Five housing communities — big and small, suburban and urban, from Fort Collins to Aurora — have been recognized as Home Owner Associations of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.
The HOAs were honored for efforts on behalf of their residents to create vibrant, well-managed and harmonious communities, according to CAI-RMC.
CAI-RMC is the region’s primary professional association representing HOAs, management companies and the businesses that serve them. They have more than 800 members throughout Colorado.
Winners were judged on general qualities of the HOA, financial aspects of the HOA, involvement of the community members, and the fair, correct use of community policies and procedures. Each HOA had to demonstrate features that make their community exemplary.
“These associations truly serve as a model for other communities,” said Terry Jarrett, president of CAI-RMC. “Each has made significant investments into its community’s long-term success and went the extra mile not only to effectively manage their respective communities but to bring residents closer together.”
The 2012 HOA of the Year Recipients are:
- Very Small Category: Stanton Bridge Association of Fort Collins managed by the Colorado Association Services. This 19-home community impressed the committee with its demonstration of neighborliness, group cooperation, and open communication practices.
- Small Category: Reserve Patio Homes at Fossil Lake Ranch of Fort Collins , also managed by Colorado Associations Services. This community has multiple active committees that help everything run smoothly. Their social committee works especially hard to create events for all ages and is an impressive asset to any community.
- Medium Category: Larimer Place Condominiums Inc. in downtown Denver managed by Hammersmith Management Inc. This luxury high-rise has worked hard to stay relevant and meaningful to its residents as the neighborhood around them grows. They have several “green initiatives” in effect, are regularly upgrading the facilities, and are constantly working to provide fun and useful social events for all.
- Large Category: Dam West of Aurora, also managed by Hammersmith. This community not only has extensive amenities, but also significant member involvement. The residents have worked together to develop a place anyone would be happy to call home, CAI-RCM determined.
- Very Large Category: Windsor Gardens Association near Lowry in Denver is self-managed. This active adult community blew us away with the plethora of offerings for its residents, exceptional financial stability and ongoing community improvements. Windsor Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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