The Headwaters land plan preserves the hilltops for magnificent views and natural contours. Photo by Freehold Communities.

Freehold Communities has announced that Headwaters in Dripping Springs, Texas, has won the Gold award for Best Landscape Design at The Nationals, which honors the best in the building industry.

Headwaters received the honor at the International Builders’ Show, February 19, 2019 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.  U.S. and international home builders, developers, consultants, and other industry professionals were in attendance for this prestigious event.

All of Freehold’s new communities express the company’s Vital Community™ approach that embraces healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. And all are distinguished by extensive amenities, including nature preserves, or innovative merging of homes and open space, such as “agrihoods.”

“Since opening, our communities have been recognized by our peers with top awards, and The Nationals win is among the most prestigious honors yet for Headwaters,” said Freehold Communities Texas Division President Matt D. Matthews. “Working closely with our landscape architecture partner, RVi, we have created a truly unique community.  We are grateful to our entire team for making this project possible.”

The original ranch home is preserved as part of Headwaters’ Homestead Park, which also includes the Star-Gazing Amphitheater. Photo by Freehold Communities.

“Even in the Texas Hill Country, it’s rare to have an opportunity to work with such an extensive natural palette.  Freehold Communities’ commitment to making the required open space an amenity for the residents and the public resulted in a truly unique plan,” said Patrick Smith, Director of Landscape Architecture for RVi. “Headwaters is a community where every single home opens to and embraces the natural hill country landscape.”

Boasting 1000 unique homesites, Headwaters in Dripping Springs harmonizes unique community amenities with its beautiful natural setting.  The Hub coffee bar and co-working space, for example, offers inspiring Texas Hill Country vistas. The vast open spaces and parks incorporate the structures of the original ranch building. This area includes Headwaters’ unique Star-Gazing Amphitheater – part of its Homestead Park – one of the most distinctive amenities of a masterplanned community anywhere in the United States. Perched atop a protected hilltop in the center of the community are the remnants of the original ranch home the Townes family built in the last century. It has been partially deconstructed, revealing classic stone masonry no longer seen today.

The Headwaters master plan employs an enlightened, preservation-development approach Designers crafted the community to preserve the natural landscape, protect the Barton Creek watershed and provide for the well-being of the people who call it home. The plan preserves over 1,000 acres for parks and open space, with miles of trails. The land plan allows each home back-up to open space, while preserving the hilltops for magnificent views and natural contours. It also strictly limits impervious cover so that rainwater is absorbed into the soil and vegetation. And Headwaters limits the number of homes to 1,000. Forward-thinking design guidelines encourage the use of native species and home designs that respect the history and natural resources of the property.

Headquartered in Boston, and founded in 2013, Freehold is currently developing eight masterplans throughout the United States, five of which opened in 2017.

All of Freehold’s eight new residential and mixed-use communities – in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and California – express the company’s Vital Community™ approach that embraces healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. And all are distinguished by extensive amenities, including nature preserves, or innovative merging of homes and open space, such as “agrihoods.”

About Freehold Communities

Freehold Communities is developing over 10,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and California. We create Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design.

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