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.
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.;
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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