National Association of Home Builders Names Raleigh’s Bedford at Falls River Community of the Year

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Wakefield Development Company's Bedford at Falls River, a new home community in Raleigh, N.C., was named one of the five best communities in the nation at the 2006 Nationals Awards.

The National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), a council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has awarded Raleigh’s Bedford at Falls River with a Silver Award as its region’s Community of the Year.

For the second year in a row, Bedford was a runner-up for the lone Nationals’ Gold Award for Community of the Year. The Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) received the honor from The Nationals Awards, the nation’s largest competition for new home communities and sales and marketing professionals.

The award for Community of the Year places Bedford on the same level as four other Silver Award winners, all located in southern California. Bedford, located in north Raleigh, has prices starting in the $140s to over $1 million, and the community promotes a classic neighborhood atmosphere where social interaction and community activities are standard. The awards were announced at the Annual National Sales and Marketing Awards Gala on Jan. 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Wakefield Development Company began developing the master-planned community in 2001 with a focus on encouraging community interaction and small-town appeal, made available to people of all ages and backgrounds. Wakefield president John Myers believes it is the true sense of neighborhood that has brought the master planned community national recognition from its peers.

“Bedford definitely stands out as a community that’s designed to appease to a broader range of budgets and lifestyles,” said Myers. “The opportunity for a diverse neighborhood that encourages community activity and social interaction is what we feel makes Bedford a model community in this industry.”

Bedford at Falls River and its developers won additional Silver Awards, given to each region’s top community, for Best Landscape Design for a Detached Project for design by d'Ambrosi/Design Associates, and for Best Attached Home Plan priced under $400,000 for its Georgetown Collection, a collection of townhomes built by Orleans Homebuilders.

The community and its developers were previously recognized for Regional Awards, which are given in the initial round of judging, for Best Graphic Continuity and Best Color Ad - Masterplan for materials designed by Littleton Advertising & Marketing in Raleigh. Bedford’s region covers North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Celebrating its 25th year in 2006, The Nationals pays tribute to superior new home sales and marketing achievements by individual sales and marketing professionals, homebuilders and associates, and sales and marketing councils. It is the nation’s largest competition for new home sales and marketing professionals and communities. Gold and Silver Award winners were announced at the Annual National Sales and Marketing Awards Gala held during the 62nd-Annual NAHB’s International Builders Show at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

About Bedford at Falls River

Bedford at Falls River, a Wakefield Development Company community, revives the traditional neighborhood setting and atmosphere while combining modern conveniences of today’s homes. For more information about the community, please visit http://www.BedfordTradition.com , call 919-792-0100, or visit the Welcome Center at 4390 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC 27614.

About Wakefield Development Company

Wakefield Development Company is the Triangle's largest developer of residential communities, with a portfolio that includes over 14,000 home sites. In addition to the 2004 NCHBA Community of the Year, Bedford at Falls River, the company has six other communities under development across the Raleigh-Wake County market, including Wakefield Plantation, Eagle Ridge, Edgewater, Cornerstone, Delta Ridge and Twin Lakes. Wakefield is developing Mackintosh on the Lake in Burlington, and will begin construction of two new Triangle area communities, Renaissance Park and Twelve Oaks. For more information, call 919-556-4310, visit http://www.WakeDev.com.

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Zach Mazefsky, Littleton Advertising