Prior to 1990, Katy, Texas was a rural town most noted for agricultural endeavors such as farming and ranching and as a haven for waterfowl during the duck and goose hunting seasons. It was named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (now a part of the Union Pacific Railroad) that runs through town.
The desirability of the more rural lifestyle coupled with the western growth of Houston along with the short commute to Katy provided by Interstate 10 prompted significant growth of residential neighborhoods in the 1970’s which saw the development of of Nottingham Country as well as other residential communities serving the needs of people working in the employment centers in west Houston. As access improved with the completion and/or extension of traffic arteries and roadways, the pace of residential development increased. Shopping, entertainment and other commercial development naturally followed the population growth.
Quite predictably, by the late 1980’s, the area had gained the attention of developers of major master planned communities. Notable among those was Newland Communities with its’ Cinco Ranch community and Trendmaker Development with its’ Green Trails neighborhoods. As the demand for homes with the continuing westward expansion of the Houston metropolitan area, development increased substantially. Even with the fast pace of land acquisition and residential development since that time, it has been difficult to supply to meet demand for homes during the 1990’s and throughout the first decade of the new millennium and beyond. The demand for Katy & Fort Bend County Homes in general has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Although the incorporated City of Katy a relative small portion of the market area with only about 12,000 residents within the city limits, the “Katy Area” has grown into a major metro area of over 250,000 people. Similar growth has been experienced in the more southerly portions of Fort Bend County with incredible growth through Sugar Land and Missouri City and extending southwest to beyond Richmond and the Rosenburg areas. Outstanding choices of neighborhoods, homes and real estate are currently available throughout all of Fort Bend County. Major master planned communities have been developed throughout the Hwy 59 corridor and include, New Territory, First Colony, Riverstone, Sienna Plantation, Telfair, River Park and River Park West. Along the Westpark Tollway further to the north and abutting Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas are Lakemont and Grand Mission as well as numerous other residential and mixed use developments. Along the Grand Parkway (connecting I-10 on the north to Hwy 59 0n the south) are master planned communities such as Waterview, Long Meadow Farms and Aliana.
Following the growth of those “rooftops” have come businesses, shopping centers, malls, restaurants, office buildings, hospitals and medical centers, auto dealerships and almost any other imaginable product or service. With the maturing of these areas, many residents find it almost unnecessary to leave their neighborhood and immediately surrounding area and venture into Houston. Are residents can find almost any product or service virtually right at their doorsteps.
Whatever your specific requirements of a home and whatever employment center your work takes you to, it is highly likely that you will find just the right neighborhood and just the right home in Fort Bend County. Whether you choose the Katy area, Sugar Land, Missouri City, If you need office space, retail space, land or buldings for manufacturing or research facilities, that to is available in abundance throughout this dynamic area.