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Davidson earns top honors for 12th time since first Grand SAM win in 1980

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Davidson Communities this year earned the home building industry's equivalent of the Oscar for the 12th time in the company's 29-year history, taking home the coveted Grand SAM Award for excellence in architecture, interior design and merchandising for Scripps Preserve at The Estates at StoneBridge in Scripps Ranch. Davidson's first Grand SAM was in 1980 for Leucadia Village in Encinitas.

Scripps Preserve is the region's best new-home community, according to the Sales and Marketing Council of the Building Industry Association of San Diego. The luxury enclave of 61 homes is designed by Larry Case of Case Group Architects. Scripps Preserve gets its name from the famous Scripps family, who owned the land around the area now called Scripps Ranch. The neighborhood pays homage to the many contributions made by the family while living in the San Diego area.

Residence 1 at Scripps Preserve by Davidson provides ample outdoor entertaining space in the entry courtyard.

Scripps Preserve at The Estates at StoneBridge features two-story homes with 4,630 to 5,818 square feet, four to six bedrooms, 3.5 to 5.5 baths and up to a four-car garage. Scripps Preserve homes include numerous options, including casitas, an outdoor kitchen and a game room. The average lot size is well over 17,000 square feet, and the expansive residences benefit from proximity to one of San Diego's largest open space preserves, Mission Trails Regional Park. Prices start in the high $900,000s.

Plan 1 at Davidson's Scripps Preserve has 4,630 square feet, four bedrooms and up to 4.5 baths. The floor plan incorporates a casual dining nook, a convenient kitchen island, elegant oval entry foyer, and den or optional fifth bedroom and fourth bath. This home also offers an optional second-story casita with kitchenette and a two-car garage below.

Spanning 4,744 square feet is the Plan 2 floor plan with four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and split three-car garage standard. The home's first-floor den may be optioned into a fifth bedroom, and there's an optional sixth bedroom in place of the bonus room upstairs. The home also includes dual master bedroom walk-in closets, a tech center and kitchen island for optimal organization. An outdoor room with optional fireplace and dual front decks add outdoor areas for relaxing and entertaining.

The living room showcases the home's dramatic architecture and interior merchandising.

The largest of the floor plans has up to 5,818 square feet, five bedrooms plus an office, 5.5 baths, a music room, dinner party-sized dining room and four-car garage standard. The master bedroom retreat has a romantic balcony, and the dining room has a dramatic double-height ceiling. The bedroom five is a popular first floor bedroom suite. Options for the Plan 3 home include an outdoor kitchen or game room and super loft.

The Estates at StoneBridge will eventually offer 16 miles of trails on its 2,658 acres, connecting to a countywide trail system. The community was recently awarded a Trail Greenway Award from the California State Parks Department for its environmentally conscious design that provides critical trail linkages and preserves open space. The community is within the Poway Unified School District. For more information on the overall community visit www.mcmillin.com.

Percival is president of Scribe Communications.

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