Lithia, FL (July 11, 2013) – Six of Newland Communities’ FishHawk Ranch builders recently earned recognition for design excellence at the 2013 Parade of Homes.

With a total of six awards from the Tampa Bay Builders Association, FishHawk Ranch homes accumulated more accolades than any other participating community this year.

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 homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. It is one of 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.

“The recognition of these exemplary homes reflects our promise to deliver an exceptional environment and experience for our residents,” said Rick Harcrow, senior VP of operations for Newland Communities. “The quality of our homebuilders and these models is a large part of the overall FishHawk Ranch community.

”Sabal Homes of Florida and DR Horton each won the prestigious “Grand Award,” while David Weekley Homes, Ashton Woods Homes, Homes by WestBay and Arthur Rutenberg Homes each earned “Merit” awards.

Entry judging was done by a panel of independent homebuilding experts who considered site plan, curb appeal, design, materials, outdoor living spaces, architectural detailing and workman-ship. A full listing of awards received by FishHawk Ranch builders follows:

  • Grand Award for homes priced $151,000-$200,000 – DR Horton, the Santa Cruz in Kinglet Ridge at FishHawk Ranch
  • Grand Award for homes priced more than $800,000 – Sabal Homes of Florida, the Tradewinds 4 in Chapman Crossing at FishHawk Ranch
  • Merit Award for homes priced $351,000-$375,000 – David Weekley Homes, the Kinglet in Bayberry Glen at FishHawk Ranch
  • Merit Award for homes priced $401,000-$450,000 – Ashton Woods Homes, the Sampras in Starling at FishHawk Ranch
  • Merit Award for homes priced $601,000– $750,000 – Homes by WestBay, the Gasparilla in Starling at FishHawk Ranch
  • Merit Award for homes priced more than $800,000 – Arthur Rutenberg Homes, the Gulfport 1093 in Chapman Crossing at FishHawk Ranch

  • The 43rd annual Parade of Homes featured 115 model homes by 33 homebuilders in more than 75 Tampa Bay area communities. Both the number of entries and volume of visitors increased by more than 30 percent over last year, making this year one of the most successful in the event’s history.

    FishHawk Ranch
    This 3,000-acre master-planned community located in southeast Hillsborough County is certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition. FishHawk Ranch features a variety of amenities including four community clubhouses, swimming pools, fitness centers, playgrounds, parks and one of the largest trail systems in the country. The community offers maintenance-free townhomes, villas, single-family, and custom homes priced from the mid $100,000s to over $1 million.

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