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Katy, Texas

Katy is located about 25 miles west of downtown Houston on the Interstate 10 Energy Corridor. Katy is the hub of three counties: Harris County, Fort Bend County and Waller County. Living in Katy offers a small town atmosphere with the advantages of a major city nearby. The Greater Katy area encompasses over 180 miles with area population in excess of 155,000. Population within "old" Katy city limits is also on the increase at over 11,000 while regional population is over 1 million. Access to the Interstate 10 corridor, Grand Parkway and the Beltway 8 are easily accessible and only minutes from any part in which you may choose to work, shop or play

Population: 169513 - 01/01/2004

Katy has been experiencing a thriving economy and enormous growth during the past 8 years. Master planned communities and new schools in the award winning Katy Independent School District are some of the features that attract families to Katy. The area is serviced by two major transportation thoroughfares (I-10 and the Grand Parkway). These major North/South and East/West arteries combined with proximity to Houston MSA, nearby port access, and two major air transportation facilities provide outstanding national and international connectivity for the Katy area.

In addition Katy is surrounded by great restaurants, shops, churches and the new Katy Mills mall. Katy Mills is a 1.6 million - square foot mall featuring 200 stores, theme restaurants and new anchor shopping areas now being built. In addition Katy also has 2 multi-screen movie theaters.

A highlight of the Katy community is the annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival held every October. The festival really demonstrates small town America with its craft booths, carnival and local entertainment for family enjoyment.

The Katy Independent School District is approximately 16 miles west of downtown Houston and extends beyond the city of Katy, encompassing 181 square miles north and south of I-10. There are over 25,000 enrolled students, 15 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 3 high schools in Katy Independent School District. The facilities and equipment are some of the best in the state. Programs available include Community Education, Summer Programs, Gifted and Talented Programs, Vocational Education, Vocational Agriculture, Special Education, Athletics/Physical Education and Alternative Education.

Katy has an excellent school district, many different denominations of churches, parks, recreational facilities, and commercial development. With wide spread residential development, you have a large selection throughout the community to live in a safe and secure neighborhood. The Katy Independent School District is considered to be among the top academic systems in Texas. KISD spans three counties including Fort Bend, Harris & Waller Counties.

Recent Projects

Houston-based Igloo Products Corp. is consolidating distribution operations into one facility in the Katy area. More than 1,300 employees will work at the site. [Houston Business Journal] Hines is developing a mixed-use lifestyle center in Katy at the northeast corner of Pin Oak Road and Interstate-10 across from the Katy Mills Mall. The upscale, pedestrian-friendly 93-acre development will include a mix of components such as: office, retail, hotel, residential and medical buildings. [Hines] Memorial Hermann announced plans to build a new facility for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital at Grand Parkway and I-10. [Houston Business Journal] Christus St. Catherine Hospital has broken ground on a new $12 million, 80,000 square-foot medical office building and outpatient surgery center in Katy. [Houston Business Journal]

The concept of Canyon Gate communities is a synergy of prime location, resort-style amenities, homes equipped with the latest technology. Combine that with home prices ranging from the low $100's to the $300's, and the result is a phenomenon of residential planning.

Today, Canyon Gate communities have become home to more than 6,000 residents, and the original gated concept has been expanded to include non-gated villages, golf-course neighborhoods, and lakeside enclaves. Their wide appeal touches families just starting out, busy professionals, and the fast-growing retirement market.

Grand Lakes

Wood Creek Reserve, the new 550-acre community at I-10 West and FM 1463 in Katy, features a surprisingly wooded environment, with over 160 acres devoted to nature parks and other recreational amenities. "More than 1/3 of the community is dedicated to nature and recreation," according Troy Maxwell, president of Wood Creek Reserve Development Company. The recreation center and pool are now complete and will open to residents this spring.

A beach in West Houston? Only a community with big ideas could offer its residents their own Beach Club, complete with crystal-clear water and a white sand beach. As great as it is, the Beach Club is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to the full lineup of Cinco Ranch amenities. The West Houston community also offers championship golf, a wooded Bayou Nature Trail, The Water Park, and much, much more.

You can break for a mini-vacation at the Cinco Ranch Beach Club, or hit the links at the Golf Club at Cinco Ranch, an 18-hole championship course. You can get soaked (in a good way) at our Water Park, or connect with nature on the Bayou Nature Trail, preserving nearly 70 acres of wooded habitat.

Cinco Ranch's master plan devotes hundreds of acres to recreational amenities, including seven major neighborhood recreation centers offering swimming, tennis, basketball, sports fields and more. All Cinco Ranch neighborhoods and amenities are connected by inviting greenbelt trails, which are popular spots for jogging, biking and rollerblading.

Cinco Ranch's fun factor includes much more than our recreational facilities. Our strong community spirit has fostered numerous sports leagues, clubs and activity groups, so you'll always find plenty of fellow enthusiasts to share your interests with. And should you ever want to leave Cinco Ranch, the nation's largest urban park system begins just outside our boundary.

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