WHY IT WORKED: It's hard to go wrong with a community that's just one-eighth of a mile from the beach and within walking distance of a light-rail system. Add great architecture and a variety of floor plans and finishes and you've got a winner.

  • The character of Carlsbad, a village that dates to the 1880s, is embodied in the architecture of the homes. Residence 3 has a steeply pitched roof reminiscent of seaside, shingle-style architecture plus wood detailing, shelves, corbels, and classically turned wood columns.
  • The library/home office is adjacent to the foyer with the possibility of its own entrance off the side porch.
  • Volume area over the living and dining room creates options for a fifth bedroom and bath or a bonus room.
  • The neighborhood includes a recreation facility with a pool, sports court, and on-site recreational vehicle storage.
  • Project Credits

    Project: Sea House at Waters End, Carlsbad, Calif.; Sales started: April 2003; Sales through August 2004: 104; Units planned: 111; Price: $907,990 to $963,990; Unit size: 2,378 to 2,736 square feet; Builder/Developer: John Laing Homes, Irvine, Calif.; Architect: Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, San Ramon, Calif.; Landscape architect: Urban Arena, Newport Beach, Calif.; Interior designer: Design Tech, Newport Beach

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