5533
  • Church of Christ In Jersey Village 8810 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 832-237-7550
  • Church of Christ In Tomball 29510 W Montgomery Rd, Cypress, TX 281-255-2879
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints The 10555 Mills Rd, Houston, TX 281-970-7450
  • City Church 11602 Bobcat Rd, Houston, TX 281-477-3272
  • Community of Faith 16124 Becker Road Cypress 832-875-2520
  • Community of Faith, Willowwood Jr. High, 11770 Gregson Rd. Tomball, TX 832-875-2520
  • Cypress Bible Church 11711 Cypress North Houston Rd. Cypress, TX 281-469-6063
  • Cypress Creek Baptist Church 21870 Northwest Frwy., Cypress, TX 281-469-6089
  • Cypress Fellowship, 10804 Huffmeister Rd, Center Houston, TX 281-894-8777
  • Cypress Pointe Baptist Church 17150 Spring Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 281-373-9191
  • Cypress United Methodist Church, 13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd., Cypress, TX 281-469-0730
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church, services held at Labay Middle School, 15435 Willow River Houston, TX 713-896-1773
  • Fairbanks United Methodist Church 14210 Aston Houston, TX 713-462-3206
  • Fairfield Baptist Church 27240 Highway 290, Cypress, TX 281-373-5446
  • Fairfield Church of Christ 20402 Chappell Knoll Dr, Cypress, TX 281-373-1900
  • Faith Assembly Church – Fairbanks Campus 7755 Fairbanks N. Houston Rd. Houston, TX 713-896-1808
  • Faith Assembly Church – Cypress Campus 19545 Cypress North Houston Rd. Cypress, TX 713-896-1808
  • First Metro Church 8870 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 713-983-7878
  • Harvest Family Church 14950 Cypress N. Houston and Telge Rd. Cypress, TX 281-955-6306
  • Houston Northwest Baptist Church 19911 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, TX 281-469-3389
  • Houston Revival Center 10640 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 281-970-3854
  • Jersey Village Baptist Church 16518 Jersey Drive Houston, TX 713-466-6102
  • Ibch Fellowship 11240 Fm 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX 281-955-8070
  • Iglesia De Dios Eben-Ezer 12015 Cassandra Ln, Houston, TX 281-897-9730
  • Lakewood United Methodist Church 11330 Louetta Rd, Houston, TX 281-370-2273
  • Lifepath Church 4800 Cairnvillage (Watkins Middle School) Houston, TX 281-855-0222
  • Memorial Church of Christ 900 Echo Lane Houston, TX 713-464-0271
  • Messiah Luth. Church 11522 Telge Rd, Cypress, TX 281-890-3013
  • New Life Christian Fellowship 18525 FM529, Cypress, TX 281-550-0587
  • New Experience Fellowship Church 14011 Naples Park Ln, Houston, TX 281-970-5750
  • New Harvest Intl. Fellowship 11300 West Rd, Houston, TX  281-897-0969
  • Northwest Chinese Baptist Church 13130 Perry Rd, Houston, TX 281-955-6299
  • Old Church of Isaac 10880 W Sam Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX 281-477-7277
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Community 19222 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, TX 281-469-2686
  • Ranch Community Fellowship 17810 Mueschke Rd, Cypress, TX 281-290-7420
  • Rose Hill United Methodist Church 21022 Rosehill Church Rd., Tomball, TX 281-351-5356
  • Sikh Center 8819 Prairie Dr, Houston, TX 713-466-6538
  • St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church 13131 Fry Road Cypress, TX 281-373-3203
  • St. John Luth. Church 15235 Spring Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 281-373-0503
  • St Mary’s Episcopal Church 15415 N Eldridge Pkwy, Cypress, TX 281-370-8000
  • St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Community 10135 West Rd, Houston, TX 281-955-7692
  • St. Timothy Luth. Church 14225 Hargrave Rd, Houston, TX 281-469-2457
  • Terra Verde Community Church, Rosehill Christian School, 19830 FM 2920, Tomball, TX
  • The Foundry Church 8350 Jones Road, Houston, TX 713-937-9388
  • The Word of God Christian Fellowship 17920 Huffmeister Road Ste 300 Cypress, TX 281-898-8018
  • Woodlands Church West (Cinco Ranch High School) 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Katy, TX 281-367-1900

Cypress, Texas: Top 10 Attractions

Looking for something fun to do? Cypress has so much to offer. Read on for the top things in our community.

 

1. Golf – With so many courses to choose from you will never be bored of the same old golf course. Cypress & Cy-Fair are home to:

2. Berry Center – The Berry Center is actually five facilities all in one location. There is an arena, stadium, theater, conference center, and a satellite food production center all at the Barker Cypress location. In addition to the districts High School graduation ceremonies, many different events, such as banquets, performances, and awards ceremonies are held here. Check their website for any upcoming events.

3. Shopping – From the Houston Premium Outlets or JC Penney’s, or Kohl’s or the nearest Walmart, Cypress has just about all the shopping you can handle. Check out this link to the Cy-Fair Magazine for a list of all shopping in and around Cypress.

 

4. Paintball – Cypress is home to TXR Paintball. Located at 15550 Grant Rd, Cypress, TX 281-357-4300.

5. Laser TagLazer X located at 13529 Skinner Rd, Cypress, TX 281-304-6565.  Battlefield Houston,  also in Cypress, is a mobile laser tag experience that comes to you and your private parties.

6. MoviesCinemark Cypress is located at Spring Cypress and 290, behing the Kroger shopping Center. They have a vast array of movies all the time and if you can make it to the first showing of the day the ticket will only set you back $5.25.

7. Dining – Cypress is home to a vast array of casual dining and fast food as well as the becoming ever more popular fast casual dining. Cypress has a not so casual Dario’s American Cusine. Hit up restaurants like Alicia’s Mexican Grille, Antonia’s, Chili’s, Cheddar’s, Gringo’s, Carl’s, & PO’s for a more casual dining experience. Cypress is now home to at least 2 fast casual dining options. The Teriyaki Experience and Qdoba Mexican Grille. Of course this list would not be complete without mentioning the fast food places we all love like Taco Bell, McDonalds, Whataburger, Jack N The Box, Chik Fil A, Taco Cabana, Five Guys, Smash Burger, Raising Canes, and many more.

8. Annual Festivals – From Cy-Fest, to Cy-Fair Wine Fair to Naturefest, Cypress has something for everyone all year long.

9. Cy-Fair Sports – From football to golf to tennis, Cypress is home to athletes and fans of all sports. There are so many places to take in a game or get your game on.

10. Lone Star CollegeLone Star College Cy-Fair offers classes year round on just about anything you can think of. If you are just starting out in college, need some continuing education courses or just want to learn something for fun Lone Star College Cy-Fair has what you need.

 

Cypress, Texas: Top 10 Communities You’ll Want to Call Home

Where to live is a huge question when it comes to moving to a new neighborhood. This list will help you narrow down some of the most popular and coveted neighborhoods around Cypress. They are all easily accessible to Hwy 290. All of these neighborhoods are zoned to the coveted Cy-Fair Independent School District. So which one do you choose? Whether you are looking to build a new home or move into an established neighborhood, Cypress has it all. Read on to find out which neighborhood fits your needs best.

1. Coles Crossing –  New Construction & Established Homes. Amenities include 175 acres of recreational facilities, neighborhood patrol, backdoor garbage pick-up, sports practice fields, a free form swimming pool with fountains and “lazy river” water feature, lighted tennis courts, an indoor fitness center, fishing ponds, 56-acre Nature Park along Cypress Creek with 2.5-mile nature trail, activities for residents year-round, summer concert, Labor Day picnics, annual Fall Festival, Christmas at the North Pole, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides to view holiday lights, and much more.

2. Black Horse Ranch – Established Homes. Amenities include parks, refreshing pools, beautiful lakes stocked with bass, and the challenging community golf course as well as community wide events.

3. Bridgeland – New Construction and Established homes. Amenities inlcude 3,000 acres of open space, 400 acres of parks, 900 acres of lakes, playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic pavilions, trails, neighborhood parks, events coordinated by a full-time Activities Director, 6,000-square-foot Community Center, six-lane junior Olympic-size pool, a diving well with two platforms, a gradual-depth play pool with volleyball nets, Two 30-foot sky slides,  a spray park with splashy fountains, and a future Town Center downtown type of environment.

4. Towne LakeNew Construction and Established Homes. Amenities include Houston’s fourth largest lake which is over 300 acres with 14 acres of shoreline, freshly stocked lake each year for your fising enjoyment, private and community boat docks, playground, open green spaces, tennis courts, Welcome Center, Community Center, splash pad, fitness center, exclusive Active Adult 55+ areas that includes a lodge, pool, billiard room, arts & crafts room, ballroom, card room, and fitness area.

5. Cypress Creek Lakes – New Construction and Established homes. Amenities include sparkling lakes, two recreation centers, splash pad, hiking, biking, & jogging trails, future phase 3 in the works with many more amenities to become available.

6.Lakes of Fairhaven – New Construction and Established homes. Amenities include 176 acre master planned community with 4 lakes and beautiful landscaping. This neighborhood offers single family homes on oversized lots.

7. Northlake Forest – Established Homes. Amenities include a tennis court, a basketball court, a playground, greenbelt trails, a swimming pool and several community lakes stocked with fish.

8. Sydney Harbour – New Construction and Established Homes. Amenities include a 5,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse and pool complex, a kitchen and a large indoor gathering area overlooking the swimming pool and lake, junior Olympic swimming pool, and playground.

9. Rock Creek – New Construction and Established Homes. Amenities include The Rock Creek Community & Fitness Center, two lighted tennis courts (hard surface)
· resort style pool and waterslide
, men and women’s locker rooms
, members’ lounge with big-screen TV
, children’s playground
, fitness room featuring cardio theatre
, free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines
, circuit training equipment,  and physio exercise balls.

10. Fairfield – New Construction and Established Homes. Amenities include a 15,000 square foot athletic club, competition size swimming pool, tennis courts,  a 20-acre sports park with baseball and soccer fields, eight lakes, six neighborhood parks, six neighborhood pools, and numerous pocket parks and greenbelts winding through the community.

Cypress, Texas: Top 10 Restaurants Your Tastebuds Will Love

One of my favorite things to do, among many, is to go out to eat. There are so many fine places in Cypress that it is hard to pick just 10. Here is a list of my top ten places to eat in Cypress. I hope I didn’t miss any although I am sure I probably did.

 

1. Alicias Mexican Grille – Located at 290 and Cypress Rosehill across the street from Walmart. Alicia’s food is the best Mexican food in Cypress, hands down. The fajitas will leave your mouth watering for more.

2. Darios American Cuisine – Located in the old Alicia’s building, Darios is a great American flavor with a twist on good old fashion steaks. Owned by the same Family as Alicia’s, Dario’s never dissapoints.

3. Antonias Cucina Italiana – Located at 290 and Fry Rd Antonia’s offers up a delectable menu that Italian food lovers are sure to enjoy.

4. Edojin – Located behind Randall’s off of Barker Cypress and 290. Edojin offers Sushi happy hour that Josh and I go to frequently.

5. Carls BBQ – Located at Telge Rd and 290. If you haven’t been to Carl’s go there today. Their whole BBQ menu is delicious! In business since 1951 & they sure know how to do Texas BBQ. This place should be on your ‘places to try’ list. It is wonderful.

6. Candelari’s – Located in the Cinemark lot. Candelari’s is by far the best pizza in Cypress. Try out some of their Italian sausage. It is homemade and tastes great on any of the pizzas.

7. PO’s Burgers – located on Telge Rd PO’s has been around for as long as I can remember and they serve up some of the best burgers in the area.

8. Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar – Located right next door to Cinemark, Shogun’s bring Hibachi close to home without having to travel all  the way down town. This place is super fun and entertaining. The food is delicious too.

9. Redfish Seafood Grill – located at Spring Cypress and 290, Redfish Seafood Grill offers a unique twist on Seafood and Sushi combination. I love the giant sushi rolls they serve. The mahi mahi is delicious too!

10. La Hacienda – Located on Telge Rd. You have to give credit where credit is due and La Hacienda knows how to serve quality Mexican food quickly and cheaply. You can get in and out of here in about 30 minutes and have a quality meal for under $10. They are quick on the drink refills too!

 

There you have it. I am always excited to try new places, so if you see anything new pop up in Cypress that I haven’t mentioned please leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to try it out.

 

Cypress, Texas: Our Highlighted City of the Month

Josh and I are going to cover a wide range of topics on our blog. Some might be real estate related but not all. I wanted to take one post a week, at least, and highlight some of the communities that we serve. All month long I will be posting a series on Cypress, TX. If there is anything you want to know or read about feel free to drop me a line or a comment. I will try to include it in my posts this month.

I will be covering a wide range of posts on Schools, neighborhoods, communities, etc… So Stay tuned, you will definitely want to know more about Cypress. There are so many places out there that we do not know about and hopefully this will give a little insight into our booming little town.