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Pardee Homes Wins a Gold Nugget Grand

LivingSmart® Community Takes A Top Honor

Los Angeles, June 24, 2009 --Pardee Homes’ honors in the 2009 Gold Nugget Awards include a Grand Award for the California Green Builder® category and a Merit Award for Sustainable Residential Neighborhood, Detached. Both accolades were bestowed on Manzanita Trail, which contributes to the environmentally friendly planning and land use that define Pacific Highlands Ranch. Created by Pardee Homes, the 1300-acre master-planned community is in north San Diego County.

Pardee Homes’ LivingSmart® program highlights Manzanita Trail, with EarthSmart™, EnergySmart™, HealthSmart™ and WaterSmart™ standards that help conserve energy, improve indoor air quality, save water and reduce consumption of natural resources. “This project, featuring higher than usual density and nice home design, is a great example of how a builder can take the California Green Building program standards and find innovative ways to meet and exceed them,” said the Gold Nugget judges.

“We introduced LivingSmart in 2001 at Pacific Highlands Ranch,” said Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for Pardee Homes. “Today, this is company-wide standard for our upcoming communities and for most that currently have new homes under construction.”

Pardee Homes was also honored for architectural excellence with two Awards of Merit for its luxury series of Bella Fiore in Lake Las Vegas. Bella Fiore Plans Five and Six were noted for outstanding detached home designs of less than 2500 square feet and of 2500 to 3500 square feet.

Architecture for Manzanita Trail is by MVE & Partners of Irvine. Bassenian/Lagoni Architects of Newport Beach designed Bella Fiore.

“Our commitment to greener, more sustainable homes that also deliver exceptional style and quality is a hallmark of Pardee Homes,” said Mike McGee, the company’s president and CEO. “We are deeply honored by these awards, and we sincerely thank the judges of this prestigious program.”

Celebrating its 46th year, the Gold Nugget Awards competition draws entries from throughout 14 Western States and internationally and is the nation’s oldest and largest program of its kind. Ceremonies for Merit and Grand Award winners were held June 18 in San Francisco at PCBC®–The Premier Building Show. PCBC is the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field; this year’s Gold Nugget Awards highlighted PCBC’s 50th anniversary. See

Pardee Homes is one of the nation’s most prominent multi-regional builders. The 88-year old company is widely recognized for quality construction, customer service, green and sustainable building practices and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds. See


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