WHY IT WORKED: Value is the main draw at Forest Park. The homes, which range in price from $235,900 to $378,900, are downright affordable for tony Naples, Fla. Throw in more than 100 acres of forest, a 20-acre lake, and an award-winning community clubhouse, and you've got the ingredients for success.

  • One company, Charter Communities, builds at Forest Park and offers customers the opportunity to make structural changes to their homes. Hurricane shutters come standard.
  • Single-family homes are available in 15 different elevations; attached courtyard villas come with three different floor plans. Features include covered entries and screened lanais, pocket doors, minimum 9-foot-4-inch ceiling heights, large master suites, and walk-in closets.
  • For only $162 per month, the HOA provides full landscape maintenance and a community water sprinkler system.
  • There's a laid back atmosphere at this non–golf course community that features a community walkway, a bike path, and plenty of trees.
  • PROJECT CREDITS Project: Forest Park, Naples, Fla.; Sales started: April 2001; Sales through May 2004: 234; Units planned: 318; Price: $298,900 to $378,900 (single-family); $235,900 to $251,900 (attached); Unit size: 2,256 to 3,715 square feet (single-family); 2,142 to 2,399 square feet (attached); Builder: Charter Communities, Naples; Developer: Brennan Forest Park, Akron, Ohio; Architect: Feinberg & Associates, Voorhees, N.J.; Land planner: William Vines, Naples; Interior designer: Childs/Dreyfus Group, Chicago

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