WHY IT WORKED: The combination of lush, semirural surroundings and lavishly appointed homes is hard to beat. Calabria is especially popular with move-up and move-down empty-nesters.
All six plans have three-car garages, a downstairs bedroom suite, and a first-floor library space.
Large is the operative word at Calabria. Lots average 10,000 square feet, and each plan features grand kitchens, generous master suites, and expansive walk-in closets.
The single-story plan 1 is the most popular design, selling out at each phase release. Buyers especially like the central courtyard, which provides plenty of light to the dining room, the living room, and the library. The master suite is tucked at the back of the house for privacy.
Project: Calabria at StoneBridge Estates, San Diego; Sales started: May 2005; Sales through June 2006: 17; Units planned: 139; Price: $1,132,000 to $1,315,000; Unit size: 3,780 to 5,120 square feet; Builder/Developer: Brookfield Homes, San Diego; Architect: Dahlin Group, Solana Beach, Calif.; Landscape architect: Land Concern, Santa Ana, Calif.; Interior designer: Design Line Interiors, San Diego