This year, the Gold Nugget Awards is celebrating six decades of recognizing those who improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning, and development. The program announced its 2023 grand honorees at an awards ceremony May 24 during PCBC, the Pacific Coast’s regional conference and trade show for real estate development.

From affordable and multifamily developments to single-family production and custom homes, the annual awards program garnered 640 entries in 2023 and a slew of merit and grand awards in more than 50 categories.

“The Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest, and most innovative architects, designers, and builder/developers,” notes Lisa Parrish, judging chairman and ceremonies administrator for the program. “The 2023 winners prove the beauty of design.”

The judging panel featured some of the most talented designers, planners, and builders in the industry, including Paul Brady, principal at Godden | Sudik Architects; Mollie Carmichael, principal at Zonda Advisory; Steven Dewan, senior principal at Bassenian Lagoni; Anne Postle, principal/senior partner at Osmosis Architecture; Kaylee Smith, real estate executive; and Eric Zuziak, partner and president at JZMK Partners.

Here’s a roundup of seven affordable housing developments that garnered Gold Nugget grand awards.

Best Affordable Housing Community – under 30 du/acre: Avance, Livermore, California
Developer: MidPen Housing; Builder: Mid-State Construction; Architect: DAHLIN Architecture | Planning | Interiors

Patrik Argast

Best Affordable Housing Community – 30 to 60 du/acre: The Orchard at Hilltop, San Diego
Developer: Affirmed Housing; Builder: HA Builder Group; Architect: Studio E Architects

Haley Hill Photography

Best Affordable Housing Community – 30 to 60 du/acre: Beach Terrace, Inglewood, California
Developer: Thomas Safran and Associates; Builder: Lena Construction; Architect: BSB Design

Anthony Gomez

Best Affordable Housing Community – 60 du/acre or more: Foon Lok West at Brooklyn Basin, Oakland, California
Developer: MidPen Housing; Builder: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors; Architect: HKIT Architects

David Wakely

Best On-the-Boards Affordable Housing Community: Vista Verde, Orinda, California
Developer: Orinda Senior Housing Foundation; Builder: Oliver & Co.; Architect: DAHLIN Architecture | Planning | Interiors

Courtesy DAHLIN Architecture | Planning | Interiors

Best Affordable 55+ Housing Community: Entwine, Washington, D.C.
Developer/Builder: Jair Lynch; Architect: KTGY

John Cole

Best Supportive/Transitional Housing: The North Star, Seattle
Developer: DESC; Builder: Exxel Pacific; Architect: SMR Architects

William Wright Photography

To see the full list of grand and merit winners, please visit the PCBC website.