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Live-Work-Play Developments Flourishing in Houston Suburbs

Published Aug 03, 2022 by Brina Morales

Picture of Flyway rendering, a mixed-use development in Webster

Rendering of Flyway Webster

If you live in the suburbs, you no longer have to drive into downtown Houston to get the urban experience. More and more developers are eyeing areas surrounding Houston to build mixed-use developments where people can live, work and play. According to an analysis by RentCafe.com, apartments in mixed-use buildings quadrupled in 10 years,  with 43,700 completed in 2021 compared to 10,000 in 2012. Here are four that will soon offer more urban vibes in suburbia.

Riverview at Clear Creek

The 70-acre mixed-use development in League City will include restaurants, apartments, townhomes, office space, retail, a boutique hotel, a boardwalk, an amphitheater, trails and a marina. According to Community Impact, construction is set to begin this year with an expected completion date of January 2024 for the first phase. Riverview at Clear Creek will be located off I-45 near Main Street with the hope it becomes a destination for anyone driving along the interstate.

Flyway Webster

Flyway Webster, off I-45 near NASA Bypass, is described as a walkable district with retail, restaurants, office space, an event lawn, an innovation campus and a waterfront boardwalk nature trail across 120 acres. The Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park and resort concept with locations around the country, will open adjacent to the 120-acre development. According to the Houston Business Journal, Flyway is expected to be completed in 2024. 

Katy Boardwalk District

Rendering of Katy Boardwalk

The Katy Boardwalk District welcomed its first tenants last year. Once complete, the 169-acre development will include more residential options, retail, dining, entertainment, and a hotel and convention center anchored by a 90-acre lake and nature preserve. In addition, the district, located off Kingsland Boulevard and Prairie Parkway, will provide easy access to nearby attractions Typhoon Texas Waterpark and Katy Mills Mall. 

City Place

City Place

Nestled north of Houston in Spring near I-45 and Grand Parkway, City Place is growing. CDC Houston is behind the development previously known as Springwoods Village. It rebranded last year to align with its successful 60-acre mixed-use development, CityPlace. The development is home to restaurants, retail, entertainment, residential and lodging.  Since opening in 2014, the master-planned community has attracted major headquarters, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ExxonMobil and Southwestern Energy. Earlier this year, the developer broke ground on the first phase of its 400-acre residential project, according to the Houston Business Journal. The initial phase includes the westward extension of East Mossy Oaks Road through City Place and more than 500 single-family units across 160 acres. It currently offers residential single-family homes and luxury apartments. The development also includes trails and parks connecting to Spring Creek Greenway.

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