Sienna lifestyle, home choices attract thousands of buyers

by Melanie Kalmar

Few communities are offering so many homebuyers the ideal combination of amenities, lifestyle, price point and choice of homes as Sienna by Johnson Development, a 10,800-acre master planned community in Missouri City.

Nearing a population of 25,000 and growing, Sienna is among Greater Houston’s largest and most celebrated communities and the No. 1 selling community in Fort Bend County. It is famous for its startlingly impressive variety of amenities. “Residents have so many options on any given day,” says Allison Bond, Sienna’s director of marketing. “The challenge is deciding what to do first!”

Sienna-mazing amenities

The vast array of signature amenities is a backdrop for everyday life, with 3,000+ acres of parkland, golf, recreational areas, lakes for fishing and green space. Residents enjoy nearly 50 parks and playgrounds within walking distance of homes and can jog or walk along miles of trails, many along creeks and wooded areas.

An award-winning lifestyle team plans activities, resident events and sports leagues for all ages. Active Adults, too, have a dedicated events coordinator.

Beating the summer heat is easy at any of Sienna’s five pools and famous water parks, including the Resort at Sienna Springs and Club Sienna, known as “the big bucket pool.” Swimmers can zip down slides, play water volleyball, splash at the water’s edge or simply relax poolside.

Sawmill Lake Club is Sienna’s newest recreation complex, featuring a tranquil lakeside pool, zipline, sprayground, adventure fort playground, and a 10,000+-square-foot clubhouse featuring a professional-grade fitness center (one of two in Sienna), resort-style lobby for meet-ups and boutique hotel-sized ballroom for private resident events from weddings to quinceañeras to graduation parties. Sawmill Lake Club’s patio is perfect for small gatherings or enjoying the view of Sawmill Lake by the fire pit.

Another enormous and widely popular amenity is Camp Sienna, a 160-acre sports complex featuring baseball, soccer and football fields. It is also the site for events including the Halloween Camp Out, an annual family favorite.

Sienna residents enjoy horseback riding camps and lessons at Sienna Stables, a privately owned premier equestrian facility, while golfers hit the links at Sienna Golf Club & Grille. Racket-wielding residents perfect their backspin at Sienna’s tennis center, featuring eight lighted courts, newly renovated clubhouse, and classes and leagues for all ages.

“Parents often comment on the convenience of having all of their kids’ activities onsite,” Bond said. “Not having to drive across town to get to schools, sports, hobbies or to get last-minute groceries saves families so much time.”

 Great Schools K-12 on-site

Sienna students attend schools in the highly acclaimed Fort Bend Independent School District, and the commute is short, with four elementaries, two middle schools and a high school onsite. There are also Montessori schools and daycare centers in Sienna.

Having fun building the future

Buyers can choose from townhomes, single-family homes and custom homes by renowned builders: Chesmar, Coventry, Darling, David Weekley, Jamestown Estate Homes, Lennar, MI Homes, Meritage, Newmark, Perry, Shea, Taylor Morrison, Toll Brothers, Trendmaker and Westin. Townhomes start in the low $200,000s; single-family homes from the mid $200,000s; and custom products from $800,000 to $1+ million.

 “We don’t have to sell the community to buyers because they already know it very well,” says Nimesh Patel, a broker/owner at RE/MAX Fine Properties. “They are looking for the actual house that is more practical for them.”

Smart floorplans

Whether it’s first-time or move-up buyers, luxury buyers or empty nesters, everyone has a desire for the space to be practical, Patel says. For example, instead of two separate dining areas, some homes feature flex spaces—a study, game and/or media room— and a wide-open area off the kitchen for meals. Catering to multi-generational buyers, Lennar designed a home with separate entrances and extra spaces, such as two kitchens and two bedrooms down, for everyone to live together, albeit separately.

Sienna’s many available floorplans include single-story open-concept designs and built-in energy efficiencies. Also, some builders are offering smart home options that allow residents to adjust the HVAC, lighting and security systems from a wireless device.

An easy commute

Sienna is served by the Fort Bend Tollway, which connects directly to Beltway 8 and Loop 610, allowing for more convenient access to I-10, I-59 and I-45. As a result, Houston’s largest employment hubs — from the Medical Center to the Galleria area and Downtown Houston — are readily accessible, as are major sports and entertainment venues.

“Most of my buyers are heroes — medical professionals, firemen, police officers,” says Debbie Waterman, sales consultant, Chesmar Homes. “They love that we have a product in Sienna affordable for them.” Waterman sells townhomes but noted that Chesmar also has new single-family homes at Sienna, from small to large footprints, allowing the builder to fit anyone’s needs. “What people love about the townhomes is that turnkey lifestyle,” she says. “It gives them the ability to lock the door and leave.”

Sienna is near Sugar Land Town Square, a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. However, residents don’t have to travel far for everyday conveniences. Within Sienna and along the Highway 6/Sienna corridor are grocery stores, banks, restaurants, shopping, beauty maintenance, medical/dental and professional services.

A wise investment

As the largest community in the Johnson Development portfolio, and often considered its flagship, Sienna is a profile in enduring beauty. Prospective buyers can simply visit neighborhoods built when the community opened 23 years ago to get a sense of what to expect years into the future. It’s one of the reasons staying in Sienna is a priority for residents when it’s time to buy a new home.

Selling homes in Sienna brings Patel back to his childhood, when neighbors spent time together outdoors.

“Sienna is the one place buyers will see people outside and kids running around and playing,” he says. “It looks like when I was growing up in the 1980s. You don’t see any of that too much today.”

For details, visit www.siennatx.com.

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  • Allison Bond says:

    Great article! How soon can I move in? Sienna is a wonderful, cohesive community with 365 days worth of fun stuff to do – and more to come. More lakes, more recreation features, more parks + neighborhoods, more schools. #BigFuture #GreatInvestment

  • Eric Howze says:

    Love this Home!!!!!

  • Tara Ae says:

    five stars!

  • jB says:

    Easy commute to work in town. Beautiful community with loads of planned activities and amenities. Terrific home values compared to other communities especially at today’s Interest Rates! 5 Stars and highly recommended!

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