Tomball is approximately 28 miles from downtown Houston, and it is considered part of that city's metropolitan area. Some Tomball homes for sale have five bedrooms and are on several acres. There are Tomball homes with four bedrooms on less than half an acre. Three-bedroom houses and condos are available.
Tomball was founded by Germans in the early 19th century. Farmers were drawn to the area by its abundance of meadows and streams. The town that was founded here was named Peck in 1906. It was renamed Tomball in 1907 to honor state Sen. Thomas Ball. It was due to his influence that a railroad was built through Tomball. Farms in the area were then able to ship their crops by train. The discovery of oil in Tomball in 1933 brought many new residents to the town. Owners of real estate in Tomball can learn more about the town's history in the History of Tomball section at tomball.com/about.php and at ci.tomball.tx.us/about/history.html.
Parks and Recreation
Families with children can talk to a Tomball real estate agent about Tomball TX homes near parks with playgrounds. Juergens Park and Matheson Park have playgrounds and picnic areas. Matheson Park also has a swimming pool and tennis courts. The Theis Attaway Nature Center has walking trails and a pond. Visitors can fish in the pond. Birdhouses surround an observation blind overlooking the pond. Tomball home buyers who enjoy fishing may be interested in homes near Spring Creek Park or Burroughs Park. Fishing is permitted in Spring Creek and in the lake at Burroughs Park. Camping is permitted in Spring Creek Park. Burroughs Park has nature trails. Sunday Afternoon in the Park is held in Burroughs Park. This annual family festival in October has carnival games, a petting zoo and pony rides. Owners of Tomball properties can learn more about the town's parks at ci.tomball.tx.us/publicworks/parks.
Attractions and Activities
The Tomball Museum Center has a number of historic buildings including a farm museum, a country doctor's office and a schoolhouse. The Henry Theis House and the Griffin Memorial House are also historic buildings from the middle of the 19th century. More information is available at tomballmuseumcenter.org.
Music lovers might enjoy the Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival in March and the Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival in May. Country music and rock music are part of the entertainment at the Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival.
The German Heritage Festival takes place in March. Cooks from all over the state come to Tomball to participate in the Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge.
More information about events in Tomball is available in the Events section at tomballtoday.com.