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Apartments On The Top End Of The Market Dominate New Construction In Houston and DFW

Luxury living is flourishing in Texas.

Only two places in the nation — St. Louis and Las Vegas metros — were more active in high-end apartment construction last year than Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Nearly all — 98% in DFW and 97% in Houston — of the projects delivered in 2017 were luxuries.

Conversely, high-end construction has slowed in Austin from 94% in 2015 to 65% in 2017. Nationwide, high-end rental properties had risen to 79% of apartment construction in 2017, which is a big jump from 52% in 2012.

This is partially driven by increased construction costs, but demand for luxury housing is supported by a high demand for multifamily communities versus homes, population growth, and a strong economy, according to a report by Rentcafé.

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