About Us

Johnson Development is a residential and commercial land development company headquartered in Houston and established in 1975 by Larry Johnson.

Employing approximately 100 industry professionals, the company currently has 17 projects under active development — 14 in the Houston region, two in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and one in Atlanta. These communities represent 74,000 residential units and 16.6 million square feet of retail and commercial space on 44,500 acres.

Delivering premier amenities has always been a focus for Johnson Development, which has created 10,000 acres of parks and open space, 2,000 acres of lakes and wetlands and 235 miles of walking trails.  As one of the largest residential developers in Houston, with home sales in the thousands, Johnson Development has more top-selling master-planned communities in the nation — more than any other developer for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Johnson Development held a 34 percent share of the master-planned community market in Houston.

Setting New Standards

That’s what Johnson Development has been doing since 1975 — creating master-planned communities where families can fulfill their dreams and live life to the fullest. Johnson Development’s team of visionaries has elevated the idea of master-planned communities, setting new standards in the types of amenities, lifestyle events and homes residents can expect. Superb planning allows everyday life to continue seamlessly, with all the intricate pieces of development easily falling into place. Creative approaches convert necessary infrastructure into charming community elements that enhance residents’ lives. And a fearless passion has allowed Johnson communities to be the first to introduce recreational opportunities never before seen in a master-planned development.

Creating communities that celebrate life — that’s what Johnson Development does.

What Sets Us Apart

Through the years, a “Johnson Development community” has become synonymous with a level of thoughtful considerations that delivers an outstanding community now and for generations. The difference is evident at first glance, with lush landscaping at a community’s entrance and continued throughout the development. The landscape plan is not only beautiful, but also earth-friendly — as native plants and grasses are used often to minimize the need for excessive watering and fertilization.

Another Johnson difference is the introduction of on-site lifestyle directors early in the development cycle — sometimes before the first resident has moved in. These recreation enthusiasts set the stage for a welcoming community ambiance, helping neighbors meet neighbors and encouraging residents to become involved in their community — especially once amenity centers open, an event that typically happens early in the life of a Johnson development.

Adding to the activities provided by the homeowners association are community service foundation committees that fund events such as fireworks extravaganzas and major festivals, as well as provide needed monies for education, health and wellness, the environment and other important endeavors. Because these non-profit organizations are funded by community enhancement and endowment fees assessed on the sale of every home, the services and benefits provided by the foundation committees continue into perpetuity.


Johnson Development has won a host of awards for outstanding development, environmental conservation and contributions to the real estate industry and general community. Perhaps its proudest accomplishment, however, is how many people want to live in a Johnson community. Repeatedly, Johnson Development communities have been listed among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities — in fact, it often has more projects among the best-selling communities than any other developer.