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2018 Award Winners



Single-Family Community, 100 Units & Over


Bay Forest


Ocean View, Del.


Builder | NVHomes

Developer | Natelli Communities

Interior Merchandiser | Natelli Communities

Land Planner | Rodgers Consulting

Landscape Architect/Designer | Morris & Ritchie Associates

Interior Designer | Architecture Incorporated

Photographer | The Leigh Agency

Bay Forest is in Sussex County, Delaware, approximately four miles west of the oceanfront resort of Bethany Beach. The master plan for this 400-acre community is designed to take advantage of several key environmental features of the site, including the Collins Creek tributary, and several expansive areas of mature forest.

A range of residential unit types, including townhomes, villas, cottages, and single- family homes, have been designed into a series of discrete neighborhoods within the community. Each home’s exterior elevation and landscape plan have been chosen to fit perfectly into the design of the community. Each home has been designed to ensure maximum luxury and livability, separated by attractive environmental features and forested open space.

The neighborhoods are linked by pedestrian pathways to provide scenic circulation throughout the property. Amenities include entry lake with fountains, interconnecting nature trails, two clubhouses with fitness facilities, outdoor grille, yoga studio, three pools, bocce ball, putting green, volleyball, basketball courts, tennis pavilion, private marina with boat house for canoeing and kayaking, playgrounds, outdoor fireplace setting, community herb garden with potting shed, and a community shuttle to downtown Bethany to shop, dine, enjoy the beach, or people watch.

From the Judges
The project team maximized water and green spaces and created a nice sense of microcommunities inside natural habitat. The community has a lovely pool and resort-like amenities, and the outside of the barn is spectacular.

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