Photo: Will Hare Photography

By Carolyn Weber With shingle siding and crisp white trim, this relaxed, rural beach home along the coast in northern San Diego County is reminiscent of a classic California bungalow. The low-slung, single-story model sits comfortably on a half acre amid tropical landscaping left behind by the property's former owner, a plant nursery. On the exterior, a large motor court and a two-car, one-car garage split disappear behind a porte cochere with a country-style gate.

Inside, the $960,000, 3,703-square-foot plan spreads out. Aimed at the move-up family and empty-nest markets, it features a large master bedroom wing with access to the rear patio and pool area. Three of the secondary bedrooms are on the opposite side of the plan, near wide-open formal and informal living spaces with French doors that open to a wonderful backyard.

Category: Production home, over 3,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect: Kaufman Meeks + Partners, Newport Beach, Calif.; Builder/Developer/Land Planner: Standard Pacific Homes, Carlsbad, Calif.; Landscape Architect: Terra Firma, San Diego; Interior Designer: Pacific Dimensions, El Segundo, Calif.

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