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A former railroad hub and agricultural center, the city of Katy got its name from the “KT” portion of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was responsible for Katy’s rapid growth when it opened during the late 1800s. Katy has since evolved into one of the more progressive and affluent cities in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, offering a high quality of life while managing to retain its small-town charm.

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The Missouri-Kansas-Texas or MKT Railroad that once ran through the city has been historically significant for Katy, and the Katy Heritage Society has lovingly restored the former MKT Railroad Depot and relocated it to downtown Railroad Park, where it now serves as an Information and Tourist Center, as well as home to the Society’s museum of local railroad history. Also in Railroad Park is a vintage red caboose retired from the Copper Range RR in Michigan and painted to resemble a red MKT caboose.

Aside from Railroad Park, much of Katy’s rich history is also showcased in other museums and parks, including the Katy Heritage Museum that features exhibits from the city’s agricultural period; the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum with its displays of the numerous foreign conflicts that America was involved in; and the Katy Heritage Park with its beautifullyrestored historic homes.

Shoppers will enjoy going through the more than 175 stores at the Katy Mills Shopping Center, which is conveniently located just off the Houston Energy Corridor at the intersection of I-10 West and Pin Oak Road. Featured shops include well-known international brands like H&M, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Fossil, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Cole Haan, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, and more.

Katy TX Homes for Sale, Rentals and Houston Real Estate

A diverse selection of real estate can be found in Katy, ranging from single-family residences to tract homes and ranch properties, to sprawling estates and luxury custom homes. Housing options can be found in many master-planned communities and upscale developments that include neighborhoods like Cimarron, Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Kelliwood Gardens, WoodCreek Reserve, Westlake, Williamsburg, and many more. Vacant land and lots ideal for new construction are also available for those who would rather build their own home.