It’s easy to recognize architecture rooted in the Mediterranean basin: red, ceramic tile roofs, arches, balconies with ornamental ironwork, thick adobe walls, and the use of decorative terra cotta pavers on courtyards and around door and stairways. These elements give such homes a one-of-a-kind eclectic style. Mediterranean homes—sometimes called Spanish Colonial or Spanish eclectic because the style was introduced by Spanish settlers—freely borrow from Portuguese, Tuscan, and California Mission, and French country styles. The smooth adobe walls, arches, and low-pitch hip rooflines of this compilation from Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc. calls to mind the elegant-yet-breezy Mediterranean style. Whether sized as an estate or cottage, the free-flowing floor plans are comfortably spacious, and some feature column-lined halls, reminiscent of verandas.