Check out this month’s featured Katy neighborhood: Ventana Lakes, 77493



Located off the Grand Parkway and Clay Road, the Ventana Lakes neighborhood provides easy access to major roads, such as I-10 and Hwy. 6. The master-planned community neighborhood is close to Katy-area shopping centers and restaurants, and students are zoned to Katy ISD.

Located in Harris County, the neighborhood’s community amenities include a swimming pool, a clubhouse, trails and green space.

Build-out year: in closeout phase
Builders include: D.R. Horton Homes, Perry Homes,
Number of homes in community: 777
Square footage: 1,651-4,075
Home values: $207,990-$375,000
HOA dues (estimated): $700 annually
Amenities: playgrounds, swimming pool, biking/jogging trails
Schools: (Katy ISD) Bethke Elementary School, McDonald Junior High School, Morton Ranch High School

Property taxes (in dollars):
Katy ISD - 1.5166
Harris County - 0.4180
HC Flood Control District - 0.0283
Port of Houston Authority - 0.0126
HC Hospital District - 0.1711
HC Department Of Education - 0.0052
HC MUD 449 - 1.4200
Waller-Harris ESD 200 - 0.0995
Total (per $100 valuation) - 3.6713


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