Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities in the Houston Area
11,500-acre master planned community located in Cypress, Texas, about 33 miles northwest of downtown Houston. With 713 homes sold in 2021, the community ranked second in Texas and 15th nationally in terms of highest sales volume.That was actually an 18 percent dip from 2020, when an unprecedented wave of sales wiped through more inventory than expected, said Health Melton, regional president for Howard Hughes, the community’s developer.Supply chain constraints forced many builders to limit sales temporarily as building materials became tough to find, Melton said. Those constraints coupled with wetter weather and permitting delays slowed timelines, dinging sales compared to the prior year.”The pull back in home sales it not about a lack of demand by any means’ – it’s really those other factors that are truly impacting the overall housing market,” Melton said in an interview.The community is also poised for an influx of new homes. Bridgeland’s latest village, Prairieland, is expected to bring more than 7,000 new homes. That growth is in addition to a planned single-family rental neighborhood and a recently-completed apartment project, Starling at Bridgeland, plus new schools planned by the Cy-Fair Independent School District and Waller Independent School District.
Balmoral, a Land Tejas community in the Humble/Lake Houston area, ranked No. 17 on the list with 704 home sales in 2021, down 16 percent from 841 in 2020. Sales have taken off since the opening of the two-acre Crystal Clear Lagoon in the amenity village in late 2018, moving Balmoral into the nation’s top 25 communities by sales volume.
Tamarron, a D.R. Horton community in Katy planned for more than 8,000 homes, ranked No. 19 with 684 home sales. Sales were up 11 percent from 618 sales in 2020. The community, which has homes ranging from 1,260 to 3,360 square feet starting in the $300s, is poised to be a top-seller for years to come as more than 50 percent of the community remains to be built, according to D.R. Horton. Located along the newly opened Texas Heritage Parkway, Tamarron is served by both Katy ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD.
The Nearly-25-year old community of Sienna in Missouri City continues to be a favorite among buyers. The 10,800-acre community a development of Johnson Development and Toll Brothers in Fort Bend County, ranked No. 24 among the nation’s top-selling communities in 2021 with 646 sales, according to RCLCO.“It’s exciting to see such strong demand for a community entering its 25th year. Since inception, more than 10,000 homes have been sold in Sienna and there’s still much more land to be developed in the future,” said Manager Alvin San Miguel, in an emailed statement.Despite the strong sales that was actually a 16 percent decline from the prior year, as a shortage in lots for houses going into 2021 combined with construction materials shortages took a toll on sales, Miguel added. The tides are turning though, and the company is “well positioned to meet 2022 anticipated sales and hope for another good year,” he said.The community boasts on-site water parks, two fitness centers, tennis courts, a golf course, a dog park, a sports park, miles of trails and numerous parks and playgrounds. Seven Fort Bend Independent School District schools are located within the community.
Sierra Vista/Sterling Lakes
Sierra Vista/Sierra Lakes, developments of Land Tejas along the Texas 288 corridor, ranked No. 32 on the list with 579 home sales. The sales were up 22 percent from 474 homes in 2020. Buyers can find a variety of floor plans priced from the $200,000s, according to Land Tejas. Sierra Vista residents share amenities with neighboring Sterling Lakes.
Breckenridge Forest, an Express Homes by D.R. Horton community in Spring, ranked No. 34 on the RCLCO list with 569 home sales in 2021. The homes range from about 1,300 to 2,500 square feet and start below $300,000. Sales are off to a strong start for 2022, with 220 homes under contract and only 60 remaining lots to be built upon, according to D.R. Horton. Amenities include a park, pool and pavilion.
Meridiana tied at No. 45 on the RCLCO list, with sales jumping 19 percent in 2021. The 2,700-acre development of Rise Communities at Texas 288 at Meridiana Parkway in the Manvel area recorded 467 home sales in 2021, up from 391 in 2020. Residents enjoy events such as farmers markets and festivals at the Oasis Village amenity complex. Students attend schools in the Alvin Independent School District.In addition to homes in a range of prices, Serenity at Meridiana offers new houses for residents age 55 and up. Balcara Group is planning a neighborhood of single-family houses for the rental market. Retail developments are being built nearby.
Jason Woodforest tied for the 45th spot for the most sales nationally with 467 home sales in 2021, according to RCLCO. Sales jumped 21 percent from the previous year in this community developed by Johnson Development. Located in Montgomery County north of Houston, the 3,000-acre community features homes at a variety of price points from the $260,000s to the millions along with one neighborhood catered to senior living. The community also offers a wide range of homes, there are multiple pools, sports courts, parks and playgrounds, plus the Pine Market commercial center with shops and restaurants.
Cross Creek Ranch
Cross Creek Ranch spans 3,200 acres in Fulshear, about 34 miles west of downtown Houston. The Johnson Development community just released homesites for the final 300-acres of the planned development. Like many of Johnson’s other communities, residents can access an expansive set of amenities including several pools; disc golf; a dog park; playgrounds; and courts for tennis, pickleball, basketball and wall ball, along with four schools. Buyers can access a range of price points from the $280,000s to about $1 million, plus a neighborhood for senior living. Cross Creek Ranch ranked 48th on the RCLO’s list of top selling communities with 457 homes sold, a 10 percent drop from the prior year. The decline is a result of builders selling out of available houses and townhomes, said Rob Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cross Creek Ranch, in a statement.“The good news is in 2022, we are opening new sections in Cross Creek Ranch that will return the great variety of available homes to the community,” Bamford said.
Elyson, a 3,642-acre community along the Grand Parkway and FM 529, ranked No. 49 with 456 sales in 2021. Sales were down 8 percent from 497 in 2020. Planned for 6,000 homes, Elyson is now part of Brookfield Properties following its acquisition of Newland Communities last year. The plan incorporates 750 acres of parks, trails, recreation centers, waterways and open space. Elyson, opened in 2016, is served by Katy ISD. The location is midway between the Katy Freeway and U.S. 290, making it accessible to job centers in west and north Houston via the Grand Parkway.
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Information By Marissa Luck, Katherine Feser