ATTACHED TOWNHOMES WOULD HAVE been the easy route to satisfying density requirements at Peregrine, a picturesque community outside Colorado Springs. Scheurer Architects and Keller Homes opted instead for the road less traveled—a site plan that groups three-packs of tight-knit, detached homes around shared motor courts.

With garage entrances one step removed from the street, the sidewalks of La Bellezza are pedestrian friendly and conducive to neighborhood interaction. At the same time, each cluster's economical site configuration achieves privacy in close quarters; intimate courtyards for individual homes are formed by the walls and fences of neighboring plans.

As in so many Scheurer projects, rustic touches are found at every turn. Thoughtful building compositions and the use of stone cladding in key locations create a balanced asymmetry reminiscent of hillside villages in Italy or Spain. Wrought iron, heavy timbering, and arched headers lend authentic detailing. The aesthetic befits this topographically rigorous locale where mountain views are a prime amenity.


Awards: Residential project of the year/detached; grand for best single-family detached home—2,200 to 2,600 square feet (Villa Cortena model); merit for best single-family detached home—2,200 to 2,600 square feet (Villa Sorrento model); and merit for best neighborhood site plan—under 15 acres; Builder: Keller Homes, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Developer: Vintage Communities, Colorado Springs; Architects: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.; and Keller Homes, Colorado Springs; Land planner: NES, Colorado Springs

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