Why it Worked: Talk about timing—homes in Monterra at Rancho Etiwanda went on sale less than a month after the Interstate 210 extension opened, which means the commute to Los Angeles is much less rigorous. Throw in the fact that Monterra offers the most affordable product in Rancho Etiwanda and you've got a winner.

  • Nine-foot ceilings, both upstairs and down, make the homes feel larger.
  • Home sites, which average more than 8,000 square feet, offer views of the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains.
  • Higher spec level (8-foot-tall kitchen cabinets, open rail staircases, etc.) than larger, more expensive homes in the community.
  • Project Credits

    Project: Monterra at Rancho Etiwanda, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Sales started: February 2003; Sales through December 2003: 99; Units planned: 164; Price: $485,000 to $510,000; Unit size: 2,358 to 3,026 square feet; Developer: SunCal Cos., Irvine, Calif.;

    Treve Johnson

    Builder: Young California Homes, Los Altos, Calif.; Architect: Lind & Associates, Irvine; Land planner: Allard Engineering, Fontana, Calif.; Landscape architect: Architerra Design Group, Rancho Cucamonga; Interior designer: Ryan Young Interiors, National City, Calif.

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