Here are the top 14 places to live in Houston — whether you’re looking for a home nestled in the woods or one that is within walking distance to eclectic shopping and dining, you’ll be able to find it in one of these much-loved developments.
And the good news? They are all part of the Johnson Development family of communities. Take a look at which community might best suit your family:
Cross Creek Ranch
Nature lovers, bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts have a place in Fulshear’s Cross Creek Ranch; actually, they have many places! Exploring Flewellen Creek, watching wildlife at the Polishing Pond and hiking or biking miles of trails bordered by wildflowers, trees and sustainable landscaping — all are possible in Cross Creek Ranch. Amenities such as Adventure Island water park, Arbor Park sports complex, Canine Commons, a 6,000-square-foot fitness center, on-site cafe and soon, Greenthread Park, add to the development’s many entertainment options. Homes are priced from the $220,000s.
Edgewater is centrally located in Houston’s Bay Area, where people from all over go for entertainment and water-related activities. Situated along Clear Creek, Edgewater offers 35 acres of natural parks and wetlands. Space Center Houston is just down the road, as is the Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston Bay and Interstate 45. Homes are priced from the $270,000s.
Fall Creek in Humble is a hole-in-one for golf enthusiasts who only want a long drive on the course. The community surrounds the esteemed Golf Club of Houston, which offers two challenging courses and is home to the Shell Houston Open. And, because Fall Creek is located inside Beltway 8 near U.S. 59, downtown Houston and other work and entertainment corridors are only minutes away. Home prices begin in the $230,000s.
Grand Central Park
Just off Interstate 45 five miles north of The Woodlands is Grand Central Park, a wooded expanse of trails, lakes and green space. This natural splendor is complemented by a master plan that contains on-site shopping, dining and employment giving residents the best of both worlds. Coming soon is a Kroger Signature grocery store, HomeGoods, Ross, Michaels and other conveniences in 336 Marketplace, under construction now. Homes are priced from the $290,000s.
Homebuyers tune in to Harmony in Spring when location and lifestyle matter. The Grand Parkway is at Harmony’s front door, offering easy access to points throughout the Houston area. Within Harmony, an on-site lifestyle director keeps residents busy at the community’s pools, parks, fitness center and other amenities. Home pricing starts in the $230,000s.
Located in Richmond, Harvest Green is Houston’s first farm-centric community. Residents get their hands dirty at the on-site Village Farm, where they participate in special events and can lease plots of land to grow their own produce. An on-site lifestyle director also plans events at The Farmhouse — a pool complex that includes a fitness center, splash pad and amphitheater. Edible plants and local artwork adorn the Harvest Green landscape, giving this one-of-a-kind community a unique flavor. Homes are priced from the $240,000s.
Watch a baseball game, take the little ones to the children’s museum, shop ripe tomatoes for a Caprese salad and, soon, maybe even have a date night at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema — Imperial residents can do it all without getting in the car. Located at the site of the former Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar Land, Imperial retains many of the original buildings, including the three-bay warehouse, silos and the historic Char House. Pricing on homes begin in the $420,000s.
Fulshear’s Jordan Ranch, one of the area’s early homesteads and for decades an active farm, is now home to families seeking a tranquil lifestyle while still being near shopping, dining and employment. Abundant open areas give children plenty of places to play outside and a planned amenity center with a pool, lazy river and splash pad offers inviting ways to beat the summer heat. When you do have to leave the community, Interstate 10 is just one mile to the north. Homes are priced from the $230,000s.
For years Houston’s top-selling master-planned community, Riverstone has that must-have mix of high-performing schools, world-class amenities, beautiful homes and a Sugar Land address. Waterways meander throughout the 3,700-acre development and a trail system connects homes to The Club at Riverstone, Central Park and the soon-to-open Wetlands Park. An on-site lifestyle director keeps residents busy with a packed events calendar. Home pricing starts in the $330,000s.
For 20 years, the phrase "Live Well, Play Hard, Have Fun" has perfectly summarized life in Sienna Plantation. The community is known for over-the-top water parks, the 160-acre Camp Sienna sports complex, Sienna Stables, a magnificent 18-hole golf course, elaborate fitness center, 100+ acres of parks — and there are more amenities on the way. An entire team of event planners keeps a full calendar of resident activities throughout the year. Students attend five on-site Fort Bend ISD schools, with another elementary opening in August and a 2nd on-site middle school opening in 2018. Residents enjoy the advantage of Fort Bend Tollway, offering non-stop access from Sienna Parkway to Loop 610. Homes start in the $280,000s.
Tuscan Lakes may be located in League City, but the development’s landscaping and architecture have residents feeling like they are living an ocean away in Italy. A generous array of amenities — soon to grow with the opening of Nicola Park’s second phase — ensures families have fun year-round. And those looking for more entertainment will find Johnson Space Center and Clear Lake just around the corner. Homes are priced from the $200,000s.
Veranda once was part of a league of land owned by the Mother of Texas, Jane Long. But today, Veranda is a well-located Richmond enclave near U.S. 59 and the Grand Parkway, offering residents quick access to shopping and entertainment in Sugar Land and beyond. Streams, greenways and meandering trails create a peaceful landscape within this newest community of Johnson Development, and a pool, playground, recreation center and other amenities offer neighborly fun. Home prices start in the $200,000s.
Willow Creek Farms
Willow Creek Farms resonates with quiet country charm — perfect for families who want an idyllic small-town lifestyle without sacrificing proximity to shopping, dining and more in nearby Katy. But residents can have plenty of fun without leaving Willow Creek Farms, which features a pool and splash pad, park and walking trails. Homes are priced from the $190,000s.
Tucked under the trees and surrounding one of the state’s most acclaimed golf courses, Woodforest delivers an exceptional lifestyle for the discerning homeowner. A growing slate of amenities — including a new fitness pool — keeps everyone entertained, from the little ones at the Forest Island resort pool or Lily Pad splash park to mom and dad on the tennis courts to even the family Fido at Admiral Bark Park. Preschools, an elementary, the Church at Woodforest and a CVS Pharmacy also are open in the community, which is located in South Montgomery County just north of The Woodlands. Homes start in the $200,000s.