Arden Wins Big at NAHB’s Nationals Awards

South Florida’s first agri-hood added a few more accomplishments to its record, as Arden took home several honors during the National Association of Home Builder’s Nationals Awards earlier this week in Las Vegas.

Arden, developed by Freehold Communities, earned:

  • Gold Award | Best Community Amenity
  • Silver Award | Best Masterplanned Community
  • Gold Award | Best Website for a Community
  • Gold Award | Best Realtor/Broker Program

Shearwater in St. Augustine, Florida, also developed by Freehold Communities, earned the Silver Award for Best Realtor/Broker Program.

“We’re extremely proud of the recognition Arden and Shearwater received at The Nationals,” said vice president Jenna Perkins. “The teams at these communities have worked hard to bring community programs to life and to engage homeowners, businesses and local realtors, and they should be proud of these accomplishments.”

Read more about the winners.  

Daybreak Named ‘Masterplan Community of the Year’ by Pacific Coast Builders Conference

The Pacific Coast Builders Conference hosted its annual Golden Nugget Awards ceremony last week, and we’re pleased to announce the judging committee named Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah, as “Masterplan Community of the Year.”

The annual awards competition drew more than 600 U.S. and international entries. Judges selected merits winners in more than 50 categories. The Golden Nugget Awards recognize those who improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.

In addition to Daybreak, Headwaters in Dripping Springs, Texas, earned top honors for Best Community Land Plan.

“Daybreak continues to raise the bar for master-planned communities,” said Mountain Division president Tony Ledvina. “This award recognizes the efforts of Daybreak Communities, community leadership and the on-site management team to build on a reputation of excellence in the community. We’re proud to serve this community and grateful to the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for the recognition.”

Learn more about the 2019 Golden Nugget Awards.

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WaterColor, Florida, Book Club Gives Back to Hurricane-Affected Students

Six months have passed since Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle of Florida. The violent storm impacted the Gulf Coast less than two weeks before WaterColor’s annual homeowner meeting. The Santa Rosa Beach community’s Board unanimously agreed to cut back on meeting expenses so the Association could make a donation toward relief efforts. 

Representing the community association, members of the WaterColor Book Club recently presented a check for $12,882 to the Bay County School System. The donation will assist with the purchase of classroom technology items and classroom rugs at Cedar Grove Elementary School. The donation will also help provide some fun for the students, who have been through so much, by funding a field trip to Shipwreck Island Water Park.

The Association’s donation is in addition to the $8,307 in donations already made by members of the WaterColor Book Club. Since November of last year, less than a month after the hurricane hit, the WaterColor Book Club has been working closely with Cedar Grove Elementary, which had taken in students from the heavily damaged Springfield Elementary, creating “Cedarfield” Elementary.

The WaterColor Book Club established the Adopt-a-Class program, which is chaired by homeowner Jamie Williamson. During the next six months, the book club visited the school monthly and supplied each second grader at Cedarfield (90 students in all) with school supplies, books and special gifts. Supplies were also provided to the teachers. Members visited classrooms to read, play games, create reading challenges and offer love and support to the children of the Title I school.

The book club selected second graders for a very specific reason. They wanted to make sure the students had all the extra help they could get at this important time in their education, regardless of time lost in school as a result of the hurricane.

“The idea was to focus on second graders because in the second grade students ‘learn to read.’ And, in the third grade, students ‘read to learn.’ Not being able to read at grade level at the third grade sets students back for their entire program of education. It sets them up to fail, or in the least, be a lower achiever than they would be if they had strong reading skills,” Williamson said. 

On behalf of the students and teachers, principal Sheila Wojnowski said the WaterColor community and its Book Club have gone above and beyond other donors to the school because they have not only provided much needed supplies but also their love and personal attention to the students.

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Province Community Manager Helps Resident Secure AACM Hope Grant

After receiving a late fee on her fourth-quarter 2018 assessments, a Province homeowner reached out to community manager Debbie Harper. Doctors recommended the 75-year-old undergo hip replacement surgery, forcing her to take time off from her job and leaving her with limited income.

For Debbie, such a call wasn’t completely unexpected.

“I looked at it as an opportunity,” she said. “When I talk to my homeowners, they always have a story to tell. And, being in an active-adult community, it usually has to do with someone close to them battling illness. I always try to find a way to help.”

In this particular instance, Debbie knew just how to handle the situation. Debbie serves on the Homeowners Outreach Program Enterprise (HOPE) Grant Committee of the Arizona Association of Community Managers. This committee reviews applications from homeowners living in community associations who are unable to pay their assessments for one of three specific reasons: treatment of a severe health problem, a death in the family resulting in financial loss, or financial hardship due to being called to full-time active duty for one or more years by the Arizona National Guard or other Reserve unit.

Debbie reached out to the resident to verify she met the grant’s other criteria: the owner must reside in the home, be in good standing with the association and be current on assessments for at least one year prior to the qualifying event. Upon verifying this information, Debbie set out to help, reaching out to the AACM committee for an application on behalf of her resident.

The committee pre-qualified the woman for a grant, and Debbie provided additional information on behalf of the community association. Debbie was absent from the meeting when the committee voted, but her request received approval for not only the fourth-quarter 2018 assessments but also the first quarter of 2019.

The HOPE Grant only covers assessments, not late fees or other fines that have been incurred. To assist even further, Debbie worked with the Province Board of Directors to waive the resident’s late fees.

“It’s heartwarming,” Debbie said of being able to support a resident in need. “It’s a win for everyone. The resident receives the help they need, the association receives its money and AACM is able to give back to a resident in need.”

Funding for HOPE Grants comes from AACM’s annual charity golf fundraiser. The amount of grants awarded each year varies, but Debbie said it has been between five and 12 each year she has served on the committee.

Learn more about the AACM HOPE Grant Program.

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CCMC Serves Seven of the Nation’s Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities of 2018

Two leading real estate organizations have released their annual lists of the Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities, and we’re proud to serve seven of the featured communities.

The lists were compiled by RCLCO and John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

“When homebuyers choose to live in a particular neighborhood, they’re endorsing that community and taking pride in their new home,” said CEO D. J. Cole. “We’re excited for all those who have moved into the communities we serve to become involved and connect with their neighbors. As they settle in, we know they’ll find out what makes these neighborhoods, in particular, feel like home.” 

RCLCO’s 2018 list includes:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 9 | No. 8 in 2017)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 12 | No. 19 in 2017)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ (No. 17 | No. 30 in 2017)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 20 | No. 22 in 2017)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 26 | No. 20 in 2017)
  • Viridian | Arlington, TX (No. 37 | Not ranked in 2017)

John Burns’ 2018 list includes:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 9 | No. 8 in 2017)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 13 | No. 20 in 2017)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ (No. 17 | No. 30 in 2017)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 19 | No. 23 in 2017)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 27 | No. 21 in 2017)
  • Viridian | Arlington, TX (No. 42 | Not ranked in 2017)
  • Alamo Ranch | San Antonio, TX (No. 48 | No. 31 in 2017)

“Congratulations to the developers, homebuilders and team members in these communities,” D. J. said. “We’re proud of the great partnerships that have resulted in a true sense of community and a feeling of belonging in each of these top-selling neighborhoods.”

Read more about the RCLCO rankings.

Read more about the John Burns rankings.

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BackCountry, Anthem Ranch Honored with CAI Awards

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute recently recognized the efforts of CCMC teams at BackCountry and Anthem Ranch with top awards. BackCountry was named Community of the Year, while Anthem Ranch earned the Outstanding Community Building prize.

Situated among the beautiful Colorado landscape in Highlands Ranch, BackCountry allows its residents an opportunity to connect with nature, as well as their neighbors. Miles of trails wind through the surrounding area, providing amazing experiences for hikers and bikers alike.

A thriving lifestyle program focuses around activity at the Sundial House, a world-class amenity center equipped with fitness rooms, a pool and an on-site pub. The community transitioned to homeowner control earlier this year and is nearing its buildout of 1,267 homes. The community is led by community manager Jeff Powles; Ben Smith serves as lifestyle director.



Anthem Ranch’s Outstanding Community Building award reflects the community’s commitment to building relationships and connections between its active adult residents. Set in the picturesque mountain landscapes of Broomfield, the community engages residents through a variety of events and programs. The 32,000-square-foot Aspen Lodge, the community’s amenity center, features facilities for swimming, exercising, relaxing and spending quality time with friends and neighbors.

Community manager Sue Santos leads operational efforts, while lifestyle director Katherine Erstad facilitates events, activities and programs.

The honor of BackCountry being named Community of the Year is a testament to this team’s commitment to CCMC’s vision of providing the absolute highest-quality service to residents in the communities we serve.

Anthem Ranch’s recognition with the Outstanding Community Building award also exemplifies the commitment of that community’s on-site team to fulfilling CCMC’s purpose of bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where we work. This award recognizes a community association for outstanding demonstrations of community resourcefulness and enhancement and application of team members’ strengths.

“The efforts of our teams at BackCountry and Anthem Ranch continue to showcase what sets CCMC apart, and awards such as these are a testament to our philosophy of service,” said division president Delores Ferguson. “We couldn’t be more proud of these teams and thankful to CAI for continuing to recognize excellence in our communities.”

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Neighbors Unite to Raise Funds for Local Cause

By serving communities, we serve the greater community. Our teams empower residents to give back to important causes close to their own hearts. At Power Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona, this manifests itself in the annual Quartermania fundraiser.

A partnership between the community association and the Association of Power Ranch Entrepreneurs (ASPiRE), the Quartermania auction raises funds for a local charity. This year, the event benefited House of Refuge, a faith-based organization in Mesa helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services.

Together, ASPiRE, the on-site team and Power Ranch homeowners raised $12,635.97 – exceeding this year’s goal of $11,000. These funds allowed the Power Ranch Community Association to adopt a House of Refuge home for one year. This adoption includes safe housing, utilities, monthly food boxes, community center access, financial literacy programs, comprehensive support services and more.

Last month, members of the Power Ranch Board of Directors, on-site CCMC team and ASPiRE presented a check to House of Refuge. A plaque recognizing the community’s contribution now hangs on one of the organization’s 88 transitional homes. 

“We set a high bar for Quartermania this year, and our community came together to shatter expectations,” said Rebecca Hill, lifestyle director at Power Ranch. “We’re grateful to everyone who helped make this possible and excited to see how our contribution enables House of Refuge to serve those in need in our community.”

Learn more about House of Refuge

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CCMC Serves Three of the “10 Best-Selling Active Adult Communities in Texas” recently released its ranking of the “10 Best-Selling Active Adult Communities in Texas” and we’re excited to announce three communities we serve made the list, including:

No. 2: Hill Country Retreat | San Antonio, Texas
No. 3: Frisco Lakes | Frisco, Texas
No. 4: Del Webb Sweetgrass | Richmond, Texas

Its mild climate and relaxed lifestyle make the state of Texas a very attractive place to retire. The fabulous amenities, personalized service and fraternal environments of our communities on the list make them irresistible! To read more, visit  

Congratulations to Hill Country Retreat, Frisco Lakes and Del Webb Sweetgrass!  



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RCLCO Releases Mid-Year Top-Selling Master-Planned Community List

RCLCO Real Estate Advisors recently released its mid-year update on Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities for 2018, which includes eight communities served by CCMC.

“We’re always proud to see the communities we serve featured on these lists,” said CEO D. J. Cole. “Several of these communities were included on the year-end list for 2017, as well, which indicates continued momentum and growth. Our teams at each site work hard to build community and ensure each of these neighborhoods continues to feel like home for new homeowners.”

RCLCO’s mid-year list includes:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 8 | No. 8 in 2017)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 11 | No. 19 in 2017)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 12 | No. 22 in 2017)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ (No. 19 | No. 30 in 2017)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 19) | No. 20 in 2017)
  • Viridian | Arlington, TX (No. 26 | Not ranked in 2017)
  • Ironwood Crossing | Queen Creek, AZ (No. 43 | Not ranked in 2017)
  • Towne Lake | Cypress, TX (No. 47 | Not ranked in 2017)

“Congratulations to the developers, homebuilders and team members in these top-selling communities,” D. J. said. “We are pleased to be your partner at these top-selling master-planned communities.”

Read more about RCLCO’s mid-year rankings.

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Mesa, Arizona, FFA Chapter Wins Community Service Award

Preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders helps ensure the communities we serve continue to thrive for years to come. The Future Farmers of American of Red Mountain High School have become stalwarts of the Mountain Bridge community in Mesa, Arizona – and their efforts are paying off.

The Red Mountain High school organization received FFA’s 2017-18 Community Service Award in recognition of 3,864 hours of service with the Mountain Bridge Community Association. Throughout the year, students volunteered their time at community events, including The Great Pumpkin Party, Gingerbread Lane and The Bunny Hop.

“The FFA students bring so many skills along with them each time they visit the community,” said Mountain Bridge lifestyle director Lisa Brennan. “They are excellent organizers, problem solvers, hard workers, self-motivated, great at interacting with people and an enormous amount of fun. I can really trust they will put their hearts into everything they do and leave a lasting impression. Our residents love having them here.”

The students weren’t the only ones honored at a recent FFA banquet, either. The organization presented Lisa an Honorary Chapter FFA degree.

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