The $400,000 price tags of Michigan's first neo-traditional community exceeded the price ceiling of the area's average buyer. So when Saratoga Circle opened with homes starting in the high $200s, buyers flocked to sign contracts.

Although neo-traditional garages typically are detached, builder S.R. Jacobson wanted to protect second- and third-time buyers from Michigan's bitter winters, so he built the homes with attached alley-loaded garages. Other home details -- expansive front porches, entry transom windows, and white picket fences -- adhere closely to neo-traditional design tenets. The community sells nearly four units a month.

Project Credits
Project: The Rockwell at Saratoga Circle, Novi, Mich. Sales started: May 1999 Number released: 27 Sales through November 1999: 27 Price:$303,000 Unit size: 2,322 square feet Density: 5 units per acre Number of units : 54 Builder: S.R. Jacobson, Bingham Farms, Mich.Architect: Alexander Bogarts, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Developer: Jacobson Land Development, Bingham Farms Landscape architect: Great Oaks, Novi Interior designer: Designer Interiors, Troy, Mich. Marketing consultant: Housing Consultants, Clarkston, Mich.