Tehaleh Grand Opening Kicks Off with $280,000 Home Giveaway
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Washingtonians compete in live race to win a home in the new 4,200-acre community
Pierce County, WA – On September 29, six Washington residents will engage in a breakneck live race to win a free home in Tehaleh, the new 4,200-acre mixed-used community opening that day in Pierce County. The Grand Opening for Tehaleh, a community planned to include over 5,900 new homes, will feature elected officials, builders, and local residents along with Great Race Home Contestants vying for the new home in an Amazing Race-style live contest.
“For our family, winning this home would be a dream come true. Tehaleh is everything I’ve ever wanted since I was a little girl,” says Tina Pogue, a contestant and small business owner in Puyallup. “I’ve always wanted to live out in the woods, but not feel like I live in the middle of nowhere. We would be thrilled to live in this beautiful community.”
The grand prize winner will receive up to $280,000 to put toward a brand new home of their choice built by one of Tehaleh’s five builders. The community was acquired by a joint venture partnership between North America Sekisui House, LLC (NASH)—the US business unit and full subsidiary of Sekisui House, Ltd, Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer—and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities in the master developer of Tehaleh. Tehaleh is one of more than 30 assets the NASH-Newland partnership owns together across the country.
Tehaleh is planned to feature area schools, a fire station, more than 1,000 acres of parks and open space, an extensive network of trails, and a welcome center known as The Post that includes a new café component featuring Caffé D’Arte. Upon completion, Tehaleh is also planned to include a 419 acre employment center and 3.9 million square feet of commercial/retail space.
“This is a historic day for us,” said Scott Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Newland Communities. “We’re very excited to give this home to a deserving Washington family, and we think that the proximity to nature and community connectedness Tehaleh has been designed to encourage will really make it someplace special.”
The community’s Grand Opening event, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on September 29, will feature food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, and a model home village with homes from all of Tehaleh’s builders. The centerpiece of the day will be the Great Race Home at 1 p.m.
“The opening of this community is great news for our region, and the home giveaway is really the icing on the cake,” said Tiffany Speir, Executive Director of Master Builders Association of Pierce County. “Having a national developer like Newland and their international partner NASH make this kind of commitment to Tehaleh sends a strong signal that home building in our region is on the upswing.”
Since early September, contestants have been competing in four challenges to be one of the six final contenders to win the home on Grand Opening Day. During the Great Race Home, the finalists will compete in four hands-on challenges, and the first contestant whose team successfully completes all four challenges will win the free home.
About Tehaleh: Tehaleh (TAY-HA-LAY) is a 4,200-acre planned mixed-use community 45 miles from Seattle and 20 miles from Tacoma, Washington. Tehaleh is planned to have approximately 5,900 homes, a 419-acre employment center with 3.9 million square feet of commercial/retail, a fire station, up to seven schools, over 1,000 acres of parks and open space and an extensive network of trails. Tehaleh is developed by Newland Communities, the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States. To learn more about Tehaleh, visit www.tehaleh.com.
About Newland Real Estate Group, LLC.: Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 40 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, is one of the largest privately held land developers in the U.S., currently developing master-planned communities in 14 states. Newland is currently developing or entitling four communities in Washington and Oregon, and was the developer for the recently sold-out River Rim community in Bend, Oregon. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states.
About NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH): NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability-conscious master planned communities across the US. Tehaleh development joint venture is one of NASH’s consolidated subsidiaries in the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. http://nashcommunities.com/. SEKISUI HOUSE is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. http://www.sekisuihouse.co.jp/english/index.html.
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