By Carolyn Weber. Best Single-Family Detached Home--3,001 to 3,300 square feet
Although it sounds like a new salad dressing, French Ranch is really a 532-acre development with a 472-acre agricultural preserve in Marin County, Calif. The 31 new homes are sited carefully to ensure that they blend in with the spectacular landscape. The identical plans are clad in an array of different materials and feature various porch configurations. This quaint, classically restrained 3,100-square-foot bungalow with wood shingles, dark trim, and a detached garage, is loyal to the early 20th-century Craftsman style.
Builder: Jazz Construction, San Rafael, Calif.; Developer: French Ranch LLC, San Rafael; Architect: BAR Architects, San Francisco; Landscape architect: ZAC Landscape Architects, Petaluma, Calif.