Cross Creek Ranch

after many spent 2020 working from home while still forking out the expensive costs of living in the city, suddenly the idea of getting stuck in the suburbs isn’t such a bad thing.

And while spots like Conroe and The Woodlands are teeming with new transplants, several master-planned communities firm Johnson Development Corp. might just be your new forever-home.

This month, real estate consulting firm Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) named three of Johnson Development’s Houston-area locales in the country’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities, with these locations reporting large jumps in 2020.

“We saw a surge in home sales last year that continued into this year as people sought communities with a natural landscape, abundant amenities and great schools,” said Larry Johnson, founder, chairman, and CEO of Johnson Development, in a statement. “We’ve been able to keep up with the pace of development so our builders have enough homesites to meet demand.”

In Missouri City, Sienna, listed as one of the top Houston surburbs to live in by Niche.com, which features a selection of family amenities, on-site restaurants, and nearby schools, has seen a 15-percent climb in sales since the middle of last year. Per RCLCO, Sienna ranks No. 26 in the country.

Fulshear’s Cross Creek Ranch sold 282 homes in the first half of 2021, earning its No. 42 spot. The planned community will eventually have a total of 6,200 homes and plenty of outdoor space, with 45 miles of trails and 50 acres of lakes, parks, and open space, per the website.

Just north of The Woodlands, Woodforest saw a 43-percent jump in home sales in the first half of 2021, coming in at No. 49 on RCLCO’s list. This commercial community has about 5,500 homes, plus the 27-hole Woodforest Golf Club, 700-plus acres of greenspace, tennis courts, a pool, playgrounds, and more.

Another Johnson Development community, Viridian up in Arlington, came in at No. 48.

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