WHY IT WORKED: Deriving its name from the Spanish word for enchantment, this handsome enclave of 37 semi-custom homes is nestled amid rolling hills on the first and second fairways of a par 70 golf course. With year-round balmy weather and proximity to San Diego's prime beaches, it's the stuff that dreams are made of.

  • Über-appointed luxury residences rest on ¼-acre to 1/3-acre lots with spectacular valley, mountain, and golf course views. Seven floor plans offer two to four bedrooms and three and a half to six and a half baths, plus guest casitas.
  • Spanish mission–style architecture makes the most of the temperate climate with integrated courtyards, loggias, and secluded patios.
  • The gated community is home to a five-star resort and country club, complete with a 33,000-square-foot clubhouse on the 18th fairway. Amenities include a library, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a junior Olympic–sized pool and spa with poolside dining and cabanas.PROJECT CREDITSProject: El Encanto at The Crosby, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Sales started: November 2004; Sales through February 2006: 25; Units planned: 37; Price: $1.3 million to $1.9 million; Unit size: 3,501 to 5,387 square feet; Builder/Developer: California Cove Communities, Irvine, Calif.; Architect: Bassenian Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

LOCAL FLAVOR: Barrel-tile roofs, ornate window grilles, cupola-topped chimneys, and decorative tile surrounds reflect the region's Spanish influences.
LOCAL FLAVOR: Barrel-tile roofs, ornate window grilles, cupola-topped chimneys, and decorative tile surrounds reflect the region's Spanish influences.

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