BAR Architects designed the Transition District – part of the Los Gatos North 40 community master planned by BAR, which includes the Lark District in Phase I and the Northern District in Phase II – to be the heart of the North 40. This mixed-use area features a moderately-sized, service-oriented retail cluster (66,000 gsf) integrated with 88 luxury residential flats and 60 affordable senior housing units, composed in several blocks around a central Neighborhood Street.
Eighty-eight well-sized flats will attract residents from the Los Gatos community seeking to transition from their family homes to a comfortable and amenitized setting. This “move-down” component features units ranging from 1,300 to 2,200 gsf, each with a generous balcony or terrace. In addition to the amenities of the master plan available at their doorstep, there’s a porte cochere with glazed arrival pavilion staffed with concierge, a swimming pool, two club rooms and two-car individual garages in a semi-subterranean parking structure. In an adjacent parcel, independent seniors will enjoy the same site-wide amenities within the context of affordably priced housing operated by Eden Housing. Residents will enjoy their own community spaces, library/computer center, furnished outdoor terrace with community garden beds, and a front-row seat on the activities of the District.
With an emphasis on quality food products and local produce and vintners, the focal point of the District is a 20,000 gsf market hall. Other retail tenants will be carefully selected to round out unmet needs of the area, including dining establishments, in-line shops, fitness, offices and personal services. The Transition District is both a home and a destination, fostering community engagement and new relationships. Programmed events, such as farmers’ markets and festivals will further the draw of this location as an important focal point for north Los Gatos.