Carl M. Freeman Companies' Bayside wins Community of the Year at Great American Living Awards

November 5, 2017

Carl M. Freeman Companies has been awarded three Great American Living Awards for its signature community, Bayside. The Great American Living Awards event was held at Hilton McLean Tysons in McLean, Va., Oct. 5. The innovative beach community won Best Community Sales Center for the Bayside Welcome Center, an award of merit for Social Media (Blog, Facebook, Twitter) and the most prominent award of the night for Community of the Year. For more than 50 years, GALA has showcased the building industry's best and brightest in building, development, architecture, sales, interior design, and marketing in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. market consisting of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Bayside is the first area community to win the Community of the Year award. To determine the winner of Community of the Year, judges look for the relationship among different land uses, special features, street network, landscaping, home/building orientation to streets, amenities and open space. Judges also consider the website design, advertising, merchandising, and marketing for the community.

"Bayside has won several awards locally, but to win an award encompassing such a large area of well-established communities is quite humbling," said Michelle D. Freeman. president and CEO for Carl M. Freeman Companies. "For the past 10-plus years of development, the Freeman Companies have strived to make Bayside the best community not just at the beach but in the region. This award recognizes all the hard work of all the team members and partners at Bayside."

Ideally situated in Fenwick Island, just four miles from the beach, Bayside comprises nearly 1,000 acres overlooking the Assawoman Bay and features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Opportunities for family fun and resort living abound, with community pools, tennis complex and programs, kayaking and paddle boarding, stocked ponds for fishing, walking and fitness trails, delicious dining and special activities for kids of all ages. Bayside is home to Bayside Institute, an innovative year-round life enrichment program for residents. Now open is the year-round indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, The Health and Aquatic Club, which will offer another opportunity for Bayside's family and friends to gather together. More information can be found at