Summerlin, a master planned community (MPC) in Las Vegas, which has been the top-selling MPC in the United States for the past six years, finally yielded its No. 1 spot to a competitor: “The Villages” in Orlando, Fla., which was No. 2 in 2003. The biggest finding, according to Bethesda, Md.-based Robert Charles Lesser & Co., which bases its rankings on total new homes sold in 2003, is the sheer number of MPCs where 700 new homes a year were sold in 2003: 25. Sales at the top 10 MPCs were up by an average of nearly 20 percent over 2003. Del Webb Corp., a division of Pulte Homes, has the largest number of communities on the list.

TOP-SELLING MPCs

COMMUNITY, LOCATION (DEVELOPER)
2003 UNIT SALES
% CHG. OVER ‘02
1. The Villages, Orlando/Ocala, Fla. (The Villages)
3,823
69.2%
2. Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev. (The Howard Hughes Corp.)
2,873
9.1%
3. Poinciana (including Solivita), Orlando, Fla. (Avatar Properties Inc.)
2,484
46.4%
4. Anthem Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. (Del Webb)
2,038
21.5%
5. Irvine Ranch, Orange County, Calif. (Irvine Community Development)
1,937
-6.9%
6. St. Lucie West, Port St. Lucie, Fla. (St. Lucie West Development)
1,569
36.2%
7. The Woodlands, Houston (The Woodlands Operating Co.)
1,452
5.4%
8. Anthem Phoenix, Phoenix (Del Webb)
1,293
13.8%
9. Ladera Ranch, Orange County, Calif. (DMB Ladera)
1,212
-14.3%
10. Sun City Grand, Phoenix, Ariz. (Del Webb)
1,204
9.5%
SOURCE: ROBERT CHARLES LESSER & CO.