WHY IT WORKED: This high-growth area outside Tampa, Fla., was ripe for a luxury townhome project, especially one that offered young professionals, retirees, and empty-nesters the living space of a single-family home with little maintenance. Four intimate, gated enclaves ensure privacy as well as views of a heavily wooded nature preserve.

  • Three bedrooms and two and a half baths come standard with each of the three floor plans; extras on some of the plans include vaulted ceilings, dens, game rooms, and even an elevator.
  • More than 40 percent of the community's acreage was set aside for conservation areas, which have been enhanced with specially designed birdhouses to attract indigenous species.
ACTION-PACKED PLAN: The 2,240-square-foot Allamanda plan, the most popular choice at The Sabals, features a two-car garage, a first-floor master suite, a screened lanai, and vaulted ceilings in the living and dining rooms.
ACTION-PACKED PLAN: The 2,240-square-foot Allamanda plan, the most popular choice at The Sabals, features a two-car garage, a first-floor master suite, a screened lanai, and vaulted ceilings in the living and dining rooms.
  • Townhomes are built in clusters of two, three, four, or six residences and are grouped into four enclaves, each with its own gated entrance.
  • An elevated boardwalk meanders through the nature preserve, connecting two of the four enclaves and providing residents access to a heated community pool.

    PROJECT CREDITSProject: The Sabals Townhomes, New Port Richey, Fla.; Sales started: July 2004; Sales through July 2005: 49; Units planned: 61; Price: $360,000 to $450,000; Unit size: 2,071 to 2,283 square feet; Builder/Developer: Schickendanz Bros., New Port Richey; Architect: Bloodgood Sharp Buster, Architects and Planners, Tampa, Fla.; Land planner: Lloveras, Baur and Stevens, Clearwater, Fla.; Landscape architect: The Landscape Collaborative, Tampa; Interior designers: Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Winter Park, Fla.; Artist Windows & Interiors, New Port Richey

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