By Carolyn Weber. Home of the Year; Best Single-Family Detached Home--4,001 to 4,500 square feet

Desert living is all about comfort and ease, and the wide-open design of the Home of the Year fits the bill. The indoor/outdoor experience begins with a front courtyard entrance and continues to the foyer with views through the great room, past the terrace and pool to the valley below. This 4,359-square-foot plan, designed for empty-nesters and second-home buyers, provides a spacious master suite and full private guest quarters. The rustic exterior of the villa takes its cues from the colors and textures of the surrounding landscape.

Builder: Price Woods, Carefree, Ariz.; Developer: Lyle Anderson Co., Scottsdale, Ariz.; Architect/Land planner: B3 Architects/Berkus Design Studio, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Photo: Greg Christman/Lawrence Anderson