Enjoy Resort-Syle Living at Cane Island

COVER STORY | By M.G. Angulo | Photos courtesy of Cane Island –

Life at Cane Island in Katy, Texas is unrivaled. From its unique amenities and stunning homes to seamless blend into the surrounding Downtown Katy area, Cane Island was truly designed for living beyond the ordinary.

“The phrase we hear from everyone, whether they live in Cane Island or if they took a tour, is that they feel as if they are experiencing life in a resort,” said Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities, developer of Cane Island.

Cane Island is built on 1,100 acres of Texas prairie land west of the Grand Parkway and north of I-10 and conveniently accessible via the newly completed Cane Island Parkway exit. Since its grand opening in March 2016, Cane Island has been proving to everyone that this master-planned community offers sublime living.

An Entrance Like No Other

Cane Island offers new homes from the mid $200s three minutes from I-10 via the Cane Island Parkway.

Arriving at Cane Island is an exceptional experience because residents and visitors are greeted by a 50-year-old iconic oak tree, a shaded road that leads past a 3-acre lake with seven 30-foot-tall fountains and the Living Arches, the most highlighted feature of Cane Island.

Two 100-foot-long steel arch structures, the Living Arches have native Texas vines flourishing over them, as well as hundreds of glass leaves and thousands of programmable LED lights and a motion sensor, which allows for a singular show when triggered by an approaching car. And because Cane Island wants to offer people a consistent, unmatched experience, the color pallet of the arches changes seasonally and during special occasions.

“The Living Arches is a cool feature, one that is much different from many other master-planned communities,” said Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island’s director of marketing. “And they speak to the Cane Island community itself — the attention to detail and the effort to provide residents with something truly special.”

Awe-Inspiring Amenities

Available for seasonal use in the fall and spring, Cane Island’s glass-walled conservatory is ideal for intimate social events.

Cane Island is “a bit different, a bit better,” said Eckhardt in regards to how Cane Island competes with other master-planned communities, particularly because of its Amenity Village. Considered the heart of Cane Island, the Amenity Village offers a myriad of attractions for a typical day or festive occasion.

For those in need of a venue for a special event, the Amenity Village offers the Tree House, Conservatory and Multi-Purpose Room. Overlooking the Amenity Village is the Tree House, which allows residents a quaint place to watch movies, host a party or even enjoy a concert, and the 1,500 square-foot, glass-enclosed Conservatory, which undergoes a seasonal change, is a great place to hold club meetings, weddings, brunches or even a baby shower. The multilevel Multi-Purpose Room is also a great venue for gatherings as it has an industrial kitchen and a second story deck with an outdoor fireplace.

“We also have an indoor/outdoor café, and soon, we’re going to have a restaurant,” Eckhardt said.

The Loft is another one of the Amenity Village’s elevated features. Found in an outdoor space between the Conservatory and the Event Center, the Loft showcases an outdoor fireplace, comfortable seating and gorgeous views of the community. Plus with its large fire pit and opportunities for concerts, movies under the moon and holiday performances, the Amenity Village Lawn is definitely a highlight for residents.

“I think many communities are missing that charming lifestyle that Cane Island offers,” Eckhardt said. “With everything we offer, residents do not have to go far at all to entertain or be entertained.”

Catering to Specific Needs

The resort-style pool in the Cane Island Amenity Village offers poolside cabanas, ample shade and an adjacent children’s water playground for hours of enjoyment.

The Amenity Village also features aquatic recreation via its family pool and a splash pad for the children, but it also caters to another population of residents through its lap pool. “The lap pool is behind private walls and is open year-round, which is not common,” Eckhardt said. “This pool is perfect for competitive athletes who need to train.”

The aquatic feature is not the only aspect of the Amenity Village experience to cater to specific needs. Its 24-hour fitness center — with state-of-the-art equipment, personal trainers and a yoga studio that offers 200 on demand videos — does as well. “We have a fitness center like any other master-planned community, but being open 24-hours literally lets residents work out anytime they want,” Eckhardt said. “Our amenities are meant to complement our residents’ lives.”

Perfect Ambassador and School Spirit

Cane Island’s resort-style Amenity Village features a comfortable fire pit setting where residents enjoy live music and movies under the stars.

A community like Cane Island would be remiss without an ambassador, and it has the perfect one with the personality that draws both children and adults. “Everyone loves Hub,” Naef said of the two-year-old Golden Retriever designated as Cane Island’s Ambassador. “It’s pretty common to see residents tossing a ball around with Hub, because he loves playing catch.”

Hub, Naef explained, was named in honor of Katy’s historical prominence in rail, rice farming and being the hub of three counties. “We support Katy heritage,” Naef said, stressing that heritage also includes the local schools.

In addition to local private schools like the British International School of Houston, students in Cane Island attend Katy ISD — the district even owns land in Cane Island that will be developed for a future elementary school on site — and when the Katy Tigers win, those seven water fountains at the entrance of Cane Island flow with a red hue.

“Supporting our schools is so important because the students are part of our community,” Eckhardt said. “It shows them we care about their camaraderie, and we want to show our support in the most eye-popping way because we are proud of them.”

Award-Winning Lifestyle

A cozy fireplace loft within the Cane Island Amenity Village is ideal for visiting with neighbors or simply for enjoying an evening sunset.

Less than a year after its grand opening, Cane Island earned the prestigious PRISM Award for being named the 2016 Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), which recognizes the best of the best in local homebuilding. Naef, who said he was honored by the award, said the PRISM award verifies just how special Cane Island is.

A 2,000-plus home master-planned community, Cane Island not only features new luxury homes from the $200s to the millions from home builders like Coventry Homes, Toll Brothers, CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes and Trendmaker Homes, but also the Estates at Cane Island, which are custom homes on 1/2-acre property with lake views and wooded surroundings built by Jeff Paul Custom Homes, Mike Harrison Custom Homes, Westport and William David Homes.

Cane Island’s lovable canine ambassador, Hub, makes his home in the community’s Amenity Village where he’s always available for a selfie and a hug.

The custom homes also include a garage-attached, air-conditioned Street Pantry, which allows for deliveries when the homeowner is away. Homeowners can even receive text alerts each time a delivery arrives.

“We have Houston’s finest home builders who provide lots of different expertise,” Naef said. “But what makes us different, what separates us from the rest, is what we are offering the community. What we are delivering, first and foremost, is the lifestyle.”

Aside from its resort-like Amenity Village, which is shaded by rescued, 50-year-old oak trees, Cane Island also features a million dollar Mobile Amenity Center that contains an information gallery, multi-media screens and megawatt speaker system for block parties and special events, as well as a series of nature trails, themed parks, lakes and waterways for fishing and kayaking.

The quality of life at Cane Island also earned the master-planned community Recreation Center of the Year, Landscaping of the Year, Community Entrance of the Year, Best Community Feature and Best Showroom Sales Center awards by the GHBA and the Texas Association of Builders — accomplishments Naef said speaks to Cane Island’s effort to contribute to its surrounding community. “We love and embrace the culture of Katy, and we’re doing a lot in Cane Island to be a part of and to enhance the Katy experience,” Naef said.

Visit www.CaneIsland.com for more information and for e-mail updates from the community. Follow Cane Island at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Instagram and Twitter @caneislandkaty.

Meet Cane Island’s Lifestyle Director Maddy Burt

Another perk at Cane Island is its Lifestyle Director, who coordinates a variety of events in the master-planned community.

As Lifestyle Director, Maddy Burt organizes family move nights, wine dinners and tastings, culinary classes, signature and holiday festivals, arts workshops and photography classes, resident social clubs and many other events for residents and prospective homebuyers.

“She helps ensure residents have events or clubs that keep them feeling a part of a community, because creating a warm and welcoming community is important,” said Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island’s director of marketing. “Anything the residents might want to do, she facilitates it. She makes sure our event calendar stays full with exciting activities.”   

Burt joined Cane Island after serving in event planning capacities for one of Houston’s premier country clubs and the Stephen F. Austin Alumni Association. A native Texan, she earned her degree in Hospitality Administration/Management Meeting and Planning from Stephen F. Austin State University. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for event planning,” Burt said. It is a passion at which Burt thrives.

For a complete listing of Cane Island events, visit www.CaneIsland.com/events.