Top Communities in 2023’s “Most Interesting Markets to Watch”
Zonda, the largest homebuilding prop tech company in North America who connects the housing industry’s foremost experts, recently released its “Most Interesting Markets to Watch in 2023” list.
Their annual list of top housing markets for the new year looks at a number of different variables, and ultimately aims to spotlight the markets that “offer the best combination of affordability as well as the ability and desire for prospective home buyers to move in this market.”
The list consists of 10 cities, which you can read more about here. In this article, we’re zeroing in on eight of the top markets and showcasing some of the top master-planned lifestyle communities in or near 2023’s “Most Interesting Markets to Watch.”
Located about 40 miles north of downtown Atlanta in charming Flowery Branch, GA, Sterling on the Lake combines big city convenience with a serene lake and mountain setting. Residents enjoy morning strolls through miles of walking, jogging, and biking trails, casting a line in Lake Sterling, and unwinding with a family picnic at the Village Green. The master-planned community near Atlanta features a Lakeside Clubhouse with a spacious veranda, an outdoor fireplace for those cool Georgia nights, a 27-seat movie theater, a caterer’s kitchen for hosting events, a 24-hour fitness center, and two large swimming pools. Explore more communities near Atlanta.
Located 15 minutes north of Austin in historic Georgetown, Cimarron Hills is nestled on 1,000 acres of Texas Hill Country. The all-ages Austin area community features a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, along with a Tuscan-influenced clubhouse that includes a well-equipped fitness center, full-service spa, fine dining at its Osage Trace Grille, outdoor swimming pool, and five lighted tennis courts. A wide variety of homes and homesites within the community offer views of the fairways, mature live oaks, and the San Gabriel River. Explore more communities near Austin.
Centrally located between Annapolis and Washington D.C., and just 20 miles from Baltimore, Brookfield Residential at Two Rivers offers an active adult lifestyle with an abundance of amenities and nearby attractions, including a dedicated 55+ clubhouse. This community in Odenton, Maryland encompasses 1,464 acres of conserved natural landscape. Low-maintenance, single-level homes with flexible floor plans are complemented by residential perks like a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, demonstration kitchen, tennis and pickleball courts, and a variety of entertainment options. Residents of this community near Baltimore also have exclusive access to a 160-acre environmental park with ponds and wetlands.
Just north of Houston set within the sprawling Houston Hill Country, Chambers Creek is a 55+ active adult community in Willis, TX. Situated near popular Lake Conroe, the community features a Tom Lehman-designed links-style golf course and a private onsite marina. The onsite Social & Wellness Center includes a well-equipped fitness center and gathering spaces, the working vineyard hosts various events and tastings, and the resort-style pool offers lounge areas and scenic views. Other perks within this age-restricted community near Houston include 20+ miles of trails, outdoor fitness stations, dog park, pickleball court, lawn games, and a full-time lifestyle director to keep residents continually engaged.
North of Miami on Florida’s southeast Atlantic “Gold Coast,” Avalon Trails is a community that’s only seven miles from the oceanfront and offers residents a variety of premium lifestyle amenities designed to help them stay active, social, and healthy. Located in desirable Delray Beach, a city that was named “Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today and touted as a “Sunny Escape” by the Wall Street Journal—the community within proximity to Miami features a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and more. Explore more communities near Miami.
In the heart of Virginia’s New Kent County near Williamsburg and only 20 miles from Richmond, The Groves at New Kent is a lifestyle community that offers energy-efficient one-level living with no yard maintenance, and an extensive list of amenities for active adults and retirees. Included among the amenities for residents are a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, pickleball courts, pet parks, and access to the renowned New Kent Vineyards Winery. Explore more communities near Richmond.
The quintessential Southern California beach community known as East Cove Cottages is a little over a mile to the beach and less than 30 minutes from Downtown San Diego. With its location close to the coast, the greater San Diego County community allows residents to spend their days walking on the beach, surfing, swimming, or biking to downtown Encinitas for lunch. From here, shopping and dining options, parks, annual festivals, botanic and meditation gardens, a butterfly farm, miles of walking and hiking trails, and a farmers' market are just minutes away.
Waterset by Newland is a Tampa-area master-planned community offering two- to five-bedroom homes for sale at a convenient location in sunny central Florida, about 16 miles south of downtown Tampa, less than 30 miles to Tampa International Airport, and just a short drive to some of Florida’s best beaches and golf courses. The Tampa-based community covers more than 2,300 acres in south Hillsborough County, and includes a lakeside café and information center, swimming and fitness facilities, splash park, acres of lush community parks and playgrounds, and miles of greenways and recreational trails. Residents also love the Waterset Club and its resort-style zero-entry pool, event space, a fitness center and tennis, basketball, sand volleyball and pickleball courts. Explore more communities near Tampa.