Sierra Vista is Site of GHBA Benefit Home

Terry SwensonBenefit Homes Project, Charity Projects, Member News

Land Tejas, a Houston residential developer for 20 years, has delivered more than 28,000 homes across 16,500 acres. One community is home to one of the GHBA’s Benefit Homes. Land Tejas donated a lot to HistoryMaker Homes so they could construct the Alder Plan for the 40 year old GHBA charity fundraiser. Land Tejas has proven to be a long-time supporter of the association, donating 17 lots.

The Benefit Homes Project partners with Houston’s homebuilders, developers, trades, suppliers and vendors to raise funds for local charities through the sale of the Benefit Homes. The homes are built with donated materials, labor, services, the homesite as well as closing costs. Proceeds from the sale of the home benefit HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, two local charities.

With the donation of their 17th lot, Land Tejas has contributed an estimated total value of over $1,110,000 to the GHBA Benefit Homes Project.
HistoryMaker Homes is nearing completion of their Benefit Home. It is a 3,176 sq. ft. two-story featuring an open and spacious design with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. This plan showcases a downstairs master bedroom and a generous game room upstairs as well as a three-car garage.


“We are honored to partner with Land Tejas on this valuable fundraiser,” said HistoryMaker Houston Division President Mickey Pizzitola. “They have established a long history of innovative planning and development that has driven their success all around the Houston area. We are excited to get the home completed and sold for the benefit of two of Houston’s local charities.”

Vendors joining the HistoryMaker/Land Tejas team with their donated materials and services include: Deep Blue, Advantage Gutter, Builders First Source, Excell Foundations, Texas Window Industries, MHS Electric LLC, DPIS Builder Services, Universal Forest Products, Reyes Painting, Hurricane Construction, Flooring Services of Texas, Creative Landscape Solutions, Allpoints Surveying and Rock Materials.

Sierra Vista is located just 20 minutes south of downtown Houston off 288 and offers access to a variety of amenities with sister community Sterling Lakes. These include a junior Olympic pool, poolside cabana, SplashPad Texas waterpark, a recreation center and exercise facility, hike and bike trails and a sand volleyball court.

“The Land Tejas GHBA partnership is a huge factor in why the GHBA’s annual charity fundraiser has been so successful,” said John Williams, 2019 president of GHBA. “Al Brende, co-owner of Land Tejas has shared the vision of the Benefit Homes Project for two decades. His generosity has served the Benefit Homes charities well. The addition of History Maker Homes in this partnership is a win for the charities and for the buyer of this beautiful home.”

“One of the very first things we did when setting up Land Tejas was to develop a partnership with the GHBA,” said Brende. “When they approached us with the first Benefit Homes opportunity in 1998, we jumped at the chance. Not only does this cause help the greater Houston community, but it strengthens our bond with the builders who have been so loyal to us over the years. It is extremely gratifying to witness the impact the Benefit Homes project has made by helping those in need. We are also honored to partner with HistoryMaker on this program and expect their home to sell quickly.”

Brende, who founded Houston-based Land Tejas Cos. in 1997, was determined to develop the affordable gated-community concept. He was one of the first major developers to include community-wide amenities such as parks, splash pads, walking trails and community centers. He also helped pioneer the “smart home” technology that has become a standard feature in many homes. Completed developments such as Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch, Canyon Gate at Northpointe, Canyon Village at Cypress Springs, Sterling Lakes and many others represent years of development that launched in 1997 and continue today. With more than 10,000 acres of developed land across 20 communities, Land Tejas has shaped the Greater Houston landscape.

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Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.