The 2018 MHN Excellence Award winners represent the multifamily sector’s most innovative and ingenious achievements. Whether transforming an obsolete property into a 21st-century community, creating a cutting-edge design, or turning around an underperforming asset, the designers, developers, executives and real estate managers recognized here set a high bar. Outstanding executives, top property managers and future stars are also recognized.
DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN: MID-RISE
Gold: Baker Block
The judges were impressed by how Baker Block in Costa Mesa, Calif., incorporates art, “making an isolated location into a vibrant community.” This “visually engaging” property offers 240 units within five stories and is showcased by the use of a 136- by 55-foot Welcome Home mural by activist and artist Shepard Fairey. Developed by Red Oak Investments and designed by Architects Orange, the $80 million project offers residents access to community features such as an Uber/Lyft waiting area, a hot tub and pool with cabanas, a Connect Club Room, a two-story fitness center, a dog park and pet washing station and more. Taking inspiration from the neighborhood’s surf and skate culture, novel design features include balcony rails that accelerate in space, offset window arrangements, and cozy gathering spaces.