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Home builder reinvents communal California living

New projects mix privacy with sought-after features

Ask almost anyone in America to draw a picture of a house, and they will show you the familiar square with a triangle on the top -- the universal symbol for a single-family house with a sloped roof. But if you ask the same person what it feels like to be inside a house, which is really the more important question if he or she is looking to buy one, you'll get a variety of answers that have nothing to do with exterior appearance. The responses will run something like this: a yard just outside my living space; a place outdoors where I can grill; lots of windows and natural light; sleeping and living areas on separate floors; a garage I can access directly from my kitchen; a feeling of spaciousness; and privacy from my neighbors. These ruminations passed through my mind as I toured Pulte Homes' Cambridge Place, a condo project in Mountain House, Calif., near the scene of the famous Rolling Stones concert in 1969. The Cambridge Place condos, which were designed by the KTGY Group in Irvin...

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