Why it worked: The mighty Wasatch Mountains are a fitting backdrop for McMullin Homes' European-inspired cottages, which feature pitched roofs, wood shutters, and a warm stucco finish.

* Cardiff's two-bedroom rambler plan features a master bath with a corner tub, butler's pantry between the kitchen and dining room, full basement, and the option of coffered ceilings in the living room.

* Most buyers opt for such upgrades as hardwood or tile floors; Avonite or granite countertops; and oak or knotty-alder cabinets.

* Limited edition of 47 residences priced on par or less than nearby neighborhoods.

Project Credits

Project: The Pointe at Little Cottonwood, Sandy, Utah; Sales started: May 2002; Sales through May 2003: 45; Price: $254,900 to $316,900; Unit size: 1,930 to 3,860 square feet; Developer/Builder: McMullin Homes, Midvale, Utah; Architect: Inside/Outside, Spring Lake, Utah; Landscape architect: Mason Landscape, Sandy; Interior designer: Domestiks, Sandy.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Salt Lake City, UT.