By Christina B. Farnsworth. Warm, comfortable, and inviting despite its 5,272-square-foot size, Casa Pacifica at Watermark emulates the resort lifestyle of communities such as Santa Barbara. It's just as pricey, too. The California hacienda homes sell for $2.9 million and up.

The home's livable courtyard accessed through a romantic portico sets the mood. The courtyard loggia has a fireplace that makes it a true outdoor room. In the back next to the pool is an outbuilding, perfect for guest quarters or a studio. (In the model it faces the ocean.) There is another full living suite with exterior access from a curved staircase at the front of the house.

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Features of the main part of the house include the owners' suite, which has his and her bathrooms and an exercise room. The fifth bedroom can be used as a guest or relative's apartment. It has its own interior vestibule and direct access to the courtyard through French doors. The home office has a separate entry and foyer from the portico, so clients see but do not enter either the courtyard or any private area of the home. Category: Single-Family Production, over 3,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.; Builder/Developer: Taylor Woodrow Homes, Irvine; Landscape Architect: Burton Associates, Encinatas, Calif.