This project brings 32 units of housing to a commercial area in Novato. The site was assigned the Affordable Housing Overlay by the City, which allows it to be developed with multi-family housing at a higher density than is typical for that zone. A private 2-way access road rings the site and clusters of 2- and 3-bedroom units surround a central green space.
Built on a lot that was formerly used for RV storage, this development brings new energy to the area and creates a transition between the adjacent residential neighborhoods and the light industrial and commercial uses to the south and east.
Rustic materials such as natural woods and metal siding harken to Novato’s history as a farming community, while modern detailing and simple shed forms gives the buildings an uncluttered and calm feeling.
By dedicating the central area of the project to shared open space, rather than filling it with more units, the site feels gracious and inviting. Meandering tree-lined paths lead from the frontage at Landing Court to the central green which is flanked by a communal BBQ on one side and a fire pit on the other. In addition to the shared open spaces, each unit has a small private patio and entry garden space.
The project also utilizes native and very-low-water plants such as oaks and manzanita to relate to the surrounding hills. On-site stormwater retention areas are populated with native species that are hearty enough to withstand both drought and an occasional soaking.
Building: 32 units (75,000 s.f.)
Site: ±2 acres (1.5 acres buildable - 22 units/acre)
Parking Spaces: 80 (2.5 per unit)
Features: Central green, shared and private gardens, 2-car garages, affordable and market-rate units.
Client: KDB Properties and Pacific Planning Group