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What to Do with Rest of Summer in Katy TX

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Katy TX Summer Activities

It’s hard to believe, this year especially, that summer is already winding down. As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to share some summer activity options here in Katy, so you can make the most of the summer weeks we still have left! As always, if you have Katy real estate market goals you’d like to achieve before summer’s end, give me a call. I’d love to help!

1.  Go fishing. There are lots of great places to go fishing in Katy, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly spot that won’t be too crowded, Katy Magazine shared some spots that are a little more hidden. These include fishing holes at Mary Jo Peckham Park, Mason Creek, Grand Lakes, Bear Creek and others. Choose a spot and make a day of it!

2.  Cool off with dessert. There is no better season to enjoy a delicious ice cream or gelato dessert! Katy has plenty of fun options. Creamistry prepares your dessert with liquid nitrogen and has 50 customizable flavors and toppings. Bubble Egg delivers a Hong Kong classic with numerous ice cream flavors and toppings paired with an egg waffle. Somi Somi has a Koren “Ah-Boong” dessert with goldfish-shaped waffle cones stuffed with a filling and soft serve. Freezy Frenzy has rolled ice cream. There are so many interesting varieties of frozen desserts to choose from!

3.  Go hiking or biking. Getting outside and getting exercise are both great ways to reduce stress and improve your health this summer. There are lots of places to walk or bike outdoors in Katy, within neighborhoods and at local parks. Bear Creek Park has a 2-mile walking trail. Eagle Ranch West Pocket Park has a 0.67-mile walking trail. George Bush Hike and Bike Trail has 11.36 miles of trail. Mason Creek Hike & Bike Trail is 2.35 miles with fishing access. Rick Rice Park has a 1-mile trail and a 20-mile trail. Check out the whole list to help you plan!

4.  Dine out. Support local restaurants and food trucks by giving yourself a night off from cooking! Whether you dine on a local patio, or grab food to go and eat it at home or in a park, you’ve got lots of options. Here’s a list of local food trucks, including Mingo’s Latin Kitchen, Bahama Mama’s, Daddy Duncan’s BBQ and more. Here’s a list of local restaurants with outdoor patios, including Antonia’s Italian Ristorante, Baker Street Pub & Grill, Black Walnut Cafe, Dish Society, Local Table, TaD’s Louisiana Cooking and many more.

You could also spend your last summer weeks going swimming, playing in the backyard, taking a mini road trip vacation, or spending time tackling clutter in your home, or completing home maintenance checklists. If you want to buy a Katy home or sell your Katy home before the end of summer, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to answer all of your questions and to guide you through the process, until your Katy real estate goals have been accomplished!

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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Improve Your Katy TX Outdoor Space

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Backyard Upgrades for Katy TX Homeowners

This summer, homeowners are spending more time at home. Because people love to be outside during the summertime, this means homeowners are also spending more time in their backyards, and making upgrades and improvements to their outdoor space. Not only does this make outdoor space more fun and entertaining, but it can also increase your home value when you go to sell!

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to share some of the top trends for this summer, and tips on how you can improve your own outdoor space, if you haven’t already.

According to Google Trends data from this summer, these are the most popular backyard trends, based on what people searched for on Google in the past six months:

  • Patio daybeds saw a 257 percent increase in Google searches. Can’t go wrong with some added outdoor comfort!
  • Small-space outdoor furniture saw a 243 percent increase in Google searches. Round or curved furniture is great for opening up small spaces.
  • Backyard bars saw a 192 percent increase. Outdoor kitchens saw a 106 percent increase. Eating outside is a great way to keep your inside cool during the summer. This could be anything from a grill set up with shelves for utensils, or a portable bar counter set up, to an all-out built-in setup.
  • Bright colors are making outdoor spaces more joyful, with “lemon yellow” seeing a 103 percent increase, and coral seeing a 50 percent increase. Ways to add color include furniture, furniture cushions, outdoor rugs or pillows, outdoor silverware, table umbrellas, curtains, etc.
  • Outdoor tiles saw a 174 percent increase. This is just one more way that homeowners are bringing the inside out. These work great on a covered patio or outdoor kitchen space.
  • Planters and gardens are gaining popularity, as planter searches were up 172 percent and planter walls were up 156 percent. Planters and gardens are a great way to add colorful foliage, shade and extra privacy to your outdoor space. If your space is small, vertical planters work great!
  • Fire pits never went out of style, but they’re even more popular now, with searches up 148 percent. Whether built-in or portable, backyard fire pits are a great way to gather the family for s’mores, music, stories or just peaceful together time.

What are some other ways you’ve improved your backyard space this summer? Fences are more popular, so kids and pets can roam freely. Backyard pools are popular, whether permanent or temporary, especially in the heat of Katy TX! Families with young kids have added playgrounds, jumpy houses, lawn games, water gadgets and more. There are lots of options available!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you’re enjoying your home and outdoor space this summer as much as possible. If this pandemic has made you realize that your home isn’t ideally set up for you, give me a call for help buying and/or selling in the Katy real estate market! Let’s find you a home that better suits you and your family’s growing needs in this changing world.

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Katy TX

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Fourth of July Fun in Katy TX

Though many 4th of July events have been canceled, it’s still a holiday weekend in Katy TX! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to offer you some tips on how to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Whether heading out to an event, or staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to have fun this July 4th weekend.

1.  City of Katy and Typhoon Texas are still hosting their annual fireworks show, with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. on July 4 at Katy Mills Mall! Event attendees are requested to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. All other planned activities have been canceled. Stake out a great spot early on to watch the fireworks!

2.  Outside of Katy, you can find fireworks at Shell Freedom Over Texas in Houston with live performances, and in Magnolia, Tomball, Rosenberg and Alvin. Sugar Land is hosting a virtual Fourth of July celebration and is offering Patriotic Take Home Party Packages for residents. More details on all of these events can be found here.

3.  What’s 4th of July weekend without some delicious barbecue? Katy has no shortage of that! Options include Midway Barbecue, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Harris County Smokehouse, Chuckwagon BBQ & Burgers, Brett’s Barbecue Shop, Red River BBQ & Grill, Spring Creek Barbecue and many, many others. Some of these are open for dine-in, some just for takeout or delivery. Call ahead and make reservations if dining in, or take it to go to enjoy a picnic.

4.  Go swimming! We’re in the peak of summer, nothing feels better than jumping into cool waters. Make reservation at Typhoon Texas Water Park, as they have timed entries right now. Head to your community pool if it’s open, or call your favorite public pool to see if it’s open. West Memorial is tentatively opening on July 4. If you have a backyard pool, or a kiddie pool, or even a sprinkler or slip ‘n slide, enjoy that at home!

5.  Host a 4th of July party. Invite your family or close friends over, if you feel comfortable doing so, or just throw a party for those who live in your house. Get red, white and blue decorations and have everyone wear their most patriotic outfits! Make fun red, white and blue recipes, like popsicles or cupcakes with colored frosting. Grill in the backyard with easy sides everyone loves. Make it a potluck if inviting guests. Make snow cones. Play yard games. Listen to patriotic music. Have a blast!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you enjoy Independence Day this weekend however you decide to celebrate! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals this summer, as a buyer, seller or both, I am here and ready to help. The rest of summer tends to fly by after the holiday, so don’t wait to accomplish your goals! Mortgage rates are historically low, buyers are eager, homes are selling fast, and I am here to help guide you every step of the way.

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realized they had found the perfect place for their clients to raise a family...and for their clients parents to enjoy the Grandchildren! Katy boasts great Active Senior options like Heritage Grand (a 55+ section of Cinco Ranch) and The Solana at Cinco Ranch, wonderful family amenities like parks, playgrounds, golf courses, lakes, fishing, boating, nature walks, and short drives to the beach and Hill Country. the Katy area is a great place to enjoy the weekend. Simply put Katy has it all! Area Tour" with you and show you why they feel Katy Real Estate is the best place in the Houston area to live, work. and play! You will see schools, great luxury family subdivisions, shopping facilities, highway options, and wonderful restaurants! Cross Creek Ranch: Cross Creek Ranch is the newest Master Planned Community in the Katy Real Estate area but is quickly catching on with those looking for a little slower pace

While still having lots of amenities and wonderful school options. Developed by the same people who brought us Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch has a wide variety of homes and prices. This community is an easy commute to I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Kelliwood: Kelliwood is a beautiful group of subdivisions off S. Fry Rd. A wide range of homes and home prices can be found here. From Custom Gated sections like LakeForest that are comprised of all estate homes...to smaller patio homes that border the Willow Fork Country Club. The short commute times appeal to a wide range of buyers! Green Trails: Green Trails is a large Master Planned Community that borders I-10, S. Fry Rd, and Baker Rd. It is full of amenities for the family, is close to I-10 and the Houston Energy Corridor, and has a variety of styles and price ranges from small one story homes up to Custom Estates...no matter what you are looking for it will be easy for you to carve out your slice of Green Trails! Silver Ranch: A fairly new master planned community located in area that some folks believe is the best part of all of Katy Real Estate.

Silver Ranch is only a short drive away from Katy Mills Mall and is located in the highly acclaimed Katy Independent School District. The community is approximately 3 miles from both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Lavish homes ranging from the $140's to $300's make the community very affordable for growing famililies or empty nesters. Silver Ranch is conveniently located for access to major employers in the energy corridor and has easy entree to South West Houston, Sugarland, West Park Tollway along with numerous park and ride bus lots that have express service to downtown Houston. When this community is completed it will be home to about 1,500 families. Amenities include Six Lane Jr Olympic Pool , Stone Grill Children's Splash Pad, Tennis Court, Playground and Swing Set, Outdoor BBQ Pavilion and numerous Walking Trails.

Seven Meadows: Seven Meadows is a Master Planned Community that was developed by the same people who put Cinco Ranch on the map! It is located right off HWY 99 (the Grand Parkway) with short commutes to both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Pools, parks, a movie theater, work out facilities, and nature trails are all part of this great community!


Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.

Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commermorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.

Katy was recently the location of one of the ten large red balloons in the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5, 2009. The balloon was stationed in Katy Park.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.
After a low income apartment complex was proposed for development in an adjacent unincorporated area, in 2010 the Katy City Council passed a resolution stating that the development would decrease property values.[5] The plans for the complex were canceled.