Cape Cod Oceanside Cottages Named Community of the Year in National Design Competition

Press Release

Heritage Sands, Cape Cod’s first new oceanfront cottage community in more than 50 years, has been selected as the Community of the Year in the 2016 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Built on an eight-acre site that had been a seasonal trailer park, the Massachusetts community’s 63 elegant cottages are clustered around a few common greens to create “pocket neighborhoods” reminiscent of the high-density summer-cottage communities so traditional on Cape Cod.

Cottages range from 900 to 1,350 square feet, designed with one-and-a-half story, compact floor plans that combine lofty ceilings in public rooms and smaller private rooms to create an upscale but relaxed feel. A community clubhouse and pool are available to host larger family functions or a quick workout.

Ample front porches and shared common spaces reinforce a sense of community and tie into the outdoor environment that is a primary attraction of the area. Crushed-shell paths wind down to more than 600 feet of private beach.

Heritage Sands is a product of builder Keiser Homes, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design as architect/designer land planner, interior designer Mackenzie & Company and developer CapeBuilt Development, LLC.

BALA judges were particularly impressed with the project’s rich sense of place, preserving and reflecting the feel of traditional Cape Cod communities.

In its 33rd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential industry, including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Additional information about the BALA program can be found at, including the 2016 BALA Portfolio, featuring a review of design trends and project photographs.