Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
The 540 acres of rolling hills, creeks and deep canyon that form The Bridges master-planned community in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., seem a replica of the ancient hillsides in Italy's Tuscany region.
The 540 acres of rolling hills, creeks and deep canyon that form The Bridges master-planned community in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., seem a replica of the ancient hillsides in Italy's Tuscany region. The clubhouse, built to resemble a 300-year-old Tuscan villa, sets the architectural tone for this luxurious community of approximately 250 custom homes.
The challenge for architect Bassenian & Lagoni, developer Lennar Communities and Greystone Homes, Lennar's home builder at The Villas at The Bridges, was to create a merchant-built parcel among the one-of-a-kind homes that appeared nothing less than custom. In The Villas, these partners delivered 58 homes in three plans (two single-story residences plus one two-story), each from 2,900 to 3,800 square feet, that reflect the architectural style of the community's landmark buildings and preserve the distinct design and character of each home. Prices at The Villas started at $1.4 million.
"Our vision was to create a village of homes that completed the Tuscan hillside theme set by the clubhouse," says Dave Kosco, designer of The Villas and principal at Newport Beach, Calif.-based Bassenian & Lagoni. "Our challenge was to do it in a sophisticated and luxurious way."
Careful attention to authentic architectural details inside and out, thoughtful siting of each home to capture golf course views, and gracious, maintenance-free living contributed to a sellout of The Villas in its initial release.