By Christina B. Farnsworth. Tuscan-style apartments wrapped around pedestrian and residential courtyards eschew the automobile, carefully segregating cars from people in this masterfully planned 513-unit project. Cars slink into garages underneath beautifully landscaped pedestrian courtyards.

The architecture is as appealing as the planning. The color palette--earthy ochres and barrel-tile roofs--follows Tuscan guidelines. Sculpted, terraced-tile roof forms "supported" by decorative brackets and deeply inset windows deliver class to the 171 units so far released. Pergolas and pavers add to the neighborly village appeal.

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At 13.87 acres, the project density is 38 dua. Land development costs $75,000 per unit. Hard costs were $105 a square foot. The community opened December 15, 2000. Young professionals have snapped up the 549- to 1,336-square-foot apartments for rents ranging from $1,325 to $2,580 a month. Category: Apartments; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: Mclarand Vasquez Emsiek And Partners, Irvine, Calif.; Builder: Western National Construction, Irvine; Developer: Irvine Apartment Communities, Newport Beach, Calif.; Landscape Architect: HRP Land Design, Santa Ana, Calif.