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FishHawk Ranch Lake House Named Top Recreational Facility for Design Excellence

The FishHawk Ranch Lake House recently received the prestigious 2014 Grand Aurora Award from the Southeast Builders Conference.

Recognized by the Aurora Award panel for its unique design and planning, the Lake House was built to serve as an anchor for FishHawk Ranch’s newest neighborhood. FishHawk Ranch is known for its green building initiatives and the natural outdoor connections it provides residents, and the Lake House is a prime example of this initiative.

“The Lake House is unlike any other gathering place in FishHawk Ranch,” said Pam Parisi, regional marketing director for Newland Communities. “Each building was carefully placed within the oak canopies, to preserve the trees and natural setting.  It’s the perfect place for residents to connect with nature and each other.  This location in the community gave us a special opportunity to be very intentional about the integration of nature and the built environment.”

The Lake House is comprised of three separate buildings connected by boardwalks; a main clubhouse, a screened game room and a state-of-the-art cardio room. Spanning 5,466 sq. ft., it was built with local and sustainable materials where possible to complement its natural surroundings, and Newland Communities is currently pursuing a LEED Silver certification for the Lake House.

The clubhouse includes a gathering room, catering kitchen, 12-seat dining table and fireside lounge for intimate gatherings or larger celebrations with family and friends. A short stroll along the boardwalk leads to a screened-in game room with ping pong, foosball and billiards.  And a separate cardio room offers treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, a stretching area and even a special play room for kids.

The 35th Annual Aurora Awards is sponsored by the Florida Home Builders Association and recognizes outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers and interior merchandisers. FishHawk Ranch remains the top-selling new home community in the Tampa market, according to real estate market research firm, MetroStudy.