The Boston-based DSF Group earned top honors as Multifamily Development Firm of the Year for its tight focus on "best of class" projects. The award was presented last week by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) as part of the association's Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards.

The Development Firm of the Year Award honors excellence in multifamily housing development, financial performance, innovative development strategies and practices and successful achievement of the company's vision and goals.

"We're honored to be recognized by NAHB as Multifamily Development Firm of the Year," said Josh Solomon, president of the DSF Group. "We look forward to continuing to develop outstanding mixed-use communities that are not only well-received by our residents and the real estate community, but also provide strong returns."

While the privately-owned DSF Group has properties in California, New York City and Europe, it has concentrated its recent efforts in the transit-oriented markets of the Northeast corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston. For each project, the company assembles a team of the best local architects, contractors, engineers and property managers in that market--and ends up with unique and desirable residential, commercial and mixed-use properties, with top-drawer amenities and finishes. According to the competition's judges, the firm's product is "beautiful and innovative," with "great attention to detail inside and out." The judges also cited the firm's "exceptional growth in diverse markets."

NAHB Multifamily's 2011 Pillars Awards recognized winners for excellence and superior leadership in 29 categories, including Property Management Company of the Year, won by the Prometheus Real Estate Group in San Mateo, Calif.; and Community of the Year, won by Columbia Parc at Bayou District in New Orleans, developed by Columbia Residential and designed by JHP Architecture/Urban Design.

To see the virtual awards ceremony, complete with pictures and commentary, and to view the full list of winners, visit

The NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards program is supported by NAHB Multifamily's Chairman Partner, Time Warner Cable Community solutions. Additional support was provided by Diamond Sponsors AT&T Connected Communities and Mohawk Industries.