WHY IT WORKED: The real estate market in the southern end of San Diego County is sizzling right now, so Auburn Lane's location is surely a big factor in its success. But you don't get a near sellout in less than a year without some other draws—namely, first-rate architecture, family-friendly floor plans, and a master planned community with plenty of precious green space.
Buyers like the number of bedrooms (four to six) included with each elevation and that each plan offers on the first floor a bedroom and a powder room that can be upgraded to a full bath.
Amid intense demand in Eastern Chula Vista, Calif., where there has been a great deal of recent development, Auburn Lane stands out by offering a distinctive close-knit community feel. Porches and outdoor courtyards on the front elevation help encourage street-side life.
Interior details include media niches, drywalled garages, and generous linen closets and storage areas.
The distinctive Tuscan, Santa Barbara, and French Country elevations helped win Auburn Lane a Beautification Award from the city of Chula Vista. Officials praised the way the architecture contributes to the neighborhood's sense of community.
Project: Auburn Lane by McMillin Homes (within the master planned community of McMillin Lomas Verdes), Chula Vista, Calif.; Sales started: November 2003; Sales through November 2004: 92; Units planned: 92; Price: $752,990 to $829,890; Unit size: 2,720 to 3,397 square feet; Builder: McMillin Homes, National City, Calif.; Developer: The Corky McMillin Cos., National City; Architect: Robert Bowlus, La Jolla, Calif.; Land planner: ONA, San Diego; Landscape architect: SJA, Carlsbad, Calif.; Interior designer: Dulce Design, Del Mar, Calif.