Sometimes, especially in attached housing, you take what the land gives you—a truism that these two projects embraced with smart planning that delivered impressive results and value. Both effectively create comfortable and attractive “mini-villages” that are appropriate to their environments and intelligently take advantage of views and natural amenities while avoiding any semblance of suburbia. They also employ place-appropriate materials, giving them instant credibility and authenticity. The fact that these two projects were developed a continent and nearly 20 years apart bears witness to the fact that smart land planning is still alive and well.
Project: The Sentinels, San Diego; Entrant/Architect/Land planner: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.; Builder: Baywood Development, Newport Beach
Project: Windward Harbor, Centre Harbor, N.H.; Entrant/Land planner: Matarazzo Design, Concord, N.H.; Architect: Claude Miquelle Associates, Melrose, Mass.; Developer/Builder: Windward Harbor Co., Centre Harbor