Cinco Ranch #3 Top Selling Neighborhood in the Nation!

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That figure was enough to put Cinco Ranch third nationally. 

“We are very pleased and excited to be No. 1 in Texas and No. 3 in the nation,” said Heather Gustafson, Cinco Ranch Director of Marketing. “We have great schools, great amenities, great roadway links and a variety of homes for different needs.”

Cinco Ranch is due to complete development in 2017.  By then, the neighborhood is expected to number 15,000 homes and have new water slides, tennis courts and additional playgrounds.

 Here are the developments in the Houston area that made the list:

 3. Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX.

6. Riverstone, Houston, TX.

8. The Woodlands, Houston, TX.

13. Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshear, TX.

15. Aliana, Houston, TX.

16. Woodforest, Montgomery, TX.

17. Sienna Plantation, Houston, TX.

18. CanyonLakes West, Cypress, TX.

To tour these outstanding neighborhoods, call me at 713-818-2404 or email me at [email protected]. I have sold Houston real estate for over 24 years and would love to share my expertise with you. Experience does count!



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Bridgeland Master-Planned Community Recognized for its Outstanding Quality of Life


Bridgeland has been named as a “Quality Planned Development” by the West Houston Association in recognition of its successful efforts to build innovative neighborhoods that set the standard for future area development. 

The Cypress community was one of the first seven projects to receive the designation, which was developed to stem hastily conceived residential and retail development that can occur with the explosive population growth expected in West Houston. 

“These Quality Planned Developments exemplify the type of outstanding development we want to see continue in West Houston,” said Roger Hord, president and CEO of the 33-year-old organization. “These projects each have exacting standards for park space, landscaping, signage, sidewalks, parking and other elements that support superior, sustainable development. This type of development is a valuable asset for the entire region.” 

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Newsweek Magazine Ranks Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch High Schools in Top Third in Nation

Once again, two Katy Independent School District high schools, Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch, have garnered the distinguished honor of being ranked in the top third of 1,000 U.S. public high schools by Newseek Magazine.

More than 2,300 schools participated. The top 1,000 schools ranked based on six criteria that emphasized quality of education and effectivenss in turning out college ready graduates. Criteria included graduation and college matriculation rates, average SAT/ACT scores, the number of Advanced Placement courses offered per student and scores on AP tests and other exams.

Seven Lakes ranked #277 on the list and Cinco Ranch was #354.

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Firethorne’s New Elementary Featured on YouTube

With Katy ISD’s newest elementary school opening Aug. 27 with 722 students, Principal Kelly Ricks knew she wanted to introduce the K-5 grade students to their new school and new teachers in a fun, approachable way.  So, she, along with the teachers and staff and the school’s namesakes, Ray and Jamie Wolman, created a lip dub video to the Katy Perry song, “Firework.”  To date, there are 3,131 views on the YouTube link!  

Wolman is home of The Explorers (school mascot) in red, silver and black.  This is the first school to open within the 1,400-acre Firethorne  master-planned community in Katy/Fulshear.

Ms. Ricks, who is a prized Katy-based educator and administrator, says this assignments marks “a highlight of her career to start a school from the ground up.”  Her talents and achievements in primary school education are recognized statewide by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as well as nationally with a prestigious National Blue Ribbon nomination this year.

She is immediate past principal of Katy ISD’s Diane Winborn Elementary, a TEA Exemplary School also recognized multiple years by the Texas Business and Education Coalition, Texas Monthly and the Houston Chronicle, and one of 26 schools in the state nominated by the Texas Education Agency for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award.  Her former school was one of only 13 Blue Ribbon nominees in Texas to be designated “High Performing” schools in 2012. 

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Katy’s Firethorne Announces New Homebuilder

Firethorne Announces New Builder

M/I Homes is the newest homebuilder to join the builder team at Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-designed residential community located in Katy/Fulshear.   The builder’s 60-foot lot model home will be constructed in the new Firethorne West Model Park.  Firethorne is situated 10 and 15 miles west of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus and Houston’s Energy Corridor, respectively.

M/I Homes’ one- and two-story homes, available in brick, stone and stucco exterior elevations, will range from 2,000 to 3,400 square feet and priced from the $220,000s. The builder’s signature features include soaring windows, rotundas, structural and designer options and a 30-year transferable structural warranty.

“We hand-select each of our builders based upon their high standards for design, quality, customer satisfaction and reputation,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Currently completing the Firethorne builder team are: Ashton Woods Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Firethorne, located in the top-ranked Katy Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style swim center, new competitive swim center, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. 

To tour Firethorne, visiting both new construction and resale homes, call me at 713-818-2404. I have sold Katy real estate for over 22 years and would be delighted to hear from you!

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Katy Independent School District Calls for November Bond Election

KISD Calls for Bond ElectionKaty’s Independent School District’s Board of Trustees have accepted a bond package recommendation by the School Facility Referendum Planning Task Force and called for a November 2nd bond election. The $459.7 million 2010 bond package was first presented to the board on July 12.

The authorization of the bond package would fund the building of new schools including three elementary, one junior high and one high school. Funds are also set aside for other capital project expenditures such as new buses, portable classroom buildings, land for future schools and costs associated with selling bonds. Substantial money will also be spent on upgrading technology and renovating existing schools and facilities.

With the $459 million authorization, it is projected that the tax rate will stay the same for the next two years, then increase by $.01 in 2012, and another $.03 for the 2013 and 2014 tax years. After 2014, the tax rate will begin to decrease.

For up-to-date detailed information about the 2010 Bond Referendum, visit Katy ISD’s “2010 Bond Referendum” page.

To tour homes in KISD, contact me via email or call me at 713-818-2404. I have sold Katy real estate for over 21 years and would love to share my expertise with you. Experience does matter!

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“Newsweek” School Rankings: Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch Flip Positions

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In the annual Newsweek Magazine rankings of high schools nationwide, four Katy high schools, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Taylor and Katy, again scored high enough to make the list’s top high schools. Last year Seven Lakes scored a bit higher than Cinco Ranch but, this year, the table’s have turned and Cinco out ranked Seven Lakes.

The standards for selecting schools include the number of Advanced Placement students, and International Baccalaureate and Cambridge test scores as compared to the number of graduates.

Approximately 1600 schools made the list; of that number only 6% are public schools. Out of the 1600 schools, following are the Katy rankings: Cinco Ranch–478; Seven Lakes–689; Taylor–982; and, Katy–1387.

In comparison, last year’s scores were: Seven Lakes–403; Cinco–458; Taylor–1067; and, Katy–1458.

To tour homes districted to a specific school, just contact me. To search all the houses currently on the market in Katy/Houston see Home Search. I have sold Katy real estate for over 20 years and would be pleased to work together.

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Katy ISD Redistricts Southside High Schools

KISD Redistricts High Schools

Article courtesy of KISD website:

On Monday, February 22, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation to modify the attendance boundaries for Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Taylor High Schools. Only the neighborhoods listed below are impacted by this Attendance Boundary Modification.

Grandfathering and Volunteer Enrollment Option

Under the recommendation approved by the Board, all current high school students are grandfathered to stay at their current campus through graduation. In addition, the Board approved a recommendation to provide families impacted by the Attendance Boundary Modification a one-time Volunteer Enrollment Option (VEO), which would allow those students grandfathered to remain at their current high school to instead choose to move to the new high school. See the Volunteer Enrollment Option webpage for more information.

Note: Students who are currently enrolled in high school this year are grandfathered to continue at their current school for the remainder of their high school career. No action is required to continue enrollment at the current school.

Sibling Transfers

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7th Annual Katy Preschool Fair Coming This Weekend

7th Annual Preschool Fair Katy TX Katy moms are you looking for a preschool or mother’s day  out program that is up to your standards? The MOMS Club of  Katy–SE. TX has your solution!

They are sponsoring their 7th Annual Katy Preschool Fair on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. The event will be held at Crosspoint Community Church located at 700 S. Westgreen.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with several preschools at once. Bring your questions and compare the answers you get from those you interview. With this information you will be able to make an informed decision.

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Katy Schools Honored by Newsweek Magazine

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For the 20 years I’ve sold Katy real estate, I’ve always thought that what draws home buyers to Katy are our exemplary schools. This is what keeps our property values high even when faced with a national real estate crises.

Now, Newsweek Magazine, yes– that national weekly has ranked four Katy high schools among the best in the nation!

This is phenomenal! Four of our local high schools ranked in the top 1500, equating to top 6%, of the approximately 27,000 public high schools in the nation. Not only is this a terrific accomplishment for each campus but it reflects the outstanding standards of the Katy Independent School District.

Seven Lakes High, (pictured above), garnered the highest ranking coming in at #403. Cinco Ranch High came in at #458. Taylor High was #1,067 and Katy High came in at #1,458.

Each year, Newsweek Magazine ranks public schools based on the number of students who take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests divided by the number of graduating seniors. According to Newsweek Magazine researchers, to make the list each school must have an index of at least 1.000; this means the school has as many tests as graduates.

For a detailed explanation on how the rankings were calculated, read the article in full.

For information about Katy area homes, you can search the entire Houston MLS from this blog. For questions or to tour any area homes, contact me directly at 713-818-2404.I have specialized in Katy real estate for over 20 years. Experience does count!

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