July 25th, 2018

Headwaters Community Wins Prestigious Gold Nugget Grand Award

New Development in Dripping Springs, Texas Selected for Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle for a Community

Award Joins Four Other Silver Awards of Merit for Freehold Communities in Florida and California

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Headwaters, the new 1,035-acre development in Dripping Springs, Texas (near Austin), has won the 2018 Gold Nugget Award for Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle for a Community. Headwaters developer Freehold Communities accepted the award at the annual PCBC 2018 Gold Nugget Awards in San Francisco, June 28, 2018. PCBC’s Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to the best innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally.

With 1,000 lots for homes, Headwaters includes broad expanses of natural habitat, including Barton Creek and five protected hilltops, plus resort-style split-level pool, Wi-Fi café, and eight miles of trails.

Gold Nugget judges cited Headwaters’ project description: Headwaters harmonizes unique community amenities with its beautiful natural setting. The Hub coffee bar and co-working space, for example, serves as the main indoor gathering area. Its walls of floor-to ceiling glass offer inspiring Texas Hill Country vistas from a building that feels like it might have served the ranch that originally formed this property. In the same way that these spaces bring the outdoors in, the vast open spaces and parks incorporate the structures of the original ranch building. This approach includes Headwaters’ Star-Gazing Amphitheater – part of its Homestead Park – one of the most distinctive amenities of a masterplanned community anywhere in the United States. Perched atop a protected hilltop in the center of the community are the remnants of the original ranch home of the Townes family built in the last century. It has been partially deconstructed, revealing stone masonry no longer seen today.

“The Gold Nuggets are the most prestigious awards in our industry, so it is gratifying to be recognized by its judges,” said Freehold Communities Texas Division President Matt D. Matthews. “Headwaters’ homes, land plan and amenities are all designed to create a rich indoor/outdoor experience for residents. We are happy to see our holistic approach to placemaking join those of the best communities across North America.”

Joining Headwaters in receiving the Grand Award for Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle were its architects MAI – Marsh & Associates, Inc.; planners: RVi Planning; and interior designers MAI – Marsh & Associates, Inc.

In addition to its Gold Nugget Grand Award for Headwaters, Freehold Communities received five Silver Awards of Merit (the top vote recipients) in three categories:

  1. Best Community Land Plan
    1. Headwaters in Dripping Springs, Texas
    2. Shearwater in St. Augustine, Florida
  2. Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle for a Community
    1. Headwaters (The Grand Award winner)
    2. Shearwater
  3. Best On the Boards Site Plan
    1. Miralon in Palm Springs, California

Headquartered in Boston, and founded in 2013, Freehold is currently developing eight masterplans throughout the United States, five of which opened in 2017.

All of Freehold’s eight new residential and mixed-use communities – in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and California – 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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