By BUILDER Magazine Staff. Why it worked: Superstition Mountain already offered clustered housing for less than $700,000 and sites for $1 million-plus custom homes. But it didn't have any housing in between. Enter Sunset Village, with models that fit squarely in the gap. Scheduled for a two-year sell out, sales are pleasantly ahead of schedule.
* A swimming pool in the front courtyard creatively emphasizes resort-style living.
* An informal plan appeals to second-home buyers, who make up 70 percent of Superstition Mountain buyers.
* With optional casita and carriage unit, bedroom count can reach as high as six, with very private sleeping areas for extended family and friends.
* A downstairs den/office offers privacy for visiting business clients, and creates the opportunity for an adjacent private patio.
* Most rooms have direct access to private outdoor patios or terraces.
* The builder offers nearly unlimited customization, from moving walls to building a completely different home, as long as it is compatible with the Sunset Village neighborhood.
* Roughly half of the lots face state trust land rising into the Superstition Mountain foothills or the golf course.
Project: Sunset Village, Superstition Mountain, Ariz.; Sales started: January 2002; Sales through January 2003: 20; Units planned: 37; Price: $520,000 to $690,000 plus lot cost $200,000 to $550,000; Unit size: 4,106 to 5,001 square feet (including optional casita); Developer: Superstition Mountain Properties, Superstition Mountain; Builder: Anderson Homes amp; Design, Superstition Mountain; Architect: BBG Architecture, Irvine, Calif.; Interior designer: Creative Design Consultants, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Landscape Architect: Greey/Pickett, Phoenix