November 22nd, 2019

NAHB Names Arden, South Florida’s First “Agrihood,” Prestigious 2020 Gold Award Finalist For “Master Planned Community Of The Year” In The Nationals Competition

Summary: Freehold Communities is proud to announce that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has chosen Arden, South Florida’s first “Agrihood,”as a finalist in The Nationals 2020 Gold Award Honors in numerous categories – including “Master Planned Community of the Year.” To be announced in January, The Nationals is NAHB’s largest and most prestigious awards competition and recognizes outstanding achievements in best new home sales and marketing across North America.

Palm Beach County, FL (November 20, 2019) – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently announced that Arden, South Florida’s extraordinary and first “Agrihood,” was selected as a finalist for The Nationals 2020 Gold Award for “Master Planned Community of the Year,” among multiple other award categories. NAHB’s largest and most prestigious awards competition, The Nationals recognizes communities throughout North America for outstanding achievements in best new homes sales and marketing. The Gold Award winners will be officially announced at NAHB’s The Nationals Gala premier event at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on January 21, 2020, in conjunction with the International Builders Show.

Importantly, Arden’s expansive five-acre farm and barn, as well as its stunning Lakehouse with two sparkling pools, WiFi café, spacious fitness center and more, were also chosen individually as Gold Award finalists for “Best Community Amenity.”

“Sponsored by NAHB, The Nationals is unquestionably the industry’s foremost awards competition and we are honored to be selected as a finalist for the renowned Gold Awards,” said Andrew Smith, Division President of Freehold Communities. “To be chosen from among a field of more than 1,300 entries is a tremendous distinction and underscores the unique farm-to-table lifestyle, and additional far-reaching, exceptional amenities, that Arden offers to those who are seeking the highest quality of life.”

Arden’s lush and expansive farm is developed and maintained by its two full-time farm directors. Residents share in the master planned community’s harvest of farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, take classes in the barn, and volunteer to tend and help plant the crops. The community combines the beauty of mother nature and country living with all the modern conveniences of city life.

With 20 miles of skillfully mapped and landscaped scenic walking, hiking and biking trails, residents can fish, canoe and kayak around beautiful Arden Lake. And nearly every homesite in the community backs up to a park, greenway or nature trail.

Arden is also a Gold Award finalist for “Best Realtor/Broker Program” and “Best Website for a Community.” Freehold Communities’ Shearwater master planned community in St. Augustine, Florida, is a finalist for “Best Realtor/Broker Program,” while Suzanne Maddalon, Vice President of Marketing for Freehold Communities, was selected as a finalist for “Marketing Professional of the Year.”

Established in 1982, The Nationals award program continues to recognize 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. During a three-day judging process, a panel of 7 industry professionals from across the country determine the award winners from a field of nearly 1,300 entries. To learn more, please visit

About Arden:

Master-planned by the visionary development team of Freehold Communities, Arden was brought to life by an impressive collection of top-quality homebuilders, including Ryan Homes, Lennar, and Kenco Communities. Located at 660 Arden Lake Way, Wellington, FL 33470, Arden is just minutes from A-rated schools, top hospitals, five-star restaurants, and the state’s leading equestrian sports venues.

About Freehold Communities:

Freehold Communities, headquartered in Boston, MA, is currently developing approximately 10,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and California. Freehold creates Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. As it evaluates opportunities, the company focuses on the right planning, the right properties and the right partners. Beginning with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market, Freehold carefully considers each property to determine how to best maintain its beauty and character to create a Vital Community™ by partnering with quality, creative builders who share Freehold’s philosophy of offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs.