COSTA MESA, CA-Vivante on the Coast, the Newport Mesa area’s first luxury retirement community, has won three Best of 50+ Housing awards at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, which took place recently. The awards highlight the community’s dynamic, forward-thinking design.

The three awards given to Vivante this year were the Gold Award for Best 50+ Assisted Living or Special Needs Community on the Boards, Silver for Best 50+ Online Marketing Strategy and Silver for Best 50+ Market Rate Rental Community. Award recipients are selected by a jury panel composed of 16 industry experts who specialize in the areas of active adult, service-enriched, marketing and lifestyle for the 50+ housing industry.

Phill Barklow, VP of operations for Nexus, Vivante’s developer, tells that the community also won three awards at the 2012 NAHB show. Since its launch, the community has also received awards from the International Council on Active Aging and Pacific Coast Builders Conference/Gold Nugget Awards 2012, as well as recognition from the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance, UCI MIND-2012, Alzheimer’s Association—Orange County Chapter.

“We are once again thrilled to be recognized by the National Association of Home Builders,” said Curt Olson, CEO/founder of Nexus, in a prepared statement. “With Vivante, we have sought to raise the bar for luxury retirement living. These awards, coupled with the amazing response we’ve received in leasing, demonstrates that Vivante has truly redefined what retirement living can and should be.”

As reported in April 2012, a state-of-the-art retirement community designed to meet the active lifestyle and healthcare needs of Orange County’s aging population is a unique concept for this market, but that’s what developer Nexus Cos. has intended for Vivante on the Coast to be. The nearly 200,000-square-foot community, which broke ground here in April 2012 and is estimated to cost $62 million to build, had already pre-leased 39 units and was drawing interest from local investors by that time.

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