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.

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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An ‘Agrihood’ In Wellington Looks To Bring Suburbanites Closer To The Source Of Their Food

WLRN – Miami | South Florida

  AUG 21, 2019

Palm Beach County has its share of spacious, suburban houses – especially in the areas west of the coastline, where land is cheaper and more plentiful.

It also has plenty of farms, producing crops that range from Florida’s famous sugarcane to sweet corn, lettuce and tropical fruits.

A planned community in Wellington is hoping to find success by combining the two. Arden bills itself as an “agrihood,” a master-planned community of 2,000 homes centered around a five-acre farm and barn.

That area is managed by two farmers, who are responsible for providing that link between residents and the food grown in their community farm.

“One of the key components to our position – beyond production – is weaving the farm into people’s lifestyle,” said Carmen Franz, who co-manages the farm with her husband, Tripp Eldridge. “How do we engage with the community, what kinds of educational opportunities are we going to provide?”

It resembles other gated communities in the area – like golf-centered planned suburbs in Jupiter or Palm Beach Gardens, but with pigeon peas and mango trees instead of 18 holes.

For their homeowners’ association fees, residents get monthly food deliveries of 5-8 items from the community farm share – a bunch of carrots or a half pound of okra counting as one item.

“Our system is not meant to keep you from going to the grocery store ever again,” Eldridge said.

The farm does have its own general store on site, where it sells locally grown products from neighboring farms as well as its own. It also features crafts that some of the residents make themselves – like greeting cards, felted wool dryer balls and wooden cutting boards.

“We hope to use the general store as a means to introduce people to other local growers,” Eldridge said, “so if they want to continue that relationship and have a more intimate connection with local growers, they totally can.”

As their own farm has been getting off the ground, Eldridge and Franz have filled in the gaps by promoting local growers. Though the farm has 32 mango trees, they weren’t ready to bear fruit this year, so the farmers subbed in mangoes from Erickson Farm in Canal Point. They also point residents toward local providers of the things they don’t intend to produce, like eggs and meat.

Eldridge and Franz are the first to admit the “agrihood” concept isn’t new to South Florida. They point to West Palm Beach’s Westgate neighborhood and the Dania Beach Patch as places that have already built community farms into the fabric of more urban neighborhoods.

“The ‘agrihood’ concept fits into multiple contexts,” said Eldridge. “What we’re trying to create at Arden fits here.”

Eldridge and Franz both have organic farming backgrounds. Franz grew up around gardens, then picked up a minor in organic farming in college. After a stint in Panama with the Peace Corps, she returned to the states and held different farm-related jobs, including working with Florida Organic Growers to certify organic growing practices.

Eldridge was introduced to community-supported agriculture his senior year of college, and says he “completely fell in love.” He also traveled with the Peace Corps, to Tanzania. After getting a masters in public health that focused on community food systems, he bounced around some farm-management jobs and other agricultural roles.

As for any Florida farmers, the grower-friendly climate is both a benefit and a hindrance for Eldridge and Franz. They can grow produce year-round, with different fruits and vegetables cycling in and out of season. But without an annual freeze, there’s no winter kill-off of pests and diseases.

Franz says they work around that by rotating crops, and have spent much of the last year growing “cover crops” that they can feed into the soil to build up nutrients.

Eldridge and Franz say they’ve found community among farmers and businesses in western Palm Beach County’s more heavily agricultural areas, from mutual agreements to share crops and products to tips on organic farming methods that work well in the area’s sandy soil.

The Arden community, like its five-acre farm, is still in the early growing stage. About 200 families have moved in, and homes are still being built. Eldridge and Franz offer farm tours on the second Saturday of every month, and say they get a good mix of residents and outsiders.

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Arden Wins Aurora Awards named “Masterplanned Community of the Year”

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August 13, 2019

 

Freehold Communities has announced that its two South Florida communities have won three of the top awards – the Grand Awards – from the annual Aurora competition sponsored by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC).

Arden, the “agrihood” in Palm Beach County, was named “Masterplanned Community of the Year,” while its themed recreation center, The Barn, was named “Best Recreational Facility or Amenity.”

Shearwater in St. Augustine was named “Best Community Site Plan.” Arden also received the Silver Award for” Best Single Family Detached Model Home – 3,000 to 3,499 square feet,” and “Best Site Plan.”

The Aurora competition honors the best design trends in the Southeast U.S. The 2019 Aurora Awards included entries in 54 categories for attached and detached housing designs, including interior design, detailing, custom and re-use and renovation work. Also honored are diverse commercial, recreational and specialty buildings, as well as land planning achievements.

Headquartered in Boston, and founded in 2013, Freehold is currently developing eight master plans throughout the United States.

“The Aurora Awards signify the very best in planning, design and development, qualities we continually strive to achieve in our communities,” said Freehold Southeast Division president Andy Smith. “The recognition by these respected industry leaders tops a year of successes and milestones for both Arden and Shearwater. We are extremely honored that they were recognized as the very best from Aurora judges.”

Set on 1,209 acres, Arden includes a mile-long central lake, 20 miles of trails, and 500 acres of parks and open space. The heart of Arden is its community farm, which has received national recognition. Under the direction of two experienced Farm Directors, the Arden Farm celebrates Florida’s agricultural abundance through year-round production, while it brings the community together for healthful events such as tropical fruit tastings, farm-to-table cooking demonstrations, tree planting events and resident volunteer days on the farm.

Earlier this year, Arden unveiled its 4,000-square-foot Barn, which won Aurora’s Grand Award for Best Recreational Facility or Amenity. The Barn is where residents gather for seasonal themed events and workshops on topics from organic gardening to flower arranging. The Barn includes Arden General Store, providing residents a unique experience offering Florida-made goods that prioritize community and environmental impact. These include local and organic vegetables, fruits, coffees, teas, honey, popsicles, ceramics, and natural body care products.

Shearwater is a 1,524-acre, 2,600-lot community with 13 miles of walking trails through 600 acres of preserved habitat, parks, fields, lakes and canoe/kayak access to Trout Creek. Like Arden, Shearwater combines abundant recreational amenities with a wealth of social spaces.

Shearwater’s many recreational amenities – central to its award-winning land plan – include natural open spaces: trails, parks and preserved habitat, including Trout Creek with kayak and canoe access. At the heart of this nature-themed community is the Kayak Club, the inviting hub for all residents. Its many recreational amenities include a resort-style pool with three-story waterslide, a Junior Olympic competition lap pool, and a lazy river, all set within lush landscaping and spacious lounge areas.

Even Shearwater’s homes connect indoors and outdoors. Some floor plans feature multi-slide doors flooding the room with natural light. Other homes offer doors that collapse to create a seamless transition from living room to the spacious outdoors.

 

Model Row, Clubhouse and Farm Grand Opening!

Arden Clubhouse & Farm GRAND OPENING

Saturday, March 9th, 11am-2pm.

See why everyone is talking about Arden and its Agrihood.

Entertainment Including:

• Model row home tours of Kenco Communities brand new, luxury designer models

• Dragon boat races on Lake Arden

• Duffy boat tours on the lake

• Palm Beach Coralytes Synchronized Swimming performances

• Live music

• Farm demonstrations & activities with our Farmers

• Farmers Market

• Photo booth

• Enter to win a kayak or paddle board and a trip to the Bahamas

• Activities & fun for all ages

To join the fun, RSVP online at www.GOArdenFL.com

Luxury, Designer Model Homes Now Open

Especially impressive about Kenco’s spacious one-story homes in Arden, the Aster, Carlton and
Edgewater, is that these new homes feature three-car garages, and an expansive 4,300 to over 5,000
total square feet on huge lots located in much sought after Palm Beach County.

The stunning Davenport model, a two-story home, boasts a four-car garage and a remarkable 5,647
total square feet. It features six bedrooms and a study, three and one-half baths, and a four-car garage.
This unfurnished model home is ready for immediate occupancy.

Another Kenco two-story model, the Banyan, offers five bedrooms, four and one-half bathrooms, and a
four-car garage, within 5,016 total square feet.

Three unique architectural styles ― Spanish, Coastal and Farmhouse ― are available for each of Kenco’s
homes at Arden.

Kenco’s homes are just a short walk from the community’s impressive amenities, including the two-story
clubhouse and two-level resort-style pool, community barn and farm, tennis courts, playing fields, sport
courts, event lawn, lakeside pavilion and more.

Four Kenco Models to Debut this Fall

A South Florida luxury homebuilder for over 25 years, Kenco Communities is now open for pre-construction sales at Arden, where it is building a showcase of five luxury estate models in the community’s lakefront enclave, a premier location. Kenco’s estates are the largest homes ― situated on the largest lots ― at Arden, a new 1,200-acre, master-planned, gated community in the Wellington area, just west of West Palm Beach.

Kenco’s four, one- and two-story Arden models, ranging from 4,281 square feet to 5,647 square feet, offer four, four or six bedrooms; and three- or four-car garages. The models are available in three architectural styles: Spanish, Coastal and Farmhouse. Available options include a summer kitchen, swimming pool and spa, and the ability to personalize your home.

Four of Kenco’s models ― the Aster, Banyan, Carlton, Davenport― will be open this Fall with the grand opening of Kenco’s sales center.  Kenco’s temporary sales center is currently located onsite at 10976 Fly Rod Run, Wellington, Florida, 33470. To arrange an onsite appointment, contact Kenco Communities at 561.410.5404.

Three Reasons Why Kenco Communities

1. Largest Estate Homes at Arden

2. Direct Lakefront Homes

3. Only Lots Adjacent to the Amenities

Kenco’s homes are located in Arden’s most desired lakefront location, which is adjacent to the community’s impressive amenities, including the soon-to-open two-story clubhouse and two-level resort-style pool, community barn and farm, tennis courts, playing fields, sports courts, event lawn, lakeside pavilion and more.

Arden has 175 acres of navigable lakes.  The only builder that has waterfront homesites is Kenco Communities. The homesites are 80 X 130 feet and up to 80 X 230 feet and the waterfront sites have optional docks.

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Success

Kenco Communities is a premier South Florida luxury builder and developer. We have been a proud Palm Beach County community member since 1992, having built over 5,000 luxury homes in over 20 South Florida communities. Our commitment to superior quality and modern comfort is unmatched. It complements our philosophy of creating a successful home building experience.

We are passionate about quality and value that deliver innovative and amazing open spaces, which are seen in our architectural creativity and meticulous attention to detail. Many of South Florida’s most celebrated communities are a tribute to the foresight and commitment to Kenco’s enduring vision.

Visit www.ardenfl.com to learn more about the latest community Kenco is developing luxury estate homes in.