14 Houston Neighborhoods And Masterplanned Communities With Best Amenities

Best Master Planned Communities in HoustonSee 14 best neighborhoods in Houston with the top amenities!

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With over 112 master planned communities in Houston, home buyers have more options that ever before.

To make our top list, neighborhoods needed to have:

  • Top ranked schools
  • Great neighborhood amenities
  • Affordable homes, with good resale trends
  • Be within 45 minutes of Houston
  • Builders with quality reputations

Some of the most popular new “wow” amenities include: sports pavillions (basketball, soccer, tennis, Olympic size swimming pools, full fitness centers), water parks, equestrian centers, running and hiking trails / cycling routes, dog parks, and recreational centers with planned, weekly community activities (chefs, yoga, farming & onsite instructors).

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NeighborhoodMedian Home PriceUnique AmenitySchool RankingsInner Loop Commute Time
Sienna Plantation$275k (3 bed); $335k (4 bed)Club Sienna Water ParkTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~40 – 50 mins (Southwest)
New Territory$242k (3 bed); $303k (4 bed)18,000 sq ft ClubhouseTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Southwest)
Riverstone$412k (3 bed); $420k (4 bed)The Club & Splash LagoonTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Southwest)
Harvest Green$275k (3 bed); $385k (4 bed)The FarmHouseTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Southwest)
Cinco Ranch$261k (3 bed); $356k (4 bed)The Lake HouseTop Ranked (9/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (West)
Cane Island$335k (3 bed); $365k (4 bed)The Cane Quarter TreehouseTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (West)
Cross Creek Ranch$277k (3 bed); $363k (4 bed)Adventure IslandTop Ranked (9/10 GreatSchools)~40 – 50 mins (West)
Aliana$341k (3 bed); $352k (4 bed)The Club At AlianaTop Ranked (9/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Southwest)
Lakes of Bella Terra$264k (3 bed); $313k (4 bed)Two Recreation CentersTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Southwest)
Shadow Creek Ranch$238k (3 bed); $293k (4 bed)Lake-Themed NeighborhoodTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~20 – 30 mins (South)
Towne Lake$336k (3 bed); $395k (4 bed)Private Recreational LakeTop Ranked (9/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Northwest)
Bridgeland$287k (3 bed); $360k (4 bed)Town CenterTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~40 – 50 mins (Northwest)
Creekside Park Village$340k (3 bed); $430k (4 bed)Aquatic CenterTop Ranked (10/10 GreatSchools)~50 – 60 mins (North)
Balmoral$217k (3 bed); $320k (4 bed)Crystal LagoonTop Ranked (9/10 GreatSchools)~30 – 40 mins (Northeast)

BEST MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES
SOUTH / SOUTHWEST OF HOUSTON

Sugar Land/Missouri City: Sienna Plantation

Sugar Land/Missouri City: Sienna Plantation Photo courtesy of Sienna Plantation

  • Amenities:  Club Sienna Water Park (4 resort pools), Amphitheater, Camp Sienna Sports Complex, Equestrian Horse Center, Lake Clubhouse, 18 hole golf course, walking trails all included with annual HOA fee.
  • Median home price: $275,000 (3-beds); $335,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $117
  • School rankings: 7 Top Ranked Fort Bend County ISD schools (with very active parental involvement, these schools are feeders into top colleges across the nation.) Notable schools with high rankings from Greatschools.org: Sienna Crossing Elementary (10/10); Billy Baines Middle School (7/10); Ridge Point High School (7/10).
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Southwest
  • Approx. commute time to Inner Loop: 40-50 mins (Good commute option to Texas Medical Center)

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Sugar Land: New Territory

Sugar Land: New TerritoryPhoto By: New Territory

  • Amenities: 18,000 square foot Clubhouse (pool, full size gymnasium, fitness rooms, tennis courts & cabana), Sports Complex (9 soccer fields, 4 baseball fields, playground & pavilion) and Dog Park
  • Median home price: $242,500 (3-beds); $302,750 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $117
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high rankings from Greatschools.org: Brazos Bend Elementary (10/10); Sartartia Middle School (10/10); and Clements High School (10/10).
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Southwest
  • Approx. commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Sugar Land: Riverstone

Sugar Land: Riverstone Photo By: Riverstone Community

  • Amenities: The Club (17-acre recreational hub with an 8,000 sq ft clubhouse, 8 tennis courts, fitness center & resort-style pool), Splash Lagoon
  • Median home price: $412,000 (3-beds); $420,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $131
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Commonwealth Elementary (10/10); Fort Settlement Middle School (10/10); and Dulles High School (8/10).
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Southwest
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Richmond: Harvest Green

Richmond: Harvest Green Photo By: Harvest Green Community

  • Amenities: The FarmHouse community center / on-site farm, “ready-to-grow backyards,” 30 acres of lakes and waterways, 280 acres of greenbelts and open space, 50 acres of parkland & “walkable trail system.”
  • Median home price: $275,000 (3-beds); $385,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $121
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Frost Elementary (10/10); Macario Garcia Middle School (9/10); and Stephen F Austin High School (9/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Southwest
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Katy: Cinco Ranch

ty: Cinco Ranch Photo By: Newland Communities

  • Amenities: The Lake House & Water Park, Tennis Courts, The Children’s Garden, The Beach Club & The Golf Club
  • Median home price: $261,000 (3-beds); $356,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $119
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Joella Exley Elementary (9/10); Cinco Ranch Jr High (9/10); and Cinco Ranch High School (9/10).
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: West
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Katy: Cane Island

aty: Cane IslandPhoto By: Cane Island

  • Amenities:  The Cane Quarter which houses a two-story cafe shaped like a treehouse, the yoga studio, fitness center, a nature-themed party room, recreational pool, and picnic grounds for bonfires and events.
  • Median home price: $335,000 (3-beds); $365,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $130
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Katy Elementary (9/10); Tays Junior High (10/10); and Katy High School (7/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: West
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Fulshear: Cross Creek Ranch

Fulshear: Cross Creek Ranch Photo By: Cross Creek Ranch By Johnson Development Corp

  • Amenities:  Resort style pool “Adventure Island” with splash & spray park, 4 wading &/or lap pools, 140 foot water slide, Italian Maid Cafe, 32 miles of trails and 650 acres of lakes and parks, and the award-winning Polishing Pond.
  • Median home price: $277,000 (3-beds); $363,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $124
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Huggins Elementary (8/10); Dean Leaman Jr High (9/10); and Fulshear High School (7/10).
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: West
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 40-50 minutes
  • Note: Lakes of Bella Terra (gated community), and Westin Lakes are luxury subdivisions within Cross Creek Ranch.

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Richmond: Aliana

Richmond: AlianaPhoto By: Aliana

  • Amenities: The Club At Aliana (houses ballroom, two party rooms, dual commercial-grade kitchen, swim center, tennis court, 24-hour fitness facility, and large covered patio for outdoor events), The Westmoor Club at Aliana (houses room rental spaces; game room with ping pong table, arcade basketball, and foosball; event lawn with summer “Movies On The Lawn”; community pool and splash pad; fitness center; play area; and tennis courts), and Parks & Trails.
  • Median home price: $341,000 (3-beds); $352,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $125
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Carolyn & Vernon Madden Elementary (9/10); James Bowie Middle School (9/10); and Travis High School (7/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Southwest
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Richmond: Lakes of Bella Terra

Richmond: Lakes of Bella TerraPhoto By: Lakes Of Bella Terra

  • Amenities: Two Recreation Centers: Recreation Center I houses pool, gym, volleyball court, and lighted tennis courts; Recreation Center II has world-class pool with water slides and an outside pavilion. Dog parks, community ponds, nature trails.
  • Median home price: $264,000 (3-beds); $313,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $114
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Griffin Elementary (10/10); Seven Lakes Jr High (10/10); and Seven Lakes High School (10/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Southwest
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes
  • Note: There are three separate communities: Lakes of Bella Terra, Lakes of Bella Terra West and Lago Verde Estates. The data above is the median of all properties, but the specific price points of each vary. Most homes here are 2012 or newer. Contact us for details.

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Pearland: Shadow Creek Ranch

Pearland: Shadow Creek Ranch Photo By: Shadow Creek Ranch

  • Amenities: Entire neighborhood is “lake-themed,” with 300 acres of lakes. Four recreation centers with pools, and facilities for volleyball, basketball, and tennis.
  • Median home price: $238,000 (3-beds); $292,700 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $105
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Mary Burks Marek Elementary (7/10); Nolan Ryan Jr High (8/10); and Glenda Dawson High School (8/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: South
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 20-30 minutes

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BEST MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES
NORTH OF HOUSTON

Cypress: Towne Lake

Cypress: Towne LakePhoto By: Towne Lake

  • Amenities: Slalom water skiing course on a 300-acre private recreational lake. 14 miles of shoreline, community’s water park with a sandy beach, water slides and a lazy river, amenities center water park, towne lake boardwalk (restaurants, shopping, etc), free pontoon boat tours.
  • Median home price: $336,000 (3-beds); $395,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $125
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Woodard Elementary (9/10); Aragon Middle School (8/10); and Cypress Ranch High School (9/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Northwest
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Cypress: Bridgeland

Cypress: BridgelandPhoto By: Bridgeland

  • Amenities: Town Center (retail and dining) and Nature Reserve (3,000-acre network of lakes, trails, and parks with kayaking, canoeing, and paddle-boating)
  • Median home price: $287,000 (3-beds); $360,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $122
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Swenke Elementary (10/10); Goodson Middle School (8/10); and Cypress Woods High School (9/10).
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Northwest
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 40-50 minutes

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The Woodlands: Creekside Park Village

The Woodlands: Creekside ParkPhoto By: Creekside Park Village

  • Amenities: Rob Fleming Aquatic Center (20 acres of community pool complex with a lazy river, network of water slides, interactive aquatic structure, and 3-lane lap pool).
  • Median home price: $340,000 (3-beds); $430,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $137
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Timber Creek Elementary (10/10); Creekside Park Jr High (9/10); and The Woodlands High School (9/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: North
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 50-60 minutes

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Humble: Balmoral

Humble: BalmoralPhoto By: Balmoral

  • Amenities: Crystal Lagoon (2 acre, man-made lagoon and water theme park)
  • Median home price: $217,000 (3-beds); $320,000 (4-beds)
  • Median home price per square foot: $116
  • School rankings: Top Ranked. Notable schools with high ratings from Greatschools.org: Groves Elementary (9/10); Timberwood Middle School (7/10); and Quest Early College High School (9/10)
  • Direction from Houston Inner Loop: Northeast
  • Approx commute time to Inner Loop: 30-40 minutes

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Sources And Methodology

  • Data covers single family home sales within communities listed above
  • All Houston property sale information was sourced by the HAR MLS database
  • Schools rating taken from GreatSchools.Org
  • Data is deemed accurate, but is not guaranteed. Information is provided for informational purposes only

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