Riverstone Named Nation’s Best Master-Planned Community of the Year

January 20, 2018

For years, the developers of the 2,000-acre Riverstone have been hard at work on a bold, forward-looking vision to transform a swath of Madera County agricultural lands into the Valley’s best new place to call home. That vision has just materialized in a significant way: The Nationals—the nation’s largest competition for new-home communities—has just awarded Riverstone with the prestigious Gold Award for 2018 Best Master-Planned Community of The Year.

Beautiful landscaping enhances the first two neighborhood parks of Riverstone’s Lodge District. The landscape plan is an innovative, low-water design.
Representatives of Riverstone accept the community’s Gold Awards at The Nationals award ceremony held on January 10th in Orlando, Florida.

“We’re obviously thrilled to receive this coveted award as well as our other accolades this year from The Nationals,” said Riverstone’s Tim Jones. “It’s an honor to have our hard work and attention-to-detail recognized by this prestigious organization, especially in light of the formidable finalists vying for the Best Master-Planned Community of The Year honor, which included a number of large, well-respected national homebuilders.”

Sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders, The Nationals represents the nation’s largest competition for new home sales and marketing professionals and communities. The Nationals salutes and honors the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity and endurance. This year, the highly regarded competition drew more than 1,300 entries from the United States and Canada. Riverstone’s developers accepted the coveted Gold Award during an awards ceremony presented as part of the International Builders’ Show on January 10th in Orlando, Florida.

Along with receiving the Gold Award for Best Master-Planned Community of the Year, Riverstone also garnered a Gold Award for Best Print Campaign. In addition, three Silver Awards honored the community for a number of unique elements that expressed its “Look Forward to Life” marketing theme. These included Best Brochure for a Master-Planned Community, Best Signage and Best Welcome Center. Situated within Riverstone’s inaugural community clubhouse known as The Lodge, the award-winning Welcome Center was designed by California-based Chameleon Design.

“The Nationals are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovations in new home design, marketing and sales,” said Meredith Oliver, chairperson of the Nationals. “NAHB’s commitment to recognizing originality, imagination and success has been exemplified by its award winners since the competition’s inception.”

This year’s take of multiple Gold and Silver Awards marks the second time Riverstone has been recognized by The Nationals. In 2016, Riverstone was named the Gold Award recipient for “On the Boards Community”, honoring the project’s excellence in design.

Situated in the heart of the region’s path of growth, Riverstone—when complete—will total approximately 6,578 single-family, attached and multi-family homes, as well as commercial and mixed-use space including office, service and retail. Amenities at Riverstone are anticipated to include walkable neighborhoods, parks and open space, multiple community clubhouses, hiking and biking trails, a dog park, a community farm, historic olive and citrus groves, a sustainable water supply, and on-site schools belonging to the award-winning Golden Valley Unified School District.

For more information about the new-home community of Riverstone and its collections of new homes from D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and McCaffrey Homes, homebuyers are encouraged to visit the community’s website at www.RiverstoneCA.com and add their name to the Interest List.


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