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2019 Award Winners



Development up to 3 Stories, Built for Sale


Nova at Novel Park


Irvine, Calif.

Architect/Designer | Bassenian Lagoni

Builder | William Lyon Homes

Land Planner | Clark & Green Associates

Photographer | Tsutsumida Pictures

The first offering of this complex is designed for flexibility, allowing it to be plotted on multiple parcels in multiple communities. The 1.8-acre site accommodates 55 homes, for a density of 30.6 homes per acre.

Starting in the mid-$400,00 range in Irvine, this community — which faces a park and recreation center — delivers home ownership to entry-level buyers, while appealing equally to those downsizing and seeking the ease of a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Flats range in size from 654 to 1,555 sf in one-, two, and three-bedroom configurations, with private one- and two-car garages. Each home also has a dedicated stand-alone storage unit. The proof of the design concept is in the market: the community sold out in just over three months.

From the Judges
The project has a good balance of tradeoffs for attainability. It integrates nice outdoor spaces for this type of unit.  

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