Veterans Village of Glendale | Santa Ana, CA
44 Units | .64 AC
68.64 U/A | 640 - 1,260 SF
Objective: Affordable, high-density community that blends with surrounding detached-home bedroom community.
Challenges: resolving high density’s large scale with Craftsman surroundings, and upscale quality within constrained financing.
Podium conceals subterranean parking, and emulates single-family character with pedestrian arrival at curb, progressing to a true back yard. On top, established landscaping with full-scale trees strengthens at-grade concept.
Architecture’s asymmetrical massing, well-proportioned verticality, warm palette and faithful detailing honor Craftsman era.
Accessible, air-conditioned apartments offer 1, 2 and 3-bedrooms, expansive layouts and private patio or balcony. They include window coverings, appliances, pantries, decks that surpass minimums and valley views for upper floors. Welcoming households with children, 35% are 3-bedroom.
Designed as a vibrant hub, community center features outdoor BBQ, family, media and fitness rooms, kitchen, computer lab and laundry.
Outreach services further strengthen community dynamics, and include exercise and financial literacy classes, after-school and scholarship programs, field trips, job finding assistance and monthly parties.
Convenience to public transit, health facilities, community services, parks, restaurants, and shopping complete an exceptional residential opportunity.
Private/public commitment by City Council and developer honors veterans with a place to live that far surpasses basic shelter, and promotes the pride, liveliness and dignity of true community.