By Carolyn Weber. Best Single-Family Detached Home--1,800 to 2,300 square feet (small lot)

This 2,245-square-foot, alley-loaded plan packs a lot of features into a small package. The plan takes full advantage of the compact 3,212-square-foot lot and includes things usually reserved for more expensive homes, like a wrap-around front porch. An interior courtyard provides plenty of light to the first floor and eases the tight side yard. Four-sided architecture and attention to detail, such as shutters and divided light windows, are true to the historic styling.

Builder: Warmington Homes California, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Developer: Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; Architect: Hove Design Alliance, Newport Beach, Calif.; Land planner: EDAW, Irvine, Calif.

Photo: Jerry Laursen