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* The next HOA of the Year Award will be presented at the 2016 Annual Holiday / Recognition Gala, held in December.  

 Information about submissions will go out later in the year.

 

Category: Master Planned Community of the Year
Name: : River Valley Ranch Association
Location: Carbondale
Size: 352
Established: 1998


Just minutes from Aspen, the post card perfect River Valley Ranch Asociation sits in the Crystal River Valley at the foot of Mt. Sopris. The community Residents not only enjoy the Crystal River, but more than 5 miles of trails, hundreds acres of parks, open space and an 18-hole Championship Golf Course. But perhaps the community’s main attraction is its 14,000 square foot Ranch House. The board and onsite staff regulary hold fun family events there. Wild West Hoe Downs, Dive-In Movie (yes we said dive in) and even an Idependence Day Jubliee are among the many happenings. Beyond it’s walls, RVR is active in helping others. Every third Thursday, RVR residents help build a home with Habitat for Humanity. The community also helped raise $25,000 for local slope-style ski champion Meg Olenick in her bid to make the 2014 Olympic Team and Volunteers also help out with the National Sheepdog Finals by working as parking marshalls. Community satisfaction is always on the minds of the board and staff. Frequent satisfaction surveys are sent out. Whether tending to its own resident’s needs or their neighbors, RVR is definetly a clear choice for this award.


First and foremost, the Community Association Institute – Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Annual HOA of the Year Award Selection Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination. We understand fully how busy you are and thank you for taking the time to honor some of the many amazing community associations in our state. The submissions were top notch this year and we are excited to announce the winners!

One of this year’s winners even inspired us to create a new award. It’s called “Come-Back Kid” of the Year. The general description is a community that has overcome an obstacle and is clearly on the upswing having done so reasonably and as well as they could have done it. This award looks for groups of people who are able and willing to work together to improve their community despite the obstacle(s) that they have encountered.

This award is the first of a handful that will be rolled out over the next year in an attempt to highlight and recognize the great things (big or small) happening in HOAs throughout Colorado. We currently believe that we will keep the current major categories and simply add more to fill in the gaps.

Back to this year’s awards, let us introduce 2014’s winners:

Category: Condominium Community of the Year
Name: Saddle Ridge Condominiums
Location: Centennial, Colorado
Size: 230 Units
Established: 1994
Management: ACM


The HOA of the Year Selection Committee was very impressed by this submission. The Saddle Ridge Condomiunium 5 member board put together an organized, colorful and detailed account of what makes this community so special and we took note. Located in “One of America’s 50 best cities to live in,” (Source: 24/7 Wall St.) Centennial’s Saddle Ridge Community is truly unique. Along with common HOA amenities, residents also enjoy a carwash station, reader’s library and hot tub in their backyard. There is nothing generic about this association. The newsletter, welcome packet and committees are custom and urge participation on many levels from residents. For example, the community is actively planning to repaint their 20 buildings and seeking resident input. The association is holding a series of meetings and even offering examples of the potential new color scheme for residents to vote on. Throughout the pages of their submission, it was clear to the committee that above all, The Saddle Ridge association has genuine concern to improve the comminuty as a whole.


Category: Age-Restricted Community of the Year
Name: Heritage Eagle Bend
Size: 1,442 units
Established: 2000
Location: Southeast Aurora
Management: OB Sports Management

Nestled on a quiet award winning golf course, Heritage Eagle Bend is anything but a quiet community. While 80% of homeowners are above the age of 55, don’t mistake them for a rocking chair population. Residents are on the move with accesssebility to every type of sport and activity. From golf and tennis leagues to Bocce and Pickle Ball - to name a few, this is truly an attractive community for active-adults. Clubs and educational classes are abundant in this 1,442 unit community. Whether you’re into gardening, painting, sewing, poker, Mah Jong or singing, dancing and acting; there is literally something for everyone! Activities aside, one of the things that really stood out to this committee is its group called "Friends". Friends provides temporary assistance to fellow residents recovering from surgery or illness. This community’s commitment to health and active living is clear. Whether they’re organizing a fun activity or helping a neighbor get back on their feet, hats off to Heritage Eagle Bend!



Category: Best HOA “Come-Back” of the Year
Name: Blue Sky Condominiums
Location: Erie
Size: 408
Established: 2005


Management: Hammersmith Management
This association’s story inspired the selection committee to create a new HOA of the Year award for 2014. Blue Sky is the winner of the first-ever “Come-Back” of the Year award. Over the past seven years, Blue Sky has battled to receive the funds deserved from a construction defect lawsuit. In may of this year, the Board President even took his the community’s personal struggle to the State Capitol and testified in opposition of the proposed Construction Defect Bill. It took time, motivation and dedication, but now Blue Sky is in their final phase of recovery from the defect suit. Despite its multiple grading, settling and water intrusion issues, Blue Sky was able to persevere and remain a thriving, diverse and desirable community. How did they do it? The board worked tirelessly and proactively to mitigate further damage while continuing to provide amenities and activities for residents. Its two playgrounds, multiple picnic areas, and outdoor pool and year-round spa sit inbetween the Rocky Mountains and a gorgeous golf course. Book club meetings and ping pong can regularly be found in the clubhouse. This community’s ability to excel through it all is what makes it this year’s “Come-Back” HOA of the Year.


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Each winner was recognized with a plaque at the CAI RMC Fall Conference and Annual Meeting on November 5nd in Denver. They also received $200 towards a community event celebrating their achievement, use of the HOA of the Year logo and discounts at CAI RMC events throughout the rest of 2014 and 2015.


If you live in or manage a special community we encourage you to nominate them for 2015! Look for some great new categories and an easier submittal process. We want to hear from you, let us know what you think about the process and if you have ideas for new categories by posting online via Facebook or emailing our Executive Director, Bridget Sebern at bridget@caddo-leadership.com

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