Shea Homes' Origen at Civita Sweeps National Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Design

Already named the best in San Diego and Southern California, Origen honored as the nation’s Neighborhood of the Year

SAN DIEGO--()--When homebuilders from around the country gathered Tuesday night to honor the best in the business, Shea Homes San Diego emerged with five gold medal first place awards for its contemporary new urban community, Origen at Civita in San Diego's Mission Valley.

During ceremonies at The Nationals awards - the nation’s largest and most prestigious competition for sales and marketing professionals and communities - Origen took home the marquee award as Neighborhood of the Year. This category singled out an individual new home community for innovation, originality and marketing flair.

Other gold medal first place honors were presented to Origen for:

  • Best Sales Center [Shea Homes San Diego and Design Line Interiors]
  • Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Under 1,500 Square Feet for Origen socialGarden plan 1 [Shea Homes San Diego and CDC Interiors]
  • Best Interior Merchandising of a Model from 1,500-2,000 Square Feet for Origen skyLoft plan 1 [Shea Homes San Diego and Design Line Interiors]
  • Best Architectural Design of an Attached Home Plan for Origen socialGarden plan 1 [Shea Homes San Diego and Woodley Architectural Group]

“Origen represents a huge leap outside our comfort zone,” said Vanessa Linn, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes San Diego. “This was our first foray into vertical architecture and urban infill, and we challenged our team of design professionals to create something absolutely original in the marketplace. We’re grateful for their contributions to the success of Origen and to the ultimate customer satisfaction expressed by our new homeowners.”

These five first place gold medals – presented by the National Association of Home Builders’ National Sales and Marketing Council - are the latest in a string of honors received by Shea Homes San Diego at Origen. Last fall, Origen was honored as the Best New Home Community in San Diego by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego, and as Community of the Year in attached housing by its affiliated chapter, the BIA of Southern California.

Designed by Woodley Architectural Group with interior merchandising by Design Line Interiors, Origen offers 200 three- and four-story loft-style town homes in two distinct new neighborhoods -- Origen socialGarden and Origen skyLoft. Both communities showcase the best in urban detailing with multi-story window walls, expansive outdoor decks, unique stone and brick surfaces, open rail systems, open tread stairs, wrought iron railings, as well as angled doors, walls and floors. Buyers can personalize their space by adding or removing solid and glass walls for additional privacy or a greater sense of openness.

Homes at Origen skyLoft are priced from the high $400,000s and range from 1,452 to 1,760 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, two-car garages and multiple balconies. To date, Origen skyLoft has sold 39 of 73 homes.

Three- and four-story courtyard homes at Origen socialGarden are slightly larger, ranging from 1,390 to 2,050 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, two-car garages and individual balconies. Prices now range from the mid $400,000s. Origen socialGarden has sold 59 of 127 homes.

Origen opened in December 2011 as the first new residential community within Civita, whose plans call for 4,780 residential homes and apartments, approximately 480,000 square feet for a lifestyle retail center and 420,000 square feet for an office/business campus over the next 10-15 years. This 230-acre master planned community is being developed as a sustainable transit-oriented village by Sudberry Properties. Upon build-out, Origen homeowners will be able to walk to a large central park, gardens, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Origen is located at 7894 Civita Blvd. in San Diego. For more information, call 866-OWN-SHEA (866-696-7432) or visit

Shea Homes, an independent member of the Shea family of companies, is the oldest and largest family-owned homebuilder in the United States. In 2012, for the second year in a row, Shea Homes earned the prestigious J.D. Power Customer Service Champion recognition, one of only 50 companies to earn that distinction. Honored in the league of such respected brands as Apple, Lexus, Four Seasons Hotels and Southwest Airlines, Shea Homes was one of two American homebuilders to be selected as a J.D. Power Customer Service Champion last year.

PHOTO IDENTIFICATION: Origen skyLoft Plan 1x


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Release Summary

Just named as the nation's 2013 Neighborhood of the Year, Origen at Civita in San Diego features striking vertical architecture and imaginative interior spaces by Shea Homes San Diego.


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Jan Percival, 858-414-4715