12 Communities to Explore in Texas

12 Communities to Explore in Texas

Are you on the hunt for a new home in Texas? The Lone Star State offers several desirable neighborhoods across the state, from Dallas to Houston. We have compiled a list of 12 communities you should consider as you search for your next house. 

Palmera Ridge

Nestled on 426 sprawling Hill Country acres, Palmera Ridge is a master-planned community near Austin, TX in Leander. When you live here, you can enjoy several community amenities, including lush trails, ponds, an amenity center and much more. Palmera Ridge, which sits on the former Kitty Hill Airport, rests just off Ronald Regan Boulevard north of Hero Way and is minutes from 183-A and FM 1431. School-aged residents attend Leander ISD, including Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, Rouse High School and Tom Glenn High School.

Arroyo Verde

Arroyo Verde is a master-planned community located right in the heart of Hill Country in New Braunfels, TX, which is near Austin and San Antonio. When you live here, you can enjoy the convenience of small-town living with easy access to big-city attractions. With easy access to I-35 and TX-46, Arroyo Verde is just a short drive from several popular destinations like Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. School-aged residents attend the highly-ranked Comal ISD, named the #10 Best School District in the San Antonio area. 

“What attracted us to Arroyo Verde was the location. Where it sits is close to green, the river and all kinds of shopping. We would describe Arroyo Verde as a very small-knit community — and it is all-ages. A lot of young families and a lot of older people.”

- Dave & Jackie Wilson, Arroyo Verde residents


Ladera is a 1,100-acre master-planned community located in San Antonio, TX. Residents of Ladera experience a small-town feel, complete with open spaces designed to inspire a spirit of adventure. Enjoy neighborhood amenities like hiking and biking trails, a resort-style amenity center and more. Located off Highway 211 on Texas Research Parkway, Ladera is a short drive to several notable San Antonio-area attractions like Medina Lake, The Alamo and Sea World.

Ladera’s school-aged residents attend schools in Medina Valley ISD, named the #4 Best School District for Athletes in the San Antonio area. The neighborhood also plans to open its own elementary school in Fall 2021.

“My favorite thing about the community is the beautiful Hill Country background. It is just tranquil. We are conveniently located near several major highways. You can get anywhere within the city in about 30 minutes.”

- Ty & Jennifer Toney, Ladera residents

Prairie Oaks

Prairie Oaks is a 300-acre community nestled in the charming lakeside town of Little Elm, TX, just outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Residents of Prairie Oaks can enjoy the nearby scenery of Lake Lewisville and all the outdoor activities it has to offer. The neighborhood also boasts a first-class amenity center, outdoor playscapes and miles of lush community trails.

Additionally, Prairie Oaks offers easy access to major thoroughfares like Oak Grove Parkway, Hwy 380 and the North Dallas Tollway. You will also be a short drive away from everyday amenities and popular destinations located in Little Elm, Frisco and Denton.

“Prairie Oaks is the place you want to be. Prairie Oaks is very calm and serene once you get into the neighborhood. You forget all about the hustle and bustle of town.”

- Jodi Mclntee, Prairie Oaks resident

Trinity Falls

Situated on the banks of the Trinity River, Trinity Falls is a 1,700- acre master-planned community located in McKinney, TX — near Dallas–Fort Worth. When you live here, you can enjoy a wide variety of unique amenities, more than 450 acres of open space and miles of lush community trails. School-aged residents of Trinity Falls attend schools in the acclaimed McKinney ISD. The neighborhood even has designated areas for future on-site public schools, as well as space for private schools, preschools, daycares and higher education options.

Additionally, Trinity Falls is a 6-mile drive from downtown McKinney and near area-attractions like Lavon Lake and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. If you are looking for a community that lives in harmony with nature, Trinity Falls welcomes you.

“Some of the things that attracted us to this community were the great amenities. The community pool, the open space and the parks. As we drove through and were looking at houses, it was inspiring to see kids are actually playing outside.”

- Jeff & Summer Stark, Trinity Falls residents

Castle Hills

Conveniently located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Lewisville, TX, Castle Hills is a 2,900-acre master-planned community designed to nurture one’s spirit. When you live here, you can enjoy community amenities, including over 25 parks, an extensive trail system, a resort-style pool, a private golf course and more. Castle Hills is a Britton Homes community that is just minutes away from the Sam Rayburn Tollway and the Dallas North Tollway. It is also near popular Lewisville-area attractions like LLELA Nature Preserve and Lewisville Lake, as well as upscale eating and shopping in Legacy West, The Star and the new Grandscape.

“There are many benefits to living within Castle Hills. But what attracted me the most is just the sense of community. There is fishing down by the park. I love all of the restaurants that surround the lake.”

- Suzanne Pate, Castle Hills resident


Firethorne combines the best of small-town living with the convenience of nearby Houston. Residents of Firethorne enjoy a wide array of outdoor amenities that include a resort-style swim center, sports fields and a scenic lake surrounded by acres of green space. The community is located near major thoroughfares and offers residents easy access to I-10, the Grand Parkway and Westpark Tollway. You will also be a 15- minute drive from the Energy Corridor, where several major employers in the area can be found.

Additionally, school-aged residents will attend schools in the Katy ISD, with higher education opportunities close by, including the University of Houston at Cinco Ranch and Houston Community College Northwest.

“What I love about Firethorne is that it is a real sense of community. But there is also a lot of diversity within the community, which is something that is thoroughly appreciated. The Katy area, particularly Firethorne, feels like a secluded community yet still in a big city.”

- Eduardo Torres, Firethorne resident


Located in Tomball, TX, just northwest of Houston, Amira is a 370-acre master-planned community steeped in nostalgia and history. When you live here, you can enjoy neighborhood amenities such as its one-of-a-kind clubhouse, complete with a sun-drenched courtyard that offers lake views. Amira, which was once a ranch for elite Egyptian Arabian horses, is just north of Grand Parkway and offers easy access to popular destinations in Cypress, The Woodlands and downtown Houston. If you are looking for a community where resort-style living meets daily life, Amira welcomes you. 


Meridiana is a 3,000-acre master-planned community located in Iowa Colony, TX — just south of Houston. Residents of Meridiana can enjoy a quiet retreat from the city and amenities designed for the entire family. The community features a world-class amenity center that includes three resort-style pools, a game area and Conservatory. Located off of State Highway 288 on Meridiana Parkway, this rural-meets-urban community is also close to popular destinations in Pearland, Sugar Land and Houston. Meridiana is just far enough from the bustle of the city, but just close enough to everything you need.

The Groves

Nestled among 1,000 acres of pristine pines, The Groves is a one-of-a-kind master-planned community located in Humble, TX. On the northeast side of Houston. The Groves residents enjoy neighborhood amenities like hike and bike trails, a resort-style pool, a stocked fishing pond and more. The Groves offers easy access to Beltway 8 and Hwy 59 and is a quick drive to Lake Houston, shopping and recreation in The Galleria area and downtown Houstons business corridors.

Additionally, school-aged residents attend schools in the Humble ISD. Two schools are also located within the neighborhood: West Lake Middle School and The Groves Elementary School. If you are looking for a nature-filled oasis perfectly nestled away from the city, The Groves welcomes you.

“When I drove into The Groves, I thought, ‘this is beautiful; this is where I should be.’ There is a large community location, and there is a pool there, as well as places that families and individuals can have lunch or picnic.”

- Glenn Baird, The Groves resident


Located in scenic New Caney, TX, on the north side of Houston, Tavola is nestled within acres of woods and surrounded by breathtaking views. You can enjoy unique neighborhood amenities like a park with a zipline, a clubhouse and miles of wooded greenbelt trails when you live here. School-aged Tavola residents attend schools in the New Caney ISD, ranked the #4 Best School District in Montgomery County. Tavola Elementary School is even located right in the community.

Additionally, Tavola is a short drive from popular destinations in Kingwood, The Woodlands and Houston. You will also not be far from major employment centers such as the new ExxonMobil campus and the Greenpoint Business District.

“What attracted us to the community is the parks, how green everything is. The community, in general, the people are always so friendly.”

- Charles & Alyssa Brown, Tavola residents

Grand Central Park

Grand Central Park is a 2,046-acre masterplanned community located in Conroe, TX, just north of Houston. When you live here, you can connect with nature in an environment that mirrors a state park setting. Explore miles of trails that wind through lush woods or watch wildlife from the lake’s edge. The community, which sits on the former site of a Boy Scout camp, is just 5 miles north of The Woodlands on I-45 North and S. Loop 336. You will be just minutes away from shopping, entertainment and outdoor fun. If you are looking to enjoy Mother Nature’s splendor, Grand Central Park welcomes you.

“I like the outdoors. The hiking and bike trails and the lake. It’s 2,000 acres, and almost 1,000 acres will never be used at all. It is so convenient to leave the subdivision because you are right here at SH 336, and you are a mile from I-45 where the house is.”

- Danny & Jeanie Caperton, Grand Central Park residents


There is certainly no shortage of desirable neighborhoods in Texas. Are you ready to find the perfect new home for your family? Explore and compare Perry Homes’ move-in ready properties to find your dream home today!


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12 Communities to Explore in Texas

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