David Weekley Homes and Newland Communities New 55+ Housing Concept

Honored with Best in American Living National Design Award


Tampa, FL (January 12, 2017): Encore at Fish Hawk Ranch, the 55+ housing community developed and built by Newland Communities and David Weekley Homes, has been recognized with a Silver award in the 2016 Best in American LivingTM Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Encore at FishHawk Ranch was honored in the Active Adult Community category.

FishHawk Ranch is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest home builder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. FishHawk Ranch is of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.

Encore at FishHawk Ranch was recognized for its new approach to home design specifically for buyers 55 years and older. In partnership with David Weekley Homes, extensive market research was conducted and used to develop floor plans and amenities that would appeal to the growing needs of baby boomers, who are a driving force in real estate.

“We’re so proud of the community Encore at FishHawk Ranch provides and we’re extremely honored to be recognized,” said Alex McLeod, senior vice president and general manager for Newland Communities’ Tampa Division. “The Best in American Living Awards recognize the best innovative and creative communities in the United States and we’re humbled to be included in that list. We developed Encore at FishHawk Ranch to provide the best possible experience to today’s discerning active adults.”

"David Weekley Homes is fortunate to be able to create communities that go the extra mile to provide an active adult lifestyle to our homeowners,” added Nate Beauregard, the Tampa division president for David Weekley Homes. “Receiving this distinction from Best in American Living is a tribute to our dedication to the 55+ community and we are honored by the recognition.”

Encore at FishHawk Ranch features 16 open-concept, single-story floor plans that have been precisely designed to fit the needs of the active Boomer population. With expansive kitchen and living spaces, spacious master retreats and exceptional outdoor living spaces, the homes have also been designed to help ensure that owners can age in place.

The gated community also offers outstanding amenities, including The Oasis Club, a 5,000 square-food recreation center with a full-time lifestyle director on staff to schedule a host of social activities for residents.

The Best in American Living Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not, and should not be, limited to high-priced and/or custom homes. Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award if they showcase good design.

Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando on January 11, 2017.

Homeowners of Encore at FishHawk Ranch can enjoy the exclusive 5,000-square foot amenity center, The Oasis, with a full-time lifestyle director.

About David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held home builder, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Headquartered in Houston, the company operates in 23 cities and 13 states across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” David Weekley Homes has also appeared 10 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since 1976, the company has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information, visit www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

About FishHawk Ranch

FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities is a 4,100-acre master-planned community located in southeast Hillsborough County. Recently certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition as the first green community in Hillsborough County, FishHawk Ranch features a variety of amenities including more than 25 miles of nature trails. The community offers paired homes, single-family, and custom homes starting at $174,990 to more than $1 million. The FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center and model homes are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 685-7500 or visit our website at www.fishhawkranch.com

About Newland

Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 45 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states. www.newlandcommunities.com.


NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. North America Sekisui House, LLC. Sekisui House Corporate Information Site

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