BAR was commissioned to design a multifamily development in a rural setting outside Santa Rosa, CA. The project proposes to develop 270 apartments on 11 acres while dedicating approximately 2.86 acres for a Neighborhood Park. The site’s rural and agricultural heritage is evidenced by a number of valley oak trees and by the scattered remnant walnut trees from an old orchard. The design concept seeks to remember and honor the site’s rural and agricultural roots while creating a very livable community, preserving groves of valley oaks in central open spaces that are linked together, creating a continuous network of landscaped paseos connecting the residences to the neighborhood park. The site plan is organized on a network of tree-lined streets where pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles are all welcome and comfortable.
The apartments include one-, two- and three-bedroom units within fifteen 3-story buildings. The community center commands a primary location overlooking the neighborhood park and provides a focal point which helps establish a sense of place for the community. A variety of outdoor areas are provided for residents: a swimming pool and outdoor fireplace area at the community center, barbeque areas, a community garden, a tot lot and playground, bocce ball court, and large open spaces.
Water conservation and stormwater management are guiding principles behind the design of the site and landscape. Other sustainable features include stormwater biofiltration planters, low water use plants, permeable paving, and a community garden for residents to grow their own food.