Katy Real Estate market provides a diverse selection of homes ranging from older single family homes to upscale master planned communities with large estate homes, custom homes and ranch properties. The most well known master planned community in Katy is Cinco Ranch which still continues to grow and Woodcreek Reserve. The city of Katy has grown into a sophisticated suburb approximately 25 miles west of downtown Houston. The highly regarded Katy Independent School District (KISD) serves as the consequence of the population growth. Katy Independent School District features a student population of over 60,000 students. Several Schools are the recipient of the National Recognition Award for Elementary Education. There are also higher institutions of education which include the Houston Community College/Northwest and The University Of Houston System at Cinco Ranch.
Katy is a colorful and affluent community located just 30 minutes due west of Houston, well known for its Southern hospitality and Texas charm. Katy represents a nice way to enjoy a safe, friendly family environment while still being close enough to the big city to enjoy the cultural diversity, entertainment, and business opportunities that go along with it.
Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the “K-T Railroad”, now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commemorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.The railroad had been built through the community by the end of 1893. Katy incorporated in 1945.
Katy is historically an agricultural area with rice as the major crop and soybeans having been added as an alternate crop in the late 1950’s. The Katy area has been the site of one of the United States’ largest gas fields since the early forties, which has been a great benefit to the economy of the area. Most recently the development of industrial sites, both east and west of Katy, have added more growth to this thriving economy.
Despite a robust and expanding economy, Katy remains affordable. Housing in Katy ranges from apartments and condominiums to large estate homes with acreage to enjoy and maintain horses – and others with championship golf courses as their backyard. Subdivisions abound with tennis courts, swimming pools, and endless amenities for their residents. With a modest cost of living and a well-paid workforce, Katy makes good economic sense for most people considering relocation. Combine local economics with a small, close-knit atmosphere and you’ve got a wonderful choice for raising a family. Housing prices being what they are, even a young family can find a starter home.
Katy ISD is a flourishing suburban school district that encompasses 181 square miles in east Texas. Its eastern boundaries stretch to Houston’s energy corridor approximately 16 miles west of downtown Houston and extend along Interstate 10 to a few miles west of the city of Katy. In the 2005-06 school year, the projected student enrollment has grown to more than 47,000 served by 44 schools including six high schools. Rated academically acceptable by the Texas Education Agency, Katy ISD offers an outstanding instructional program with facilities, equipment and materials that are among the best in the state. There is a very low student-to-teacher ratio throughout the classrooms. This, along with a supportive community, contributes to the outstanding test results achieved by the students.
Katy also has campuses of Lone Star College –CyFair, The University of Houston at CInco Ranch and Houston Community College.
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Katy offers a wide variety of restaurant choices. In addition, there are many cafes and outdoor coffeehouses to enjoy. Katy also has numerous retail stores and several shopping malls including Katy Mills, the popular mall which is a 1.3 million-square-foot market dominant retail and entertainment destination. Katy Mills features 200 of the best names in manufacturers’ and retail outlets, off price retailers and unique specialty stores, the Katy Field Day Food Court, various themed restaurants, a 20 screen, state of the art, movie theater and several high-quality, family-oriented entertainment venues.