Orange County: Where Master-Planned Communities Reign

Urban Land Institute

By Kathleen McCormick

With new homes loaded with high-end features, resort amenities, and open space—as well as access to good jobs, schools, beaches, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment—master-planned communities (MPCs) have put Orange County, California, at the top of the national MPC rankings.

Irvine Ranch in Irvine pulled ahead of the Villages in Ocala, Florida, to become the top-selling MPC in the United States in 2016. Three other Orange County MPCs—Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine, Rancho Mission Viejo in south Orange County, and Baker Ranch in Lake Forest—ranked among the top 20 MPCs nationwide, according to two national surveys, from Irvine-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting and Washington, D.C.–based RCLCO.

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Over the course of his 30-year career, Michael Anderson has worked in the residential development industry in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and Southern California. He has acquired residential land in excess of $300M for both land development and homebuilding entities and has overseen the construction of approximately 2500 homes. Currently, in semi-retirement, and based out of Newport Beach, CA, Michael continues to invest in and stay abreast of the land markets.

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