Get To Know The Faces Behind Arden In Wellington

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by Clarissa Buch Dec 2019

A few years ago, Tripp and Carmen Eldridge almost set out to bike the world for a year. But before they could leave, Carmen says they “came across the position of a lifetime.

“A place called Arden was looking for a full-time farm manager,” she says. “Tripp and I decided to both apply.”

Soon after, the Eldridges were called for an interview at Arden, a sustainable living community in western Palm Beach County, where residents volunteer weekly and participate in farming activities as well as enjoy the benefits of farm-to-table meals. Nicknamed an “agrihood,” it’s the only master-planned community of its kind in South Florida and among the first in the state. Residents of Arden enjoy an event barn and five-acre farm brimming with tropical fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

“As beginning farmers, it’s very expensive to acquire land,” Carmen says. “An opportunity for young people to get into farming, grow vegetables and make a living wage is almost unheard of. Tripp and I are passionate about food justice and providing access to healthy and affordable foods, and a place like Arden brings that all together.”

Carmen is no stranger to farming. Her grandparents were farmers in Spain, she taught organic farming at a high school in Panama through the Peace Corps and launched a one-acre teaching farm program at the University of North Florida which grows food for the school’s cafeteria.

“After North Florida, I went into the non-profit world as program director for Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers Inc.,” Carmen says. “I was focused on equitable food access for low-income families. That’s also around the same time when Tripp and I met, fell in love and ultimately, moved to Tennessee to farm together in east Nashville.”

Originally from Georgia, Tripp discovered farming in his later days of college. He was a sustainable agriculture volunteer in Peace Corps Tanzania and studied farms and food systems in graduate school in places from Mexico to Spain. More recently, he managed similar community-supported agricultural farms throughout Georgia and Tennessee and served as the farm director for the 400-acre Caney Fork Farms.

“Farming started as a hobby and a passion, but ultimately grew into my life,” Tripp says. “Once my time in Tennessee was over, Carmen and I decided we wanted to escape winter, but we knew ultimately we wanted to find a way to continue farming.”

Since March 2018, Tripp and Carmen have managed Arden’s community farm, which provides a portion to more than 200 homeowners. When completed, more than 2,000 homes will be provided with crops from the farm. Residents not only share in the harvest of fruits, vegetables and herbs grown November through May, but also take advantage of the variety of “Made in Florida” local products, including coffee, honey, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, all of which are hand-picked by the Eldridges.

“This is home now,” Tripp says. “We’ve planted lots of small trees around the farm, and we hope to watch them bear fruit. We have a lot of sweat equity invested in seeing the farm fully come to life as Carmen and I have envisioned it. It’s truly exciting.”

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Begin the New Year as a member of the Arden community and enjoy everything Arden offers its residents for the Winter and remainder of the year. Arden’s organic scheme of developed properties features a wide range of community green space that includes parks, playfields, greenways, nature trails, and lakes.

Let your New Year’s resolution include a new healthy and active lifestyle available through Arden’s natural and green-infused landscape that provides its residents with walking and biking trails; the 175 acres of land and lakes offer plenty of area and room for healthy exercise and activities like fishing, kayaking or canoeing. The expansive great lawn is also perfect for events, affairs, and other holiday festivities. Arden is the only master-planned community in South Florida and among the first in the state to feature a farm as a central component of community life. The five-acre parcel will produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs under the guidance of two farm directors, and feature an event barn where residents can gather for seasonal themed classes, harvest experiences, and other holiday celebrations.

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Kenco Communities is offering luxury and designer furnished model homes in Palm Beach County’s newest master-planned community, Arden. Arden’s organic scheme of developed properties which are infused with trails, parks, pools, lakes, and playgrounds cater to any homeowner seeking to enjoy fun, daily activities under the Florida Sun. Kenco Communities offers five different models of luxury homes in the Arden “agrihood” community which not only provides its residents with a healthy and luxury standard of living but also with a premier design center that allows homebuyers the opportunity to explore a long list of personalized and customized home finishes to make their own.

The design center features flooring options that include a multitude of different colored carpet, tile, and wood patterns. Different standard faucets include a mid-tone feature and a multi-feature which are both made available in stainless steel and chrome. Kenco’s cabinet display ranges from level 1 to level 5, offering homebuyers numerous beautiful finishes and a wide selection of colored handles and knobs.

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5 Reasons Why South Florida’s Arden Sets the Standard for “Agrihood” Communities Nationwide

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By Justin Grau -September 23, 2019

Lifestyle communities are fast becoming a popular choice for families and individuals across the country. They offer specific social and recreational features tailored to the interests of residents. Now, Arden, South Florida’s first “Agrihood,” is setting the standard for health and wellness-focused amenities.

Developed by Freehold Communities, Arden offers healthy, sustainable living at its finest with a sprawling five-acre farm and bright red community barn. Arden’s residents share in regular harvests of farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Arden was recently honored with the prestigious 2019 Grand Aurora “Master-Planned Community of the Year” Award. So, it should come as no surprise that everyone is talking about Arden – including its happier, healthier residents!

Here are the top five reasons why residents tell me they love Arden:

  1. Farm-to-Table Living Year-Round: Arden’s farm is developed and maintained by two experienced, full-time farm directors. Not only do residents share in the harvests but they can also take classes in the barn and volunteer to help plant and tend the community’s crops. The farm and garden also offer families the opportunity to learn about the full spectrum of food production and healthy eating.
  2. A Huge Lakehouse, Sparkling Pools and Top Fitness Facilities. Arden’s stunning Lakehouse with resort-style pools, spacious fitness center, on-demand Wellbeats exercise studio, and state-of-the-art equipment, offers residents the ultimate in healthier living.
  3. Endless Special Events and Activities. Residents of all ages enjoy Arden’s unlimited special events and activities that help ensure a warm, vibrant social life among neighbors. From wine and craft beer tasting nights to movies under the stars to family fishing days, each event is designed to further strengthen bonds within families and the entire community.
  4. The Best in Outdoor Sports and Leisure Activities. Kayaking, fishing and picnicking are just steps away from residents’ front doors. Arden also offers four illuminated tennis courts, basketball and pickleball courts, a soccer field, playgrounds, lakeside pavilion, an event lawn, fishing pier, and community boat ramp.
  5. Location, Location, Location: Arden is centrally located in the heart of Palm Beach County, so residents are close to Florida’s beautiful white sand beaches, as well as major highways like Florida’s Turnpike and I-95, and the best in dining, shopping and entertainment.

Ultimately, Arden is setting the pace for the future of lifestyle communities as the popular “Agrihood” concept continues to go mainstream!

Featured Speaker Kenneth Endelson of Kenco Communities discusses his parcel in Arden and coming soon Avenir at the South Florida 2019 Realtor Revolution Conference

Kenneth Endelson, discusses why his estate homes are differentiated because the luxury standard feature, large lots, lake views and excellent schools at Arden. Held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the conference featured a key panel that focused on region’s latest housing trends.

According to state economists, the population of Florida will continue to boom as more than 330,000 people, or an estimated 900 people each day, move to the Sunshine State. Ultimately, by the year 2024, Florida’s population will increase to 22.8 million residents. Akel outlined that the shrinking availability of land for new homes, combined with the massive influx of people, will inevitably lead developers and public sector decision-makers to implement innovative ways to enable developers to build more housing.

Ken also gave mention of his new project just announced. “We are building in Palm Beach Gardens next in a community called Avenir.”

The Realtor® Revolution Conference’s Developer Panel represented a who’s who of South Florida experts. In addition to Akel, they included Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences Founder Dilip Barot, Cavache Properties Managing Partner Adam Adache, Kenco Communities Chairman Kenneth Endelson, and Label & Co. President Harry Posin. The moderator was Florida Realtors® 2019 President Eric Sain.

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As “Agrihoods” Go Mainstream, South Florida’s Arden Sets the Nationwide Standard for Healthier, More Sustainable Master-Planned Communities

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.Sept. 4, 2019

Arden – South Florida’s first “Agrihood” – was recently honored with the 2019 Grand Aurora “Master-Planned Community of the Year” Award, placing the extraordinary community at the epicenter of what the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has found to be a nationwide trend. Developed by industry leader Freehold Communities, Arden has set the standard for healthier, sustainable living-focused amenities with its lush, sprawling farm and stunning centrally located barn.

Arden’s innovative expansive farm is developed and maintained by two experienced, full-time farm directors. An amenity for the whole family, Arden’s residents all share in the harvest of farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs grown year-round. Residents can also take classes in the barn and volunteer to help plant and tend the community’s crops. The farm and garden offer families the opportunity to learn about the full spectrum of food production and healthy living.

“After being selected as the 2019 Grand Aurora ‘Master-Planned Community of the Year’ recently, we understand, more than ever before, that Arden is the community of the future with its centrally-located barn and unmatched farm-to-table living,” said Andrew Smith, Division President of Freehold Communities. “South Florida’s first ‘Agrihood,” Arden is setting the standard for master-planned communities in the state and across the country with innovative amenities focused on health, wellness and sustainability.”

Arden was honored with the prestigious “Master-Planned Community of the Year” award at the Southeast Building Conference’s (SEBC) 40th Annual Aurora Awards, a premier design competition that recognizes the region’s finest residential and commercial industry companies. Affiliated directly with the respected National Association of Homebuilders, SEBC’s Aurora Awards are hosted by the Florida Homebuilders Association.

Boasting over 20 miles of carefully-mapped scenic walking, hiking and biking trails nestled around sparkling Arden Lake, Arden also offers a large, gorgeous Lakehouse with resort-style pools, a spacious fitness center, an on-demand Wellbeats exercise studio, and other state-of-the-art equipment.

Arden provides the ultimate in Florida living for its residents with nearly every homesite backing up to a park, greenway or nature trail. Located in the heart of popular Palm Beach County, FL, Arden is close to the state’s renowned white sand beaches, major thoroughfares, including Florida’s Turnpike and I-95, and world-class restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.

For more information, please visit https://www.ArdenFL.com or call (561) 461-5501.

About Arden

Master-planned by the visionary development team of Freehold Communities, Arden was brought to life by an impressive collection of top-quality homebuilders, including Ryan Homes, Lennar, and Kenco Communities. It features more than 20 innovative floor plans in a wide range of sizes, styles, and designs. Located at 660 Arden Lake Way, Wellington, FL 33470, Arden is just minutes from A-rated schools, top hospitals, five-star restaurants, and the state’s leading equestrian sports venues. To learn more about Arden’s award-winning community, homes, and amenities, visit https://www.ArdenFL.com.

About Freehold Communities

Freehold Communities, headquartered in Boston, MA, is currently developing approximately 10,000 residential lots in TexasTennesseeNorth CarolinaFlorida and California. Freehold creates Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. As it evaluates opportunities, the company focuses on the right planning, the right properties and the right partners. Beginning with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market, Freehold carefully considers each property to determine how to best maintain its beauty and character to create a Vital Community™ by partnering with quality, creative builders who share Freehold’s philosophy of offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs.

 

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