Houston Texas - Where to Live - List

Hi friend! Are you trying to figure out where to live in Houston, Texas? Well we have created a list of all our favorite and the most popular master planned communities in and around the Houston area. Below you will find that the list is broken up into cities and suburbs. For a more elaborate version of this list complete with more detailed descriptions, and the master planned map of the community, please visit: https://search.byjoandco.com/blog/houston-texas-where-to-live/.

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So without further ado..

Houston, Texas Where to Live

Most Popular & Best Master Planned Communities of Houston

..Sorted by City & Suburbs..

Conroe, Texas | North of Houston, Texas

Grand Central Park | North of The Woodlands, Southwest corner of Conroe, Texas

Why Grand Central Park - Convenience of location, new construction, new amenities, mixed-use development, close to higher education, right of I-45, beautiful scenery with a deep connection to nature.

Cost of HOA - $975 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $240k - $600k
Tax Rate - 3.1% - 3.26%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=493408

Harper's Preserve | Northeast of The Woodlands, Southeast corner of Conroe, Texas

Why Harper's Preserve - You can't get new construction and master planned much closer to The Woodlands. Closest neighborhood to the hospital corridor of Montgomery county. The amenities are out of this world! New construction and beautiful home options with a connection to nature with the onsite preserve.

Cost of HOA -$1,025 / year, plus $174 quarterly fee (includes front yard maint.)
Price Point of the Homes - $230k - $750k
Tax Rate - 2.76% - 3.27%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=444425

Artavia | Far east of I-45 between The Woodlands and Conroe on Highway 242

Why Artavia - Convenience of the proximity to Conroe, The Woodlands, and the Hospital Corridor of Montgomery County. New construction. New amenities. Master planned community away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Cost of HOA - $970 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $275k - $675k
Tax Rate - 3.20% - 3.27%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=444199

Cypress, Texas | Northeast of Houston, Mostly along Highway 290

Bridgeland | #1 Selling Master Planned Community in Houston

Why Bridgeland - If I were to list every reason why homeowners are choosing Bridgeland, this would be one very long paragraph, but reasons include: the beauty, the nature, the amenities, the openness, 250 miles of trails, the resort style swimming pool, the year-round events, the commercial that has been woven through out the community, the 3,000 acres of dedicated open space, the 900 acres of lakes and waterways, and the feeling of the good ol' days here in 2020. Oh and you can't forget to mention, the convenience to Grand Parkway 99, the energy corridor, and Downtown Houston. Long story short, if you like to spend time outside, and you want to be within an award winning master planned community, Bridgeland is the place for you!

Cost of HOA - $1,093 - $1,997 / year (gated is the higher end)
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $1.2M
Tax Rate - 3.54% - 3.74%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511058

Towne Lake | Largest private lake in the Houston area.

Why Towne Lake - If you love water and want to have access to a lake as a part of your daily life, Towne Lake is the master planned community for you! There are three on-site schools, a resort style swimming pool with a beach area and poolside cafe, boat rentals and water taxi, the lake is recreational friendly (boating, skiing, and tubing), there is waterfront shopping, dining and offices at The Boardwalk, there are many parks, playground, pools and miles of hiking and biking trails, a community lake house, boat marina, and a full calendar of community events. Amazing location and new home options!

Cost of HOA - $1674 - $2400 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $260k - $1.4M
Tax Rate - 2.88% - 3.76%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511570

Friendswood, Texas | Southeast of Houston

West Ranch | Newest established community of Friendswood.

Why West Ranch - If you are looking for an established master planned community of Friendswood with a low tax rate this neighborhood is the one for you!

Cost of HOA - $1250 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $400k - $1.6M
Tax Rate - 2.86%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516420

Fulshear, Texas | West & Southwest of Katy, Texas (West of Houston, Texas)

Jordan Ranch | Suburb of Katy, Texas

Why Jordan Ranch - Most people when picking which master planned community is the right one for them, start with location, and I think that is just the case for Jordan Ranch. Jordan Ranch is just west of Katy, while still being close enough to feed off of all the shopping and dining of the area. Jordan Ranch, like many other communities on this list, has a large ray of amenities, including: a full time director of fun, which equals a calendar of community events, an event lawn, walking and biking trails, playgrounds, a resort-style swimming pool, a community fitness center, tennis courts, a lazy river, sport fields, and a community farm called, "Sunset Farm". 

Cost of HOA - $1050 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $220k - $550k
Tax Rate - 3.04% - 3.38%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=453126

Cross Creek Ranch | Suburb of Katy, Texas | Southwest of Houston and Katy

Why Cross Creek Ranch - If you aren't new around here, you will know that Cross Creek Ranch is my favorite new master planned community in the Katy area. Given the growth of Cross Creek Ranch and Cinco Ranch, these two communities now border one another, lending to a one-of-a-kind connectivity in the area. Cross Creek Ranch is a beautifully master planned community with amenities such as: their waterpark and pools, a fitness center, lakes, parks, trails, community events, an on-site cafe, on-site schools, and so much more! Cross Creek Ranch has that location everyone is seeking. Located just off Grand Parkway 99 and Westpark Tollway, allowing for easy access to downtown Houston, the Medical Center, or the Energy Corridor. 

Cost of HOA - $1250 - $2450 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $290k - $1.2M
Tax Rate - 3.3% 3.6%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511486

Fulbrook on Fulshear Creek | Affordable living in Fulshear.

Why Fulbrook on Fulshear Creek - Fulbrook on Fulshear Creek is one of the most affordable communities in the area. It houses similar amenities such as: a lodge, fitness center, competition pool, playgrounds, a resort-style swimming pool, an amphitheater, and bocce ball court. Throughout the community there are lakes, creeks, and parks. Homes start in the $290s - $700s. 1,100 homes are planned on 650 acres of land.

Cost of HOA - $1200 - $1480 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $325k - $740k
Tax Rate - 3.1% - 3.28%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516421

Weston Lakes - The Reserve | A hidden paradise, just minutes away from Katy & Fulshear built with The Weston Lakes course and Country Club at the heart! 

Why Weston Lakes - If you are looking for a beautiful custom home within a gated country club community near Fulshear and Katy, this neighborhood is the one for you. With a low tax rate of 2.29% and active homes ranging between $400k and $800k, this neighborhood is one-of-a-kind.

Cost of HOA - $1,100 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $330k - $1.7M
Tax Rate - 1.88% - 2.3%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516422

Houston, Texas | At the heart of it all.

Bay Oaks | Northeast of I-45, Southeast of Beltway 8

Why Bay Oaks - If you are looking to be close to Houston, within a golf course community, and your budget between $350k and $3M, then this neighborhood is the one for you. Most homes are built in the Mediterranean style, have privacy gates, and boast a large lot with a view. Bay Oaks is home to The Bay Oaks Country Club. Nestled among the moss-draped oaks and natural woodlands, Bay Oaks Country Club offers a tranquil retreat from the metropolitan bustle of Houston, Texas. Embracing the relaxing attitude of the Bermuda plantation-style clubhouse, our friendly and inviting community of Members offers the perfect complement to our full range of first-rate amenities and services.

Cost of HOA - $900 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $360k - $3M
Tax Rate - 2.76% - 2.81%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516425

Humble, Texas | Northwest of Houston, Texas

The Groves | Best commute to Downtown Houston!

Why The Groves - The Groves is my favorite new master planned community east of Houston! Below you can read about all the amazing amenities, but just in case you don't scroll, I wanted to let you know they have hammocks, a labrinth, an oversation deck, lakes, walking trails, a fish camp, a fire pit, state-of-the-art fitness center, a Woodland Playground, yard games, a splash pad, a resort style swimming pool AND so much more!

Cost of HOA - $1,090 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $260k - $700k
Tax Rate - 3.63% - 3.86%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=445608

Balmoral | Ummm this community has a blue lagoon!

Why Balmoral - Okay, maybe I lied, this community is also a Humble favorite of mine. Humble really has seen some explosive growth with the addition of Balmoral and The Groves. The lagoon is the #1 reason why folks are choosing Balmoral, but their other amazing amenities include: a sand beach, a 7,500 sq. ft. clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style pool, sand volleyball court, splash pad, playground and a walking path circling the lagoon. 

Cost of HOA - $1230 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $200k - $540k
Tax Rate - 3.21% - 3.83%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=444218

Fall Creek | Only master planned community inside of Beltway 8. Has a golf course!

Why Fall Creek - If you are looking to live close to the airport or east of Houston in a master planned golf community, then this is the community for you. Fall Creek is the only master planned community inside Beltway 8. Amenities include: beautiful parks, refreshing pools, tennis courts, stocked lakes, the challenging Golf Club of Houston, and walking trails. Residents may gain access to many of the amenities in Fall Creek through the use of a personal photo ID badge.

Cost of HOA - $950 - $1,890 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $235k - $1M
Tax Rate - 3.18% - 3.30%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511495

Iowa Colony, Texas | South of Houston along Highway 288

Meridiana | A one of a kind community, just south of Houston 24 miles.

Why Meridiana - "Wow" was my first thought when I saw Meridiana for the first time! This neighborhood is impressive. At the heart of this community, you will find the lakeside community center, Oasis Village (fitness center, conservatory, swimming pool, play ground, splash pad, lap pool, Café Sol, grassy pavilion area complete with amphitheater, outdoor games (ping pong & foosball)) and the on-site elementary school. Just 24 miles and 29 minutes south of Downtown Houston, this one-of-a-kind community is a must see. This master planned community has something for everyone, and it is said to be the neighborhood where neighbors become friends. 

Cost of HOA - $1,050 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $260k - $700k
Tax Rate - 3.6% - 3.73%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516426

Katy, Texas | West of Houston along I-10

Firethorne | A community on the edge of Cinco Ranch in Katy.

Why Firethorne - Firethorne has been an area favorite since 2005, with new construction still on-going. Firethorne is part of two highly acclaimed school districts: Lamar Consolidated ISD and Katy ISD. Firethorne is a 1,400-acre master planned community, just one mile south of I-10. The amenities include: 150 acres of parks, lakes, and recreation, playgrounds, a resort style swimming pool, splash pad, tennis court, nature areas, hike and bike trails, and indoor exercise facility and so much more! Its location, amenities, and beauty attribute to its popularity.

Cost of HOA - $800 - $1200 / month
Price Point of the Homes - $275k - $700k
Tax Rate - 2.71% - 2.86%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511496

Cane Island | Resort style with a hometown feel.

Why Cane Island - When it comes to finding and choosing the right master planned community, it is all about finding one that speaks to you, and Cane Island has been speaking the sound of luxury living at affordable prices. The amenities in this neighborhood are top notch and include.. The Oaks Kitchen & Bar: Our on-site restaurant offers seasonal fare, exquisite wines, and well-crafted cocktails. Join us for lunch, dinner, brunch or happy hour. A resort style swimming pool complete with in-water play structure. A lap pool that is heater year round. A fitness center and a yoga + spin studio. "The Lawn", where you can enjoy live music, roasting s’mores by the fire pit, movie nights or an impromptu soccer game. I hear "everything happens here." "The conservatory", with its glass walls and vertical gardens set the tone for memorable gatherings, from weddings to wine and cheese parties. Walking, biking and hiking trails galore. Paperback Park: Fun for all ages this park has playgrounds, a half-court basketball court, pickle ball court, shade structures and little libraries with free books! AND SO MUCH MORE!

Cost of HOA - $1,100 - $1,750
Price Point of the Homes - $350k - $999k
Tax Rate - 3.50% - 3.69%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=453231

Elyson | The next great thing in Katy, Texas, with homes starting in the $200s.

Why Elyson - If you are looking to get into a new community at the beginning of its inception, Elyson might be the neighborhood for you. Created by the developers of Cinco Ranch, amenities in this community include: a swimming pool, a fitness center, a game room, parks, playground, walking and biking trails, and tennis courts!

Cost of HOA - $1,150 / month
Price Point of the Homes - $230k - $650k
Tax Rate - 3.65% - 3.75%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=453146

Cinco Ranch | A Newland devleoped community at the heart of Katy that fueled its growth for over 25 years!

Why Cinco Ranch - If you are looking for the most established neighborhood in Katy, then Cinco Ranch is the neighborhood for you. The history of Cinco Ranch goes back to February of 1984 when the largest raw land transaction in the history of Houston took place when Cinco Ranch Venture purchased Cinco Ranch, a 5,000 acre property. Over the years the land acquired for Cinco Ranch grew to about 8,092 acres making it one of the largest master planned communities in Houston. Cinco Ranch has over 11 community pools, a golf club, an 18-hole golf course, countless pocket parks, a network of greenbelt trails for hiking, biking, walking and jogging making it possible to get just about anywhere via this trail system, tennis courts, South Lake and Park Lake, a 40,000-square-foot YMCA, and so much more. I love Katy for its walkability, opportunities, and array of shopping and restaurants!

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $1,800 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $230k - $1.3M
Tax Rate - 2.3% - 3.4%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511483

Seven Meadows | In the heart of Cinco Ranch.

Why Seven Meadows - The landscaping in Seven Meadows, the convenient locating along Grand Parkway & Westpark Tollway, affordable property tax rate, on-site schools, coupled with the amenities: golf course, tennis courts, club house, fitness center, playgrounds, parks, and swimming pools, are just some of the reasons locals call this neighborhood home! It truly is an established community with lots to offer.

Cost of HOA - $1,200 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $275k - $1M
Tax Rate - 2.43% - 2.61%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511545

Grand Lakes | Right off Grand Parkway 99 in the heart of Katy, Texas

Why Grand Lakes - This established community began its development back in the 1990s as a premier master planned community of Katy. Today it still reigns as one, along side Cinco Ranch in distinguish and geography. If you are looking for an established neighborhood made up of cul-de-sacs, lakeside views, central parks, and award winning schools, this community might be the one for you! Grand Lakes houses The Grand Lake Swim Team, three swimming pools, a splash pad, tennis courts, multiple playgrounds, walking and biking trails, beautiful landscaping, a dog park, and a community garden.

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $1,200 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $265k - $750k
Tax Rate - 2.31% - 2.61%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511502

Woodcreek Reserve | Quaint master planned community in Katy.

Why Woodcreek Reserve - If you are wanting to live among the most beautiful oak tree, then look no further than Woodcreek Reserve. One-third of this community is dedicated to a nature reserve which includes a recreational center with pool, cabanas, and playground, sport fields, stocked lake, picnic areas surrounded by old oaks, tennis courts, a greenbelt system connecting homes and the 100-acre park, over one mile of wooded nature trails that weave along Buffalo Bayou, three neighborhood parks, a half basketball court, a putting green, and a sidewalk system connecting the neighborhood to nearby schools.

Cost of HOA - $1,100 - $1,900 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $350k - $1.3M
Tax Rate - 2.97% - 3.07%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=445682

Kingwood, Texas | Northwest of Houston, Texas

Royal Shores | A village of Kingwood

Why Royal Shores - If you are looking for an older home in an established area of Kingwood with character, then this neighborhood might be the one for you.

Cost of HOA - $985 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $400k - $900k
Tax Rate - 2.71% - 2.85%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516434

Kings Point | A village of Kingwood

Why Kings Point - If you are looking for an older home in an established area of Kingwood with character, then this neighborhood might be the one for you.

Cost of HOA - $585 - $790 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $350k - $900k
Tax Rate - 2.71%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516435

Royal Brook | A village of Kingwood

Why Royal Brook - Royal Brook is the newest village of Kingwood. If you love the Kingwood area as a whole, and you are looking for a newer home, then this neighborhood might be the one for you. Kingwood is known for its massive trail system, it established nature, park system, and convenience off of I-59. 

Cost of HOA - $1,200 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $265k - $700k
Tax Rate - 2.71% - 3.53%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516436

Magnolia, Texas | Country living meets the city.

Northgrove | Western outskirts of The Woodlands

Why Northgrove - Northgrove can be found discreetly tucked away in Magnolia, just on the west side of The Woodlands. Northgrove is a very community driven neighborhood, with such amenities as: the Peacock Park, Kid's Nature Park, the indoor children's play area, resort-style swimming pool, splash pad, multiple entertainment areas, a 24-hour fitness center, dog park, a calendar full of events, the cardinal walking trail, over 200 acres of open space, hike and bike trails, and the retreat: 7.5 acres of fun featuring a 9,400-sq.-ft. clubhouse.

Cost of HOA - $1,250 - $1,850 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $282k - $690k
Tax Rate - 3.37% - 3.46%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516438

Manvel, Texas | South of Houston, Texas

Pomona | 23 minutes & 18 miles south of Houston

Why Pomona - If you are looking to live south of Houston, but not too far south, this community might be the neighborhood for you. With onsite elementary school, a fitness center, "The Backyard" park, "Camp Pomona", "Exploration Zone" park, hike & bike trails, a resort style swimming pool, the "fish camp", multiple lakes, and many "coming soon" amenities, such as: The Grove: a large open air pavillion, dog parks, and more! We will also have a tree farm that is made up of a variety of fruit trees, The Hive: This park is primarily geared for ages 1-7 and will feature a honeycomb play structure with slides, swings, & climbing elements, and The Dock: This amenity will feature a boat ramp for electric boats, dock area, Kayak launch, boardwalk and boat ties. Enjoy an afternoon on the 18 acre lake. 

Cost of HOA - $1,100 - $1,700 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $850k
Tax Rate - 3.71% - 3.81%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=444621

Missouri City | South east of Sugar Land, Southwest of Houston

Sienna Plantation | On the outskirts of Sugar Land boasting the most parks of any community south of Houston!

Why Sienna Plantation - With homes starting in the $240s and going up to the $900s, this master planned community has something for everyone. Amenities include: Sawmill Lake Club (open year round), Club Sienna Water Park (aka the Big Bucket Pool), the Resort at Sienna Springs, Steep Bank Pool (the first pool, with depths no more than 3 feet), Brushy Lake Pool, over 40 parks, multiple outdoor fitness center, a splash pad, walking and biking trails, Camp Sienna Sports Park: two concession areas, 15 lighted sports fields (softball, baseball, and soccer/football/lacrosse), Sienna Stables: The premiere equestrian facility for southwest Houston is here! These private stables offer boarding, riding lessons, horse shows, and youth horseback riding camps. Use is not included in HOA dues., Club Sienna Tennis Center, Sienna Golf Club & Grille, and so much more!

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $1,900 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $260k - $1.4M
Tax Rate - 2.6% - 3.28% 
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516439

Montgomery, Texas | Northeast of Houston

Woodforest | Just on the edge of The Woodlands in Montgomery, Texas

Why Woodforest - If you aren't new around here, you know how much I adore Woodforest. With its close proximity to The Woodlands, its vast amount of amenities, it beautiful nature, the easy access to Woodforest Golf Course & Country Club, and the welcoming nature of the residents, it isn't a mystery why. Amenities in this lovely community include: 10 neighborhood parks, the Lily Pad Splash Park, Forest Island Tennis & Aquatics Complex, The Palm center, Christine Allen Nature Park, the Stampede Sportsplex, and the Admiral Bark Park.

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $1,700 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $250k - $2M
Tax Rate - 2.79% - 2.94%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511589

Bentwater | Nicest community along Lake Conroe with access to a stately Country Club that boasts 54-holes of championship golf.

Why Bentwater - The question really is why not Bentwater? Bentwater is the nicest and most prestigious community along the shores of Lake Conroe. This 1,400-acre master planned community can be found nestled between a 22,000-acre lake and the 160,000-acre national forest. Amenities include: the Bentwater country Club, the three separate golf courses, yacht club, marina, garden gazebo, Northshore Lounge, a 24-hour manned entrance, a 10,000 square foot fitness center, a lakeside swimming pool, tennis courts, racquet club, and so much more!

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $3,000 / year + monthly membership
Price Point of the Homes - $240k - $4M
Tax Rate - 2.19% - 2.77%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511057

Crown Ranch - Houston's finest master planned acreage community.

Why Crown Ranch - Crown Ranch is a one-of-a-kind master planned community boasting acreage home sites, a wide variety of home styles, connectivity by trails to the parks and recreational areas, and no MUD taxes. Crown Ranch is truly something one must experience if looking Lots range between $100,000 and $500,000 and homes range between $500,000 and $1M.

Cost of HOA - $1,000 / month
Price Point of the Homes - $500k - $800k
Tax Rate - 2.02%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=444341

Pearland, Texas | South of Houston, off FM 521

Shadow Creek Ranch | A 3,500-acre lake themed master planned community.

Why Shadow Creek Ranch - If 700 acres of open space with greenbelts, community parks, playground, soccer fields, baseball fields, frisbee golf, 300 acres of glistening lakes, 22 miles of hike and bike trails, 6 on-site schools, and a Town Center, and so much more, appeal to you, then that is why you would pick Shadow Creek Ranch. Shadow Creek Ranch is only 8 miles from the Texas Medical Center. The recreational center houses a volley ball pit, a basketball court, a lap pool, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and toddler pool!

Cost of HOA - $900 - $1,200 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $200k - $700k
Tax Rate - 3.30% - 3.73%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516440

Porter, Texas | Where we are seeing new growth.

Oakhurst | A neighborhood built around the Oakhurst Country Club & Golf Course

Why Oakhurst - If you are seeking to live among the forest with everyday access to a golf course off the west side of Highway 59, this might be the neighborhood for you.

Cost of HOA - $600 - $800 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $230k - $750k
Tax Rate - 2.74% - 3.44%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516442

Richmond, Texas | Southwest of Houston, South of Katy

Aliana | Master planned community, just south of Katy.

Why Aliana - If you are looking to have the Katy lifestyle in a new affordable community, Aliana might be the neighborhood for you. Amenities include: The Club at Aliana (the community's main club house): In addition to party rooms, a ballroom and commercial-grade kitchen, The Club at Aliana boasts a fully-equipped fitness center, tennis courts, Resort-style pool and splash pad. The Westmoor Club at Aliana is the community’s second recreation center surrounded by our expansive trail systems. This rec center is ideal for meeting friends, playing games, birthday parties, working out, taking a dip in the pool or socializing on the events lawn. Amenities include: spacious event lawn, pool & splash pad, 24-hour fitness center, dynamic play area (playground), tennis courts, various classes and social opportunities, several rooms to rent, and a large game room with ping pong arcade basketball, foosball, and more.

Cost of HOA - $1,100 - $1,250 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $280k - $1.3M
Tax Rate - 3.08% - 3.32%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511035

Lakes of Bella Terra and Lakes of Bella Terra West | Premier community off Westpark Tollway

Why Lakes of Bella Terra - Location and amenities are the most popular reasons why one would choose this master planned community. Lakes of Bella Terra is just 28 miles west of Houston, along West Park Tollway. Amenities include: parks, on-site schools, a catch & release pond, a recreational center: pool, gym, volleyball, & tennis, a dog park, soccer fields, playground, 2 recreational centers with lounge areas, lakes with walking trails, the tennis courts and volleyball courts are lit, greenbelts, a fitness center, and so much more!

Cost of HOA - $900 - $1,700 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $250k - $1.2M
Tax Rate - 3.2% - 3.36%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516443

Harvest Green | A neighborhood that improves quality of life while sacrificing nothing in return.

Why Harvest Green - This is another one of those "Why Not" communities. Harvest green is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood built on "community" and outdoor fun. Amenities in this neighborhood include: pool and splash pad, parks and trails, fitness center and studio, parks and playgrounds, event center and lawn, tennis & volleyball courts, lake and docks, dog park, and a full calendar of events.

Cost of HOA - $875 - $1,075 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $255k - $750k
Tax Rate - 3.18% - 3.28%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511510

Long Meadow Farms | An affordable living community right of Grand Parkway 99 just south of Katy, Texas.

Why Long Meadow Farms - If you are looking for affordable living, just south of Katy, then this could be the neighborhood for you. With homes in the mid to high $200s, and amenities such as: club house, exercise center, park, swimming pool, and nature trails, this is the perfect neighborhood when looking for new construction under $300k on the edge of Katy.

Cost of HOA - $850 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $220k - $540k
Tax Rate - 2.58% - 3.03%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511532

Rosharon, Texas | Close to the city.

Lakes of Savannah | Located just 22 miles south of Downtown Houston.

Why Lakes of Savannah - This master planned community might just be what you are looking for, if you value close proximity to Houston and the gulf, green acres, walking trails, parks, clubhouses, a splash pad, swimming pools, and beautiful lakes. 

Cost of HOA - $950 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $240k - $450k
Tax Rate - 3.54% - 3.68%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516446

Sterling Lakes at Iowa Colony | A gated community with homes are oversized lots.

Why Sterling Lakes at Iowa Colony - Sterling Lakes packages a prime location, beautiful homes on properties up to half an acre and the security of a gated community to deliver an exceptional lifestyle found nowhere else in the Houston area. Add in coveted Alvin ISD schools and world-class amenities and you may wonder why you haven’t already made the move to Sterling Lakes. Amenities include: Junior Olympic pool, Poolside cabana, Splashpad, Texas water park, Recreation center, Exercise facility, Hike-and-bike trails, Resident-only activities, and a Sand volleyball court.

Cost of HOA - $700 - $900 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $200k - $450k
Tax Rate - 3.4% - 3.96%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516447

Spring, Texas | One of my favorite areas of Spring is Klein.

Gleannloch Farms | An equestrian centered master planned community with sidewalks and on-site award winning elementary school. And golf course/country club!

Why Gleannloch Farms - Gleannloch Farms is a very established master planned community found in the Klein area of Spring, Texas. It is loved for its on-site award winning elementary school and its amenities, which include: sidewalks, a golf course, three recreation centers with pools and sports facilities, playgrounds, lake with kayak launch, and so much more! Gleannloch Farms is my most requested master planned community in Klein. Other original sought after neighborhoods in the area include Memorial Northwest, Spring Creek Oaks, and Champion Forest.

Cost of HOA - $1,050 - $1,275 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $250k - $1.2M
Tax Rate - 2.75% - 2.90%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=425668

Windrose | An established Klein community built around a golf course.

Why Windrose - Windrose is one of my Klein favorites. It might not jump off the page at you, but if looking to live withing a golf course community, this is one to check out. The neighborhood has amenities such as neighborhoods parks, a community swimming pool, and on-site elementary school.

Cost of HOA - $1,012 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $215k - $1M
Tax Rate - 2.83% - 2.94%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511588

Harmony | A 1,000-acree master planned commnity right off Grand Parkway 99, east of I-45.
Why Harmony - What has fueled the growth behind Harmony, is its close proximity to the Bush IAH, the Exxon campus, and the HP ccampus found, just minutes away in Springwoods Village. Harmony has so much to offer including: affordable builders, on-site schools with great ratings, close proximity to Houston & The Woodlands, resort style swimming pool, beautiful parks, and so much more.

Cost of HOA - $800 - $1,700
Price Point of the Homes - $220k - $610k
Tax Rate - 3.1842%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511508

Woodson's Reserve | Popular newer community east of I-45 in the Spring, Texas.

Why Woodson's Reserve - Woodson's Reserve is one of my favorite communities if try to escape the city life, but keep it within a stone's throw. Woodson's Reserve is located just off Grand Parkway 99, west of The Woodlands and Spring, this community houses luxury homes ready to please all different tastes. Amenities include the Woodson's Club: a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse—designed for you to enjoy cherished moments every day of the week. With indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, it’s perfect for gathering with family and neighbors., a resort style swimming pool: Every day can feel like a vacation with this at your doorstep. Imagine spending your days taking a dip in our resort-style pool, floating in our lazy river, or beating your personal best at our lap pool – every inch of our community is primed for fun all year long., a 24-hour fitness center: Take your run indoors and leave the humidity behind, and still enjoy a peaceful view of nature just outside your window. Enjoy 24-hour access to our premier fitness center that allows you to get all the reps, cardio, and stretching you need at your own pace. Grab a close friend or neighbor and start your healthy workout routine here!, the nature trails, dog park, and so much more!

Cost of HOA - $1,250 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $350k - $700k
Tax Rate - 3.29% - 3.37%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511590

Sugar Land, Texas | Southwest of Houston

Sugar Creek | A master planned community found along the fairways of the Sugar Creek Country Club & Golf Course in Sugar Land.
Why Sugar Creek - Sugar Creek is master planned community meets luxurious country club living. Spread out over 1200 acres with beautiful lakes, Sugar Creek is home to jaw-dropping estates. This neighborhood is made up of traditional or colonial homes with a little New Orleans flair with homes built in the 1970s and 1980s totalling 1700+ homes. Once a member of the country club you will have access to a community pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, andthe golf course.

Cost of HOA - $500 / year (with fluxuation)
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $900k
Tax Rate - 2.02% - 2.15%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511567

Sweetwater | An upscale neighborhood in the heart of Sugar Land housing the Sweetwater golf course and country club. The nicest of nicest communities!

Why Sweetwater  - If seeking to be in a gorgeous golf course community with amenities such as 10 swimming pools, numerous parks, recreational facilities, and more, then this neighborhood might be the one for you! 

Cost of HOA - $1,800 - $2,000 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $500k - $10M
Tax Rate - 2.21% - 2.26%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511567

Telfair | Fabulous Sugar Land community featuring over 550 acres devoted to recreation.

Why Telfair - Telfair is one of the newer communities of the establishes city of Sugar Land, just southwest of Houston. Telfair is a master planned community developed upon over 2000 acres, with the opening of the neighborhood being in 2006. Amenities include: everal hundred acres of open space, walking, and biking trails surrounding a 70-acre lake, a 9,000 SF community center, two swimming pool complexes, and many distinct neighborhood parks.

Cost of HOA - $750 - $1,900 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $1.3M
Tax Rate - 3.03 - 3.09%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516460

New Territory | Small town American, just 30 minutes outside of Houston.

Why New Territory - Situated on 3,200 acres where magnificent old pecan groves and sugar cane fields once thrived, New Territory residents enjoy an oasis of over 450 acres of parks and lakes, greenbelts, mature trees, lush landscaping, and high quality recreation centers and programs.  Home to approximately 17,000 residents across 42 neighborhoods, New Territory is also home to Fort Bend ISD schools, churches, and retail shopping.  This diverse community is found in Fort Bend County, the third fastest-growing county in the United States.  

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $1,800 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $240k - $800k
Tax Rate - 2.33% - 2.49%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516461

Riverstone | One of the most popular neighborhoods of Sugar Land.

Why Riverstone - Riverstone is just 30 miles southwest of Downtown Houston. Being on the edge of town, away from the hustle and bustle is just one reasons why this master planned community is called home to over 18,000 residents. The Club at Riverstone being the most popular amenity, it is home to: a 17-acre club and recreational hub. It offers the community's third swimming pool complex, built in restort style: twisting water slides, spray elements, a zero-entry lagoon, and a splash pad. The centerpiece of the facility is an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse that boasts a fitness center, space for fitness classes, meeting rooms and a catering kitchen. Residents can rent the space to host private parties in elegant surroundings. Eight tennis courts, Big Adventure Park, a nature-themed playground with a zip line and suspended rope bridge, and a nearby pavilion add to the community’s recreational opportunities. Other amenities include: many parks with play structures and swings, garden spaces, lakes, a 3.5 acre dog park, and over 20 miles of trails connecting the community. Oh and you can't forget about the fitness center and tennis courts!

Cost of HOA - $1,000 - $2,000 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $7M
Tax Rate - 2.58% - 3.83%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=516464

The Woodlands, Texas | North of Houston

The Woodlands | The most sucessful master planned community of its kind.

Why The Woodlands - Nothing really compares to The Woodlands. It writes the finest definition of "master planned community". The Woodlands did everything right and then some as it was being developed over the last 60 years. Located about 30 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas, The Woodlands officially began in 1974. The Woodlands is a master-planned community with approximately 118,000 residents and approximately 2,100 businesses. The Woodlands is well known for its extensive parks and recreation, golf, corporate headquarters, schools, places of worship, shopping, dining, hospitality, healthcare and much more. Today, there are 148 parks and 220 miles of hike and bike trails. I talk a lot about The Woodlands here on the blog and YouTube Channel, if you are looking to learn more.

Cost of HOA - n/a
Price Point of the Homes - $200k - $10M
Tax Rate - 2.02% - 2.98%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=492658

Tomball, Texas | North of Houston and a little west.

Lakes at Creekside | Just south of The Woodlands and North of Spring

Why Lakes at Creekside - Lakes at Creekside boasts the perfection location just south of Creekside Park in The Woodlands and north of Grand Parkway 99. A remarkably alluring master planned community, with just a little over 500 homes, a state of the art fitness center, wooded beauty, eight sparkling lakes, a resort style swimming pool, parks and playgrounds, walking/biking paths, and a recreational center. 

Cost of HOA - $965 = $1,375 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $600k
Tax Rate - 2.89% - 3.05%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=444459

Wildwood at Northpointe | Found tucked away in Tomball, Texas.

Why Wildwood at Northpoint - Located in Tomball, Wildwood at NorthPointe offers houses for sale in a community with a diverse array of amenities designed to satisfy residents of all ages. In addition to the wide variety of community and area attractions, residents living in these communities have a number of opportunities to get involved or just get to know their neighbors. With miles of greenbelt trails, scenic ponds and pristine common areas throughout the community, the houses for sale at Wildwood at NorthPointe offer a truly inviting place to call home.

Cost of HOA - $1,595 -$1,610 
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $800k
Tax Rate - 3.19% - 3.49%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511579

Willowcreek Ranch | Wooded home sites ranging from 1-7+ acres, a 50-acre centerpiece lake, Equestrian Center, riding trails and a beautiful Lakehouse Lodge all tucked behind a gate!

Why Willowcreek Ranch - If I could snap my fingers and move to any master planned community, it would be Willowcreek Ranch. With wooded home sites ranging from 1-7+ acres, a beautiful 50-acre centerpiece lake, exclusive Equestrian Center, riding trails and a beautiful Lakehouse Lodge, northwest Houston’s gated community offers a lifestyle like no other. Thoughtfully created to capture a unique blend of simple sophistication, this private estate community features all custom homes with prices ranging from the $800’s to the millions.  At Willowcreek Ranch you really can live the dream.

Cost of HOA - $3,250 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $1M - $4M
Tax Rate - 2.81% - 2.87%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=511586

Woodtrace | One of the most popular gated communities in Tomball/Pinehurst, Texas

Why Woodtrace - I absolutely adore Woodtrace. Tucked conveniently along Highway 249 in northwest Tomball/Pinehurst, Woodtrace is a wonderfully master planned community. Amenities include a recreation center with a pool, a clubhouse, and five miles of wooded greenbelt trails. One of the highlights of the community amenities at Woodtrace is our Central Park. The park includes a natural creek, footbridges, and trails. The most stunning feature of this wooded neighborhood is the 23-acre Lake Woodtrace. Located next to the recreation center in the heart of the community, Lake Woodtrace is a real spring-fed lake that houses a canoe/kayak launch and fishing dock.

Cost of HOA - $1,200 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $300k - $700k
Tax Rate - 3.35% -3.43%
Homes for Sale Link - https://search.byjoandco.com/property-search/results/?searchtype=2&searchid=445694

Relocating to the Houston Suburbs?

If you are looking to relocate to the area, we would love to meet you, and hear your story. Below you will find all of my contact information, as well as some homes for sale in the area. We truly look forward to hearing from you! P.S. Don't forget to check out our one-of-a-kind YouTube Channel!

If you are overwhelmed..

Now if you are feeling overwhelmed on where you should plant your roots, I would love to talk to you. You can schedule a call with me by click this link: http://byjoandco.com/call or just send us an email: [email protected].

There are some amazing communities all over the Houston suburbs. In this post, https://search.byjoandco.com/blog/best-neighborhoods-in-houston/, I deep dive into all the different suburbs/neighborhoods that you might want to consider, and why. There are many resources here, so please reach out if you are curious what to look at next! :)

Links to check out..

➟ Our YouTube Channel :: http://byjoandco.com/youtube
➟ How do property taxes work in Texas? :: http://byjoandco.com/propertytaxesintexas
➟ Things to do in The Woodlands :: http://byjoandco.com/inthewoodlands
➟ Safest Neighborhoods in Houston :: http://byjoandco.com/safesthouston
➟ Best Neighborhoods in Houston :: http://byjoandco.com/bestneighborhoods
➟ Houston Texas Where to Live :: http://byjoandco.com/houstontexaswheretolive

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