11 Katy Area Neighborhoods that Local Residents Love


July 9, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy continues to grow and thrive and the booming housing market with new businesses coming in is proof. From seasoned neighborhoods to actively growing developments, Katy has something for any resident.

Cross Creek Ranch

Katy’s growth continues to astound seasoned Katyites, but the city keeps its local home-town charm with routine community events, farmers markets, and so much more. These neighborhoods thrive and offer spectacular homes and amenities for Katy area residents to be proud of.

Cinco Ranch

Location: 10 miles southeast of Katy proper

School Zones: Cinco Ranch High School or Seven Lakes High School

Home Values: $200K - over a million

Resort-style living at Cinco Ranch includes 11 pools (many with waterpark style slides,), a beach club, 17 tennis courts, over 60 pocket parks, a club house, and miles of trails to explore. Katy’s largest residential community has also been recognized as one of the top 20 master-planned communities in the country. The community is built out but remains one of the hottest communities on the real estate market.

Cinco is close to popular Katy hangouts like LaCenterra where families can enjoy concerts and events at the Willow Fork Drainage District Central Green Park.

Cane Island

Location: Near IH-10 and Bartlett Road

School Zones: Katy High School

Home Values: $400’s - 1 million+

Cane Island is one of the only large-home communities where residents have an official City of Katy address. This routinely highly ranked community offers creative amenities for Katy families. The amenity village includes a community lounge, café, multi-level tree houses. The two-story fitness center features adult and family pools with a giant dump bucket and a splash pad. Cane Island brings their community together with concerts, movie nights, and family-friendly events.

Starting fall of 2022, Cane Island will open the latest Katy ISD elementary inside their community. They recently opened three new sections of its popular 50-foot homesites where David Weekley Homes and Perry Homes will add three, four and five-bedroom family homes. They also offer outstanding custom homes in The Estates at Cane Island where a limited number of premium, half-acre plus homesites are available.

Cross Creek Ranch

Location: West of Katy in Fulshear

Home Values: $260K- $1 million+

School Zones: Jordan High School

Visit the 3,200-acre community and walk among the meandering streams, Texas wildflowers, thousands of trees and rolling open space and you’ll see why Cross Creek Ranch is routinely one of the Nation’s top selling communities. The community is a perfect place for families to settle with spectacular water parks, tennis courts, a dog park, sports fields and more than 45 miles of hike-and-bike trails.

A growing retail corridor anchored by H-E-B and Westpark Tollway’s expansion puts shopping, dining, employment and entertainment within easy reach. Cross Creek Ranch is zoned to both Katy ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD.


Location: West and Off Grand Parkway

School Zones: Paetow High School

Home Values: $300K- $800s

Elyson by Newland

Developed by Newland Communities, the creators of Cinco Ranch, there is no surprise that Elyson is one of Katy’s hottest newer communities. It’s actively adding new sections and responsible for much of the added Katy residential growth north of I-10. A new retail marketplace anchored by Target is under construction at the entrance to the community with promise to bring great business growth.

With parks, trails, lakes and in-community orchards, Elyson is built to suit families and active and adventurous lifestyles. There are endless options for recreation like tennis courts, a fitness center, a cafe, event lawn, large swimming pool, multiple parks including one with a splash pad, and miles of trails to explore. They just broke ground on a 145-acre park that will include an outdoor fitness center, 2 dog parks for various sizes of furry friends, parks, trails, sport fields, and more. Due to the passing of the latest Katy ISD bond package, new Katy schools are on the horizon for this popular community.


Location: South Fry Rd.

School Zones: Taylor High School or Seven Lakes High School

Home Values: $250 - 2 Million

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The Kelliwood neighborhoods feature stately homes with mature trees. Many neighborhoods have gated access, and children throughout the community are zoned to some of the top schools in Katy ISD. The 18-hole golf course at the Willow Fork Country Club provides a beautiful backdrop to many Kelliwood homes.

The community recently held a Fourth of July family parade, where children decorated their bikes. It was enjoyed by all as the community starts to plan more like events as more younger families are moving into the area.

Grand Lakes

Location: North and South of Grand Parkway

School Zones: Seven Lakes High School

Home Values: $200s - $600s

Grand Lakes is a four-phase master-planned community that extends north and south of grand Parkway near Fry Road. Nestled among mature trees, quiet streets, and fun community events, this area is highly attractive for families that are new to the area. Grand Lakes is zoned to Katy ISD schools.

Grand Lakes has 4 sparkling pools and 27 fully stocked lakes for residents and their guests to enjoy. The splash and play spray park is an ideal way to beat the summer heat.