Best Katy Neighborhoods With Top Schools, Good Amenities, & Great Access
Most Bayou City residents recognize Katy as one of Houston’s Best Suburbs, thanks to excellent schools (ranked amongst the top schools anywhere in Texas), great proximity to major job centers, limited flooding, wonderful shopping, and exceptional master planned communities, parks and golf courses.
However, most people don’t know how much Katy has grown in recent years. Currently, Greater Katy (just by itself – defined as the area within the top ranked Katy ISD boundaries) is larger than Pittsburgh, Tallahassee or Richmond.
Within the last decade alone, the amount of Katy homes for sale have increased by over 58% and land values within Katy have increased by over 92%; owning land in premier locations in Katy has been an excellent investment.
In an effort to help you identify the best Katy neighborhoods, we completed an analysis of 67,432 Katy homes, ranking:
- Best Katy schools;
- Best Katy communities (master planned, gated and golf course communities);
- Katy neighborhoods with the best 5 & 10 year appreciation rates;
- Highest quality Katy new construction home builders (and builders with somewhat challenged reputations);
- Best Katy neighborhoods for commuting to Downtown, the Energy Corridor and nearby major job centers;
- Katy subdivisions with the best access to retail, shopping & dining;
- Katy communities that didn’t flood during Hurricane Harvey or the recent storms.
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You can see our rankings of the Best Katy Neighborhoods below, along with our methodology and sources at the bottom of this article.
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Best Of Katy: Complete Guide To Katy Texas
1. Grand Lakes
Located some 8 miles south of the city of Katy, the Grand Lakes community is known for its great atmosphere and high performing schools. Four of the Best Schools in the Greater Houston area serve Grand Lakes homes: Alexander Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High, and Seven Lakes High School.
Grand Lakes is within Katy, one of Houston’s Best Suburbs. Like its neighbors Cinco Ranch and Seven Meadows, Grand Lakes features a variety of community amenities. Residents can enjoy the community’s parks, stocked lakes, and multi-use trails, among others.
Located just north of Westpark Tollway and on both sides of Grand Parkway, Grand Lakes offers great accessibility. Key districts in Fulshear, Richmond, and Houston are minutes away from the community.
Grand Lakes real estate range from large estates to traditional bungalows, some of which sit next to the community’s many lakes.
2. Cinco Ranch
Cinco Ranch is one of the bestselling master-planned communities in the Greater Katy area, and is often praised for its excellent schools and beautiful homes.
Cinco Ranch homes are zoned to the Katy Independent School District. Most of the community’s neighborhood schools also have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The list includes Griffin Elementary, Stanley Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Seven Lakes Jr High, and Beckendorff Jr High.
The master-planned community also features several parks, pools, tennis courts, and hike and bike trails. Some sections of Cinco Ranch also feature recreational centers and water parks.
Cinco Ranch homes are minutes away from major freeways and thoroughfares, including Grand Parkway, Interstate 10, and Westpark Tollway. Previously a working ranch, Cinco Ranch was named for the 5 oilmen who purchased the vast acreage from its original owners. The master-planned community is now under Newland Communities. Upon completion, Cinco Ranch will have over 14,000 homes.
3. Avalon At Seven Meadows
Avalon at Seven Meadows is a gated residential enclave nestled about 8 miles south of the city of Katy.
Avalon at Seven Meadows homes are zoned to some of the Best Schools in the Greater Houston area, including Griffin Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High, and Seven Lakes High School.
Located adjacent to Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, Avalon at Seven Meadows offers homes with gorgeous views of the community’s many lakes and the golf course next door.
Avalon at Seven Meadows is a 24-hour manned gated subdivision that rivals Houston’s Best Gated Communities.
The community features amenities to suit different tastes and pursuits: a network of lakes for boating and kayaking, two parks, two tennis courts, playgrounds, and several greenbelts and trails.
Avalon at Seven Meadows real estate typically feature large, expansive lots, ranging from 8,000 to more than 18,000 square feet.
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5-year sale price appreciation: 31%
10-year sale price appreciation: 104%
Pine Forest is a quaint residential neighborhood of beautiful vintage homes located at the western edge of the city of Katy. Its peaceful, small-town vibe, relatively affordable home prices, and convenient access to retail hotspots and key districts like Energy Corridor, contribute to its continued popularity over the years.
Pine Forest 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 28%
10-year sale price appreciation: 40%
Also on our list of most expensive Katy neighborhoods, and communities with the best amenities, it’s not surprising that Avalon at Seven Meadows real estate continues to post strong appreciation rates. Median sales price went up 9% over the past year, increasing the number to $757,000.
Avalon is part of the Seven Meadows community, has 24-hour manned gates, and is zoned to some of the best schools in the district.
Avalon at Seven Meadows 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 22%
10-year sale price appreciation: 32%
Thanks to the community’s expansive wooded lots, great schools, and highly accessible location, Pin Oak Village homes continue to sell well. Amenities offered in the neighborhood include a swimming pool, playground, park, tennis courts, clubhouse, and two recreational areas.
Pin Oak Village single-family homes are typically priced anywhere from $250,000 to more than $400,000.
Pin Oak Village 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 19%
10-year sale price appreciation: 47%
With excellent amenities and luxury lakeside homes, the gated community of Windsor Park Lakes continues to be among Katy’s most expensive neighborhoods.
Its location near major thoroughfares, including I-10 (Katy Freeway) and Westheimer Parkway, gives residents easy access to nearby retail, entertainment, and business districts such as Energy Corridor, Westchase and Memorial.
With a 12% appreciation over the past year, the median sale price for Windsor Park Lakes homes is now at $912,500.
Windsor Park Lakes 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 17%
10-year sale price appreciation: N/A
Seven Meadows is a master-planned golf course community known for its expansive, luxury estates. Built around the Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, homes in the neighborhood have scenic views of landscapes and lakes, with some situated on golf course lots.
The median sale price for Seven Meadows homes went up 8% over the last year and is now at $430,000, although some properties can sell for more than $2,000,000.
Seven Meadows 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 14%
10-year sale price appreciation: 40%
Located at the corner of FM 1463 and Corbitt Road, Cinco Ranch Northwest is a non-contiguous part of the larger master-planned community of Cinco Ranch. Homes in Northwest are newer, and thus slightly more expensive, than those in other Cinco Ranch subdivisions.
With a median home sale price of $445,000, the most expensive homes in the neighborhood can sell for upwards of $1,100,000.
Cinco Ranch Northwest 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 13%
10-year sale price appreciation: 45%
Governors Place is a relatively small neighborhood of approximately 500 single-family homes. Aside from great schools and affordable homes, the neighborhood’s real estate remains popular due to its excellent location.
The neighborhood has the city of Katy less than 5 miles west, Cinco Ranch roughly 4 miles south, and with Energy Corridor and downtown Houston both less than a 40-minute drive away.
Governors Place 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 13%
10-year sale price appreciation: N/A
Westheimer Lakes North is a 287-acre subdivision that features new construction, traditional design bungalows and two-story homes. Among the amenities offered is a clubhouse with a gathering room with a fully-operational kitchen, splash pool, playground, and a junior Olympic-size pool.
With a median home sale price of $260,000, Westheimer Lakes North is a relatively affordable option with access to great schools and easy commutes to retail, entertainment, and business districts in the Greater Katy area.
Westheimer Lakes North 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 12%
10-year sale price appreciation: 38%
Located off Westgreen Boulevard in the easternmost part of Greater Katy is the 31-acre residential neighborhood of Westgreen Park. With easy access to main roads and freeways such as S Fry Road, I-10, and Westheimer Parkway, residents are minutes away from key retail and employment districts including Energy Corridor, Memorial, and Galleria.
Westgreen Park homes have an average lot size of 6,600 square feet, and a median sales price of $226,250.
Westgreen Park 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
5-year sale price appreciation: 11%
10-year sale price appreciation: 42%
Oak Park Trails is a quiet residential neighborhood that sits 4 miles north of Westpark tollway, 2 miles south of I-10, and 1 mile east of Grand Parkway. Community amenities include a swimming pool and splash pads, lighted tennis courts, playgrounds and walking trails.
Its convenient location, great schools, affordability, and amenities keep the community’s home prices up. Homes have a median sales price of $245,000, with some selling for as much as $325,000.
Oak Park Trails 10-Year Real Estate Appreciation
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Located between Interstate 10 and Westheimer Parkway, Lake Forest of Kelliwood is an exclusive, gated community comprised of roughly 70 luxury estates and lakeside homes sprawled across expansive lots.
With lot sizes ranging from 20,000 to over 70,000 square feet, the custom-built luxury homes in the community commonly feature 4–6 bedrooms, sweeping driveways, private pools, and oversized garages.
With 24-hour gate security, Lake Pointe Estates is an exclusive community of around 90 luxury homes built around a 20-acre central lake.
It sits northeast of Westheimer Parkway and two miles south of I-10, and offers premier amenities. Lake Pointe Estates homes are one-acre properties that typically feature 4–5 bedrooms, and have direct lake access with private docks.
Windsor Park Lakes is a limited-access, gated community comprised of roughly 345 two-story lakefront homes. Located just off Barker Road and a mile away from I-10 (Katy Freeway), residents enjoy easy access to the city of Katy, Energy Corridor, and Memorial.
Amenities at Windsor Park Lakes include tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, lakes with private and communal docks, fitness room, gardens and gazebos, and community playground.
Located roughly 8 miles south of the city of Katy and south of S Fry Road, Avalon at Seven Meadows within Fort Bend County is a premier gated subdivision of single-family properties. With expansive lots and home sizes that range from 2,500–6,500 sq.ft., almost all of the 299 homes feature views of the community’s green space and many lakes, or the adjacent Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club.
Avalon is part of the larger Seven Meadows community, giving the former’s residents access to more amenities and services, including landscape trails, six-acre central park, and daily constable patrols.
August Lakes is a two-phase, 128-acre gated residential community of custom-built homes designed to revolve around water sports and activities. All homes are required to have at least 3-car garages, and a minimum size of 3,000 square feet sitting on lots measuring at least one acre.
Located north of Clay Road, roughly 4 miles from the city of Katy and 5 miles from Grand Parkway, August Lakes is expected to have a total of 55 luxury lakefront homes with direct access to lakes with private docks and boathouses.
Parklake Village is a 73-acre gated lake community in Waller County that lies adjacent to George Bush Park. With close to 15 acres of stocked lakes, park trails, and just over 100 single-family properties, residents enjoy quiet, country living surrounded by nature.
Parklake Village homes typically have 4–6 bedrooms, with prices starting at around $500,000 and can go up to $2,000,000.
The Reserve at Katy
The Reserve at Katy is a new construction boutique community consisting of two sections: The Trace and The Estates. Located less than 10 minutes away from the city of Katy and with premier access to I-10, the luxury Toll Brothers homes in the neighborhood carry prices that range from $350,000–$800,000.
Amenities include a 4-acre recreation center, swimming pools, splash pad, and hiking/biking trails.
Located a mile south of I-10 (Katy Freeway), between Barker Cypress Road and Fry Road, Windsor Park Estates is a gated residential enclave comprised of roughly 345 luxury homes.
The custom-built homes typically feature 4–6 bedrooms, swimming pools, and multi-car garages on lots that range in size from 12,000–30,000 square feet. The community’s proximity to Energy Corridor, top-ranking schools, and great amenities contribute to its properties’ strong values that start at $500,000 and can go up to $1,100,000.
Kelliwood Greens is made up of mostly two-story single-family homes with 4-5 bedrooms, private pools, and spacious patios and/or backyards.
Part of the larger master-planned community of Kelliwood, the subdivision lies on either side of S Fry Road, roughly 3 miles away from Cinco Ranch and minutes away from George Bush Park and Energy Corridor. The price range of Kelliwood Greens properties is $350,000–$700,000+.
Katy Lake Estates
Located just off of Pitts Road and 5 miles north from the city of Katy, this deed-restricted lakeside community is comprised of three sections with a total of around 90 single-family homes.
Properties in Katy Lake Estates typically feature 4–5 bedrooms with a median square footage of 3,800. Prices of homes for sale start at $350,000 and can go up to over $1,000,000.
Opened in 2015, Cane Island is a 1,100-acre master-planned community in east Katy. It’s composed of 7 neighborhoods, 3 of which are gated. Zoned to some of the best Katy ISD schools, Cane Island homes also have excellent accessibility via Cane Island Parkway, which connects the community to Interstate 10 and Highway Boulevard.
The community offers a long list of amenities that include a cafe, two-story fitness center and yoga studio, swimming pools for kids and adults, splash pad, amphitheater and fire pit, a 1,500-square-foot conservatory for private events, and planned parks and trails, and lakes and waterways for fishing and kayaking.
The luxury new construction homes in Cane Island typically have 3–5 bedrooms on sizeable lots that range from 6,000–15,000 square feet. Properties in The Estates, however, typically have half-acre lots with a garage-attached “street pantry”—an air-conditioned room to store deliveries when owners are away. Several homes are already available in some sections within Cane Island, with prices that start at $250,000 and some selling for as much as $1,800,000.
Cross Creek Ranch is an eco-friendly master-planned community located just off FM 1093 in west Katy. Most of the community’s amenities are designed around nature and encourage active lifestyles: tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools, lakes, and around 30 miles of hike and bike trails that connect the neighborhoods.
Within Cross Creek Ranch is Bonterra, an age-restricted subdivision designed for active adults aged 55 and up. The community also has two on-site schools, with two more being built. Also currently under construction is The Market—a two-phase commercial development of roughly 25 acres of retail, dining, and service space. The Market is expected to reach completion by 2019.
Located north of I-10 along FM 529 is the 3,600-acre multi-phase construction neighborhood of Elyson by Newland Communities. Roughly 9 miles north of the city of Katy, the community has easy access to Grand Parkway via Freeman Road.
Elyson currently features three lakeside neighborhoods, most of which are composed of homes fronting the water and/or with lake and greenbelt views. With the first phase completed, the community currently offers tennis courts, community center with pool, cafe, event lawn, fitness center, and game room.
Planned to house over 6,200 homes and more than 750 acres of parks, lakes, and natural open spaces, Elyson will also have on-site schools, fruit orchards, and 30 miles of trails that connect the neighborhoods. Home prices at Elyson start at $350,000.
Falls at Green Meadows is a 242-acre residential master-planned community located within the city of Katy, along Avenue D and Franz Road, at the former location of the Meadowbrook Golf Course. Key areas such as the Energy Corridor, Westchase, and Downtown Houston are easily accessible via I-10. The community is composed of 9 sections (2 of which are already open), and will have around 460 homes upon completion.
Among the amenities offered within the community are lakes, walking trails, a recreation center/clubhouse with swimming pool, and playground. In addition, residents have access to facilities at the Katy City Park’s recreation center with tournament-sized baseball and softball fields, among others.
The fully gated community of Marshall Oaks is located off Falcon Landing boulevard, just outside Cinco Ranch, with easy access to Westheimer Parkway and Grand Parkway. Among the amenities available are walking/jogging trails, playgrounds, and a fishing pier/dock, while currently in development is a swimming pool and other community facilities.
Bungalows and two-story homes in Marshall Oaks typically feature 3–5 bedrooms with an average square footage of 3,500. Home prices start at $320,00 with some properties selling for up to $1,500,000.
Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) Katy Neighborhoods
Aside from serving as a helpful warning to residents, another reason FEMA designates 100- and 500-year floodplains nationwide is to set flood insurance rates for properties.
Every community in the U.S. has a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), also referred to as a flood map. FEMA is responsible for identifying which communities are special flood hazard areas (SFHA). FEMA engineers and cartographers use data gathered from Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) to delineate and pinpoint SFHAs on flood maps.
In flood maps, neighborhoods built on a 100-year floodplain are considered SFHAs—areas that will be inundated by a 1-percent-annual-chance flood, also called the base flood or 100-year flood.
The 100-year flood is the regulatory standard used by most states and federal agencies in floodplain management programs, and is the basis used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for setting insurance requirements nationwide.
Special Flood Hazard Areas are labelled as: Zone A, Zone AO, Zone AH, Zones A1-A30, Zone AE, Zone A99, Zone AR, Zone AR/AE, Zone AR/AO, Zone AR/A1-A30, Zone AR/A, Zone V, Zone VE, and Zones V1-V30.
Moderate Flood Hazard Areas are also shown on FIRMs and are labeled Zone B or Zone X (shaded). These are the areas between the limits of the 100-year flood (or base flood) and the 0.2-percent-annual-chance (or 500-year) flood. Neighborhoods built on 500-year floodplains fall under this category as well.
Minimal Flood Hazard Areas are labeled Zone C or Zone X (unshaded). These are lands outside the SFHAs that are also higher than the elevation of the 0.2-percent-annual-chance flood.
As an example, here are some neighborhoods in Katy and the hazard areas they fall under.
|Special Flood Hazard||Moderate Flood Hazard||Minimal Flood Hazard|
|Fairways at Kelliwood||
Cross Creek Ranch
|Grand Mission Estates||
Hidden Forest Estates
|Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch||
Data Sources & Disclaimers
Land value was calculated by looking at the median sold price per square foot of Lots and Single family homes sold at lot value.
Data is provided by the Houston Association of Realtors, multiple listing service.
Distance and commute times approximated via GoogleMaps.
Data deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.