Building on a steeply sloped site next to a busy freeway created multiple challenges for Bellevue, Wash.-based Pryde Corp. To give Sonoma Villero, a North Kirkland, Wash., community of 241 townhomes, plenty of privacy, units are nestled into the hillside. Heavy landscaping dampens freeway noise and additional plantings between properties enhance privacy. Things are quiet inside, too. Double party walls and cast-iron waste lines alleviate interior sound transmission between units.

"Young professionals are drawn to the Medici townhome models because they offer luxury living at an affordable price," says builder Curt Pryde. The townhomes are priced from $179,950 to $188,950. Amenities include a clubhouse for entertaining, a patio and heated pool, meeting rooms, and a 24-hour fitness center. Since sales started in July of last year, the homes have been selling at a phenomenal 13 units per month.

High-tech professionals are drawn to the community for the affordable prices and the easy commute to work. Microsoft's Seattle campus is just 5 miles away from North Kirkland.

Project Credits Project: Sonoma Villero, North Kirkland, Wash.; Sales started: July 2000; Sales through January 2001: 90; Units released through January 2001: 106; Units planned: 241; Price: $179,950 to $188,950; Unit size: 1,200 square feet; Builder: Pryde Corp., Bellevue, Wash.; Architect: Kohler Associates, Seattle; Interior designer: Continental Furniture, Seattle; Landscape architect: Thomas Rengstorf Associates, Seattle