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Stafford TX Real Estate Guide

Covering a 7-square mile area bounded by Greater Fondren Southwest and Meadows Place to the north, Sugar Land to the west, Missouri City to the south and east, Stafford Texas is popular for its business-friendliness and close-knit communities.

Nestled about 18 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Stafford is a 7-square mile independent city.

Stafford real estate is in quite popular thanks to the city’s:

  • HIGH ACCESSIBILITY: US Highway 90 Alternate runs through the city as Main Street. Main roads and thoroughfares are minutes away from Stafford homes (Beltway 8, I-69, Highway 6), connecting west to Richmond and Rosenberg and northeast of downtown Houston.
  • BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT NEARBY: The city features 15 business parks and is home to companies in various industries. Companies that operate out of the city include UPS, Tyco, Seamar Divers, and General Technologies, Inc. Consumer finance website NerdWallet ranked Stafford 3rd in its list of “Best Places to Start a Business in Texas”.
  • PLENTY OF GREEN SPACE: Stafford has over 35 acres of green space. Stafford City Park, Gordon Fountain Lake Park, Vaccaro Manor Park, and Stafford Centre are popular destinations for outdoor entertainment.
  • NO CITY PROPERTY TAXES: The city of Stafford stopped levying non-school property taxes in 1995. This has led to lower home mortgage payments for residents and drew more businesses into setting up operations in the city.

  • PLENTY OF RETAIL AND DINING OPTIONS: Restaurants, bars, cafes, and retail centers are minutes away from Stafford homes. The Fountains Shopping Center, conveniently located along I-59, features several restaurants and stores. More dining and retail options are available along I-59.

Stafford real estate can be tricky to navigate due to the great variety of neighborhoods and communities in the area. Contact Paige Martin, one of Houston’s Best Realtors and one of Stafford’s most active real estate agents, if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Stafford.

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12 Things Stafford Real Estate Buyers Should Know

Formerly an agricultural community, Stafford is an independent city known for its no property tax policy and its diverse and thriving community.

  • US Highway 90 Alternate runs through the city as Main Street. Main roads and thoroughfares are minutes away from Stafford homes (Beltway 8, I-69, Highway 6), connecting west to Richmond and Rosenberg and northeast of downtown Houston.
  • The city features 15 business parks and is home to companies in various industries. Companies that operate out of the city include UPS, Tyco, Seamar Divers, and General Technologies, Inc. Consumer finance website NerdWallet ranked Stafford 3rd in its list of “Best Places to Start a Business in Texas”.
  • Stafford has over 35 acres of green space. Stafford City Park, Gordon Fountain Lake Park, Vaccaro Manor Park, and Stafford Centre are popular destinations for outdoor entertainment.
  • The city of Stafford stopped levying non-school property taxes in 1995. This has led to lower home mortgage payments for residents and drew more businesses into setting up operations in the city.
  • Restaurants, bars, cafes, and retail centers are minutes away from Stafford homes. The Fountains Shopping Center, conveniently located along I-59, features several restaurants and stores. More dining and retail options are available along I-59.
  • The city is zoned to Stafford Municipal School District. SMSD operates a single pre-K to 12 campus in Stafford Municipal Complex at the southern part of the city.
  • Incorporated in 1956, Stafford is a home-rule city with a mayor-council type of government.
  • The city has zoning ordinances in place.
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  • Stafford homes mostly feature 3 to 4 bedrooms spread over from 1,000 to around 3,500 square feet.
  • Lot sizes range from 3,000 to upwards of 50,000 square feet.
  • Architectural styles vary, though most Stafford homes lean toward traditional designs. Newer homes can feature more modern/contemporary aesthetics.
  • Prices for Stafford homes for sale can start at around $120,000. The most expensive real estate in the city can sell for over $600,000.

Stafford Maps And Location

Stafford is an independent city within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. It is mostly in Fort Bend, though a small portion of the city is within Harris County.

Stafford covers a 7-square mile area bordered by Houston to the north, Missouri City to the south and east, and Sugar Land to the west.

The city is highly accessible thanks to its convenient location near and along major thoroughfares like Beltway 8, US 59, US 90 ALT, and Highway 6. Stafford is approximately 18 miles southwest of downtown Houston.

The city features 15 business parks and is home to companies in various industries. Companies that operate out of the city include UPS, Tyco, Seamar Divers, and General Technologies, Inc.

Stafford also features over 35 acres of green space. Stafford City Park, Gordon Fountain Lake Park, Vaccaro Manor Park, and Stafford Centre are popular destinations for outdoor entertainment.

Residents have plenty of dining and retail options minutes away from their homes. Nearby Sugar Land and Missouri City also have the options available.

The city is zoned to Stafford Municipal School District. SMSD operates a single pre-K to 12 campus in Stafford Municipal Complex at the southern part of the city.

Stafford Texas real estate are within the 77477 and 77497zip codes. (View Houston zip code map.)

Stafford Subdivisions

Here are some of the neighborhoodswithin the city:

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Neighborhoods Near Stafford TX

West of Stafford

North of Stafford

  • Meadows Place
  • Alief
  • Chinatown
  • Sharpstown
  • Westchase

East of Stafford

  • Missouri City
  • Fondren Park
  • Southwest Houston
  • Westbury
  • Greater Fondren Southwest

South of Stafford

Stafford TX Schools

The entire city is zoned to Stafford Municipal School District (SMSD), the only municipal school district in Texas. Controlled by the city, Stafford MSD was rated “academically acceptable” by the Texas Education Agency in 2009.

All Stafford MSD schools are located within the Stafford Municipal Complex at the southern part of the city.

Elementary Schools

Public Elementary Schools zoned to Stafford include:

  • Stafford Primary School at 1625 Staffordshire Rd. The school serves students in Pre-K and first grade. It also serves a Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese language immersion program.
  • Stafford Elementary School at 1350 Constitution Ave. Serving students from 2nd to 4th grades, Stafford ES opened in 1993. The school offers a variety of programs including a language immersion progam, an accelerated reading program, and a technology program.
  • Stafford Intermediate School at 1350 Constitution Ave. Stafford Intermediate School serves students in 5th and 6th grades. It opened in 2001.

Middle Schools

  • Stafford Middle School at 1625 Staffordshire Rd. Stafford MS offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including Robotics, National Junior Honor Society, and School Band, among others.

High Schools

  • Stafford High School at 1625 Staffordshire Rd. The Texas Education Agency gave Stafford High a Met Standard rating in 2015.

Stafford Houston Private Schools

The following are some of the more notable private schools in and around Stafford.

  • Sugar Creek Montessori School at 615 Dulles Ave.
  • St. Laurence Catholic School at 2630 Austin Pkwy.
  • Excelsior Academy at 2317 Settlers Way Blvd.
  • Southminster School at 4200 Cartwright Rd.
  • Fort Bend Christian Academy at 1250 7th St.
  • New Millenium Montessori School at 980 FM 1092 Rd.
  • Faith Lutheran School at 800 Brooks St.

To find an updated listing of all Stafford real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.

*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.

Stafford Real Estate Trends

Stafford real estate has steadily grown over the past 10 years. The median sales price of Stafford homes for sale is at around $182,000.

Several factors contribute to the city’s popularity, including its no property tax policy, accessibility, and business-friendly environment.

Real estate in Stafford is mostly made up of detached single-family homes, thanks mostly to its zoning ordinances.

(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

For updated information regarding Stafford real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.

Stafford Single-Family Home Sale Trends

Stafford is made up of mostly single-family homes. There are some new construction homes in the area, though homes from the 1960s and 1970s are common. The oldest Stafford homes can date back to the 1930s.

Homes in the city typically feature 3- to 4-bedroom floor plans, with home sizes ranging from 1,000 to around 3,500 square feet.

Lot sizes range from 3,000 to upwards of 50,000 square feet.

Architectural styles vary, though most Stafford homes lean toward traditional designs. Newer homes can feature more modern/contemporary aesthetics.

Prices for Stafford homes for sale can start at around $120,000. The most expensive real estate in the city can sell for over $600,000.

Stafford Townhomes Sale Trends

There are no Stafford townhomes for sale. There are, however, plenty of options available in nearby neighborhoods like Missouri City and Sugar Land.

Stafford Condo Sale Trends

For condo options, homebuyers can look at nearby Sugar Land (City Plaza at Town Square) or Houston’s Medical Center area.

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the Galleria area, see Galleria Houston Condos.

Stafford TX History

William J. Stafford, part of Austin’s Old 300, was given a league-and-a-half of land in the 1820s. A settlement grew around the area, known then as Stafford’s Point.

In 1837, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad (BBB&C), the first railroad in the state of Texas, ran from Harrisburg (now Houston) to Stafford’s Point. By 1869, the area became known as Stafford and was mostly made up of small farms.

In 1956, residents moved toward incorporation and elected its first mayor and six-man city council. Several developments during this period contributed greatly to Stafford’s growth, including construction of US 59.

In 1967, Texas Instruments established operations in the city, sparking an influx of businesses and further growth.

Several key developments shaped Stafford to the city it is today, including the creation of the Stafford Municipal School District (breaking away from Houston ISD and Fort Bend ISD) and the elimination of city property tax in 1995.

In 2015, consumer finance website NerdWallet ranked Stafford 3rd in its list of “Best Places to Start a Business in Texas”.

Today, Stafford is known as an “Island of Business Opportunity” as well as its diversity.

Fun Things To Do Near Stafford

Stafford residents have plenty of dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation, and nightlife options available within minutes of their homes. Nearby Sugar Land and Missouri City also have several restaurants, cafes, and bars within minutes of Stafford homes.

Stafford’s Parks Division manages six parks, as well as the Stafford Civic Center and Stafford Centre. The city has over 35 acres of greenspace.

Covering 16 acres just off 5th Street Stafford City Park is the largest park in the city. The park features several sports facilities (softball/football fields, covered basketball courts, and soccer fields), as well as a pond, picnic tables and playground equipment, benches, and a pavilion.

The Civic Center, at the Stafford Municipal Complex, features an auditorium, a kitchen, a dance floor, and a 1,200-square foot foyer. The city pool and sand volleyball court are just behind the Civic Center.

The Stafford Centre (Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Centre) has a 1,100-seat theater, a 28-acre outdoor festival greenspace, and a 25,000-square foot space for banquets, meetings, and exposition space.

For golf enthusiasts, residents can visit several nearby golf courses, including Shadow Hawk Country Club, Riverbend Country Club, and Sugar Creek Country Club.

Here are some of Stafford’s must-visit places:

Dining

  • Micheaux’s
  • La Calle Gourmet
  • Bacon Bros Public House
  • Raizes Mexican Kitchen
  • Anonymous Cafe
  • Aga’s Restaurant
  • Brandani’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Fresh & Savory
  • BFFG – Best Fried Fish in the Galaxy
  • Cooking Girl
  • Pappadeaux

Parks and Outdoor Recreation

  • Stafford City Park
  • Margaret Havens Historical Memorial Garden
  • Rubin Park
  • Vaccaro Manor Park
  • First Street Park
  • Fifth Street Park
  • Fountain Lake Park
  • Gordon Fountain Lake Park
  • Camden Park and Recreation Center
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Nightlife

  • Fog Hookah Lounge
  • Stafford Ice House
  • The Roof
  • Zara Hookah Lounge
  • Rose Bar & Grill
  • The Middle Spoon
  • The Humidor Cigar Bar
  • Bar Louie
  • Mosset New American Grill
  • BB Wolfs

Groceries

  • Aldi
  • Empress Market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Keermat Grocers
  • New India Grocery
  • Randall’s
  • Evergreen Food Store
  • Walmart

Golf

  • Riverbend Country Club
  • Sugar Creek Country Club
  • Quail Valley Golf Grille & Events
  • Sweetwater Country Club
  • Sienna Plantation Golf Club
  • Shadow Hawk Golf Club

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