Austin, Texas, Jan. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) honored Austin-based Legend Communities with awards in four categories for excellence at Tuscan Village Lakeway, Legend’s highly successful 55+ community northwest of Austin. Tuscan Village took the 2018 gold in the “Best 55+ Landscape” category and the silver in three other categories – “Best 55+ For-Sale Community Over 200 Homes,” “Best 55+ Attached Home” and “Best 55+ Lifestyle Director.”


“We are extremely gratified and honored to receive these NAHB awards,” said Haythem Dawlett, founder and principal of Legend Communities. “Our goal in every aspect of designing and planning Tuscan Village Lakeway was to provide an active living community for people 55 and better in an astonishingly beautiful, natural setting, enabling our homeowners to enjoy the hassle-free, active, socially rich lifestyle they’ve earned and deserve.”


The NAHB Best 55+ Housing Awards are the industry's only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for the mature adult. The industry and the media view the awards as a showcase for quality homes, innovation and emerging trends that appeal to the 55 and better demographic.


Dripping Springs landscape architect Steven W. DeGroot designed and installed Tuscan Village’s award-winning landscape plan. As its name implies, Tuscan Village’s landscaping was inspired by the warmth of Tuscany, mingled with the rugged charm of the Texas Hill Country. The landscape plan incorporates a trail network, picnic tables, benches, water features in a central park setting with pickle ball and bocce ball courts, pool facilities and golf course access.


Tuscan Village Lifestyle Director Linda Michael embraces her role, calling herself the community’s “Good Life Director.” Her programming is informed by her caring relationships with residents and knowledge of their tastes. Tuscan Village provides a plethora of activities and outings for all residents to enjoy including swimming and aerobic water classes, indoor exercise classes, challenging outdoor court games, seminars, plays and operas, movies and more.


Tuscan Village Lakeway is a resort-style community for active adults 55+, offering a variety of home styles and sizes. The community is a sprawling 42 acres comprised of 260 homes with a total of 104 villas, 64 townhomes and 96 condos. Coming off of a 2016 banner year, Tuscan Village Lakeway sold all remaining villas and townhomes and 32 condominiums in 2017 completing the closeout of the first of three buildings.  The community enjoyed a 2017 grand sales total of $20,409,000.


“Tuscan Village Lakeway has been our most successful property yet,” said Dawlett. “The 55+ segment is growing exponentially in Central Texas and the success we have seen with Lakeway has led us to expand into the award-wining lifestyle community of Horseshoe Bay.  It’s a very rewarding part of the market to serve, and Legend Communities intends to lead the industry in providing the quality craftsmanship, forward-looking design and socially rich lifestyle this population seeks.”


Legend Communities second community for adults age 55 and better, Tuscan Village Horseshoe Bay, recently broke ground in December 2017. This location will offer homebuyers a number of options from townhomes, to single-family villas and golf estates all within close proximity to the world-renowned Horseshoe Bay Resort and Horseshoe Bay exclusive members-only golf course Summit Rock.


For more information on either property, visit or contact the Tuscan Village Sales Center at (512) 327-1200.




About Legend Communities

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Legend Communities is a full-service developer of single-family residential, multi-family residential, active adult communities and associated commercial projects in Central Texas, California and Colorado. Legend Communities and its affiliate company in California have earned recognition for their projects from a number of highly regarded local and national industry associations, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Home Builders, and the City of Austin Green Builder Program. The company emphasizes giving back to the communities in which it operates through business, civic and charitable contributions. For more information about Legend Communities, please visit


About Legacy International Resort Properties

Legacy International Resort Properties is an international real estate sales, marketing and brokerage firm providing expertise for master-planned communities around the world. The company works to maximize the return on investment to the developer by strategically managing the sales and marketing process, including bulk parcel sales, inventory unit management and memberships. Over the years, Legacy has partnered with development teams in the continental United States, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic, generating annual sales revenues totaling in excess of $1 billion. By leveraging the combined experience of its team members and its extensive network of industry partners, Legacy is able to build client success at every level of development. For more information about Legacy International Resort Properties, visit



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Lesley Ford
Tuscan Village Lakeway