January 16th, 2019

Headwaters Honored By National Association Of Home Builders

Freehold Communities is proud to announce that its Headwaters master-planned community in Dripping Springs, Texas, has won a Silver Nationals Award for Best Landscape Design from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), a council of the NAHB, The Nationals honor the very best of North America’s new-home sales and marketing initiatives, showcasing winners in distinguished national, regional and local publications.

“We’re incredibly proud of Headwaters,” said Matt D. Matthews, Texas Division President of Freehold Communities. “Working closely with our landscape architecture partner, RVi, we have created a truly unique community. We are grateful to our entire team for making this project possible.”

The Headwaters community features the Texas Hill Country’s scenic views, abundant wildlife and rolling hills. At the heart of the community is HW Central, a recreational complex with a split-level pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and clubhouse for community gatherings. Rvi Planning + Landscape Architecture created a master-planned concept that integrated a mix of residential lots adjacent with more than over 1,000 acres of natural open spaces.

“Even in the Texas Hill Country, it’s rare to have an opportunity to work with such an extensive natural palette. Freehold Communities’ commitment to making the required open space an amenity for the residents and the public resulted in a truly unique plan,” said Patrick Smith, Director of Landscape Architecture for RVi. “Headwaters is a community where every single home opens to and embraces the natural hill country landscape.”

Founded in 1982 as the Institute of Residential Marketing, The Nationals award program recognizes superior new-home sales and marketing achievements. With 61 categories across various disciplines of the new home industry, the awards honor excellence in product and community design, advertising, marketing and sales achievements by individuals and sales teams.

“The Nationals are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovation in new home design, marketing and sales,” said Kelly Fink, chairperson of The Nationals. “NAHB’s commitment to recognizing originality, imagination and success has been exemplified by its award winners since the competition’s inception.”

Headwaters was also recognized in 2018 by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC), Austin Home Builders Association (HBA) and Southeast Building Conference (SBC) for the following awards:

  • PCBC Award of Merit: Best Community Land Plan;
  • PCBC Gold Nugget Winner: Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle for a Community;
  • Austin HBA Nominee: Best Design for a Community;
  • Austin HBA Nominee: Best Unique Feature;
  • Austin HBA Nominee: Best Clubhouse for a Community;
  • SBC Aurora Award: Best Community Site Plan


Headwaters by Freehold Communities is a master-planned community located in Dripping Springs, Texas. It is a collection of homes and amenities in the scenic Hill Country landscape, tailored to the active lifestyles of its residents. Headwaters exhibits Freehold Communities’ commitment to creating Vital Communities that promote healthy living, connectivity, stewardship and a strong foundation for home and family.


NAHB strives to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while working to achieve professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen the economy. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80% of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily. For more information, visit www.nahb.org/.