Why It Worked: Well-priced coach homes in a convenient, gated community that really does look—and feel—like a Mediterranean village. Piazzas, bridges, and walkways connect residents to the Centro Villagio (cinema, cafes), the Campo Villagio (Bocce courts, outdoor fireplaces), the Grand Piazza (concert green, botanical garden), and the Villa pool.

  • The 70-acre village features 10 acres of natural preserve and 12 acres of lakes and waterways.
  • Floor plans run the gamut from a modest one-bedroom-plus-den model (1,537 square feet) to a more luxurious three-bedroom-plus-den unit (2,169 square feet). All four plans offer a patio entry and an attached garage.
  • Standard kitchen features include cherry cabinets, granite countertops, double-bowl stainless sinks, and side-by-side refrigerators.
  • Project Credits

    Project: Villagio, Estero, Fla.; Sales started: May 2003; Sales through October 2004: 374; Units planned: 514; Price: $160,000 to $250,000; Unit size: 1,537 to 2,169 square feet; Builder: Brooks and Freund, Fort Meyers, Fla.; Developer: Royal Palm Communities, Boca Raton, Fla.; Architects: Royal Palm Communities, Boca Raton; and Tseng Consulting, North Miami Beach, Fla.; Landscape architect: Outside Productions, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Interior designer: Wells Design, Boca Raton

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