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04-001 A Ext ElevAward-winning designs provide creative motivation for your new home. The 2014 Aurora Awards were presented in July 2014 at the Florida Home Builders Association-sponsored Southeast Building Conference in Orlando. Ideal-Living magazine sponsors the awards annually to showcase outstanding designs and building innovations. Josh Wynne Construction of Sarasota and architect Jonathan Parker of Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) shared the spotlight by winning coveted Golden Aurora Awards.

Wynne’s Golden Aurora was for the most outstanding residential project – the TipTopHaus in Sarasota that embodied the best principles of contemporary and sustainable design. LRK won the Golden Aurora for the top commercial project, the Lift Wellness Center, the anchor of a mixed-use, infill “healthy community” in Jackson, TN.

This year’s Aurora Awards competition attracted a record 346 entries, according to Aurora Chairman Dave Robertson, of RPI Media (Ideal-Living). Entries from 13 states were judged by a panel of housing, design and construction experts.

AuroraKitchenEmeraldHomes (1)Judges raved about Wynne’s TipTopHaus, which they termed “the evolution of the Bau Haus movement of days past. The clean lines and simple form inspired by the rich vernacular architecture of the famous neighborhood fit perfectly into the waterfront infill community where it stands. Naturally beautiful materials from the area highlight the stature of this home, which also featured LEED Platinum and FGBC Platinum green building certifications.”

The Lift Wellness Center also earned lofty praise from the judges, who said the “interior spaces were designed to enhance the users’ sense of well-being. Abundant daylight, a warm and nature-based color and materials palette, intuitively organized spaces, creative lighting and residentially-influenced furniture project comfort in the clinic spaces and energy and vitality in the fitness spaces. In addition to its goal of improving the health and wellness of the neighborhood and the city, the center also strives to encourage overall environmental well-being and is currently registered for LEED NC Silver certification.

In addition, Minto Communities won 15 awards, mainly for their Isles of Collier Preserve project in Naples, FL. The home pictured to the left is an example of attached housing at this project.

We invite you to peruse the following pages for inspiration and to check out more great images at

http://www.theauroras.com/


Del Webb Bexley

Del Webb Bexley

Land O Lakes, Florida

Del Webb Bexley is a 55 Plus Active Adult community near Tampa in Land O Lakes FL. Love life to the fullest in this gated, master-planned community. Enjoy the coastal life of Florida.
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Latitude Margaritaville Daytona

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida

You've earned a life where every day feels like an escape. Find your paradise at Latitude Margaritaville, the 55-and-better community where fun and relaxation meet. Located in the heart of world-famous Daytona Beach, Florida - Latitude Margaritaville is a place where life rolls easy, neighbors are friends, and the party never ends. Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, your new home in paradise features exciting recreation, FINtastic dining and live entertainment.
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SweetBay

SweetBay

Panama City, Florida

Alongside more than five miles of bay-front shoreline in northwest Florida lies the perfect coastal community. A place where the best of nature meets the best of neighbors. A place where every square foot of your home, your neighborhood and your favorite gathering spot was overseen with masterful planning and architectural design. At SweetBay, we see things differently.
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Cresswind at Victoria Gardens

Cresswind at Victoria Gardens

DeLand, Florida

Discover the distinct difference in active living, nestled within the scenic beauty of historic DeLand, Florida at Cresswind at Victoria Gardens. Cresswind at Victoria Gardens is the natural choice in a master planned community, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet centrally located with all the amenities to enjoy, near great shopping, dining, and entertainment. DeLand is home to one of the top Main Streets in America.
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Tidewater by Del Webb

Tidewater by Del Webb

Estero, Florida

The 55+ active adult community of Tidewater by Del Webb, perfectly situated in Estero, offers award-winning amenities and extraordinary lifestyle. Experience for yourself the two-story, coastal inspired clubhouse, with elegant community gathering room, state-of-the-art fitness center, group fitness studio, several activity rooms, 2nd floor balcony and catering kitchen. The famous Del Webb active adult lifestyle awaits at Tidewater.
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Del Webb eTown

Del Webb eTown

Jacksonville, Florida

Active Adult Community in Jacksonville FL is Del Webb eTown. Explore this Builder and 55+ community in sunny beautiful Florida! Brand new master-planned community now selling!
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K. Hovnanian's  Four Seasons at Orlando

K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Orlando

Kissimmee, Florida

Four Seasons at Orlando is a 55+ community in Kissimmee, Florida. This active adult community is situated within the 600-acre Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, offering a championship golf course, recreation, and an array of amenities and activities. Planned amenities include a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with swimming pool, fitness center, a card room, arts & crafts room, a cafe and more.
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WaterSong at RiverTown

WaterSong at RiverTown

St Johns,

WaterSong at RiverTown is Debuting Soon! As a Florida 55+ Active Adult Community, now is the time to enjoy a carefree active lifestyle centered on fun and enjoying life. Located along the banks of the St. Johns River, WaterSong features magnificent resort-style amenities. Find your dream home today!
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Village Green - Active 55+ Resort

Village Green - Active 55+ Resort

St. Petersburg, Florida

Welcome to Village Green, where you'll find luxury living at an affordable price. Village Green is an active 55+ adult community with a wide selection of pre-owned homes from the $30's, a multi-million dollar clubhouse, a full-time Activities Director, friendly people, and the finest in resort amenities. Whether you're looking for the best value in retirement, or simply a place to live life a little easier near the water, you'll find it a Village Green. Visit us and see why so many of our residents say it's like being on vacation all year long.
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Plantation at Leesburg

Plantation at Leesburg

Leesburg, Florida

Plantation at Leesburg is the largest of the Leesburg 55 & over communities & is one of the most active. Activities include golf, tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, basketball, softball, horse shoes, tennis, swimming, cards, dances, shows, arts & crafts and over 100 clubs.
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Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Tom Fazio golf and country club affords golfing, tennis, resort-style swimming pool, snack-bar, lounge and fine dining, gym, walking trails and 24-hour manned and gated guardhouse. Three miles from Amelia Island, close to beaches, historic-district and marina.
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Del Webb Oasis

Del Webb Oasis

Winter Garden, Florida

Coming soon, the beautiful resort-style community of Del Webb Oasis will let you live life to the fullest. This 55+ active adult community has an ideal Orlando location, next to the city's most popular attractions. The lifestyle allows proximity to fun, while our collection of new single-family and villa homes will welcome you.
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Margaritaville Cottages Orlando

Margaritaville Cottages Orlando

Kissimmee, Florida

Escape to your own paradise, chill and relax and enjoy Jimmy Buffett Inspired Margaritaville Cottages Orlando Community in Florida. Fins up! Enjoy amazing amenities and dining.
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Verona Oceanside

Verona Oceanside

Ormond by the Sea,

Verona Oceanside offers beachside luxury and community living. This sought-after development off A1A will feature custom single-family homes and townhomes with direct ocean access. Verona will offer an all-new set of casual lifestyle floor plans for this exciting community accentuating outdoor living with front and back porches, an abundance of windows and plenty of open spaces.
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Lakes of Mount Dora - Central Florida 55+ Community

Lakes of Mount Dora - Central Florida 55+ Community

Mount Dora, Florida

Lakes of Mount Dora has been selected among the Top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States by Where To Retire Magazine! Combining Southern hospitality with small town charm, this 55+ active adult community was developed with a special vision in mind - to create a unique place where people can live in a central Florida waterfront home with classic Florida architecture near one of the most impressive small towns in the country.
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