June 4th, 2019

Headwaters Wins Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Community Land Plan

Judges Bestow Top Honor to Masterplan’s Preservation-Focused Design

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.Headwaters, the premiere residential community in Dripping Springs, Texas, has won the prestigious Grand Award at the 56th Annual Gold Nugget Awards in San Francisco. Set in scenic Texas Hill Country just west of Austin, Headwaters took top honors for Best Community Land Plan, including its enlightened approach to preserving resources and views. Held May 31, the Gold Nugget Awards showcased the leading trends in design, planning and building. It is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally.

Headwaters is developed by Freehold Communities, creator of vital masterplanned communities nationwide. Sharing the Grand Award for their work on Headwaters are architect/designer and interior designer MAI Marsh & Associates, Inc.; and land planner RVi Planning.

“It is a great honor for Headwaters to be recognized for the extraordinary land planning, landscape architecture, and indoor/outdoor lifestyle that defines the community,” said Matt D. Matthews, President, Freehold Communities – Texas Division. “This Gold Award demonstrates Freehold Communities’ thoughtful approach to amenities, including preserving and maximizing natural open space.  Each Freehold community – in its own way and unique place – achieves our goal of benefiting both residents and the environment.”

The recognition marks the 16th regional and national award for the new community. Headwaters also recently won the Honor Award from Texas American Society of Landscape Architects, and was nominated for Best Masterplan by Austin Business Journal Residential Real Estate Awards.

Freehold Communities also won six Awards of Merit from PCBC for four new communities in five categories, including Headwaters which received the Award of Merit for Masterplan Community of the Year.

  1. Masterplan Community of the Year
    1. Headwaters
  2. Best Community Land Plan
    1. Headwaters – Award of Merit and Gold Award
    2. Shearwater in St. Augustine, Florida
  3. Best Landscape Architecture for a New Community
    1. Orchard Ridge in Liberty Hill, Texas
  1. Best On The Boards Site Plan
    1. Miralon in Palm Springs, California
  2. Best Indoor Outdoor Lifestyle for a Community
    1. Shearwater in St. Augustine, Florida

Headwaters designers carefully crafted the community to preserve the natural landscape. Link to photo by Freehold Communities.

Winning Project Description

Headwaters submitted the below statement for the judges to consider:

Headwaters employs an enlightened, preservation-development approach to land that is rich in history and scenery in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Working with the original owners and the surrounding community, Headwaters designers carefully crafted the community to preserve the natural landscape, protect the Barton Creek watershed and provide for the well-being of the people who call it home. The plan preserves over 1,000 acres for parks and open space, with eight miles of trails. HW Central (the amenity center), offers an abundance of options for residents, including a resort-style, split-level pool with waterfall, state-of-the-art fitness center, Wi-Fi café, and outdoor socializing. The land plan allows each home back-up to open space, while preserving the hilltops for magnificent views and natural contours. It also strictly limits impervious cover so that rainwater is absorbed into the soil and vegetation. Headwaters limited the homes built to 1,000. Forward-thinking Design Guidelines encourage the use of native species and home designs that respect the history and natural resources of the property.

Headquartered in Boston, and founded in 2013, Freehold is currently developing eight masterplans throughout the United States. All express the company’s Vital Community™ approach that embraces healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. And all are distinguished by extensive amenities, including nature preserves, or innovative merging of homes and open space, such as “agrihoods.”

About Freehold Communities

Freehold Communities is developing over 10,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and California. We create Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design.

As we evaluate opportunities, we focus on the right planning, the right properties, and the right partners. We begin with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market. We then carefully consider each property to determine how we can maintain its beauty and character as we create a Vital Community™. Finally, we partner with quality, creative builders who share in our philosophy by offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs.

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