Fulshear is a city which is located in Fort Bend County, Texas, to the northwest. The city covers an area of approximately 8 square miles, and consists of a timeless landscape made up of rolling hills, spattered with one hundred year old hardwood trees, while other areas consist of open prairie and the delightful scenery along the banks of the Brazos River. Fulshear Proper was incorporated in early 1977 and consisted then of primarily farming and ranching. However, recent years have seen a steady and healthy growth of its commercial districts as well as residential homes and communities.
Fulshear was established in 1824 by a land grant of Mexico to Churchill Fulshear. Churchill Fulshear was one of Stephen F. Austin’s original Old Three Hundred.
This small agricultural community was centered around Fulshears’ plantation which housed a cotton gin, flour mill and the 4-story brick mansion which Churchill Fulshear Jr. built in the 1850s. In 1888, he granted the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway a right-of-way through his land which motivated many families to move to the area, especially Scotch-Irish, Czech and German immigrants on their way from Galveston to Cat Spring, Austin and Fredericksburg who found the area too appealing to leave.
In 1890 the town of Fulshear was laid out, platted and granted a post office.
Tough times ensued
By 1898 a Fulshear was doing well and had a population of 250 residents supporting eleven stores, three saloons, a school and a hotel. On Saturdays, when the local hands were paid, Fulshear was so busy that residents complained that the sidewalks were too crowded to walk on. The town had 300 residents and ten stores by 1929. But the population fell to 100 in 1933, around the time that the Fulshear plantation house was torn down. The Depression and a changed lifestyle forced residents to leave Fulshear. Fulshear did her share toward the war effort during WWII. Not only did she contribute men and women for the armed forces and war industries but an airplane lookout station was also manned daily on the roof of one of the brick buildings.
Fulshear residents have long been noted for their kindness and gracious hospitality. By the 1940’s the entire town and their guests joined in a Fourth of July barbecue and picnic. That tradition carries on today with Fulshear’s Fourth of July parade and has expanded to several other holidays, as well. If you are interested in becoming a part of this vibrant city please contact Cheryl Stalinsky at [email protected]
The Fulshear schools; two for black students, one for Hispanics and one for whites were merged into the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in 1948. Huggins Elementary School was built in Fulshear in 1979, being named after John Huggins, who won world fame by training the first American horse to win the English Derby.
The population of Fulshear remained below 250 until the sprawl of the Houston metropolitan area began to creep in during the 1970s. Fulshear was incorporated in 1977 and remains a marketing center for locally produced rice, cotton, soybeans, corn, poultry, sorghum, horses and cattle. Many of the cattle are Texas Longhorns, descendants of Spanish and mission herds with horns spreading 4-8 feet. Pecans are also a very important, local crop.
In 1988 Fulshear had a population of 623 and by 2000 that number had grown to 716. The first decade of the 21st Century has seen explosive growth thanks in large part to Fulshear’s excellent Master Planned Communities. The Fulshear City Limits now cover over 11 square miles with approximately 40 miles in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. The Fulshear community now encompasses land that lies in both Katy and Lamar Consolidated school districts. There are wonderful and gorgeous settings that have and are being developed in the area and the future is bright here.
The city is serviced by some truly national class schools, and education is placed with high valued within the community. Parents wishing to supply a high degree of quality to their children’s education would be well advised to take a closer look at what is on offer within the schools in Fulshear. They are served mostly by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. However, the far eastern parts of the area are located within the boundaries of the Katy Independent School District. Katy, Texas is known for its fantastic schools which are served through the highly acclaimed and award winning Katy Independent School District. You can find more out about Katy ISD or any of the individual schools here. Lamar Consolidated School District is also growing fast and services part of the Cross Creek Ranch. You can find out more about Lamar CISD here.
Being that Fulshear is a township of it’s own and also contains several master-planned communities, along with the fact that it is growing quickly, it would be difficult to name all of the possible schools that your children may be zoned to without knowing in which area of Fulshear your new home will be. Most of Fulshear is in the Lamar CISD and would be zoned to Huggins Elementary School, either Briscoe Junior High or Wertheimer Junior High School and beginning in 2016-2017, the new Fulshear High School. However, the eastern and northern parts are located in Katy ISD. You can look at Randolph Elementary School, Seven Lakes Junior High School and Tompkins High School to get an idea of how great the school system is in the Katy ISD part of Fulshear. You will be zoned to one of these schools, and their feeder junior highs and elementary schools, if you move to Fulshear until new schools open.As a former teacher, coach, and administrator within Katy Texas and in the Katy Independent School District, and currently a REMAX real estate agent in Katy, TX, I have the expertise and experience to help you make informed decisions regarding schools and community.
Fulshear would certainly seem to offer all of the usual entertainment and recreational activities found in every other small town across the United States. What makes Fulshear different is the way it presents them, with a laid back, old town feel, drawing upon it’s heritage and history of the community. Fulshear is in the process of dealing with high growth and has somehow kept its head, with its feet firmly planted on the ground. New technology, new lifestyles and new living requirements have been added to the difficult mixing pot that has been quickly stirred by the rumblings of steady urbanization.
One needs to keep in mind that Fulshear is the town of Fulshear. There are a few master-planned communities and other developments in Fulshear that will offer their own amenities for their residents. But, if you reside in Fulshear Proper and not in one of these communities, you will not be a part of an HOA and thus not have the amenities in the traditional since. What you will have though is so much more. You have the God-given outdoors and all that nature provides. You also have local, and wonderful, dining, shopping and commercial facilities close by also.
Whether it’s one of our signature events like FreedomFest, St. Patrick’s Day, the Christmas Celebration of Lights; a quiet movie under the stars with your family and 300 of your closest newfound friends; experiencing your first Polo match or watching ‘gators and a rare water fowl, Fulshear offers it all for you. With one of the most unique landscapes in the Greater Houston area, Fulshear has become a focal point for cyclists, trail riders, outdoor athletes and bird watchers alike. We also have a vibrant arts scene Find out more, fine dining and some of the most scenic vineyards around for those with more urbane tastes. Whatever your tastes, know that you’ll be able to discover it in Fulshear!
Property Taxes in Cross Creek Ranch
The property taxes in Fulshear are assessed by the county appraisal district of the county that a particular property is located in. Fulshear lies within the boundaries of Fort Bend County. The appraisal district will assess the property value each year and taxes are determined off of that assessment. Property taxes are determined by using that county assessed value and dividing it by 100 (per $100 of value) and then multiplying it by the tax rate for that property. Most properties in Houston, Fulshear and Katy real estate markets are set up to pay school and county taxes. In addition to these to entities, if the property lies outside of a city limit, like some of Fulshear homes do, then those properties are also, almost always, part of a MUD (Municipal Utility District) and will pay taxes to their MUD entity as well. More specific information can be found at the following county appraisal websites.: Fort Bend CAD.
Fulshear Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Because it is situated so close to a large metropolitan city, Fulshear benefits from all of the amenities required to live an active social and work life, in an urban environment, while maintaining a home life that takes advantage of the natural surroundings and safe haven created by the Fulshear home developers. Keeping old world family values at heart, Fulshear acts as a buffer between the rural lifestyle and the urban sprawl, whatever your requirements, in your working, recreational or home life, Fulshear is likely to suit your needs. What could be more pleasant than ending a work day spent in a bustling, noisy city and taking a short journey into the naturally preserved countryside, which surrounds your home? Certainly, there can be few places in the nation that can provide such a rural experience and allow such easy access to a thriving, prospering city, for work and recreation. Parents will understand the value of this environment, as their children are allowed to grow in safety and comfort, while having access to health care and services provided by major hospitals and agencies within a well funded city.
Offering single family homes built with great style, and patio homes or homes on larger lots, Fulshear falls in a price range starting around $200,000 and running up to homes with a price of $1,500,000+. There is something for everyone in this fabulous Houston outskirt community. The average price of homes in Fulshear is $400,000+ (note, this figure includes homes in Cross Creek Ranch, Weston Lakes, Fulbrook, FIrethorne and more).
The city proper is formed by several neighborhoods. Weston Lakes is a 1400 acre planned community, surrounded by lakes and incorporating its own golf course. Fulbrook is the prestigious community which concentrates upon achieving a harmonious lifestyle with nature, it incorporates many features that would be of interest to conservationists and nature lovers, include and ecology library, and an old tree farm. Indeed, Fulbrook is a place which delights in the outdoors, and is certainly the kind of community which takes sustainability and preservation very seriously. There is also a newer approximately 4000 acre Johnson Development in Fulshear, TX. called Cross Creek Ranch. This premiere master-planned community is located just minutes away from both the Grand Parkway and the Westpark Tollway for easy commutes to the energy corridor, downtown or anywhere else you need to go. Cross Creek Ranch offers the perfect blend of small town charm, urban convenience and terrific amenities. It’s natural setting, technologically advanced and luxurious homes, along with all of the amenities help to make this a highly popular and sought after area.
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