Built by C&C Development and Orange Housing Development within a constrained urban area, Serrano Woods is a family-oriented, workforce housing community that features four two-and-three-story podium buildings with a total of 63 apartment units. Serrano Woods was selected by Enterprise Community Partners to be included in its 2016 booklet, “Home Success Stories – California” designed to promote the HOME program.
Developed on a vacant church site and designed as garden-style walkups, the buildings encompass 42 two-bedroom and 21 three-bedroom units served by a combination of surface and underground parking. The two-bedroom apartment units are approximately 849 square feet and the three-bedroom units are approximately 1,074 square feet. Each unit has air conditioning and residents have private decks with enclosed and secure storage. The project provides 150 parking spaces at a ratio of 2.38 spaces per unit.
Architecturally, the buildings incorporate a melding of contemporary and Mediterranean influences to complement and enrich surrounding neighborhoods. During the entitlement phase, input was solicited and utilized for guidance in the design and development of Serrano Woods. The property includes laundry facilities and a 2,200 square-foot community room at which after-school programs, ESL programs and a wide variety of social service programs are offered. The property also features two tot lots and approximately 33,000 square feet of open/community space and amenities.
Serrano Woods is LEED Gold Certified and utilizes sustainable building methods to exceed California’s Title 24 standards by at least 17.5%. The project utilizes sustainable building components such as “low-E” windows, grass bio swales, filtera units, solar panels to reduce common area electricity usage, water-saving plumbing fixtures, formaldehyde-free insulation, and CRI Green label plus carpet. The property is professionally landscaped throughout with trees, shrubs, and grass to provide aesthetic value, maximize shade, and to aid in the retention of water prior to run off.
Awards: 2014 Finalist for Affordable Housing Finance Award