NAHMA Names 2021 Communities of Quality Awards Winners

National Sponsors of NAHMA’s 2021 Communities of Quality® Awards Program

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) announces three communities won 2021 Communities of Quality (COQ) Awards. Since 1992, these awards have honored the best multifamily affordable housing communities across the country.

Entrants are judged on how they manage their properties’ physical, financial, and social conditions and how well they convey their success in offering their residents the highest quality of life.

The 2021 COQ Awards will be presented as part of a special luncheon and panel discussion with the winners on March 10 during the NAHMA’s Biannual Top Issues in Affordable Housing winter conference on March 9-11. For details on the NAHMA meeting, visit

“There is no other award that focuses so comprehensively on the everyday life and management expertise of affordable housing properties,” NAHMA Executive Director Kris Cook, CAE, said.

This year’s COQ Awards program is jointly sponsored by HD Supply Multifamily Solutions, a leading supplier of maintenance and renovation products to the multihousing industry, and Mohawk Industries, a leading global manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world.

NAHMA congratulates the winners.

  • Exemplary Family Development: Knightsbridge Apartments, Arlington, Va.; Owner: Wesley Housing; Management: Wesley Property Management; AHMA: Mid-Atlantic AHMA
  • Exemplary Development for the Elderly (Co-winner): Columbia Tower, San Diego, Calif.; Owner: Columbia Tower; Management Company: GK Management Co., Inc.; AHMA: AHMA-PSW
  • Exemplary Development for the Elderly (Co-winner):Mill Pond Apartments, Littleton, Mass.; Owner: C.A.R.D. Inc.; Management Company: Peabody Properties; AHMA: NEAHMA

A brief summary of the award-winning developments follows.

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Knightsbridge Apartments

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Exemplary Family Development
Knightsbridge Apartments
Arlington, Va.
Owner: Wesley Housing
Management: Wesley Property Management
AHMA: Mid-Atlantic AHMA

The three-story garden-style complex comprises six masonry structures that are joined together to form two buildings around a rectangular-shaped courtyard with connecting walkways. In September 2020, Knightsbridge earned its place on the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and is now recognized on the commonwealth’s official list of places of historical, architectural, archaeological, and/or cultural significance. It incorporates a mixture of architectural styles and the modest expression of modern design influences. The design of Knightsbridge and its relationship to the surrounding landscape represents a distinctly mid-20th century idea that distinguishes the apartments from more urban forms of the property type. Wesley Housing’s resident services programming provides an environment that allows residents living at Knightsbridge to build up their lives. Wesley and its affiliated property management company, Wesley Property Management, coordinate a full services program for all property residents that is adjusted based on the needs and interests of residents.

Columbia Tower

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Exemplary Development for the Elderly (Co-winner)
Columbia Tower
San Diego, Calif.
Owner: Columbia Tower
Management Company: GK Management Co., Inc.

Columbia Tower is a 150-unit 16-story high-rise elevator serviced building featuring affordable single and one-bedroom apartments for residents over 62 years of age or those who are handicapped and disabled. GK Management Co., Inc. has professionally managed the community since it opened in 1984. The property has many amenities, including a pool, jacuzzi, laundry room, barbecue, and gym. There is also a community room with television, computers, pool table, and library. Columbia Tower strives to create an atmosphere of community among residents, and one way they create this sense of community is through the recreation program. Each month, the senior program coordinator puts out an activities calendar with various options giving residents as many choices as possible to keep them as busy as they want to be. Residents can enjoy a game of bingo, pursue their hobbies such as painting, or learn new crafts in the recreation room.

Mill Pond Apartments

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Exemplary Development for the Elderly (Co-winner)
Mill Pond Apartments
Littleton, Mass.
Owner: C.A.R.D. Inc.
Management Company: Peabody Properties

Mill Pond Apartments offers residents the perfect setting for quiet country living. Built on a pond on a dead-end tree-lined road, Mill Pond Apartments features 42 one-bedroom apartment homes and eight congregate housing apartments with a large community kitchen and living space. The community offers manicured lawns, lush landscaping, a vibrant community gathering space, and on-site parking. The grounds include a pond with various wildlife, birds, spacious lawns, trees, and open fields. There is also a patio/grill area for the residents to enjoy. Mill Pond’s resident programs are led by its on-site certified resident service coordinator, who ensures that residents have a high-quality living environment as well as social and physical activities that enhance their health. The resident service coordinator schedules and organizes many activities for the residents to participate in throughout the year. Weekly “Java on the Pond” coffee hour has been a resident favorite for the past five years. The Littleton Community Gardeners have a monthly craft program for residents from September to April.

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Disclaimer: Properties that meet the COQ National Recognition criteria may hold themselves forth to the public as such. However, NAHMA and the AHMAs do not assume and hereby disclaim any and all liability to any person or entity for any claims, damages, liability or other loss including, without limitation, any liability for injury or other damage resulting from any use of or reliance on the information provided through the COQ National Recognition and Awards Program. NAHMA and the AHMAs do not make any express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements whatsoever, or in any way, regarding the properties listed as COQ National Recognition or Award Winners.