THIS year Torquay's Cavanna Homes celebrates its 90th anniversary as well as a place alongside the UK's top homebuilders following the award of a maximum five-star rating by the House Builders' Federation.
Now owned by the third generation of the Cavanna family and managed by a professional team of non-family members, the company employs more than 80 local people as well as teams of contractors at each site.
This autumn sees healthy sales of new homes at two existing Cavanna developments in Torbay and Teignbridge and a wave of interest in their latest development at Kingskerswell.
The contemporary Seascape development with its dramatic sea views over Brixham's St Mary's Bay, has already reserved seven of the12 properties set on cliffs above the historic fishing port.
Each of the distinctive houses at Seascape has been designed as reverse level with a first-floor living room and glass concertina doors opening onto a balcony with an outdoor staircase leading to the garden.
There are two styles of homes available; the four-bedroom detached Sandpiper and the three-bedroom semi-detached Turnstone.
Prices range from £265,000 to £375,000 (01803 618678).
New homeowners, Tony and Candace Bennett, who moved to Seascape in August, spent four years looking for their perfect home.
Tony explained: "As soon as we walked into the show home at Seascape, we both raised our eyebrows because we'd found just what we were looking for.
"My wife has always wanted to live by the sea and to be able to enjoy sea views while sitting in bed with a cup of tea in the morning — which is exactly what we have now!"
Further up the coast at Dawlish, Cavanna Homes' Aspects is in an enviable location on the rural edge of the seaside town offering new homeowners the best of three worlds — coast, countryside and city. The latest Cavanna Homes project, Kings Field, is located just off Charles Road, Kingskerswell. Kings Field offers a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes suitable for individuals, couples or families who want to enjoy all the benefits of village life but may need to commute to Torquay, Newton Abbot or Exeter.
The first new homes will be ready to move into in the new year.