NAHB announces finalists for apartment and condo awards

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The Rey, in San Diego was the 2017 Multifamily Community of the Year.

Roof deck pools and lounges, stunning views, a focus on health and fitness and a friendly welcome for pets are some of the features that millennials and 55+ down-sizers are looking for in a multifamily community. The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 2018 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards judging is complete, and the panel of 12 industry experts narrowed down the entries to 74 finalists.

The industry judges saw condos beginning to make a comeback and while beachfront living is still a big plus, they noted that the experiences and attractions of city centers also attract both younger and older renters.

“The Pillars Awards finalists reflect inspired and forward-thinking approaches to the multifamily housing market,” said Steve Lawson, chairman of NAHB’s Multifamily Council and president of The Lawson Companies in Virginia Beach, Va. “The other judges and I were truly wowed—the finalists are a great example of what the multifamily market can strive to be.”

The finalists also ran the gamut in size—from 4-unit quadraplexes to a 690-unit South Florida condo. Architects and interior designers embraced clean lines and moved closer to modern décor in model units, and the art on the walls is increasingly likely to be the work of local artists.

Don’t forget to check out the finalists in the upcoming November/December issue of PRO.