In a way, the Houston metro area reigns supreme over planned communities.
According to a investigation by real estate consulting firm RCLCO, one-fifth of the nation’s 50 best-selling planned communities last year were in the Houston metro area. In this category, Houston ranks first out of all the metropolitan areas represented on the list.
Collectively, the 10 Houston-area communities in the top 50 sold 5,773 homes in 2021, according to RCLCO data.
“The boom in work-from-home demand has resulted in record community sales planned for 2021,” according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting.
Gregg Logan, chief executive of RCLCO, says the survey results indicate demand for new single-family homes in planned communities remains high, “with demographic tailwinds suggesting this strong demand will continue into 2022.”
However, ongoing supply chain issues and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have hampered the ability of planned communities to capitalize on this demand, Logan adds.
“While these challenges will be resolved in the coming months, we are optimistic about the success of planned communities in 2022,” he says.
In terms of the success of Houston-area communities last year, Howard Hughes Corp.’s Bridgeland development. at Cypress tops the list. According to the survey, Bridgeland sold 713 new homes last year, down 18% from 2020. The tally of 713 homes puts Bridgeland 16th nationally for most sales in planned communities last year .
The highest-ranked planned community in Texas is Hunt Communities’ Mission Ridge development in El Paso. Last year, the community sold 811 new homes, good enough for a #10 ranking in the United States. Sales figure for 2020 was not available.
Here are the other nine Houston-area communities in the top 50. The national ranking is followed by community name, location, developer, number of home sales in 2021, and rise or fall sales compared to 2020.
- No. 17, Tamarron, Katy, DR Horton, 707, up 14%.
- No. 18, Balmoral, Houston, Land Tejas, 704, down 16%.
- No. 25, Sienna, Missouri City, Johnson Development and Toll Brothers, 646, down 16%.
- No. 32, Sierra Vista/Sterling Lakes, Arcola, Land Tejas, 579, up 22%.
- No. 33, Breckenridge Forest, Spring, DR Horton, 578 (2020 data not available).
- No. 45 (tie), Meridiana, Rosharon, Rise Communities, 467, up 19%.
- No. 45 (tie), Woodforest, Montgomery, 467, up 21%.
- No. 48 (tie), Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshear, Johnson Development, 456, down 11%
- No. 48 (tie), Elyson, Katy, Brookfield Properties, 456, down 8%.
Here’s how other major Texas metros fared in the 2021 National Home Sales Rankings in Planned Communities.
- No. 22, Magnolia Point, Royse City, DR Horton, 660 (2020 data not available).
- #38, Santa Rita Ranch, Liberty Hill, Mariner Real Estate Development, 515, down 20%.
- No. 40, Sunfield, Buda, Scarborough Lane, 504, down 15%.
- No. 41, Pecan Square, Northlake, Hillwood Communities, 502, down 1%.
- No. 42, Valley Ranch, San Antonio, DR Horton, 498, down 5%.
- No. 43, Heartland, Heartland (near Forney), Huffines Communities, 482 (2020 data not available).
- No. 47, Union Park, Little Elm, Hillwood Communities, 460, down 24%.