Located 25 miles west of Houston, at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 90, the area known as Katy includes Harris, Waller and Fort Bend counties. The Chamber of Commerce uses the slogan “Small Town Charm with Big City Convenience” and it is a pretty good description of life in Katy
According to the Census Bureau, the city of Katy is only 11.3 square miles. However, people generally describe Katy as the 181 square miles within the Katy school district. Since its very beginning, the Katy area has placed a large priority on educating their children.
Established in 1898, Katy ISD is now one of the fastest-growing school districts in the State of Texas with enrollment more than 62,000 students. Many people choose to live in the Katy area largely because of their high-quality, award-winning schools.
Although there is 8,900,000 square foot of office space in the Katy area and is known for Katy Mills Mall with 175 climate controlled stores, Katy is also committed to conservation. The Katy Prairie Conservancy owns and manages 14 nature preserves covering more than 13,000 acres. The nonprofit land trust works hard to keep the prairie productive and educate area residents. Both scientific research and public programming introduces people to the sights and sounds of the prairie. They also battle development and road construction that could potential damage the environment.
Katy began as the wide open hunting grounds occupied by the Karankawa Indian tribes. It was a tall grass prairie populated with great herds of buffalo, longhorn cattle, deer and lots of game birds such as ducks, geese and cranes. It was originally settled with the name Cane Island because of the creek running through it.
In 1895, the town site of Katy was laid out, reportedly taking the name Katy from the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (MKT). Some claim the city was actually named after the saloonkeeper’s wife. The first railroad agent took up his duties the same year.
Then, in 1934, the Katy gas field was discovered and Exxon (originally Humble Oil) reached peak production in January 1945 with 13,000 barrels of oil per day. It became a critical provider of oil during World War II.
Within this 7,400 acre community you’ll find both natural beauty and all the modern amenities you would expect from a top notch neighborhood. Hang out with friends at one of the 11 swimming pools or hike on along the 70 acre Bayou Nature Trail with almost 4 miles of preserved woodlands and wetlands. For a more exotic form of relaxation, go to the beach. On the shores of South Lake in Cinco Ranch you will find a pale sand beach with a half-acre, four-foot-deep swimming lagoon. You can also set sail in a paddleboat or sailboat on South Lake. Kids may enjoy fishing along the shore of the lake (catch and release only.)
Also in Cinco Ranch, you’ll savor The Lake House experience on the banks of Spring Lake. The architecture is inspired by historic Texas train depots and boasts flexible places to meet for intimate groups or special events. Summers can get wet and wild at the Cinco Ranch aquatic adventure park with two water slides plunging two stories into a big pool. For smaller children, a fun splash pool is what they will enjoy.
There is a wide range residences – with homes from 1,400 square feet to more than 7,000 square feet.
The name of the community hints about the 115 acres of beautiful lakes located within this upscale master-planned community. Easy access to the Westpark Tollway and Interstate 10 offers its residence easy commuting options. Some residents chose Grand Lakes because it has a small town ambience. This family-focused community has many cul-de-sacs with attention to privacy and tranquility of those who live here. A selection of 2,700 traditional homes is in this community, ranging from about 2,000 square feet to about 5,000 square feet.
Each phase of the development features a central park and connected trails leading to other neighborhoods. More than 200 acres of parks and village greens invite people to come outdoors. You will also find tennis courts, splash pads, swimming pools and a dog park for the 4-legged residents. Retail centers, restaurants and schools are nearby for convenience.
Cross Creek Ranch
In addition to the premier home builders, you’ll find a unique style of landscaping in this community with walking trails and lakes displaying natural Texas grasses and wildflowers. Integrated into the natural forest is a fun disc golf course. It includes water hazards, gentle sloping terrain and naturally majestic trees. Special attention was given to make the course have a low environmental impact so residents can enjoy the natural beauty of the land.
Recreation opportunities include the Adventure Island Waterpark with a huge resort-style pool. The 140-foot water slide slips down from the community’s iconic Hill looking out to the main lake. For the younger kids, the waterpark includes a wading pool and Splash-n-Spray Park. Adults enjoy the shaded deck, dedicated lap lanes and the tannin shelves with water jets.
Cross Creek Ranch offers a fully-equipped 6,000 square foot gym, with a professional staff, fitness classes, showers, lockers and on-site childcare services. Pocket parks are found within each section of the neighborhood with modern playground equipment and mulch-filled surfaces for safety. Leisurely strolls or rigorous hikes are easy with the carefully designed system of trails, green spaces, parks, pools and playgrounds designed for your enjoyment.
Seven Meadows and Avalon at Seven Meadows
This master-planned development took a sensible approach to environmental concerns. The designers chose to make an effort to ensure any environmental impact to its 1,050 acres is minimal. They use only organic fertilizer and have included a local hazardous waste recycling program. More common waste like paper and plastic are recycled too.
Seven Meadows developers created the housing community to be both functional and modern. Care has been taken to make the neighborhood aesthetically pleasing and the two homeowner’s associations (HOAs) assure it is kept beautiful. Meadowbrook Farms is the 18-hole Greg Norman signature golf course. You will also find a 6-acre community recreation center, complete with parks, greenbelts, pools and much more.
You know this community is different from the moment you drive through the spectacular “living arches” into the subdivision. Built with steel sculpture and hundreds of glass leaves, the programmable LED lights greet visitors every time. The ultra-modern sculpture is complimented with native Texas vines planted in the attached planter boxes, allowing the vines to intertwine with the steel structure.
The developer spent more than $1 million dollars to create a Mobile Amenity Center to enhance area events and local celebrations. The trailer does double duty when an enormous retractable screen converts into the Amenity Center movie theater. With a megawatt speaker system, this unique community feature is perfect for neighborhood block parties and special events.
In the heart of Cane Island is the Amenity Village. It includes a conservatory, two-story fitness center, adult and kid pools and a splash pad – plus so much more. The yoga studio has classes in Zumba, cycling and also offers Fitness-on-Demand, with more than 150 fitness classes from a drop-down projection screen. All the Cane Island lakes are stocked with largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed.
Some of Houston’s finest builders offer a wide variety of both custom and production homes in Cane Islands one thousand acre community.
Kelliwood and Green Trails
Although many flock to the modern, master-planned communities found in and around Katy, others are drawn to a more established and proven community conveniently located near the incredible features of Katy itself. The subdivisions of Kelliwood and Green Trails broke tradition by combining the local neighborhoods with lakes and golfing. The communities are well-maintained and have proven to be a good value for its residents.
You won’t find the “cookie-cutter” look here. Instead, you will find towering trees and well-established lush landscaping. There are thirteen different subdivisions in the development and each of them has its own homeowner’s association (HOA). The homes are priced from the $200s to well over $1 million.