Our History

In 1962, Greenhaven – the pride of the late Harold Parker (who founded Parker Development Company in May 1956) – won the National Association of Homebuilders’ award for the country’s best-planned community. It was the first master-planned community in the State Capitol region, and the first built around a man-made lake.

Greenhaven is located in Sacramento’s Pocket Area and remains a prestigious place to call home to this day.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, brothers Bill and Jim Parker of Parker Development Company, duplicated Greenhaven’s success in south Sacramento’s Riverlake community, and The Parkway in Folsom. Both communities offer nature and biking trails, parks, schools and close proximity to shopping and community amenities.

In 1997, Parker Development Company moved further up Highway 50 and created Serrano, a community nestled in the Sierra Foothills and anchored by a private country club and golf course. Soon after inception, Serrano earned the same best-planned community award as Greenhaven in the 1960s. This gated, master-planned community was chosen over nearly 800 other contenders across the nation for the award. Serrano was designed as a tribute to its setting, which encompasses some of Northern California’s most beautiful landscapes and vistas.

In developing Serrano, Parker Development Company capitalized on the natural contours of the rolling foothills. This community boasts commanding views throughout its 3,500 acres, approximately 1,000 acres of land were earmarked, including mature oak groves and natural creeks, as preserved open space.

Meet Our Team

Parker Development Company has more than 60 years of experience developing master-planned communities. Together, the team works tirelessly to make each of its respective communities a better place to live, work and play.

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Over the years, Parker Development Company has been recognized for its work in protecting natural resources, its pioneering use of recycled water in Northern California for residential irrigation, the preservation and enhancement of natural resources and open space, land planning, community development, wetlands mitigation, environmental sensitivity and overall design. The Parker Development team is proud to be able to highlight some of those features here.



  • Parker Development Company

    2021 – Bill Parker inducted into the California Homebuilding Hall of Fame
    2019 – Samuel J. Cullers Outstanding Achievement Award, Lambda Alpha International
    2013 – Best Real Estate Projects (Judge’s Choice), Sacramento Business Journal
    2011 – Community Service Business of the Year, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
    2010 – Stephen D. and Jean T. Myers Award, El Dorado County Library Commissioners
    2009 – Austin B. Carroll Award, Sacramento Tree Foundation
    2005 – National “Building with Trees” Award, National Arbor Day Foundation
    1997 – Builder of the Year, BIA
    1996 – Business of the Year, Folsom Chamber of Commerce
    1996 – City Council Resolution, Sacramento City Council
    1996 – Special Community Design Award, American Society of Interior Designers Central CA/Nevada Chapter

  • The Parkway

    2013 – Excellence in Trails Award, City of Folsom
    1998 – Master Planned Community of the Year, BIA MAME
    1998 – Best Community/Town Site Plan, NAHB Gold Nugget

  • Serrano

    2012-2013, 2016-2018 – Best Housing Development, Village Life Readers’ Choice
    2005 – Recycled Water Innovation (Special Judge’s Award), National WaterReuse Association
    1998 – Recycled Water Project of the Year, WaterReuse Association of California
    1997 – National Community of the Year, NAHB
    1997 – Best Public/Private Recreational Facility (Serrano Country Club), NAHB Gold Nugget
    1997 – Master Planned Community of the Year, BIA MAME
    1997 – Top 20 Communities to Semi-Retire, Golf Magazine May 1997
    1996 – Master Planned Community of the Year, BIA MAME
    1996 – Recognition of Excellence, Sierra Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

  • Destinations at Serrano

    2001 – Detached Community of the Year (Silver Award), NAHB
    2000 – Community of the Year (priced between $200,000-$300,000), BIA MAME
    1999 – Community of the Year (Silver Award), NAHB
    1999 – Best Architectural Design Silver Award (single-family detached home), NAHB

  • Acronyms

    BIA – Building Industry Association of Superior California
    NAHB – National Association of Home Builders
    MAME – Marketing and Merchandising Excellence