By BUILDER Magazine Staff. Courtyard Bungalow at Highland Lake, Flat Rock, N.C.

  • Why it worked: Craftsman charm and livable community plan brought buyers to North Carolina's mountain region.
  • Community-oriented master plan includes resort retreat center and organic working farm.
  • Designed to appeal to second-home buyers and empty-nesters.
  • Zero lot line designs with side court and rear loading garages place a strong emphasis on outdoor views, deck, patios, and side verandahs.
  • The formal living room, dining room, and sunroom have direct access to views of the courtyard and deck.
  • Master suites in the rear ensure privacy when guests are visiting.
  • Project Credits

    Project: Courtyard Bungalow at Highland Lake, Flat Rock, N.C.; Sales started: September 2000; Sales through March 2002: 42 (all 42 of phase one sold out in 10 weeks; phase two not open yet); Units planned: 220; Price: $150,000 to $330,000; Unit size: 2,053 square feet; Developer: Highland Lake Co., Hendersonville, N.C.; Builder: KCB Construction, Asheville, N.C. Marketing/Sales: The Collins Co., Mufreesboro, Tenn.; Architect: Bloodgood Sharp Buster, West Des Moines, Iowa; Interior designer: Harietta Deaton, Greensville, Tenn.