By Carolyn Weber. Best Single-Family Detached Home--2,200 to 2,600 square feet

Density with dignity describes this eight pack of single-family detached homes overlooking a glorious golf course. The Tuscan-inspired architecture, complete with rustic stone and mortar, rough-hewn wood posts, and tile roof, feels as though it were plucked from an Italian hillside. The L-shape of the 2,545-square-foot Plan 1 allows for a private, light-filled courtyard that serves as a transitional space and an outdoor room. A carriage house over the two-car garage anchors the courtyard and provides a guest suite or home office.

Builder: Baywood Development, Newport Beach, Calif.; Architect/Land planner: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach

Photo: Eric Figge