WHY IT WORKED: These semi-rural estate homes, located in an established community that borders one of the region's largest open-space preserves, have been especially popular with move-up buyers. They like having more square footage and a bigger yard without having to leave a quality school district.

  • For the square footage—4,630 to 5,818—Scripps Preserve's million-dollar homes are priced remarkably well, especially given all the bells and whistles included with each plan.
  • An average of one home per week was sold at Scripps Preserve in the first quarter of 2007, with zero cancellations.
  • The best-selling Plan 1 features four bedrooms plus an optional den or fifth bedroom; 3 ½ to 4½ baths; a courtyard and roomy kitchen nook; an optional casita; and a two- to four-car split garage.

  • CURB APPEAL: Plan 1 at Scripps Preserve at The Estates at StoneBridge has a lot to like. Old  World Tuscan style, a stone-and-stucco façade, and plenty of details  give this home extra punch.
    CURB APPEAL: Plan 1 at Scripps Preserve at The Estates at StoneBridge has a lot to like. Old World Tuscan style, a stone-and-stucco façade, and plenty of details give this home extra punch.

    PROJECT CREDITSProject: Scripps Preserve at The Estates at StoneBridge, San Diego; Sales started: October 2006; Sales through June 2007: 21; Units planned: 61 (24 released); Price: $1,062,900 to $1,181,900; Unit size: 4,630 to 5,818 square feet; Builder: Davidson Communities, Del Mar, Calif.; Developer: The Corky McMillin Cos., San Diego; Brookfield Homes, Del Mar; Architect: Case Group Architects, Solana Beach, Calif.; Land planner: Hunsaker & Associates, San Diego; Landscape architect: MW Peltz & Associates, Solana Beach; Interior designer: Design Line Interiors, San Diego

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