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Old 02-09-2014, 06:31 PM
 
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Hello,

I am looking for the house in Katy area.
It seems like that the house price in Westheimer lakes north is little cheaper than the cinco ranch or other area for the same size, similar floor plan, built year, and etc.
I wonder if there is any hidden reason, for example neighbor issue, builder, HOA, school zone change or else.
Thank you for the advice in advance.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:30 PM
 
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Hello,

I am looking for the house in Katy area.
It seems like that the house price in Westheimer lakes north is little cheaper than the cinco ranch or other area for the same size, similar floor plan, built year, and etc.
I wonder if there is any hidden reason, for example neighbor issue, builder, HOA, school zone change or else.
Thank you for the advice in advance.
Westheimer lakes north area is still not fully developed like Cinco. There are not many main streets or retail or restaurants over there compared to areas closer to 99 and Cinco Ranch Blvd. I do not think it has to do with neighbor issue or HOA. My friends recently bought a house in Pine Mill Ranch and its the same. Cheaper houses with the same builders. It takes about 5-10 minutes to get to the closest grocery store from their house.

IMO in about 2-3 years, all of these subdivisions will catch up to Cinco Ranch in terms of development.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:04 AM
 
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Also, if KB Homes builds there....run away. May look nice now, just wait until later. Have you ever seen a KB Home neighborhood after a decade of foreclosures, short sales, and neglect?
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Westheimer Lakes is the first Canyon Gate community to debut in Houston’s prime Grand Parkway Corridor. The 592-acre project offers homes from the low $100’s-$300’s, and features gated and non-gated monitored neighborhoods built around a network of lakes.

Westheimer Lakes North is located just a quarter of a mile west of the Westheimer Lakes entrance on FM 1093. Westheimer Lakes North is a 287-acre addition to Westheimer Lakes that features non-gated villages with homes from the mid 100's-300's.
Personally, I wouldn't buy a new home in a neighborhood "from the low $100's". Did that once, and the neighborhood went to crap after about 10 years. These are starter homes, and for the most part people just don't keep them up in this price range. It sounds like Westheimer Lakes North is an addition to this low $100s neighborhood, which would probably bring your values down to the same range as those homes eventually.

If I were you I'd look for a neighborhood that starts in the $200's if you just have to buy new. These are usually people on their second home who learned from their mistake of buying in the starter home neighborhood. If you are open to existing homes, there are realtors on this board who can give you some good areas in the mid-$100's that have potential for appreciation.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Personally, I wouldn't buy a new home in a neighborhood "from the low $100's". Did that once, and the neighborhood went to crap after about 10 years. These are starter homes, and for the most part people just don't keep them up in this price range. It sounds like Westheimer Lakes North is an addition to this low $100s neighborhood, which would probably bring your values down to the same range as those homes eventually.

If I were you I'd look for a neighborhood that starts in the $200's if you just have to buy new. These are usually people on their second home who learned from their mistake of buying in the starter home neighborhood. If you are open to existing homes, there are realtors on this board who can give you some good areas in the mid-$100's that have potential for appreciation.
Without knowing OP's budget, they might be looking for a home in the 100s. The benefit of this neighborhood is, it is near Lakes of Bella Terra, Seven Meadows, Cross Creek etc. The grocery stores, restaurants etc are coming, with some already there. The neighborhood itself, IMO, is what is expected for that price range. Lots are small and homes are close together. It is zoned to good schools. Now in 10 years...it'll probably the first one to go downhill.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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Not sure if this is still relevant, but WLN is nearly built out (over 90%). There are loads of streets and restaurants and businesses at the front and back entrances to the neighborhood. You get tons of bang for your buck in WLN because our kids go to the same schools as the Cinco kids for about $50-80k less in most cases. The closest grocery store is less than 2 miles away and development is all around.

KB Homes built in WL, but not WLNorth! All the WLN builders have been great. I've heard not complaints and we've been in our house there since 2007.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:53 PM
 
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Does anyone know if there is further rezoning proposed for schools in Westheimer lakes north. I am aware of stanely to Shafer rezoning but someone was mentioning about high school future rexoning to Tompkins...Is this correct? We are solely moving in this neighborhood because of schools.Will appreciate a wuick response.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:11 AM
 
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Even if it was rezoned to Tompkins, Tompkins is a hybrid of Cinco Ranch HS, Seven Lakes HS, and a small population of Katy HS kids. It alleviated all those three schools when it was built.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:54 PM
 
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Does anyone know if there is further rezoning proposed for schools in Westheimer lakes north. I am aware of stanely to Shafer rezoning but someone was mentioning about high school future rexoning to Tompkins...Is this correct? We are solely moving in this neighborhood because of schools.Will appreciate a wuick response.
As a parent of a SLHS student, and friend to many families who go to Tompkins, I'm curious what you think you will gain at one school over the other. They're very comparable. I can't see one over the other based on real life experience with both.

But, as of now it appears WLN will stay at SLHS... For better or worse I guess.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:41 PM
 
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I attend most every school board meeting and have attended every rezoning meeting for the last 7 years. Westheimer Lakes North is more than likely where we will stay - Shafer Elem., Seven Lakes JH and HS.

There is a new Jr High slated for Cross Creek Ranch in about 5 years, but Cross Creek presently attends Tompkins HS. The school board has is working very hard to quit splintering schools. (i.e. the kids that go to a single jr high ALL go to the same high school -- no more 1/2 the school to this HS and 1/2 to another.) So, with that said, I would say that WLN is locked into it's present zoning pattern from here on out.
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