Chicagoland Projects Among NAHB 50+ Finalists

January 24, 2012

An up-and-coming sector of the real estate market is housing for the Baby Boomer generation.

Some of those who have already tapped into this industry are now finalists for a national award, including two metro Chicago real estate projects.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council recently announced the finalists in the 2012 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the industry’s most prestigious national awards program honoring excellence in building, design and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond.

The program offers awards in 44 categories, including best affordable and market-rate rental communities, best for-sale communities, best mixed-use project, best green community, best remodeled and repositioned projects, best streetscape or neighborhood and best integration of nature & landscape.

Two Chicago-area projects are finalists in several categories:

Newport Cove’s LIFEhouse: Located in Antioch, LIFEhouse is the first model of its kind in the nation built to help homeowners as they grow older. Chicagoland Real Estate Forum wrote about this project before. Developer: New American Homes; Architect: BSB, Center for Inclusive Design + Environmental Access.

*LIFEhouse is a finalist for the Best Universal Design Home category.

The Mather: Located in Evanston, The Mather is a finalist in numerous categories. Developer: Mather LifeWays; Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Interior Design: Interior Design Associates.

*Best Built Repositioned Project

*Best CCRC or Independent/Assisted Living

*Best Direct Mail Piece or Campaign

*Best Dining or Cafe Experience for Mather’s — More Than a Cafe at The Mathers

A total of 79 entries were chosen as finalists for the NAHB 2012 Best of 50+ Housing Awards and are eligible to win a Gold or Silver Award during the International Builders’ Show on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Orlando.

“The finalists demonstrated how green and universal design features can be seamlessly incorporated throughout a home to enhance the lives of active adults, their children and grandchildren,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen. “We are excited to announce the award-winning projects during the 2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show.”

To see all of the award finalists, visit nahb.org.

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