Why it worked: Located in the heart of Vero Beach, Fla., Kenwood Village offers both full-time residents and visiting snowbirds a wide choice of floor plans, a long list of standard amenities, and prices that can't be beat.
* One year into a projected two-year absorption, Kenwood Village is just five units away from a total sellout. Price sheets have been reprinted six times in an effort to slow the pace.
* Nine floor plans offer buyers everything from a basic two-bedroom, two-bath 1,693-square-foot plan ($158,900, shown) to a sprawling four-bedroom, two-bath, 2,163-square-foot design ($190,950).
* Vacation-style amenities include nature preserves, heated pool, tennis court, putting green, and a private dock.
* Structural design meets Florida's new 2002 code and features engineered roof trusses with hurricane straps and direct-mount steel hurricane shutters.
* Standard interior features include pantry closet, Brinks alarm system, and rounded interior wall corners.
Project: Kenwood Village, Vero Beach, Fla.; Sales started: June 2002; Sales through August 2003: 104; Units planned: 109; Price: $158,900 to $190,950 ; Unit size: 1,693 to 2,163 square feet; Builder: GHO Homes, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Developer: Brackett and Co., Vero Beach; Architect: Scott, Blakesley, Disher and Associates, Boca Raton, Fla.; Landscape architect: Don Niehaus, Vero Beach; Interior designer: Intermark, Orlando, Fla.
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