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Hillwood Communities Named Developer of the Year

April 25, 2023

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DALLAS – (April 25, 2023) – Hillwood Communities, the award-winning master-planned residential and mixed-use developer based in Dallas, was honored with 15 McSAM Awards during a ceremony hosted by the Dallas Builders Association on April 22nd at The Statler Hotel. Topping the list of awards, Hillwood Communities was selected as the Dallas-Fort Worth Developer of Year for the second consecutive year. In addition, the developer also achieved its third consecutive year wins in the categories of Master-Planned Community of the Year, People’s Choice Community of the Year, Best Community Amenity, Lifestyle Director of the Year, and Lifestyle Program of the Year.

The annual McSAM Awards recognize builders, developers, and associates in the Dallas area who have made significant contributions in the industry through specific achievements in product design, architecture, and sales and marketing categories. 

“Recognition from industry peers is thrilling because it helps validate that we are creating exciting and vibrant communities that stand the test of time for today’s homebuyers,” said Fred Balda, president of Hillwood Communities. “These awards are also a great sense of pride for our amazing associates, without whom none of this is possible.”

Pecan Square by Hillwood was named Master-Planned Community of the Year for a second time. Its Town Square concept was also named Community Amenity; this 5-acre walkable square is the beating heart of this Northlake Lifestyle by HillwoodSM community.

Pecan Square was also voted People’s Choice Community of the Year for a second time. This award is based on a consumer survey of the community’s most recent buyers asking for feedback on everything from home design, sales experience, customer service, community lifestyle, and overall satisfaction. They were also asked to rate the community on a scale from zero to 10 on how likely they would be to recommend it to a friend or family member.

“It has been such a joy watching Pecan Square grow, the streets full of life, parks brimming with excited kids, and the Town Square vibrating with energy” explained Andrew Pieper, Hillwood Communities Vice President. “It is such a special place, and these awards are a tremendous recognition for our project team, the Town of Northlake, our builder partners, and the HOA team, all of whom contributed to bringing this unique vision to life.” Pieper was also named Project Manager of the Year for his leadership during the launch years of the community.

Two more awards of note were wins for Lifestyle Director and Lifestyle Program of the Year for Union Park. Trusted homeowner’s association partner, FirstService Residential, has led the creation of a new standard for lifestyle programming with multiple back-to-back wins in these two categories. Lifestyle by HillwoodSM is includes this one-of-a-kind lifestyle program that builds a sense of community and activates the masterplan and thoughtful amenity design.

“We greatly value our partnership with Hillwood,” says Tanya Mendendall, Vice President at FirstService Residential. “Our management and lifestyle teams thrive when they are able to bring people together as friends and neighbors to create a culture of belonging.”

Hillwood Communities is a leading privately-owned real estate developer with a reputation for creating sustaining value for communities, homeowners, and other stakeholders in the DFW, Houston, and Austin metro areas. Their master-planned communities help set benchmarks for quality, innovation, and lifestyle in new home communities. The developer purposefully designs each residential development around the needs and desires of today’s homebuyers.