This year’s RCLCO (an independent real estate advisory firm) survey of master-planned communities, has identified a notable trend in master-planned communities. Retail town centers have emerged as the “it” amenity in successful master-planned communities. In the past, golf course communities have been the popular amenity, but the No. 1 selling master-planned community, Mountain’s Edge in southwest Las Vegas does not have a golf course. The study found that about 40 percent of all master-planned communities surveyed have a retail town center and many of them performed as well if not better than golf course communities in sales and prices.