Why It Worked: Mother Nature might just be the biggest factor in this project's success. One-third of the master planned community's 717 acres has been set aside for open space and habitat conservation. Sycamore Creek also backs up to the 460,000-acre Cleveland National Forest.
The Summit, one of six neighborhoods that have been open since the spring of 2004, is the best seller in this first phase. Proximity to the state-of-the-art swim club, which features three pools and an interactive water play area, is one reason.
Builder-friendly architectural guidelines recall styles reminiscent of early California living.
Four diverse floor plans offer plenty of choices: three to seven bedrooms; two-and-a-half to four-and-a-half bathrooms; two- and three-car garages; and courtyard and loft options.
The Spanish elevation, Plan 2, is the most popular and features a courtyard entry with an office option at the front of the home, plus a downstairs bedroom with a full bath. A large secondary bedroom upstairs gives the feeling of multiple master bedrooms.
Project: The Summit at Sycamore Creek, Corona, Calif.; Sales started: June 12, 2004; Sales through November 2004: 57; Units planned: 79; Price: $400,000 to $500,000; Unit size: 3,070 to 3,476 square feet; Builder: Fieldstone Communities, Irvine, Calif.; Developer: Starfield Sycamore Investors (a joint venture between Fieldstone Communities and Starwood Capital Group), Irvine; Architect: Edinger Architects, San Diego; Landscape architect: Land Concern, Santa Ana, Calif.; Interior designer: Madeline Young Interiors, Anaheim, Calif.