WHY IT WORKED: These homes were just what buyers wanted, priced to sell—even when the pool of interested prospective homeowners began to dry up. Irving Gill–inspired architecture helped make Shea Homes' first attached product at Windingwalk a success with first-time buyers, empty-nesters, and move-up homeowners.

  • With two stories and two-car garages, these motor court–style attached residences seem like detached homes. Because walls are constructed separately for each plan, there are few shared walls, which accentuates the individual-dwelling feel.
  • Amenities in this 1,200-acre master planned community include 455 acres dedicated to natural habitat open space. Saguaro shares a private pool, spa, and children's pool with two other neighborhoods.
  • The best-selling Plan 5, an end unit, boasts a lot of natural light, larger rooms, and a private courtyard off the dining room.
  • PROJECT CREDITS Project: Saguaro at Windingwalk, Chula Vista, Calif.; Sales started: April 2006; Sales through mid-January 2007: 70; Units planned: 100; Price: $380,000 to $440,000; Unit size: 1,279 to 1,585 square feet; Builder: Shea Homes, San Diego; Developers: Brookfield San Diego Builders, San Diego; Shea Homes, San Diego; Architect: The McKinley Associates, San Diego; Landscape architect: Gillespie, Moody, Patterson, La Jolla, Calif.; Interior designer: Ryan Young Interiors, San Diego


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