Houston isn’t just the sprawling urban cityscape you see in pictures and movies. The Houston area also has some of the finest upscale communities in Texas, if not the country. If you’re looking for luxury living in one of Houston’s premiere gated communities, consider these destinations:
Sedona Lakes is a new master-planned community just south of Downtown Houston, off Route 288 in the Greater Pearland town of Manvel. This is great news for anyone looking for luxury living in the shadow of the big city and all it has to offer. Sedona Lakes is just a quick commute to the Texas Medical Center, the central business district, Greenway Plaza, and a most major work centers in the metro area. And for the kids, there’s the Alvin Independent School District, which will feature an onsite elementary school. At home, Sedona Lakes is set amid tranquil trees and features miles of trails for walking a hiking. There’s a family pool, waterslide, and contemporary open-air pavilion for recreation and a soothing waterfall for relaxing. And, of course, there are some of the finest homes, built by some of the country’s most preferred builders.
Eight miles west of the Galleria is the Royal Oaks Country Club and its private, residential community. This is luxury living at its peak, where homes start at $300,000 and continue past $3 million. But what you get for your money is a legendary course accessible only through a guarded, private gate, where the stonework will take your breath away. The 50-acre course itself was designed by golf legend Fred Couples and boasts nine lakes, multi-tiered greens and even a waterfall. The 600-acre community is a completely private collection of homes in an array of styles on large lots. If you’re not up for a round on the links, enjoy the hiking trails, swimming, or tennis.
The 200-acre enclave that is Barrington Kingwood is designed for upscale living. This master-planned community offers a resort lifestyle surrounded by the back nine of the Lakes Golf Course of Kingwood Country Club. In other words, the views are spectacular. From your porch, though, you’re likely to get an eyeful of the manicured baseball and soccer fields, horse stables, the boat ramp into Lake Houston, or Deer Ridge Park. And if you want to get your city fix, it’s just a quick bike ride to Starbucks, Carrabba’s Italian Grille and all of the shopping you could want. The community’s motto is “City Living without the City,” and in this guarded, gated community, you’ll see why.
Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges, pronounced “plas ‘VOZH, puts old-fashioned living in one of Houston’s newest gated luxury communities. This is where cast stone and brick facades meet cobblestone walkways and hand-crafted wrought iron gates. This quiet oasis lies in the shadow of Uptown Park, Post Oak Boulevard, and Tanglewood and boasts 4,200- to 6,800-square-foot custom homes with French exteriors, large living spaces and a low maintenance lifestyle.