When Phase One of Santana Row opened in the fall of 2002, it quickly became San Jose's mixed-use crown jewel.
BAR Architects designed four blocks of the 8-block Phase One plan. At full build-out, the master plan encompasses 16 blocks on 46 acres. The first two buildings, The DeForest and The Margo, are arcaded loft and retail buildings that face each other on Santana Row and are modeled on turn-of-the-century industrial structures. Their block-long facades are broken into sections to create an urban pedestrian scale. The arcaded ground floors of both structures recall historic shopping venues.
Above the stores and restaurants are 198 loft units, most with 20-foot ceilings and large windows facing Santana Row or with views to the mountains. A third building, The Villa Cornet, symmetrically addresses the street with corner tower elements. Above two levels of retail are 21 luxury townhouses that range in size from 2,100 to approximately 3,900 gsf. The fourth building, The Park Valencia, accommodates a variety of uses including restaurants and retail on the ground level with anticipated office and retail uses for the upper floors. It also houses the central mechanical plant for the entire Santana Row development.