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Cinco Ranch #1 selling community in Texas

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Cinco Ranch #1 selling community in Texas

Cinco Ranch was the number one community for new-home sales in Texas and Houston for 2010, according to a report from RCLCO, a national real estate advisory firm. With 816 new-home sales last year, Cinco Ranch was also the third-ranked community in the United States for new-home sales.

Located in Katy, Cinco Ranch has new homes priced from the $140,000s to over $1 million. Opened in 1991, Cinco Ranch is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011 with plans to open a Model Home Village with 24 decorated model homes in April.

“Offering a diverse range of new-home products and fresh model homes has been key to the success of Cinco Ranch over the past two decades,” said Heather Gould, marketing director for Newland Communities, developer of Cinco Ranch. “Education has been another strong draw for homebuyers, with 15 of the 16 Katy ISD schools schools serving Cinco Ranch rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency.”

In 2010, Newland Communities acquired 474 acres to expand Cinco Ranch from 7,600 acres to 8,074 acres, providing land for an additional 1,200 homes.

The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch is located within the 8,100-acre Cinco Ranch master-planned community on Houston’s fast-growing west side.

The 18-hole, par-71 golf course features a rolling layout that will challenge low handicappers while still offering the average player or beginner the opportunity to play an enjoyable round of golf. That’s thanks to a well-conceived plan by the developers of Cinco Ranch, and masterful design by Houston-based architect Carlton Gipson.

The development company set aside ample room for the course, enabling Gipson to provide a wide variety of holes without squeezing them between out-of-bounds markers. In most cases, following the intended line of play takes OB completely out of play. Only three holes are marked by white stakes on both sides — that, in itself, sets Cinco Ranch apart from most real estate-oriented courses. Gipson’s design features a surprising (and pleasing) amount of roll, with several holes home to elevation changes of as much as 15 feet. The elevation changes help ensure an interesting round of golf — so do some 50 bunkers and water hazards that come into play on 16 holes.

The first class practice facility and driving range is complete with two enormous tees that are always open for practice from grass. The amenities include two giant, undulating practice greens for putting and chipping improvement as well as a short game area that offers a huge bunker, many shade trees, and provides lies of varying degrees.

Houston had the largest concentration of top-selling communities on the RCLCO list, with eight developments among the top 20.