The West Houston suburb of Katy has become a community known for fast growth, a premier school district, high paying jobs, and master-planned communities. However, before the growth, the nationally renowned Katy ISD, the executive level jobs, and master-planned communities, Katy was just a small rice town, with a railroad stop and a state renowned football team. That section of the city is now known as Old Town Katy.
Most people think of grand communities like Cinco Ranch, Firethorne, Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch, and Pine Mill Ranch when they think of Katy. However, the heart of everything is still Old Town Katy.
What defines Old Town Katy and Old Town Katy Homes?
There are hundreds of losing translations for what makes up Old Town Katy. Some people view Old Town Katy as a collection of charming shops and businesses that occupy cottages and old buildings between roughly Avenue A and Avenue D. They view Old Town Katy only as homes within the Katy ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction). Some people view Old Town Katy as any home zoned to Katy High School. Holes can be poked in each of these arguments and strong points can be made for each. Instead, we will be focusing on what makes the spirit of Old Town Katy special.
However, what defines Old Town Katy most to the residents may be the small town or country feel. While other sections of Katy have become fashionable and more modern, Old Town Katy has become more comfortable and neighborly. The mature trees, the cottage homes, the classic shops, and the restaurants only build on to the relaxing feel of the beautiful community.
Old Town Katy is Home to a Very Special Football Team
Katy High School first opened its doors in 1898 and graduated its first class in 1900. Katy High School has many famous alumni like Academy Award Winning Actress Renee Zellweger, country superstar Clint Black, and NFL starting quarterback Andy Dalton. Katy High School has a great academic record and is part of the highly sought after Katy ISD. Still, Katy High School is mostly known, for one thing, Football. The high school has won 8 state championships and is almost always in contention for another. Old Town Katy root for the Katy Tigers like Pittsburg residents cheer for the Steelers or like Boston Fans scream for the Red Sox.
The Real Estate of Old Town Katy
The most traditional Old Town Katy Homes are one-story cottages and ranch homes built within the Katy ETJ decades ago. Many of these homes can be zoned commercial or residential which adds to their appeal. However, if you define being zoned to Katy High School as Old Town Katy there are now many gorgeous subdivisions and neighborhoods that can be considered.
Katy communities like Pin Oak Village, Fawn Lake, Pine Lake, and Woodcreek Reserve, could loosely be considered part of Old Town Katy. Recent master-planned communities like Firethorne are currently zoned to Katy High School (always confirm school zoning with the school district as zoning can change). So the real estate in Old Town Katy varies greatly. Affordable starter homes can be found in some sections of town. Grand estates can also be found in and near Old Town Katy. Waterfront and even ski lake homes can be found just moments away. Also, homes that feature all the amenities of master-planned communities are within the loose confines of Old Town Katy.