Miralon, the sustainably designed “agrihood” community in Palm Springs, has received a sweeping set of 2021 Gold Awards, the top honor bestowed by PCBC – representing the best of the building industry. Miralon’s wins include Masterplan Community of the Year, the highest possible recognition. The annual Gold Nugget Awards is one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious design competitions. Miralon is developed by Freehold Communities.

In addition to Masterplan Community of the Year, Miralon received Gold Awards for:

  • Residential Detached Collection of the Year (with homebuilder Woodbridge Pacific Group, for its Flair neighborhood)
  • Best Community Land Plan
  • Best Landscape Architecture for a Community
  • Best Community Pivot

In addition, the community is a Merit Award winner for:

  • Best Community Amenity – (the new Miralon Club)
  • Best Single Family Detached Home – 1,800 to 2,499 sq. ft. (with Woodbridge Pacific Group)
  • Best Single Family Detached Home – 2,500 to 2,999 sq. ft. (with Woodbridge Pacific Group)

In thanking the Gold Nugget judges, co-nominees and project collaborators, Freehold Communities California Division President Brad Shuckhart said, “We are grateful and humbled to receive the building industry’s top honors. Being named Masterplan Community of the Year validates Freehold Community’s vision for this truly transformative place. What was once a defunct and blighted golf course is now a thriving and sustainable agricultural community. And being recognized by our peers – the best minds in the industry – is particularly welcome.”

Photo credit: Chet Frohlich

Photo credit: Chet Frohlich

In bestowing the Masterplan Community of the Year honor to Freehold Communities and its partners, the judges said they “appreciated the whole package, including the community’s site plan, the modern agrihood amenities, and the residential product offerings. It was truly a fan favorite and garnered Gold Nugget grands in other categories as well.”

The additional Gold awards for Miralon – Best Community Land Plan, Best Landscape Architecture for a Community and Best Community Pivot – also testify to the community’s transformative vision.

The judges wrote: “A compelling application of adaptive-reuse, sustainability, healthy living and superior design, this 309-acre agrihood located in Palm Springs packs a punch and acts as stellar model for community land planning. On trend with today’s consumer preferences, this project team employed creativity and innovation transforming a built, but never played, golf course into 97 acres of open space, parks, trails, neighborhood gardens and groves, including 70 acres of olive trees. With Modernist-inspired architecture applied throughout the homes and amenities, this walkable and connected community is iconic and on the verge of idyllic while at the same time livable, comfortable and accommodating. Further defined as “eco-modern,” the community guidelines prescribe that all homes be built with solar applications. This project, for so many reasons, was a unanimous judges favorite.”

Photo credit: Chet Frohlich

Photo credit: Chet Frohlich

Sharing in the honors are: Robert Hidey Architects (RHA) which also helped conceive Miralon’s progressive land plan as well as the community’s overall design guidelines; ANDERSON | architecture + interiors & MRY, designer of Miralon Club interiors: and C2 Collaborative, creator of multiple outdoor spaces and linking with Miralon’s network of trails and the entire Miralon land plan, highlighted by the transformation of the former golf course.


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