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December 14, 2009


New Homes in Atlanta at Sterling on the Lake December 2009 - FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., Dec. 14, 2009 - Sterling on the Lake, the award-winning residential community in Flowery Branch, Ga., has received a 2009 MALTA "Distinction Award" for its Village Green. The award was presented by the Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association. The annual awards recognize residential and commercial real estate professionals for landscape installations, maintenance, seasonal color, lighting, green innovations and community service.
The Village Green at Sterling on the Lake is one of the community's focal points. Events are held throughout the year including the Life is good® Pumpkin Festival, "Songs 4 Summer" Concert series, outdoor theatre productions and many other special program s. Landmark Landscapes, who completed the project, created a natural boulder seating amphitheatre on the green and a free-flowing sidewalk that wraps around the entire area. To see images of the Village Green, watch Sterling on the Lake's virtual tour.
"Newland Communities is known for gorgeous landscape environment nationwide and that is certainly true here at Sterling on the Lake," said Patrick Clark, vice president, general manager for Newland Communities. "We took a drought-ridden space and turned it into a lovely, peaceful area which our residents use regularly. The Village Green has become a central gathering spot for our community."
Bobby Harmon, business development director for Landmark Landscapes, added, "We're so proud to receive this award and look forward to more notable projects with Newland Communities. This project was especially rewarding because the Village Green is a focal point for Sterling on the Lake and is used by residents throughout the year, so it was important to develop the space wisely."
The Distinction Award is given to projects that are superior overall and is judged on a number of factors including attention to detail, degree of difficulty, overall appearance and meeting owner objectives.
MALTA's Professional Landscape Awards program promotes professionalism, adherence to industry standards and education. The 2009 awards included 63 entries in 12 categories. MALTA members submitted photographs and project descriptions which were judged by a panel of industry experts. Entries don't compete against each other; rather, they're evaluated using criteria specific to each category. For more information on MALTA's landscape awards, visit www.maltalandscape.com/awards/.
About Sterling on the Lake®
Developed by Newland Communities®, Sterling on the Lake® is a premier planned residential community located in Flowery Branch, Ga., approximately 50 mil es from downtown Atlanta. The community is situated on nearly 1,000 acres with 200 acres of open space, lakes and parks. Designed as a true lakeside village, the community provides a variety of affordable and luxury homes with extensive community amenities including tennis courts, a clubhouse, fitness center, private movie theater, boating and extensive walking trails. When complete, Sterling on the Lake is planned to have about 2,000 homes and 6,000 residents. Home prices start in the high $100's. For more information, visit www.sterlingonthelake.com or call (770) 967-9777.
About Newland Communities®
Newland Communities® is the nation's largest privately owned developer of planned communities. Newland believes it is their responsibility to create enduring, healthier communities so people may live life in ways that matter most to them. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland is developing or managing about 40 projects located in 14 states. www.newlandcommunities.com


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