December 08, 2013 | Courtney Rogers | Comments 0

33rd Annual OBIE Awards Topped Off by Community of the Year Presentations

The 33rd Annual OBIE Awards, held on Saturday, Nov. 2, was a spectacular night full of fun, fellowship and recognition of the best in the Atlanta new home building industry. David Ellis, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA), provided a recap about this year’s event and the two highest honors that were given.

This year’s awards had almost 300 entries, with 98 Gold, 55 Silver and two Community of the Year’s being awarded.

Topping off the evening was the presentation of the two Community of the Year Awards, which are the highest achievement in the building industry. Entrants are asked to demonstrate excellence in building, marketing, land planning and amenities, and this year’s winners did just that.

The 2013 Master Plan Community of the Year Award was given to Highlands of Sandy Springs from The Providence Group. This unique yet luxurious community perfectly matches the lifestyle of its residents, which reside in a variety of home styles that include two- and three-story townhomes, mid-rise condos and single-family homes. The community features 15 home designs with up to 2,582 square feet of living space and prices from the low $200,000s to the $400,000s. With a desirable location on Roswell Road close to GA 400, I-285 and popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, this fantastic community truly offers something for everyone.

Winning the 2013 50-Plus Housing Community of the Year was Village at Deaton Creek from the active adult builder, Del Webb. This lovely, gated community sits just below the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and features beautiful green spaces located among picturesque, rolling terrain. The center of the community is the Club at Deaton Creek, a spacious clubhouse that offers residents a library, billiards room, grand ballroom, demonstration kitchen and an arts and crafts studio, as well as more than 8,000 square feet of space dedicated to fitness. The fitness area includes both indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and an exercise studio that is home to a variety of exercise and dance classes. In addition, the Club serves as the meeting space for activities and events planned by the full-time lifestyle director, as well as the gathering point for the more than 50 clubs and social groups at Village at Deaton Creek.

Both of the communities are wonderful places to call home, and the awards were well-deserved.

This spectacular event, which is put on by the Sales and Marketing Council of the GAHBA, was started in 1980 to recognize the best in building, remodeling, personal achievement and marketing in the new home building industry. For more information on the OBIE Awards or the GAHBA, visit To see a recap of each award presented this year, visit

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