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Hillwood Communities named Developer of the Year for third consecutive year and sixth time

April 21, 2024

Hillwood Communities, a leading new home community developer headquartered in Dallas, proudly accepted a total of 12 McSAM Awards at the annual ceremony hosted by the Dallas Builders Association at The Statler Hotel on April 20th. Notably, for the third consecutive year and sixth time, Hillwood Communities was honored as the Dallas-Fort Worth Developer of the Year.

Established in 1979 by the Dallas Builders Association, the prestigious McSAM Awards recognize local builders, remodelers, developers, and associates who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and contribution to the residential real estate industry within a given year.

Fred Balda, President of Hillwood Communities, acknowledged the awards as a reflection of the hard work, talents, and commitment of his team, stating, “We are truly honored to receive these awards, which are a testament to the dedication and skill of our team at Hillwood Communities. These accolades underscore our unwavering commitment to delivering quality communities that foster a genuine sense of belonging.”

Highlighting the achievements of Hillwood Communities’ developments, Union Park was named the coveted Master-Planned Community of the Year. Union Park’s Fitness Park, featuring an outdoor ninja-style fitness course, sport courts, yoga and cardio rooms, a lap pool, and a splash pad, won Best Community Amenity.

Near the shores of Lake Lewisville, minutes from Frisco and Denton in the town of Little Elm, Union Park is a unique multigenerational community anchored by 30-acre Central Park. At full buildout, the 1,100-acre community with feature approximately 3,400 single-family homes.

Elaine Ford, Senior Vice President at Hillwood Communities, remarked, “We take great pride in our team’s efforts in creating Union Park, a dynamic community that encourages active and enriching lifestyles for its residents. These awards serve as motivation to continue our pursuit of excellence in community development.”

Inaugural categories introduced this year saw the Mini Town Park at Harvest and Hillwood Communities’ under development project, Treeline, clinching victories for Best New Amenity and Best on Boards Community, respectively.

Harvest’s Mini Town Park is a captivating amenity designed to ignite children’s imaginations through active play and storytelling. Comprised of four open-air playhouses – a Farmhouse, a grocery store, a bank and a jail – the Mini Town Park offers limitless scenarios for exploration and memory-making.  

Drawing inspiration from its natural surroundings, Treeline, which won the Best on Boards Community award for excellence in development visioning and planning, is Hillwood Communities’ newest DFW community with a planned 2,700 homes. Nestled in Justin, TX, amidst the serene allure of rural Denton County and just minutes away from the thriving AllianceTexas corridor, Treeline is a nature-inspired community that is slated to open in 2025.

Last year’s winner of Master-Planned Community, Pecan Square, was recognized for its Best Lifestyle Annual Program, which includes over 300 events annually, fostering meaningful connections among residents.

The comprehensive list of McSAM Awards won by Hillwood Communities include:

  • Developer of the Year (3rd consecutive year, 6th win!)
  • Best on Boards Community (new category for 2024) – Treeline
  • Master-Planned Community of the Year – Union Park
  • Best Community Amenity – Fitness Park at Union Park
  • Best New Amenity (new category for 2024) – Mini Town Park at Harvest
  • Best Lifestyle Annual Program – Pecan Square
  • Rising Star of the Year – Autumn Smith, Development Operations Manager at Hillwood Communities
  • Best Special Event for the Public/Consumers – Harvest 10th Anniversary
  • Best Overall Marketing Program – Harvest
  • Best Logo – Union Park
  • Best Brochure Developer – Union Park
  • Best Digital Marketing Program – Union Park

Hillwood Communities remains steadfast in its commitment to crafting exceptional lifestyle communities that enhance the lives of residents and contribute to economic prosperity for the region.

For a full list of awards, visit our Awards page here. To learn more about all of Hillwood Communities award-winning neighbors in Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth, visit the Lifestyle Communities page here.