It’s the mark of a higher standard, more appealing neighborhoods, better commercial centers — Quality Planned Developments.
The QPD seal presented by the West Houston Association and the North Houston Association signifies that a master-planned community or commercial or retail center has met the stringent mandates of superior development found in trendsetting quality living and working communities. To the home buyer, retailer, or commercial business, this is a sign that developers are committed to the success of the project, creating a community that will hold its value and be well-maintained for years to come. Developers will find value in holding the QPD designation, as the market has responded enthusiastically to those enterprises that have taken the extra steps to create vibrant, sustainable developments.
WHAT MAKES A QUALITY PLANNED DEVELOPMENT?
At the heart of Quality Planned Developments are prescribed design and amenity qualities commonly found in superior master-planned communities, commercial centers and mixed-use developments. These quality standards blend seamlessly into the fabric of a development, creating a place where people want to live, want to work and want to play.
First steps to obtaining Quality Planned Development recognition is to reach out to a member of the QPD Committee or contact the West Houston Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QPD RECOGNIZED DEVELOPMENTS
The list of Quality Planned Developments recognized by the West Houston Association and North Houston Association reads like a Who’s Who of residential and commercial development in Houston, with many of the area’s most celebrated communities and retail centers earning the prestigious designation.
Scroll down to review each community that has earned this distinction.
Tavola, located in North Houston, seven miles north of Kingwood on US 59, will be home to 3800 families at completion. This grand master-planned community is located near the new Grand Parkway in this rapidly expanding quadrant of Houston. Tavola offers exceptional amenities and family-friendly activities year round. Visit the website.
Falls at Green Meadows
Falls at Green Meadows, a 242-acre residential master-planned community in Katy, Texas developed by Friendswood Development Company. Formerly the site of Green Meadows Golf Course, Falls at Green Meadows will be home to 460 families at completion. Beautiful mature trees from the former golf course dot this neighborhood, ideally located in the heart of Katy at Avenue D and Franz Road and zoned to Katy High School. View the website.
Woodtrace, a 488-acre residential master-planned community in Tomball, Texas, is developed by Friendswood Development Company. A 23-acre spring-fed lake sits at the center of this new community in Tomball ISD. Residents enjoy many family activities and residential amenities in Woodtrace, as well as the convenience of living directly off the Highway 249 Tomball Tollway. Visit the website.
Hidden Arbor by Trendmaker Development, is a 98-acre residential community in Cypress, Texas near Houston Premium Outlets developed by Trendmaker Homes. Hidden Arbor offers a quaint tree-filled sanctuary to escape from the hurried city life while still providing quick access to major thoroughfares, shopping, and dining venues. Hidden Arbor will offer 129 families large, deep wooded backyards with plenty of room, trails, and neighborhood amenities to play and enjoy life. View the website.
Cinco Ranch, ranked No. 4 on the list of the nation’s top-selling communities. The 8,000-acre development began sales in 1991 and when complete will have approximately 15,100 homes, with approximately 13,000 homes now occupied. Known for its Katy schools and an extensive array of amenities, Cinco Ranch is a project of Newland Communities. View the website.
CITYCENTRE is a 37-acre mixed-use development that debuted in 2009 on land formerly occupied by Town & Country Mall. Developed by Midway Companies, CITYCENTRE was selected as an Urban Land Institute Houston Development of Distinction in 2012 for its design and positive impact on the surrounding area. It includes 1.8 million square feet of retail and entertainment. View the website.
Cross Creek Ranch
Cypress Creek Lakes
Cypress Creek Lakes, a 1,600-acre project of Mischer Development that opened in 2004. Planned for approximately 2,100 homes, Cypress Creek Lakes recently started development of its final phase. View the website.
Planned for more than 21,000 homes and 65,000 residents, the 11,400-acre Bridgeland community located in northwest Houston offers a wealth of home choices and amenities. Buyers can easily see what the development’s builders offer in Bridgeland’s convenient model home park, showcasing 16 models by 11 builders. View the website.
The Vintage is a 630-acre project of V&W Partners and a collaboration of Kickerillo Companies and Mischer Investments. Started in 2004, The Vintage is home to St. Luke’s Hospital, Kelsey Seybold Clinic, Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital, H-E-B, element Hotel by Westin, the Vintage Park lifestyle shopping center and multifamily and single-family residential. View the website.
Wyndehaven Lake Estates
Wyndehaven Lake Estates, a 38.5-acre community, is the smallest project to be designated a Quality Planned Development. A project of Terra Visions, LLC, Wyndehaven is an enclave of 79 homes and was named 2012 Community of the Year by the GHBA.
Aliana® is the newest master-plan community in Fort Bend County, Texas, spanning 2000 acres. In 2010, Aliana’s Fort Bend County location was ranked No. 5 as fastest growing U.S. County in terms of job by Money Magazine, and is situated in the highly-regarded Fort Bend Independent School District. View the website.
Mason Creek Corporate
Mason Creek Corporate, a 110-acre master-planned, deed restricted business park developed by Parkside Capital. Mason Creek Corporate is ideally located at the corner of Mason Road and I-10 near the Energy Corridor, Cinco Ranch, and the Grand Parkway and is designed to accommodate office, industrial, flex, back-office, restaurants, hotel, retail, and corporate headquarters sites. Visit the website.
Towne Lake, a 2,400 acre Caldwell Community “Connected by Water”, is centered around Houston’s largest private lake. Residents enjoy recreational boating, skiing, and boat docks amid Hill Country inspired homes along a 300 acre recreational lake. Towne Lake offers exceptional amenities, including parks, trails, waterparks and exciting future developments like The Boardwalk. View the website.
Ten Oaks, an 83-acre development at the corner of Interstate 10 and Barker Cypress Road, is developed by Wolff Companies. The project has 1,900 feet of frontage on I-10 and sits adjacent to the Texas Medical Center – West Campus, which currently employs over 3,000 people and is still expanding. View the website.
Westway Park is a 150-acre office park developed by Wolff Companies, located at the intersection of the Sam Houston Tollway and Clay Road, between Interstate 10 and U.S. 290. The Sam Houston Tollway, or “Techway,” is one of the fastest developing technology corridors in the country. View the website.
West Ten Business Park
West Ten Business Park, a 473-acre development at Interstate 10 and Highway 90 in Katy, is developed by Parkside Capital. Access to a major transportation corridor, community amenities, and a high-quality employee base make West Ten Business Park a desirable choice for bulk distribution, flex, back office, office, retail and corporate headquarters sites. View the website.
Elyson, a 3,625.7 acre Newland Community, is located just 8 miles from I-10 and only 10 miles from Highway 290 with easy access to the Grand Parkway. This master-planned community provides a wide range of amenities including shopping, dining and more than 750 acres of parks & open space. These amenities, along with being in the highly regarded Katy ISD, make Elyson a desirable community for everyone. View the website.
Located in the heart of Katy, Texas, Grayson Woods is nestled among Katy’s finest amenities and best schools. This community is set within the backdrop of wooded nature preserves, amenity lakes, open spaces and walking trails. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch or Katy Mills Mall are just a few of the many shopping and dining options nearby. It’s only a 5-8 minute drive to I-10 or the Grand Parkway. View the Website
Imagine a place where old-fashioned values and modern comforts perfectly intertwine. A place where kiddos can explore and Fidos can fetch all afternoon long. A place where The American Dream shines as bright as the stars above. Imagine a place that feels more like home than you ever thought possible. That place is Jordan Ranch. View the website
Situated in Northeast Houston, The Groves is a one-of-a-kind master-planned community, skillfully orchestrated by Ashlar Development to preserve the pristine pines that create a beautiful and majestic backdrop for families to live in the quiet surround of wooded bliss. With unique amenities and year-round entertainment planned by our Lifestyle Director, The Groves offers the kind of life you have been dreaming about, and now you can call it home. View the Website
The Woodlands Hills
The Woodlands Hills is located 13 miles north of The Woodlands in Conroe and Willis, Texas. The Woodlands Hills provides unlimited access to nature-inspired amenities. The award-winning 17-acre Founder Park highlights an Activity Center with indoor and outdoor space, state-of-the-art fitness center and events lawn. Founders Park features leisure and fitness pools, a lazy river, an innovative playground, dog park and tennis courts. Extensive forested trails with dedicated bike lanes on major connectors are available for the community to enjoy. The Woodlands Hills will eventually be home to 20 neighborhood parks. Visit the Website
Woodson’s Reserve has 4.7 acres of amenities which include the 9,000-sq.-ft. Woodson’s Club amenity center, over 115 acres of preserved nature areas, and a resort-style pool that overlooks the natural wooded topography surrounding the community. The community is home to the Grand Oaks High School and Clark Intermediate School, four community lakes that are open for catch and release fishing, and a one-acre dog park. Experience the community’s distinctive modern lifestyle with a truly convenient location on the Grand Parkway. Developer: Toll Brothers. View the website