Category Archives: Affordable Housing

Hello, my name is Natalie and I am Bay Area house-poor. The Below Market Rate (BMR) program is a way for middle-low income individuals and families to purchase a home. I live in San Francisco and on average, a new one bedroom, one bath condo costs $800,000. Through the San Francisco BMR program, the same […]

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Background:  California Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) has introduced legislation that would overturn current law and would mandate higher labor and housing costs on new apartments and housing in California, posing a grave threat to the entire construction industry.  It is estimated by Beacon Economics that if passed, AB199 would add approximately 46% to the […]

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The city of Tracy, California emerged when the Western Pacific Railroad was completed in the mid-1800s.  Located along the line connecting Sacramento, Stockton and San Francisco, Tracy has become a desired suburb to those cities.  More recently, the city has experienced growth due largely to the influx of Hi-Tech jobs in the Silicon Valley which […]

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10,000 baby boomers turn 55 or older every day. While many of these individuals are in good health and active, they need provisions to allow for dignified aging in place. Luxaira at Great Park Neighborhoods by Related Companies of California is a senior affordable housing project that provides a solution.

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Site constraints often drive innovation, and in the case of City Ventures’ Montebello Collection, the challenges created a new concept, the Urban Atrium. Although a more affordable option, The Montebello Collection does not sacrifice size in order to accommodate cost.

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The process by which we design our homes and communities has been growing and evolving for centuries. Although this lifestyle evolution seems to happen slowly, every so often we come across a project that is a game changer. With lot sizes as small as 45′ x 70′, Parkview for Pardee Homes, has created luxury living […]

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Several times each week, someone comes into my office to see if I have some new solution to putting more units on a site, without a parking structure, in simple construction, at previously unheard-of densities.  With rising land costs, escalating construction and entitlement costs renters and buyers are being squeezed out of the market; the […]

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