Home sales in Houston occurring further from urban core

Five submarkets accounted for more than 17,000 existing home sales last year
  • The median price per square foot for a home in the urban core is $198.

  • The median price per square foot for a home in the Houston metro is $96.
  • More than 5,000 existing homes sell annually in greater Katy and the Spring region.

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A significant volume of homes purchased last year in the greater Houston metro were located far afield from the city's "urban core." According to Redfin, a home purchased in 2015 was a median distance of 20.6 miles away from the core, which we'll assume to include all communities within the Interstate 610 (I-610) Loop. This news should come as no surprise to Houston agents, as a number of markets more than 20 miles from I-610 have historically accounted for a high percentage of Houston's overall existing home sales. Top producing submarkets Located at least 27 miles from I-610, the Woodlands accounted for 2,077 existing sales during a recent 12-month period. Each more than 20 miles from the core, Spring, greater Katy, League City and Cypress accounted for a more than 15,000 existing sales combined, with Spring and Katy boasting totals of roughly 5,000 and 5,300, respectively. Missouri City, Pearland and Sugar Land represent three other submarkets that account for a notic...