Divorcees, single moms, first-time buyers, and active adults are finding an incredible value for their dollar at the Springlake Cove project in Lawrenceville, Ga. "Potential buyers are shocked they can live in a gated community for this price range," says Mike Miller, on-site sales manager for the community. "Residents have a sense of security and a great deal of pride in the attention to detail for the aesthetics," says Miller. And what a gate it is: $20,000 was spent on the gated entrance alone.

Originally zoned for condominiums or apartments, county regulations allowed single-family detached units as long as the homes remained a condo-type ownership. Yard maintenance is included in the $90 per month homeowner's association fee, perfect for busy lifestyles. Amenities include a swimming pool and playground.

It's also an Atlanta commuter's dream. The city is only 30 miles away. The Golden Corridor, a concentrated area of new office space, is drawing high-tech employers and is just five miles away.

Project Credits Project: Springlake Cove, Lawrenceville, Ga.; Sales started: March 2000; Sales through May 2001: 129; Units released through May 2001: 129; Units planned: 235; Price: $105,000 to $120,000; Unit size: 1,450 to 1,550 square feet; Builder/Developer: Bowen Builders Group, Buford, Ga.; Architect: Garrell Associates, Atlanta; Interior designer: EFC Interior Design, Gaithersburg, Mo.

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