Not all move-up buyers need a rambling ranch. This was the approach taken by Brookfield Homes' Riverside County, Calif., division. The Barrington model is located in Carlsbad, Calif. Here, homes from 1,957 to 2,287 square feet are built on minimum lot sizes of 4,000 square feet, priced from $300,000. The three- and four-bedroom plans are built with three elevation options: Craftsman, Mediterranean, and Monterey styles.

Brookfield offers front yard landscaping and decorative courtyard gates at the entry. And all homes have second-floor laundry rooms and centralized computer/desk space. "Buyers love the volume, the open spaces, and the loft option," says marketing manager Maria Meuwisse.

Project: Barrington at Calavera Hills, Carlsbad, Calif.; Sales started: September 1999; Sales through August 2000: 108; Units released through May 2000: 108; Units planned: 140; Price: $300,000 and up; Unit size: 1,957 to 2,287 square feet; Builder: Brookfield Homes, Del Mar, Calif.; Architect: Dahlin Group, Solana Beach, Calif.; Interior merchandiser: Design Line, San Diego; Landscape architect: Land Concern, Santa Ana, Calif.; Ad agency: Catalina Communications, San Diego

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