Where there’s a Wheless, there’s a way: How a 1940s deal led to 2017’s hottest Houston-area market


“It took 70 years to come to fruition,” William “Bill” Wheless III, president of Wheless Properties chuckles as he surveys a map of more 5,000 acres nestled along Lake Houston.

Bill Wheless’s grandfather, William M. “Fishback” Wheless Sr., J.S. Abercrombie and others purchased the property in the 1940s before the City of Houston erected a dam along the San Jacinto River, creating the lake in 1953. That was shortly after Wheless Sr. and Abercrombie  bought the acreage that would become Cinco Ranch in Katy.

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