How Much Income You Need To Buy A Home In West / Southwest Houston

Where can I afford to live in Houston's top western/southwestern suburbs (Katy, Sugar Land, Richmond)?

How Much Income You Need To Buy A Home In West / Southwest Houston

Cost of living in Houston ranks second lowest among the nation’s top 20 most populous US metropolitan areas(1). Suburbs in West / Southwest Houston rank highly in affordability.

Fort Bend County ranked 13th in Forbes’ America’s Fastest-Growing Counties list, also features the most master-planned communities than any county in Texas.

These neighborhoods often feature amenities like swimming pools, waterparks and splash pads, pocket parks, hike-and-bike trails, tennis courts, sports fields, and recreation centers. Some offer unique or themed amenities, from golf courses to village farms.

To help you answer the question "where can I afford to live in West / Southwest Houston?", we analyzed median home prices for its best communities.

Summary

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Table of Contents

  1. Summary: Annual Salary & W/SW Suburbs Matrix
  2. Under $80K: Best Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods
  3. $80K - $150K: Top Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods
  4. $150K - $250K: Luxury Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods
  5. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  6. Best Realtors In The Suburbs

Summary: Annual Salary & W/SW Suburbs Matrix

Summary: Annual Salary & W/SW Suburbs Matrix

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Salary Range Suburbs
Under $80k Alief, Bear Creek South, Sugar Land North, Sugar Land South
$80k-$150k Brookshire, Energy Corridor, Fulshear/South Brookshire, Katy North, Mission Bend Area, Missouri City Area, Sienna Area, Stafford Area, Sugar Land East, Sugar Land West
$150k-$250k Fort Bend Southeast, Katy Southwest, Memorial West
$250k+

Note: We're only displaying the first ten neighborhoods per section here. For the full list, please refer to the tables under each respective salary range below.


Under $80K: Best Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods

These suburbs represent the "best of the best" that Houston has to offer, ranked by agents from the Houston Properties Team who know the best communities in Houston like the back of their hands. If you're interested in buying a home in any of the suburbs on this list and want to be absolutely sure that you're buying in a good area, contact us for recommendations.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Alief $250,800 $77,000 35%
Sugar Land North $222,250 $66,000 5%
Sugar Land South $201,500 $63,000 -35%
Bear Creek South $191,750 $62,000 12%

Alief

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Alief $250,800 $77,000 35%

Alief Map

Alief is a historic community in Southwest Houston. This community is 15 minutes away from business centers of Westchase and Sugar Land.

The neighborhood is popular thanks to its:

When considering Alief real estate, reviewing the floodplains is a must. Its proximity to the Addicks and Barker Reservoir could lead to flooding in some parts of the community.

Map of Alief

Alief Real Estate Trends


Sugar Land South

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land South $201,500 $63,000 -35%

Sugar Land South Map

Sugar Land South is one of the Best Neighborhoods in West / Southwest Houston. It mostly composed of rural communities known for its amenities and accessibility.

Sugar Land South features:

Sugar Land South is also home to some of Houston's Best Schools zoned to the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD). It includes Commonwealth Elementary, Fort Settlement Middle School, and Clements High School.

Map of Sugar Land South

Sugar Land South Real Estate Trends


Bear Creek South

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Bear Creek South $191,750 $62,000 12%

Bear Creek South Map

Bear Creek Village is a well-established suburb located north of the Energy Corridor. It is also nearby various amenities and must-visit attractions.

Bear Creek South is popular thanks to its:

A civic club enforces deed restrictions across the community's 13 sections. Based on neighborhood evaluations, it is among Houston's Top Suburban Neighborhoods.

Map of Bear Creek South

Bear Creek South Real Estate Trends


$80K - $150K: Top Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sienna Area $430,000 $143,000 47%
Sugar Land West $440,000 $139,000 53%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $410,000 $136,000 9%
Energy Corridor $420,359 $129,000 48%
Fort Bend Country North / Richmond $395,000 $126,000 83%
Sugar Land East $410,000 $123,000 55%
Katy Old Towne $341,263 $117,000 36%
Katy North $310,000 $97,000 86%
Mission Bend Area $310,000 $96,000 87%
Brookshire $301,900 $96,000 N/A
Missouri City Area $300,000 $95,000 44%
Katy Southeast $289,900 $91,000 26%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $275,100 $89,000 38%
Stafford Area $280,000 $86,000 54%

Sienna Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sienna Area $430,000 $143,000 47%

Sienna Area Map

Located in Missouri City, one of Houston’s best suburbs, Sienna Area is home to one of the best golf communities outside the Beltway 8. It boasts a semi-private golf club and various active lifestyle amenities.

Sienna Area is known for its:

Homes in Sienna range from patio homes to large estate-style homes. New construction homes are available in the area, though some properties date back to the late 1990s.

Map of Sienna Area

Sienna Area Real Estate Trends


Sugar Land West

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land West $440,000 $139,000 53%

Sugar Land West Map

Sugar Land West is part of the affluent Sugar Land city. This city in Fort Bend County is one of the 17 Best Houston Suburbs.

Sugar Land West is in-demand due to:

Sugar Land West real estate has demonstrated strong performance in the past decade. This can be attributed to the continuous development of the city.

Map of Sugar Land West

Sugar Land West Real Estate Trends


Fulshear/South Brookshire

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Fulshear/South Brookshire $410,000 $136,000 9%

Fulshear/South Brookshire Map

Fulshear is a small incorporated city in Fort Bend County just 20 miles away from Energy Corridor. It has been featured by American City Business Journal (ACBJ) as one of “Houston’s Most Affluent Communities.”

Fulshear real estate has increased in popularity thanks to its:

Fulshear homes are nestled in large acres of land. The city’s more established neighborhoods mostly feature older ranch-style homes on large lots.

Map of Fulshear/South Brookshire

Fulshear/South Brookshire Real Estate Trends


$150K - $250K: Luxury Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods

Houston has a number of suburbs that offer incredible amenities, top-ranked public schools, and great access to key Houston employment and business hubs, which is why many choose to move here. To help you out, we've done the research and ranked only the best suburbs in this easy-to-follow guide so you can easily see which is the best suburb for you and your family.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Memorial West $480,000 $157,000 -4%
Katy Southwest $495,198 $161,000 62%
Fort Bend Southeast $557,536 $164,000 108%

Memorial West

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Memorial West $480,000 $157,000 -4%

Memorial West Map

Over two dozen zones make up the entirety of Memorial West. The properties in each zone attract people to live in Memorial, Houston.

Memorial West homes appeal to people looking for:

Residents of Memorial West enjoy different nearby leisure spots. These spots include malls like Town & Country Village.

Map of Memorial West

Memorial West Real Estate Trends


Katy Southwest

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Katy Southwest $495,198 $161,000 62%

Katy Southwest Map

Katy Southwest is nestled in one of Houston's Best Suburbs. Several master-planned communities like Cross Creek Ranch and Falcon Point make up the area.

It is a location of choice due to its:

Residents of Katy Southwest enjoy convenient access to dozens of retail shops and restaurants.

Map of Katy Southwest

Katy Southwest Real Estate Trends


Fort Bend Southeast

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Fort Bend Southeast $557,536 $164,000 108%

Fort Bend Southeast Map

Fort Bend Southeast is within the well-known Fort Bend County. It features nearby several luxurious neighborhoods and master-planned communities. This includes the cities of Sugar Land, Missouri, and Richmond.

Fort Bend Southeast community is famous for its:

Fort Bend Southeast has several retail and entertainment hubs. Residents can enjoy excellent dining and shopping options at Greatwood and Sienna Plantation.

Map of Fort Bend Southeast

Fort Bend Southeast Real Estate Trends


Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

With all the available information out there about all the suburbs in Houston, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which suburb to choose. Get the advice of the best realtor in Houston and remove the guesswork when shopping for the best suburb to live in.


Best Realtors In The Suburbs

Best Realtors In The Suburbs

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Paige Martin, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty, and the Houston Properties Team are ranked amongst the top residential Realtors in the world.

They have been featured on TV and in dozens of publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Reuters, Fox News in the Morning, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houstonia, and Houston Chronicle.

Paige Martin was just ranked as the #5 agent in the world with Keller Williams, and has completed over $1,000,000,000 in Houston residential real estate sales.

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Recent awards include:

. . . in addition to over 318 additional awards.

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