Located on a 3-acre site, this podium apartment project offers 419 senior units in a five-story building over a single level on-grade parking structure. The project includes 2,000 SF leasing center, a small retail space tucked into the first level and 5,000 SF of amenity spaces located on the podium level.
Studies show that social, mental and physical engagement promotes longevity and wellbeing. This 419-unit senior affordable project conceives a place where residents can engage fully with the community and one another.
The oblong and narrow six-story building abutting the freeway possesses a small frontage along First Street and an opportunity to create a welcoming gateway to the City. To do this, a pedestrian pathway and alcove in the building facade carve out a public plaza, programmable with community and commercial events. The leasing lounge and a small retail space sit behind storefront windows, exuding a pedestrian-scaled, commercial street presence. On the building’s eastern façade, a large-scale work of public art boldly welcomes visitors entering from the east.
The building’s contemporary architecture, rather than muted and diminutive, steps confidently into the future, with carefully considered proportions on its landmark six-story frame, and a crisp color palette of warm grays, tans and whites. This progressive design represents next level engagement in Santa Ana’s hip and artsy Metro East Mixed Use zone.
Once inside the building, residents are encouraged to mingle via five distinctly themed courtyards full of active and passive activities. A fitness center and recreational lounge areas promote healthy lifestyles. A rooftop sky lounge at the seventh level offers panoramic views, which reach to the ocean. A wide variety of unit plans feature shallow and wide floorplans, which feel open and bright. The building design is an invitation to embrace an exciting new phase of life, fully engaged in the community and influencing the future.
2018 Gold Nugget Merit Award Winner - Best Senior Community of the Boards