The adaptability of Ivy Wreath's Residence 1X offers flexibility to first-time, move-up buyers, be they singles or couples. In addition to a master suite on the third floor, the 1,532- to 1,700-square-foot home has an optional second master suite or studio on the entry level, which is ideal for guests, a home office, or shared mortgage arrangements. Adjacent to the kitchen on the second level (and separated by a deck) is a bonus room that offers additional private space.

The objective was to create a high-density project with the characteristics of a detached community, says Architect Jeff Chelwick, and the unit's footprint strengthens the pedestrian-scale density. To that end, six homes cluster in modules around a green court. "The homes share interior green space, but they also share exterior space," he says. Curb-separated sidewalks, courtyard definition, and thoughtful landscaping underscore a pedestrian focus, the architect adds.

Category: Production/Semi-custom, less than 2,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Santa Ana, Calif.; Builder/Developer: D.R. Horton, Corona, Calif.; Land Planner: Fuscoe Engineering, Irvine, Calif.; Landscape Architect: Diallo Landscape Architecture, Fountain Valley, Calif.; Interior Designer: Inside Matters, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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