WHY IT WORKED: Located in the much-coveted West Bloomfield school district, Harbor Village exudes the easy charm of a small town in otherwise bustling Oakland County, Mich. The only TND in Keego Harbor, the community has broad appeal to first-time buyers, empty-nesters, and families.

  • Oversized front porches and synchronized site planning make for a picturesque streetscape. Puzzle-piece configurations of front- and alley-loaded homes (all with attached, two-car garages) make smart use of narrow lots.
  • Pocket parks, benches, a gazebo, and sidewalks lined with traditional street lights give the neighborhood a nostalgic vibe. Residents enjoy swimming and boating privileges at nearby Dollar Lake.
  • The higher-than-average density of this tight-knit neighborhood has translated into more affordable price points for home buyers. As a result, a preponderance of sales thus far have been generated through word of mouth. The 30 homes in phase one sold out before the models were finished.PROJECT CREDITSProject: Harbor Village, Keego Harbor, Mich.; Sales started: January 2005; Sales through February 2006: 51; Units planned: 69; Price: $230,000 to $300,000; Unit size: 1,733 to 2,315 square feet; Builder: Ivanhoe-Huntley Homes, West Bloomfield, Mich.; Architect: Dominick Tringali Architects, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Landscape designer: Conroy & Associates, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Interior designer: Eleni Interiors, Naperville, Ill.