By BUILDER Magazine Staff. Why it worked: These large duplex plans offered empty-nest baby boomers large square footages, wide-open plans, and amenities to match active lifestyles.

  • The ranch-style villas are duplexes joined at the garage and grouped into four-unit clusters with about 40 feet between them. The plan leaves plenty of open space for a clubhouse and walking/jogging trails.

  • Each of the homes features a private, second-floor suite for guests or grandchildren.

  • All of the plans were designed with a wide-open floor plan, but the Thornhill, which is the largest and most expensive, is the top seller thanks to its huge family room/kitchen area.

  • The builder/developer set the project apart by including amenities that appeal to the younger end of the targeted age group and include a basketball court, inline skating lane on the paths, and a sports bar in the clubhouse. Project Credits

    Photo: Fred Forbes Photography

    Project: The Villas at Shadybrook, Langhorne, Pa.; Sales started: April 2002; Sales through October: 108; Units planned: 300; Price: $270,000 to $290,000; Unit size: 1,800 to 2,100 square feet; Developer/Builder: McGrath Homes, Langhorne; Architect: Feinberg and Associates, Gibbsboro, N.J.; Land planner: Pickering Courts, Newtown, Pa.; Landscape architect: Turning Leaf, Langhorne