2021 Home of the Year: Crocker Village – Alley Row Collection, Sacramento, California
Jacob Sharp 2021 Home of the Year: Crocker Village – Alley Row Collection, Sacramento, California

Now in its 58th year, the Gold Nugget Awards have raised the bar for innovative architecture, planning, and construction concepts that solve fundamental building industry needs.

Typically presented at the conclusion of PCBC, the Pacific Coast’s regional conference and trade show for real estate development, the top projects were honored during a virtual ceremony June 16, ahead of the in-person event that will take place Oct. 4 to 7 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.

Jurors selected merit winners and one grand winner in over 50 categories, including single-family production, multifamily, affordable, mixed-use, renovations, custom homes, and site planning, out of roughly 600 U.S. and international entries.

This year’s Gold Nugget jury was made up of the industry’s top designers, planners, and builders: Ike Balmaseda, partner at IDEArc Architecture & Planning; Mollie Carmichael, principal at Zonda; Debra Falese, president at Woodley Architecture Group; Laurie Ford, principal at Lomonaco Investments; John McManus, founder of The Builder’s Daily; Anne Postle, president at Osmosis Architecture; Chelsea Richardson, principal, vice president at Jeffrey DeMure + Associates; and Symone Strong, assistant editor at BUILDER and Multifamily Executive magazines.

“For everyone, Gold Nugget is the place to take inspiration from design, planning, and development achievements that range from a jewel box custom home to lavish destination environments to affordable housing to intricate infill neighborhoods and leading-edge prototypes,” says Lisa Parrish, judging chair and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator. “And while entering is easy, winning is hard, so whether it’s the first time or 58th in the Gold Nugget spotlight, taking a merit or grand is undeniably sweet.”

Below are the homes and communities of the year as well as a selection of grand winners in residential design:

Home of the Year: Alley Row Collection in Crocker Village, Sacramento, California
Builder: BlackPine Communities; Architect: BSB Design

Jacob Sharp

Residential Detached Collection of the Year: Flair at Miralon, Palm Springs, California
Builder: Woodbridge Pacific Group; Architect: Hannouche Architects

Anthony Gomez and Damian Tsutsumida

Master Plan Community of the Year: Miralon, Palm Springs, California
Builder/Developer: Freehold Communities; Architect: Robert Hidey Architects

Chet Frolich

Multifamily Community of the Year, Up to Four Stories: Alexan Kendry, Montclair, California
Builder: Trammell Crow Residential; Architect: Architecture Design Collaborative

Adrian Tiemens

Multifamily Community of the Year, Four Stories and Above: Jackson, Seattle
Builder: Exxel Pacific; Developer: Vulcan Real Estate; Architect: Runberg Architecture Group

Shelsi Lindquist and Moris Moreno

Unique Residential Detached Housing: Noveno at West Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
Builder/Developer: Robbins|Reed; Architect: RRM Design Group

Matt Carver, Cavan Hadley, David Lalush

Best Community Land Plan: Miralon, Palm Springs, California
Builder/Developer: Freehold Communities; Architect: Robert Hidey Architects

Chet Frohlich

Best Single-Family-for-Rent Community Product Design: Horizontal Apartments, Arlington, Texas
Builder/Developer: Tricon Residential; Architect: SDK Atelier

Courtesy Tricon Residential

Best Flexible Floor Plan: America at Home Study Concept Home, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Builder: Garman Homes; Developer: Preston Development; Architect: Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Courtesy Dahlin Group Architecture Planning and Garman Homes

Single-Family Detached Home, Under 2,000 Square Feet: Toll Brothers at Cadence, Mesa, Arizona
Builder: Toll Brothers; Architect: BSB Design

Joshua Caldwell

Single-Family Detached Home, 2,500 to 2,999 Square Feet: Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch - Latigo Plan, Wickenburg, Arizona
Builder: Shea Homes

Courtesy Shea Homes

Single-Family Detached Home, 3,000 to 3,499 Square Feet: Sterling Grove - The Hastings, Surprise, Arizona
Builder: Toll Brothers; Architect: Scheurer Architects

Joshua Caldwell

Single-Family Detached Home, 3,500 to 4,500 Square Feet: Sereno Canyon - The Mayne, Scottsdale, Arizona
Builder: Toll Brothers; Architect: Toll Architecture

Joshua Caldwell

Single-Family Detached Home, Over 4,500 Square Feet: Mesa Ridge - Sky View Collection, Las Vegas
Builder: Toll Brothers; Architect: KTGY

Christopher Mayer Photography

Custom Home, Under 4,000 Square Feet: D.C. Tiny House on Triangular Lot, Washington, D.C.
Builder: OPaL; Architect: GPS Designs

Bob Narod

Custom Home, 4,000 to 6,000 Square Feet: Five Peaks Lookout, Yamhill County, Oregon
Builder: iBuildPDX; Architect: Scott | Edwards Architecture

Pete Eckert

Custom Home, 6,000 to 8,000 Square Feet: Desert Contemporary Residence, Scottsdale, Arizona
Builder: Platinum Cos.; Architect: PHX Architecture

John Woodcock

Custom Home, Over 8,000 Square Feet: Happy Valley House, Lafayette, California
Builder: W.B. Elmer and Co.; Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects

Russell Abraham

Best One-of-a-Kind Home: The Bridge House, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Builder: Duncan Custom Homes; Architect: Richard Salpietra Architect

Brent Haywood Photography

To see the full list of grand and merit winners, please visit the PCBC website.