By R.E. Blake Evans With a solid economy and plenty of move-up dollars to spend over the past few years, move-up buyers said "si si" to Taylor Woodrow's courtyard-style, single-family homes at Fairbanks Highlands. The result was a near sell out, and an average pace of five homes per month sold during the busy seasons.

The Montecito Residence One plan offers buyers life alfresco, featuring deeply recessed loggias that define the forecourt and provide alternate outdoor living areas. Casitas are a popular option for buyers with frequent guests, older teens, or for a home office.

"Informal living spaces are connected by a central gallery detailed with wood beams," says Jessica Fabricant, marketing director. "Every room is positioned to take advantage of either a Pacific Ocean view or a courtyard view." The central plaza-style entertainment zone can serve a myriad of living and entertaining needs.

Singles, move-downs, and single parents love the attached ease of The Primrose plan by Colonnade Homes. The fast seller met an untapped need for infill product in Denver.

The generous 3,833-square-foot interior space feels even larger to many buyers because outdoor spaces feel like part of the interior floor plan. "The architectural style is simple but timeless," says Fabricant. "It blends in with history but also feels new."

Project Credits

Project: Montecito Residence One, Fairbanks Highlands, San Diego; Sales started: December 1999; Sales through August 2001: 88; Units released through August 2001: 242; Units planned: 93; Price: $855,000 and up; Unit size: 3,833 square feet; Builder: Taylor Woodrow Homes, Laguna Hills, Calif.; Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.; Interior merchandiser: Design Line Interiors, San Diego; Ad agency: Morris Advertising, Newport Beach, Calif.