Here are the top-producing master-planned communities in Houston

September 05, 2014

Houston is well-represented among the top-producing master-planned communities nationally, according to a new report.

Metrostudy, a Houston-based real estate research firm, released its mid-year housing report, which looked at the top 20 producing communities in the country. The rankings were based on current housing starts, compiled from the consulting firm’s quarterly lot-by-lot survey.

Seven Houston master-planned communities – built by five developers – were on the Metrostudy list. Houston-based Johnson Development Corp. snagged three of the top 20 communities nationally, the most among any developer.

The Villages, a central Florida retirement community developed by the Villages of Lake Sumter LLC, was the top producing community nationally, with 3,447 housing starts. The top Texas producer was Riverstone, developed by Johnson Development, with 818 starts.

Here are the top-producing master-planned communities in Houston, according to Metrostudy:

1. Riverstone

  • Developed by Johnson Development Corp.
  • Ranked No. 4 nationally, with 818 housing starts.
  • 29.2 percent growth in starts from 2013

2. Cinco Ranch

  • Developed by Newland Communities, based in San Diego
  • Ranked No. 6 nationally, with 602 housing starts.
  • 33.5 percent decline in starts from 2013

3. The Woodlands

  • Developed by Howard Hughes Corp., based in Dallas
  • Ranked No. 8 nationally, with 592 housing starts.
  • 29.5 percent decline in starts from 2013

4. Cross Creek Ranch

  • Developed by Johnson Development Corp.
  • Ranked No. 13 nationally, with 480 housing starts.
  • 18.8 percent increase in starts from 2013

5. Woodforest

  • Developed by Johnson Development Corp.
  • Ranked No. 14 nationally, with 476 housing starts.
  • 34.5 percent increase in starts from 2013

6. Aliana

  • Developed by Aliana Development Co., based in Houston
  • Ranked No. 18 nationally, with 451 housing starts.
  • 20.6 percent increase in starts from 2013

7. Canyon Gate West

  • Developed by Land Tejas Cos., based in Houston
  • Ranked No. 20 nationally, with 427 housing starts.
  • 67.5 percent increase in starts from 2013

Sienna Plantation, developed by Johnson Development Corp.; Firethorne, developed by Katy-based Jefferson Development Co.; and NorthPointe, developed by Houston-based Friendswood Development Co. rounded out Metrostudy’s top 25 list nationally.

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