2021 Property of the Year Nominations

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Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM (CDT) to Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Property of the Year Award Nominations

All property and professional awards will be given out at the APEX Awards on December 10, 2021.  

Submit your property for one of the property awards listed below.  Submissions will be accepted through June 18, 2021. 

$130 per submission (Amber, Amethyst, Crystal, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Onyx, Opal, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, and Topaz).  

$95 per submission for Best Virtual Tour. 

No submission fee for the CARE Award or the Rise Above Award.


  • Pearl Award (Lease-up Property Award) (affordable and mid/high-rise not included in this category) Any property that is less than 12  months old, either at the time of nomination or within one year of 1st move-in at the time of nomination.
  • Topaz Award (Mid Rise)Any property that has 9 or fewer residential floors, has interior corridors, elevators, and a parking garage.
  • Crystal Award (High Rise) Any property that has 10+ residential floors, has interior corridors, elevators, and a parking garage.
  • Amber Award (Affordable Housing Award) Any affordable housing property. Must have income and rent restrictions on greater than 50% of the total number of units (e.g. HTC, AHDP, Bond, HOME, Housing Trust Fund, and COA Smart Housing)
  • Emerald Award (50 – 299 units) Any garden-style property with four stories or fewer and surface parking built between 2010 and 2019
  • Emerald Award (300 + units) Any garden-style property with four stories or fewer built between 2010 and 2019
  • Diamond Award (50-299 units) built between 2000 and 2009
  • Diamond Award (300+ units) built between 2000 and 2009
  • Sapphire Award (50-299 units) built between 1990 and 1999
  • Sapphire Award (300+ units) built between 1990 and 1999
  • Ruby Award (50-299 units) built before 1989
  • Ruby Award (300+ units) built before 1989
  • Onyx Award (Renovation Award)  Any property with renovations having been done within the last three calendar years. Property must meet both interior and amenity renovations as identified below:
    • Onyx Renovation Award Must include three of five interior improvements: countertops, appliances, flooring, fixtures, or cabinets.
      Must include three of six amenity improvements: landscaping, clubhouse/office, pool, fitness center, pet amenity spaces, or other recreational amenity space.
  • Opal Award (Active Adult/55+) 85% of residents must meet the minimum age requirement of 55+.
  • Amethyst Award (Student Property) More than 50% of the units are student-occupied.
  • Garnet Award (50 units and under) **NEW AWARD in 2021**
  • Best Virtual Tour Award​
    • Our new virtual world is ever-changing, evolving, and virtually renting an apartment is part of that new world.  Show us how your community has risen to the occasion and changed the way you rent apartments by creating an alternative way to reach potential renters.  
  • CARE Award (Creating an Amazing Resident Experience)
    • The CARE Award recognizes a community that has excelled at keeping their residents satisfied and engaged.  How have you worked on resident retention?  Maybe you held a DJ'd porch party or hosted an ice cream truck visit or a socially distanced happy hour.  Submit the fun and creative things you have done!
  • Rise Above Award
    • The Rise Above Award is open to owner/management AND supplier members.  This award recognizes a company that has given back to the community in a stellar way.  Have you and your employees banded together to distribute PPE, have you provided mental health support, collected food for food pantry's or contributed to rental assistance programs.  Tell us how you have contributed to the well-being of the community.

For More Information:

Dana Bolz, CMP
Dana Bolz, CMP
Director of Events/Meetings Austin Apartment Association (512)323-2460

Property of the Year Submission Form