Why It Worked: The Gables' Cottage Collection has a unique product design—single-family homes attached by rear storage sheds—and offers a well-priced alternative to more standard attached designs.

  • Swim-club community includes walking trails, playground area, new elementary school, and close proximity to Raleigh, N.C.–area Research Triangle Park.
  • Exterior accents include stone details and brick arches.
  • Architectural features include an 11-foot sloped ceiling in the living room with a corner fireplace; large, arched opening to the kitchen.
  • First-floor study or in-home office in Ashgrove model can be converted to an optional bedroom with access to full bath.
  • Unfinished upstairs area and attached shed provide ample storage.
  • Project Credits

    Project: The Gables at Town Hall Commons, Morrisville, N.C.; Sales started: June 2002; Sales through January 2004: 101; Units planned: 161 in current phase, 100 in future phases; Price: $162,400 to $179,900; Unit size: 1,538 to 1,875 square feet; Builder/Developer: Centex Homes, Raleigh, N.C.; Architect: Centex Homes, Raleigh; Landscape architect: Post Nursery, Wake Forest, N.C.; Interior designer: Tarleton Designs, Rock Hill, S.C.