By BUILDER Magazine Staff. Why it worked: A great location and character-rich architecture has helped sell 17 homes per month.
Verrazzano has three distinct neighborhoods, Cortiles, Patria, and Palazzo, featuring distinctive Spanish- and Italian-inspired architecture.
The two-story plans are all over 3,600 square feet and include three to five bedrooms, at least four baths, and a three-car garage.
The community is developed around a two-acre community park with mature foliage and olive trees that evoke the feel of the Italian countryside.
Area amenities include the location, which is surrounded by Santa Luz luxury estate homes, easy access to freeways and shopping, and the nationally recognized Poway school district.
The buyers are mostly local first-time buyers and down-sizing empty-nesters.
The most popular upgrades are French doors and granite countertops--totaling about $10,000. Project Credits
Project: Verrazzano, San Diego; Sales started: April 2002; Sales through October: 119; Units planned: 218; Price: $480,000 to $676,000; Unit size: 2,576 to 3,750 square feet; Developer/ Builder: Shea Homes, San Diego; Architect: JBZ Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.; Landscape architect: Terra Firma, San Diego; Interior designer: Collaborative West, San Clemente, Calif.