By Christina B. Farnsworth. Rising from the desert floor, almost as if they had grown there, stand 77 townhomes grouped in duets and trios. The attached homes are carefully integrated into their desert site and with each other. Seen from a distance, it is hard to tell where one unit starts and the next ends. Side and deeply set entries create a strong sense of privacy.

The center townhome of the trio is the only two-story plan, mitigating the sense of claustrophobia one often gets in an interior unit. Plan two features a wonderful guest or office suite with its own exterior entry adjacent to the driveway but around the corner from the home's front door.

Photo: Jim Christy Studio

Homes range from 1,847 to 2,728 square feet and are priced from $297,400 to $372,400. Sales have been primarily to empty-nesters, move-downs, and winter visitors. Category: Condominiums; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: Berkus Design Studio, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Builder: Columbia Communities, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Developer: Dmb, Scottsdale; Landscape Architect: GMA International, Newport Beach, Calif.