WHY IT WORKED: This part of Michigan has been experiencing relatively flat sales, so homes were priced just below market as an incentive. Stone-and-shake exteriors also helped pull in buyers.

  • Lot sizes negated the ability to offer an attached three-car garage, so the architect designed the homes with a two-car courtyard garage with an optional bay that can be built on the opposite side of the house.
  • The neighborhood is within walking distance of both woodlands and a charming downtown area. Excellent nearby schools are also a draw.
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  • While sales are generally evenly split between five different floor plans, the family-friendly, four-bedroom Hampton Park model has a slight edge.
  • PROJECT CREDITS Project: Charleston Park, South Lyon, Mich.; Sales started: May 2006; Sales through November 2006: 12; Units planned: 100; Price: $299,900 to $359,900; Unit size: 2,156 to 3,017 square feet; Builder: Kheder Homes, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Developer: Singh Development, West Bloomfield, Mich.; Architect: TK Design & Architecture, Howell, Mich.; Land planner: Atwell Hicks, Novi, Mich.; Landscape architect: United Lawnscape, Washington Township, Mich.; Interior designer: AK Designs, Farmington Hills

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