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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Katy, TX

February 15, 2023
Group of friends around an outdoor fire pit at sunset enjoying wine and beer

Welcome to Katy! This is where you can find the best of both worlds – the charm of a small town with all the conveniences of a big city. Located just 30 miles west of Houston, Katy has something for everyone. Enjoy spectacular shopping, trendy restaurants, close-knit community, and a rich history. It’s a great place to plant your roots and create lasting memories.

Let’s explore the top 5 reasons Katy is one of the best places to call home.

Beautiful Neighborhoods & Strong Sense of Community

Kitchen and living area in a Brookfield Residential home at Elyson in Katy TX

Brookfield Residential has proudly debuted brand new homes at Elyson in Katy. These single-family homes range from 1,787 to 2,963 square feet with up to 5 bedrooms and have been expertly designed for the way families live today. They feature spacious primary bedrooms, chef-inspired kitchens, flexible spaces for whatever you need, and plenty of storage.

Elyson is where home extends well past your front door. It’s fresh and friendly with amenities and activities that bring neighbors together and create lasting friendships. Whether you’re in the mood for a refreshing smoothie by the resort-style pool or an invigorating walk on the trails, there’s always something to do.

Woman lounging poolside with snacks and a magazine at Elyson by Brookfield Residential in Katy TX

Head over to Elyson House, home to a fitness center, game room, and full-service restaurant. Looking for some space? Check out the Event Lawn where you can run, kick a ball, see a concert, or enjoy a community movie night.

Lakeside Landing is the next big (and we mean big) amenity planned for Elyson and scheduled to open in 2023. This recreation center will have everything from two swimming pools and indoor/outdoor fitness centers, to space for special events and other activities. Spread out along the shore of a 31-acre lake – it will be the perfect spot to gather under the covered pavilion, sit under a shaded cabana, relax near the serenity pond, or grab a bite at food truck night.

The city of Katy is just as vibrant with year-round community events that engage all age groups and abilities to get out, get active, and have fun. Enjoy one of the campouts in the park, the Howl-O-Week dog costume contest, the Vintage Carnival, and Katy Market Day. Held every third Saturday of the month from March to November, Katy Market Day themed events are fun for the whole family. Explore booths of arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, local produce, and much more.

Excellent Education

Kids running with backpacks in front of a school

At Elyson, our school-age residents get a quality education at an impressive selection of schools, thanks to the fact that we are zoned for Katy ISD – the #1-rated school district in the Houston area.

An established, state-of-the-art, multi-school campus is just down the road, and an elementary school is in our community, making it easy to get a top-notch education. A brand-new STEM-focused public charter school recently opened and there are even more schools opening near Elyson in the coming school years.

Small-Town Charm with Large City Conveniences

Iconic You'll Love Katy mural in Katy TX

Katy is the type of place where good neighbors become great friends, where people are invested in their community, and feel safe. But small-town charm can mean there isn’t much to enjoy. Not true in Katy! Head to the Katy Mills Mall where you can shop at over 175 stores, watch a movie at AMC Theatres, let the kids play at the Disney Junior Play Zone, grab a bite to eat, or play some games at Tilt Studio.

The newly renovated Historic Downtown Plaza is surrounded by fun things to do. Whether you’re looking to do a bit of shopping, have a picnic on the green space, or catching one of the events on the Plaza, it’s a great way to enjoy Katy’s small-town charm.

Blending uptown style and old town charm, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch offers upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment in a Main Street-style setting. It’s more than just your average mall, it’s the ultimate shopping, dining, and entertainment lifestyle center. Enjoy wine or beer as you shop, bring along your pooch, challenge your friends to one of the yard games, watch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater with in-house bar and dining, or take in a show at the outdoor stage at Central Green.

Even more amenities are planned at Katy Boardwalk District. This lakefront destination will feature mixed-use developments including retail, dining, office, and entertainment space. There will also be a variety of trails perfect for lakefront walking or jogging.

Rich in Traditions & Heritage

Red caboose at the MKT Railroad Musem and Depot in Katy TX

Katy celebrates its history and traditions while maintaining a distinctly-Texas attitude. There are fun events you can enjoy year-round and historical places to tour to learn about the city’s rich heritage.

The Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo is a proud tradition and one of the most historic events since 1943. The event supports the FFA students while providing entertainment like a parade, livestock show, auction, carinal, bull-riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, calf roping, calf scramble, and mutton busting.

Learn about life for the pioneers of early Texas at the annual Folk Life Festival. See, hear, and smell black powder rifles and cannons booming, campfires burning, pottery wheels turning, the aroma of corn cakes, and open-fire cooking.

If you miss the Folk Life Festival, don’t worry! Head over to the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum where you can view vintage farming equipment, photographs, and artifacts from Katy’s agricultural and pioneering history.

Celebrate Katy’s history of rice farming at the annual Katy Rice Festival. This 3-day event features live music, food trucks, a carnival, art & craft vendors, and a rice cooking competition. It’s fun for the whole family!

The Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad Depot Museum and Caboose is considered to be the most iconic landmark in Katy. You can view many of the original elements of the depot and learn how it operated. Make sure to take your photo at the Heritage Society’s red caboose!

Wide Variety of Things to Do

Katy water tower at sunset

Whether you’re looking for family fun, activities for the adults, or simply want to explore, you can do it all in Katy.

Head Downtown to visit the historic Katy shops and antiques. You can spend hours browsing the impressive and unique collections. Visit KT Antiques where they welcome shoppers with their nostalgic soda fountain and free cookies, then head to Limited Edition Arts and Antiques known for their art-deco prints and extensive movie memorabilia. Historians will love Southern Historical Antiques for its unique variety of Historical items both Military and Civilian.

Katy War Veterans Memorial Museum, or “The G.I. Joe Museum,” is a first-class military exhibit of historical significance encompassing every foreign conflict involving the United States. View memorabilia from as early as World War I and take some time to explore the photos and interview videos with veterans.

For summer fun, Typhoon Texas is a must! Experience the thrills of waterslides, floating on the lazy river, live entertainment at the Texas-sized wave pool, and real Texas BBQ smoked daily.

Dig World is a fun, construction adventure theme park where kids and adults can operate real construction equipment. Hop on the full-size Caterpillar Mini-Excavators, Skid Steers, UTVs and more!

A must-visit on any golfer’s list is PopStroke, Tiger Woods’ golf entertainment venture, that merges a technologically-advanced golf environment with food and beverage. But it’s not just golfers that will enjoy their visit – PopStroke introduces a wider audience to the game of golf with unique putting experiences designed for all ages and abilities. Enjoy some friendly competition and exceptional dining all in one fun location.

If you want to connect with nature and have some fun, head over to Mary Jo Peckham Park. The property surrounds a beautiful, stocked fishing pond with walking trails and the kids love the playground with free putt-putt golf.

Katy Asian Town is the perfect place for foodies as you can explore a diverse and multi-cultural dining and shopping experience. Shop for a variety of Asian ingredients at H Mart, embark on a mini food tour, and satisfy your sweet tooth with cream puffs and bubble waffles. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

When you’re ready to relax with a cold beverage, No Label Brewing Co. is the place to go. One of the Houston area’s first breweries, No Label offers a variety of craft beers 7 days a week in an energetic, kid- and pet-friendly setting in an old rice silo.

Liquor bottles from MKT Distillery in Katy TX

Head over to MKT Distillery if you’re looking to enjoy some locally crafted spirits. They’re the first distillery in Old Town Katy and located in the well-known historic rice dryers. Bring the family and pets, enjoy a good drink, and snack on the delicious food from the local food trucks.

Find the Best Place to Call Home in Katy

When you’re ready to enjoy small-town charm with big-city conveniences, a city rich in traditions and heritage, and a wide variety of things to do, it’s time to head to Katy, TX. Explore where we build and contact us when you’re ready to learn more! We’ll be expecting you!