Houston Texas - Where to Live!?

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. | I just posted this list without the graphics and heavy descriptions.. You can find that post here: https://search.byjoandco.com/blog/houston-texas-where-to-live-list/.

If you need help navigating the Houston real estate market, or you are feeling a little overwhelmed, feel free to reach out to us via e-mail or by scheduling a call. We also have a very resourceful YouTube page, and many other blog posts to help guide you. Welcome to the Jo & Co. experience!

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

Grand Central Park is one of the newest communities of Conroe. It was built on the old Boys Scout camp ground. The vision for Grand Central Park is unlike any other community because Grand Central Park is not like any other community. Amenities centered on nature are accessible now, and much of residents’ lifestyle involves the authentic hiking trails, expansive natural lakes and wooded serenity of this 2,046-acre development. The first part of the master plan’s retail component also is in place, offering residents easy access to everyday conveniences. But there’s more planned for Grand Central Park. Our location along Interstate 45 (which means there is no commute for you to start your commute to work) is the foundation for vibrant mixed-use development that can include office space, retail centers, campus facilities, corporate headquarters and more.

map of grand central park conroe houston texas

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

The master plan for Harper’s Preserve includes outstanding amenities for families to enjoy. The West Village Recreation Center is now open and includes a community pool and pool barn with outdoor kitchen, playground, walking trails, bowling, bocce ball greens and horseshoe pits. Lookout Hill, located in the central recreation area, features boulders for children to climb on and explore the environment.

East Village amenities include a scenic lake with fly fishing opportunities at the zero entry pebble beach, wildlife garden, playground, picnic area, community trail system, natural play areas, benches, a pedestrian bridge over the lake and additional park areas. While some projects are complete, development of East Village amenities are still underway.

South Village amenities will include a new recreation center with a pavilion and event lawn with retractable solar shade panels. There will be a resort-style pool with a multi-use deck; pool with toddler, adult and sun shelf areas; cabanas; and a splash pad.

Residents of all villages of Harper's Preserve have access to all amenities.

master planned map of harper's preserve

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

Artavia is the newest master planned community in Conroe. You can view the site map plan.


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

If The Woodlands were being developed today, you would have Bridgeland. Bridgeland is The Woodlands 2.0, with an unparalleled blend of nature and community. Bridgeland is also being developed in villages. What Bridgeland brings to Cypress is a brand new community with elementary school, middle school, and high school all houses on-site. The two villages that have been developed (out of the planned four) are Parkland Village and Lakeland Village. 

Occupying 11,400 acres, Bridgeland is home to approximately 13,000 residents. Upon completion, a population of 65,000 will live in approximately 20,000 homes and apartments in the community.

the bridgeland master planned map

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

Towne Lake is a community connected by water. At 300 acres & 14 miles of shoreline, Towne Lake boasts the largest private lake in the Houston area. From boating to dinner to skiing with friends, you can do it all from your backyard. Luxurious designs, spacious floor plans, renowned builders; Towne Lake has the home you’re looking for in the perfect setting. Towne Lake is just west of Hwy 290 off Barker Cypress in Northwest Houston.

towne lake master planned community map

Friendswood, Texas | Southeast of Houston

West Ranch

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

West Ranch is a 766 acre development located in the City of Friendswood, to the north and south of FM 518, just east of FM 528. This beautiful property is bordered by Centennial Park, Chigger Creek and Clear Creek. West Ranch offers the rare and limited opportunity to live in a master-planned community in the City of Friendswood, known for its small town charm, tree-lined streets and outstanding schools.

Neighborhood highlights: neighborhood parks and playground, recreational center, swimming pool, fishing, and walking/biking trails.

This property and 47 wooded acres along Clear Creek is the city of Friendswood’s premier place to live, shop, work and play. Students living in West Ranch are zoned to the highly rated Friendswood Independent School District.


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

jordan ranch master planned community map

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

Located in Fulshear Texas, just west of 99 in Fort Bend County, Cross Creek Ranch is a naturally gorgeous, thoroughly engaging community, and it’s ready to welcome you home today. Everything you want in a community – and out of life – is right here, right now at Cross Creek Ranch. From gently rolling hills, wandering waterways and sparkling lakes, to premier luxury homebuilders, world-class amenities, two highly acclaimed school districts and an on-site elementary, new homes in Cross Creek Ranch have it all.

cross creek ranch site map

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 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

Nestled among the gently rolling hills and stately old pecan trees, Weston Lakes is a 1,600 acre planned community featuring 24-hour guard gated entry, 18-hole championship golf course and country club surrounded by miles of sparkling lakes stocked with trophy sized fish. Weston Lakes is located in the quiet town of Weston Lakes, near Fulshear in west Houston, and only minutes from 1-10, Hwy. 59, the Grand Parkway and the Westpark Tollway.

Houston, Texas

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 | Amazing 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

Featuring new homes near Lake Houston and nearly 1,000 acres of wooded bliss, The Groves is a one-of-a-kind master-planned community with luxury amenities. Located in the acclaimed Humble ISD with easy access to Beltway 8 and Hwy 59, The Groves is conveniently located to the backyard fun of Lake Houston, the shopping and recreation of The Galleria area and the business corridors of downtown Houston, The Woodlands and the Port of Houston. Eight of Houston’s top homebuilders are crafting new homes in The Groves starting from the $240s.

In addition to the 64 acres of preserved forest, nearly 5,000 reforested trees, 85 acres of open space and 68 acres of Madera Creek, The Groves offers an endless supply of imaginative amenities just outside your door. We make spending time with loved ones and spending time outside one in the same. From exciting, family-forward activities to the countless places to relax and unwind, The Groves offers something for everyone and every moment.

  • The Lifestyle Center: This resident hub offers a fire pit, a sprawling lawn, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a Woodland Playground, yard games and a Splash Pad.
  • The Hearth Amenity Center: Relax by our resort-style pool, in one of the spacious hammocks, or in an Adirondack chair overlooking Madera Creek.
  • Mini Groves: Younger residents love exploring this scaled-down version of The Groves that features interactive elements.
  • Fish Camp: Finally find the time to take the kids fishing at our catch-and-release pond.
  • The Field: Here, residents of all ages can sharpen their baseball and soccer skills.
  • Discovery Square: Foster your child’s curiosity with a range of innovative park elements.
  • Exploration Trails: Punctuated with statues of woodland creatures and picnic benches, these trails are perfect for young, inquisitive walkers.
  • The Yard: Exclusive to residents of The Canopy, our gated community, this beer-garden like space is perfect for adults to mingle and unwind while younger residents enjoy the adjacent root beer garden.
  • Insperity Adaptative Sports Complex: Equipped for children with disabilities, this baseball diamond gives every child a shot at sports and offers a playground for all residents.
  • Madera Creek Trail: Here, residents enjoy lounging on hammocks and exploring our labyrinth, scoping out nature from the observation deck, walking trails near the Veteran’s Fallen Soldier Statue and helping young residents make music at harmony station.


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

Balmoral is a 750-acre master-planned community offering beautiful homes set in gated, non-gated and lakeside villages in the West Lake Houston area north of Beltway 8 in Humble, TX. The master plan calls for over 2,000 homes, a Crystal Clear Lagoon surrounded by white sand beaches, an infinity pool, lakes, parks and walking trails.

balmoral map

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

Fall Creek is a 2,300-acre master planned golf community, neighboring the Golf Club of Houston. In 2003, the first residents moved in and the community is now comprised of 2,500 homes. Fall Creek offers a number of amenities, including two pools, a fitness center, a sports complex, tennis courts, walking trails, and several playgrounds. Fall Creek is strategically located 15 miles from downtown Houston and 8 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport.


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


Meridiana is adjacent to the Oasis Village, a 100-acre park will be a destination for the entire region. The sports fields will bring soccer, baseball, volleyball and basketball courts. The bike paths will add to Meridiana’s already growing network of trails, and the park will provide a shaded play structure and perfect places to picnic or relax and take it all in. After a spin in the park, stop by Café Sol to refuel.

meridiana site map

meridiana on a map

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

Find move-in ready homes or build from the ground up in this desirable Katy community! Welcome to Firethorne - an established master-planned community in Katy, Texas. Located near I-10, the Grand Parkway and Westpark Tollway, residents have an easy drive to shopping centers like Katy Mills and LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, as well as employment areas such as the Energy Corridor and downtown Houston. Firethorne offers a wide array of amenities which includes sports fields, a scenic lake surrounded by 12 acres of greenspace, several different parks, trails and flowing creeks, playgrounds, tennis courts, an indoor exercise facility and a resort-style family swim center. Students attend school in highly-regarded Katy ISD and Lamar ISD. 

community map of firethorne

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

Everyone at Cane Island has their thing. That energy fills our community with passion and lets us offer a lifestyle like no other. One full of amenities to enjoy, events to attend, and meals to share in the Oaks Kitchen. Stretching across 1,100 acres of prairieland, Cane Island offers incredible new homes from the low $300s to the millions in Katy, Texas—just three minutes from I-10, on the edge of Houston’s Energy Corridor.

Cane Quarter, the heart of Cane Island, is a vibrant place where residents and visitors meet to enjoy everything Cane Island has to offer, is the heart of this delightfully different community in Katy, Texas.

Enjoy dinner and live music at The Oaks Kitchen & Bar, an overnight getaway at the Ambassador Suite or roast s'mores by the fire pit with the family. Feeling the need to unwind? Head to our tranquil yoga studio overlooking the year-round lap pool or workout at our two-story fitness center open 24 hours a day. Take the kids for a fun-filled adventure at the family-friendly pool equipped with a 500-gallon spill bucket or Paperback Park to climb around the jungle gym. Anything and everything happens at Cane Quarter, located within the community of your new home in Cane Island.

cane island master planned community map

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

Elyson isn’t one of those “same old” communities. In fact, they have all sorts of new. Like a new builder, offering new choices for low-maintenance living. A new elementary school. And a new model village and new park, coming spring 2021. Come out and take a look. Elyson thinks you’re going to like what you see.

elyson master planned community map

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

Cinco Ranch was developed in three sections. Cinco Ranch, Cinco Ranch Southwest (first two are connected to one another), and Cinco Ranch Northwest (which is northwest of Cinco Ranch Southwest. Pine Mill Ranch, Cardiff Ranch, and Churchill Farms are between the two).

cinco ranch map

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

Seven Meadows is a very established master planned community tucked within Cinco Ranch. Seven Meadows features the Meadowbrook Farms golf course, two playground, two swimming pools, tennis courts, and a clubhouse with fitness center. A community space popular among residents is the "Central Park". Many community events are held in this large green space. 


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

grand lake smap

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

WoodCreek Reserve is a 500-acre master-planned community in the city of Katy, Texas. The neighborhood has quickly become one of the most sought-after addresses in the West Houston area and includes an outstanding residential amenity package, exceptional Katy ISD schools and a convenient location.

Long before the idea of WoodCreek Reserve had ever been envisioned, nature was at work. The land, the bayou, and majestic oak trees were following the architecture of nature, creating what is now a pristine 100-acre nature reserve. Nestled in this heavily wooded nature reserve, WoodCreek Reserve is Katy's new master-planned community. WoodCreek Reserve is an artful orchestration of the beauty that nature created and an unprecedented residential amenity package. Crafted in a truly unique manner, every home site in WoodCreek Reserve is larger than average to give residents more space to call their own. Extensive care and thoughtful planning have gone into making WoodCreek Reserve an exquisite place to live. Past generations carefully preserved its beauty for your family and generations to come.

woodcreek reserve map

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

Preserving ample space for community and recreation, our goals were to celebrate and elevate the natural beauty of the area. This lush 12,000-acre park and trail system is one of Texas’ premier destinations for hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing and playing – allowing us to develop some of the best amenities you can find in the area. Come see how extraordinary it can be living here.

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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

Pomona is a beautiful master-planned community located off the Highway 288 corridor in Manvel. The 1,000-acre property features amenities such as parks, a porch clubhouse, pools and lakes. The heart of the community, the Mustang Bayou is more than 300 acres of open space, with serene natural wetlands and protective waters. This charming community bridges today’s modern lifestyle conveniences with a slower pace of life and a simpler, laid-back character. In Pomona, you can escape city life while still being connected to it all!

Pomona residents share a unique connection to the land and nature. The wide greenbelts, sloping hills and century-old oak trees along the banks of the bayou winding throughout Pomona provide a beautiful, natural area for the community to come together. This makes a perfect backdrop for what we call Camp Pomona in Manvel. With its state-of-the-art “exploration zone” playground, resort style pools with cabanas, catering kitchen, outdoor living and fire place, event lawn, and fitness center.


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

Two of my favorite villages include: Bees Creek and Waters Lake.

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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

These days, residents of Woodforest can be found biking along miles of scenic trails, dining and shopping at The Shops at Woodforest, relaxing by the pool, touring the community via golf cart, or hitting the links at the renowned Woodforest Golf Club. But before this picturesque small town was home to a thriving community, it was a dream. 

The award-winning developers of Johnson Development Corp. started with a vision. They imagined a new master-planned community with a small-town feel, one that would include first-rate amenities and stunning homes designed to suit the needs of residents at all stages of life. For the site of this project, they chose 3,000 acres of wooded terrain bordering the Woodforest Golf Club in South Montgomery County. They were determined to create an alluring retreat among the trees, preserving the natural beauty of the forested land in the area. 

Construction began in late 2007, and 2009 saw the completion of Fish Creek Thoroughfare, which now provides easy access to Woodforest and neighboring communities like The Woodlands and Conroe. Ever since, our small town has continued to experience growth and an influx of eager homebuyers. Year after year, Woodforest is listed among the nation’s 50 top-selling communities, and all it takes is one visit to understand why!


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

HOUSTON'S PREMIER, GATED, WATERFRONT, GOLF COMMUNITY.  Ideally located along 12.5 miles of Lake Conroe shoreline, our 1,400-acre master-planned community offers one of the most uniquely beautiful backdrops for living in the Houston area. Perfectly positioned between two breathtaking, protected natural environments – the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe and the 160,000-acre Sam Houston National Forest, Bentwater offers a lifestyle that is both relaxed and vibrant.

Residents enjoy a resort style life and the convenience of every "creature comfort" just minutes from Bentwater's 24-hour, manned entrance. Anchored by a stately Country Club that boasts 54-holes of championship golf, a 10,000 square foot Fitness Center, Day Spa, Racquet Club, Guest Villas, Yacht Club, Marina and the highly acclaimed, ultra private, all-green Grand Pines Golf Club. Residents and guests of Bentwater enjoy close proximity to world-class dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor recreation, health care and one of the nation's busiest international travel hubs, Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Bentwater's uniquely beautiful natural surroundings and exquisite offering of amenities have also established it as Lake Conroe's premier, waterfront wedding & special event venue.

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

When you first set eyes on the beautiful land that is Crown Ranch, you will know you are looking at something special. The vision was to create a place that would combine the freedom of owning your own acreage homesite with all the luxuries of a master designed neighborhood. That vision has come to life in Crown Ranch, one of the top gated communities in Houston.

At Crown Ranch, we are truly redefining acreage for all those looking for Houston land for sale.. You simply will not find any place else in the Greater Houston area like Crown Ranch. Nestled in the hill country of Montgomery County, Crown Ranch is a gated community in Houston that offers you a place where you can create the home of your dreams on a huge estate home site. And, Crown Ranch is situated next to the future site of Bluejack National Golf Course. Bluejack will be the first 18-hole golf course designed by Tiger Woods to open in the U.S. You will not have to sacrifice convenience or amenities when you live here. It is a truly unique place where luxury, comfort and leisure all come together and you can see your dream come to life.

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

Approximately 15 minutes from anywhere, Shadow Creek Ranch offers a particularly priceless amenity — time.

Shadow Creek Ranch is a 3,500-acre lake themed master planned community south of Houston in Pearland, Texas. The proximity of Shadow Creek Ranch to all of Houston's business, sports and entertainment venues places Shadow Creek Ranch firmly in the heart of everywhere you want to be.

But what's more, the scenic vistas of glistening lakes, the town square, parks, pools, and miles of hike and bike trails will place Shadow Creek Ranch firmly in the hearts of those who choose to call it home.

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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

Oakhurst at Kingwood is approximately 700 acres nestled in the forest on the west side of Highway 59. Its location offers residents exceptional convenience, with quick access to the highway and all of the outstanding shopping, dining, and recreation offered in Kingwood.

Oakhurst at Kingwood is home to the scenic Oakhurst Golf Course, a daily fee, 18-hole course known for its beauty and challenging play. Other amenities in the Oakhurst master plan include neighborhood parks, greenbelts and a central recreation center complete with a competition-size pool. Residents in Oakhurst enjoy close proximity to major medical, employment and retail centers in the surrounding area. Just 25 miles northeast of downtown, Oakhurst at Kingwood also offers its residents quick access to U.S. Highway 59 and the Sam Houston Tollway as well as Bush Intercontinental Airport, the Greenspoint Business Center and downtown.

Oakhurst at Kingwood was ranked as the #31 largest master-planned community in the nation for 2014.


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

"Handcrafted for Living" means putting the best parts of life at your fingertips. From parks, trails, playgrounds, pools and splash pads, to the fitness centers, tennis courts and two clubhouses, plus big-name retailers and exceptional restaurants right in the community – in other words, everything you could ever want out of life is here in Aliana!

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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

Escape to feel good living set amidst peaceful lakes, walking trails and stunning homes in a prime location in West Houston. Lakes of Bella Terra West® is smaller in size and bigger in imagination, offering a tight-knit community enriched by great schools and unique amenities. The idea is simple, we want you to love where you live.



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

Harvest Green is a masterfully planned community offering homes, schools, retail, parks, amenities and an on-site farm. Our future retail, restaurants and entertainment spaces, as well as schools and churches, will be easily accessible for residents via safe walking paths throughout the community. Click on the image to see a detailed map of Harvest Green's master plan.

2018 Master-Planned Community of the Year Top-Selling Community in the Nation Quality Planned Development

Harvest Green is a 1,300-acre master-planned community and agri-hood offering new homes for sale in Richmond, Texas. As the first Houston-area development centered on a community farm, and excited to have been voted "Master Planned Community of the Year" by the GHBA in 2018 and a Top-Selling Community in the Nation in 2019!

At our new homes in Richmond, just-picked produce is readily available, neighborhood gatherings give residents a chance to form friendships over casual wine dinners, and children gain an appreciation for the environment as they watch crops grow. Harvest Green shows you the difference between living and living well.

With a home in Harvest Green, you’ll be able to enjoy more than 30 acres of lakes and waterways, 280 acres of greenbelts and open space, 50 acres of parkland, and a walkable trail system at your fingertips. Bursting with resort-style amenities, like all other Johnson Development Corp. communities, our Fort Bend community is an open door to fun and relaxation for the entire family.

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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

D.R. Horton is the mind behind Long Meadow Farms. They are building in the legendary Long Meadow Farms community in Richmond, TX. Long Meadow Farms is a master-planned community situated along the Grand Parkway and only minutes from the Westpark Tollroad, providing an easy commute and variety of local entertainment. Long Meadow has been able to preserve the local pecan trees, lakes and ponds, situating the new homes within a natural environment. Plus, along with a variety of amenities a new resort-style pool, playground and pavilion is now open!

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

Lakes: Over 50 acres of lakes, at completion, will provide beautiful views and peaceful retreats for all of Lakes of Savannah's residents. Lakes of Savannah currently offers residents five completed lakes.

Swimming Pools: Lakes of Savannah has two swimming pools in the community; one competition-size and one resort-style. Both have playground areas and recreation center buildings with kitchen facilities and meeting space.

Park and Splash Pad: Lakes of Savannah residents also enjoy a park and splash pad. The 1.4-acre park overlooks one of the community’s lakes and features seating areas and scenic views.

Clubhouses: The community features two clubhouses available for use by Lakes of Savannah residents. They offer an outdoor covered recreation area, restrooms, a kitchen and meeting room. The clubhouse grounds are lushly landscaped, providing a resort-style atmosphere. The clubhouses are the perfect setting for birthday parties and social events!

Parks: Two centrally located parks offers children's play equipment. Smaller pocket parks are located within each village offering a variety of activities including a half-court basketball court, a soccer field, park benches, swings, and more. There is also a site for a 16.3 acre future City Park north of Savannah Lakes Elementary School.

Walking Trails: Ribbons of trails wind throughout Lakes of Savannah, providing a safe area for walking, running and biking. Par course exercise stations are located along some portions of the trails.

Green Areas: Lakes of Savannah offers all of the charm and beauty of the south, with it's lushly landscaped green areas, vine covered arbors and park benches. Small pocket parks are sprinkled throughout the community providing a serene retreat from daily life.

Lakes of Savannah is one of the Pearland area's finest new home communities by Friendswood Development Company.

This master-planned neighborhood with homes for sale in the Pearland, TX area offers all the lifestyle amenities Friendswood Development is known for: greenbelt trails, 14 sparkling lakes with more planned, pocket parks, lushly landscaped green reserves, and even two swimming pools and recreation centers.


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

An active life with room to roam is yours for the taking in Sterling Lakes.

Noted developer Land Tejas is expanding its community, pairing the beauty and convenience of the Highway 288 corridor with stylish homes set on properties up to half an acre.

Expanding at just the right time, with the recent completion of the new Meridiana Parkway overpass (CR 56), Sterling Lakes offers the security of a gated community, world-class amenities and the latest in home technology. Beyond the gates, families have access to well-regarded Alvin ISD schools, as well as major employers including the Texas Medical Center. Further explorations will uncover superb shopping, dining and recreational options all within easy reach of your beautiful Sterling Lakes home.

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

Today, the name Gleannloch Farms represents a modern master-planned community of nearly 3,200 homes, interwoven with miles of roads and sidewalks, a golf course, three recreation centers with pools and sports facilities, playgrounds, churches, schools, and businesses, but a little over 70 years ago, Gleannloch Farms was a very different place, a special place filled with a love of the open land and a great passion for exceptional and charismatic horses.

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

This is where it all comes together: The beautifully designed homes featuring every modern convenience, the inspiring surroundings you will enjoy, and the diverse people you will meet. Here, they combine with the best schools, schools that will challenge your young ones as they grow and learn. Beyond that, the city—thriving with culture, art, shopping, and dining. At the very center of it all, your master-planned community—the people and experiences that make Woodson’s Reserve different. This is what you’ll be a part of when you call Woodson’s Reserve home.

Experience Woodson’s Reserve community’s distinctive modern lifestyle with a truly convenient location on the Grand Parkway. Woodson’s Reserve offers a natural extension of big-city life. Our master-planned community strikes an effortless balance—where the purity of nature is at home with everything you love to see, do, and experience in Houston.

Woodson’s Reserve brings you miles of spacious, unspoiled nature in the form of trails, lakes, and other amenities. It brings you proximity to superior schools, excellent shopping, and a vibrant array of cultural events. Woodson’s Reserve brings you a relaxed atmosphere centered on nature and family. Woodson’s Reserve brings you home.

Woodson’s Reserve is built to provide true enjoyment, indoors and out. There’s something for everyone in the wide-open spaces, nature trails, and community-centered relaxation with entertainment areas. Challenge yourself at Woodson’s Club, a 9,000-square-foot facility featuring a 24-hour fitness center and resort-style pool. Revel in all that the outdoors has to offer. Here, life moves at your speed, and in your direction. All you have to do is get out there.
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

| 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

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.

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

The vibrancy of Telfair is testament to its focus on connectivity, education, culture, and its Sugar Land, Texas, location in southwest Houston, one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the US. Inspired by the city squares and classic architecture of the low country, the community is rich in architecture and detail. Signaled by several historically inspired suspension bridges, Telfair’s landscape and community architecture palette embraces fine details like wrought iron, brick detailing, and colorful azaleas.

Telfair’s active lifestyle comes to life through several 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. With an eye towards adaptive reuse, Newland donated the historic Central State Farm Prison building for the new home of the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.

Offering the last commercial sites in Sugar Land with freeway frontage, Telfair attracted prestigious, high‐profile users, including the Smart Financial Centre performing arts venue and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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%
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Located in the City of Sugar Land just 30 minutes outside of Houston Texas, New Territory is a master-planned community of 4,606 homes situated on 3,200 acres where magnificent old pecan groves and sugar cane fields once thrived.  Today, 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.  In addition, New Territory's on-site management team oversees all operations of the community.  All of this lends itself to a feeling of Small Town America.

One of the many advantages of living in New Territory is the abundance of amenities.  New Territory is a family-oriented and culturally diverse community, and offers high-quality recreational programs and facilities to enhance the lifestyle of residents.  A major focal point of the community is the 18,000 square foot Club facility which houses a full-size gymnasium, weight/fitness room, locker rooms, and meeting/multi-purpose rooms.  The Club also offers a beautiful swimming pool with cabana, a playground, eight lighted tennis courts, a Tennis Pro Shop, regulation sports fields, and beautiful landscaping to add the finishing touches to the Complex.  In addition to the Club, the community offers three other conveniently-located Recreation Centers, each with swimming pools, and two with lighted tennis courts.  The community also offers a Dog Park, and a large Sports Complex which is home to baseball/softball fields, nine soccer fields, a playground, and a large covered pavilion.  Pocket parks and playgrounds are also strategically located in several neighborhoods throughout the community.  In addition, another desirable amenity is the contracted private patrols by deputies from Precinct 4 of the Fort Bend County Constable's Office who supplement the standard patrols which are already provided and paid for by our city taxes.

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%
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Riverstone is located in the heart of thriving Fort Bend County, a popular area for folks relocating to Houston southwest of the upscale Galleria area. The Houston master-planned community's 3,800 acres calls for approximately 6,400 homes and 18,000 residents. The master plan includes homes with Missouri City and Sugar Land addresses with a mix of patio homes, production and custom homes located amidst luxury amenities, award-winning schools and a multitude of shopping options.

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%
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Each village of The Woodlands has my heart for different reasons. The two most recently developed villages are below. I also love Grogan's Mill and the enclave of East Shore, which can be found along the shores of Lake Woodlands.

Creekside Park | Village of The Woodlands - Newest Village of The Woodlands.

Sterling Ridge | Village of The Woodlands

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

Why Wildwood at Northpointe - 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%
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Located just off SH 249 in Tomball, Wildwood at NorthPointe residents benefit from a prime location, exceptional Tomball ISD schools, and an outstanding residential amenity package.

The final section of Wildwood at NorthPointe is coming soon. It will feature forty-one 75' Homesites in a gated section with limited lake view sites available. These homes will be exclusively Village Builders. 

wildwood at northpoint map

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 - $3250 / year
Price Point of the Homes - $1M - $4M
Tax Rate - 2.81% - 2.87%
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Lakehouse Lodge - A lakeside getaway, right in your own backyard. Entertain. Play. Or just hang out. The Lakehouse Lodge at Willowcreek Ranch provides rustic comfort, stunning views of our spectacular lake, a full kitchen and state-of-the-art fitness center. A wonderful place to gather with friends and neighbors, get fit, unwind, watch the sunset, or host an elegant event.

Parks and Green Spaces - Lots of Room & Spaces to Play In addition to wooded seclusion, Willowcreek Ranch features outstanding parks, lush greenbelts and acres of wide-open spaces. Ideal for kids of every age to get out and roam, run and play.

Hiking and Riding Trails - Yours to Explore. Willowcreek Ranch boasts more than 7 miles of riding trails as well as hiking and biking trails for those who like to "hoof it" themselves.  At Willowcreek Ranch, the great outdoors have never been greater.

Recreational Lake - Making a Splash Launch your kayak or canoe, picnic at the pavilion, take in a swim, or reel ‘em in from the private dock. Willowcreek Ranch’s sparkling 50-acre recreational lake, blanketed by a wooded naturescape, offers everything you need to live out your favorite water adventure.

The Stables at Willowcreek Ranch - The ride of your lifestyle. At Willowcreek Ranch, horses are people too, which is why we allow residents who live on 2+ acre home sites to have horses and stables on your property.  We’re also excited to offer home owners access to our newest amenity: The Stables. The Stables is a state-of-the-art equestrian center featuring a covered riding arena, beautiful stalls, tack rooms, large turnouts and riding trails. The Stables also offers full service boarding, lessons, trail rides, activities and more! Your treasured horses have room to roam – right around the corner from your home.

willowcreek ranch map

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

woodtrace map

woodtrace central park

Phew, so yes, those are the most popular master planned communities within commuting distance to Houston, Texas. If you have any questions, please reach out to us, and feel free to scroll down, where you will find some links we think you might find beneficial, along with the link to our YouTube channel. :)

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

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