If you’ve been thinking about moving to Houston someday soon, you’re not alone—with a strong job market, world-class dining and retail, a beautiful arts and culture scene, and a big professional sports presence, Houston has become a popular destination for budding professionals and young families alike.

However, not all of what Houston has to offer is located in the city center. For those who want to be close to the excitement but not the constant hustle and bustle, moving to the Houston suburbs might be a good option. From picturesque landscapes to growing career opportunities, you have more space and flexibility to live your life your own way.

Houston Suburbs

There are many new homes available outside of the Houston area, situated in desirable locations. While still within reach of all the downtown attractions, these communities also offer a lot to explore, and a metropolitan flair to call their own. Here are 5 Houston suburbs on our radar:

  1. Katy, TX
  2. Spring, TX
  3. Iowa Colony, TX
  4. Missouri City, TX
  5. The Woodlands, TX
New Homes in Katy

Katy appeals to many people in the greater Houston area due to its proximity to Houston’s renowned Energy Corridor—the business hub for some of the world’s largest energy companies. With the accessibility of major freeways and the number of career opportunities available, this neighborhood is a great place to put down roots.

If you’re shopping for new homes, Cane Island is a beautiful master-planned community in the heart of Katy. Served by the Katy Independent School District, Shea Homes in Cane Island offers a variety of floorplans within a community that encompasses a charming country feel while still being close to major business centers.

Cane Island home details:

  • 3-6 beds
  • 3.5-5.5 baths
  • 2,975-4,697 sq. ft.
Cane Island Plan 6015 Great Room
Plan 6015: Great Room

Cane Island Plan 6015 kitchen
Plan 6015: Kitchen

From hiking, biking, and canoeing in the Spring Creek Greenway nature preserve, to teeing off on a pristine golf course, Spring offers many opportunities for exploration and recreation. With the Conroe Independent School District and the addition of the new ExxonMobil campus, Spring is a burgeoning employment center for those who want to get away from the city.

Shea Homes has several home plans in Spring in the community of Harmony, featuring modern-rustic styles and personalized designs. Single or two-story layouts, optional bonus rooms, outdoor living areas—the Shea Homes Harmony series is designed to match the lifestyle you want to live.

Harmony 50’ Series at Vivace home details:

  • 3 beds
  • 2.0-3.5 baths
  • 2,000-3,145 sq. ft.
Plan 4132 Kitchen
Plan 4132: Kitchen

Plan 4132 great room
Plan 4132: Great Room

Harmony 60’ Series at Vivace home details:

  • 3-4 beds
  • 2.0-3.5 baths
  • 2,431-3,816 sq. ft.
Plan 5128 Living Room
Plan 5128: Living Room

Plan 5128 kitchen
Plan 5128: Kitchen
New Homes in Iowa Colony

Located south of Houston and within convenient driving distance to Downtown and the Medical Center, as well as Lake Jackson and Freeport, Iowa Colony offers an environment for those looking for a more laid-back lifestyle. Whether you come for the charming, family atmosphere or the educational and career opportunities, there’s a lot in store for everyone.

There are many new homes available in Iowa Colony to keep up with the growth of the area. Shea Homes is building in the community of Meridiana which is in an ideal location, served by the Alvin Independent School District and featuring amenities such as an amphitheater, conservatory, pools, fitness center, and more.

Meridiana home details:

  • 4-6 beds
  • 3.0-5.5 baths
  • 3,073-4,697 sq. ft.
Meridiana Plan 6020 kitchen
Plan 6020: Kitchen

Meridiana Plan 6020 Great Room
Plan 6020: Great Room
New Homes in Missouri City

Missouri City is part of Fort Bend County, just outside of Houston proper. The area is known for its number of outdoor recreational activities, corporate community, education, diversity, and economic growth. More and more people who plan on moving to Houston end up settling down in Missouri City and the surrounding Fort Bend County, making it a great Houston suburb to live in.

Shea Homes has beautiful homes built into the wooded landscape of Sienna Plantation, one of Fort Bend County’s premier developments. Water parks, hiking trails, and a fitness center all contribute to the resort-like amenities Sienna Plantation offers, and the variety of plans across two Shea Homes home sites ensures you can live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted here.

Sienna Plantation 60’ Series home details:

  • 3 beds
  • 2.5-3.5 baths
  • 2,431-3,554 sq. ft.
Sienna Plantation Plan 5118 living room
Living Room

Sienna Plantation Plan 5118 kitchen
Kitchen

Sienna Plantation 65’ Series home details:

  • 3-6 beds
  • 2.0-4.5 baths
  • 2,323-3,912 sq. ft.
Sienna Plantation Plan 5118 dining room
Dining Room

Sienna Plantation Plan 5050 kitchen
Kitchen
New Homes in The Woodlands

Just north of Houston’s main business district, The Woodlands is situated within a bustling job market and retail scene. Whether you prefer a touch of urban flair or a more tranquil, rustic lifestyle, there’s something for everyone in this Houston area neighborhood.

Shea Homes has several home plans in The Woodlands master plan, with tons of shopping, dining, parks, outdoor activities, and businesses just outside your door. Kayak on Lake Woodlands, peruse the luxury shops on Market Street, dine on Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing—The Woodlands offers an excellent quality of life for all ages.

The Woodlands: Canopy Green in Creekside Park home details:

  • 3-6 beds
  • 2.0-4.5 baths
  • 2,652-3,912 sq. ft.
The Woodlands Plan 5023 kitchen
Kitchen

The Woodlands Plan 5030 living room
Living Room

Are there any other cities that you would add to our list? Let us know what you think is the best Houston suburb in the comments below!

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