Clever Integration of Multi-Family Housing Into Neighborhood


Grand Oak Apartments is a 43-unit complex of affordable multi-family housing that includes a courtyard play area, community multipurpose room, and two stories of underground structured parking. Two-story townhouses line Oak Avenue and conceal the parking garage completely from the two-story single-family neighborhood across the street. Individual front porches and varied rooflines present a friendly, small-town face to the street. The site provides views of the San Francisco Bay and neighboring hillsides, but its long narrow configuration and steep slope provided several design challenges. An elevator located midway down the parcel allows accessibility between the various levels. All common area electrical usage, including the garage ventilation fans, will be powered by a rooftop photovoltaics.


Create a project that enhances the surrounding community by addressing the varying conditions at each edge.


Incorporate major parking and site grade considerations, within budget, while maintaining an inviting street presence.

Design Features

  • Podium utilizes grade change effectively
  • Housing along street lines below grade parking
  • Stoops and individual entries from street
  • Landscaped podium provides open space

Interactive Street View

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