Houston dominated the nation in the number of top-selling master-planned communities in the nation for 2013, according to research compiled by a national real estate consulting firm, with eight west Houston communities making the list.
John Burns Real Estate Consulting, the firm that compiled the report, noted that Houston consumers valued master-planned communities due to the lack of zoning outside of them.
The top contender for the Houston area was Cinco Ranch, moving up a spot on the list this year to number three, with 845 homes sold in 2013. Riverston, located near Sugar Land, sold 791 homes, ranking sixth on the list, followed by the Woodlands, which ranked eighth and sold 649 homes.
Also among the top 20 communities, Canyon Lakes West in Cypress reported the largest annual increase at 99 percent, followed by Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, which had a 69 percent net sales increase over 2012.
Here is the entire list, which is ranked by 2013 net sales:
1. THE VILLAGES The Villages, Fla.
2. THE IRVINE RANCH Orange County, Calif.
3. CINCO RANCH Katy, Texas
4. MOUNTAIN'S EDGE Las Vegas
5. NOCATEE Ponte Vedra, Fla.
6. RIVERSTONE Houston
7. PROVIDENCE Las Vegas
8. THE WOODLANDS Houston
9. LAKEWOOD RANCH Sarasota, Fla.
10. ALAMO RANCH San Antonio
11. STAPLETON Denver
12. SUMMERLIN Las Vegas
13. CROSS CREEK RANCH Houston
14. LAKE NONA Orlando, Fla.
15. ALIANA Houston
16. WOODFOREST Montgomery, Texas
17. SIENNA PLANTATION Houston
18. CANYON LAKES WEST Cypress, Texas
19. BRAMBLETON Ashburn, Va.
20. VALENCIA Los Angeles