SummerHill Homes is planning to break ground next week on City Village, an expansive residential development in San Ramon, Contra Costa County. This follows the recent announcement that Sunset Development Company has officially sold the 31-acre parcel at 2400 Camino Ramon to SummerHill Homes, as Sunset is working on its own mixed-use redevelopment of the successful Bishop Ranch office park.
“We are excited to begin construction at City Village in San Ramon,” said SummerHill Homes’ President Chris Neighbor. “This residential development is the first of many that will bring the vision for the area to life. With a mix of rowhomes, townhomes and single-family homes, two-acre park and pedestrian-friendly development, all within close proximity to the City Center Mixed-Use Master Plan, SummerHill’s groundbreaking will officially kick-off the transformation to bring housing into Bishop Ranch.”
City Village will create 404 new homes, with 268 detached and the remaining as townhomes. Along with housing, the program will include a two-acre public park with open space connected to walking and bicycle trails across the city. The park will feature seating areas, gathering spaces, and a community barbeque area.
The residential homes will be split into three distinct styles, the Rows, the Courts, and the Towns. Each collection varies in size and amenities, though all are geared towards the family households that dominate San Ramon.
The Rows will be a collection of 114 detached three-level row homes. Each unit will have three to four bedrooms and range between 1,999 and 2,457 square feet each.
Within the Courts, there will be 154 two and three-level detached homes. Sizes will range from three or four bedrooms, spanning a larger 2,164 to 3,086 square feet each. Residences will also offer an in-unit retreat area and penthouse. Lastly, the Towns will be the collection of 13 three-story attached townhomes. Units will each have between three and four bedrooms, offering 1,720 to 2,250 square feet each.
William Hezmalhalch Architects and Ralph Stauss of SDG Architects are jointly responsible for the architecture, with landscaping by Van Dorn Abed Landscape Architects. The renderings show the apartment buildings comfortably setback from the street, with copious landscaping features minimizing the visual impact of the construction. Initial concepts include horizontal siding and stucco with wood-balustraded balconies providing private open space.
“We couldn’t have chosen a more exciting and forward-looking community than Bishop Ranch for a residential project of this nature,” said Robert Freed, chief executive officer of SummerHill Homes. “Bishop Ranch is the perfect setting for new housing: It’s a very walkable area, it’s very transit-oriented, and there is a huge need here for quality homes near the city’s large and growing supply of jobs. We’re excited to have the opportunity to play a role in the evolution of San Ramon’s long-envisioned, mixed-use district.”
Plans for City Village are indeed a symbol of shifting plans for the Bishop Ranch business campus. The project will demolish an existing office building and surface parking, as Sunset hopes to move the site away from vehicle dependence and toward a pedestrian-oriented mixed-use district.
“SummerHill Homes’ plans for City Village represent a turning point in the history of Bishop Ranch and in the city’s dream of providing a walkable, pedestrian- and transit-oriented mixed-use district,” said Alex Mehran, Jr., president, and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, developer and owner of Bishop Ranch. “We’re thrilled that some of the first residential neighborhoods in Bishop Ranch will be created by SummerHill Homes, a highly respected Bay Area homebuilder admired for their quality housing and accompanying community amenities.”
Sunset Development Company had established the suburban business park in 1978. The campus is anchored by 2600 Bishop Ranch, the second-largest office building in the Bay Area with 1.8 million square feet, exceeded by the circular Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park. Tenants include Chevron, AT&T, Bank of the West, Ford Motor, SAP, General Electric, and JPMorgan Chase.
The firm has already completed City Center Bishop Ranch, a new Renzo Piano-designed open-air strip mall with high-end restaurants, shops, gym, and movie theatre. Next, Bishop Ranch plans to start construction on CityWalk, a 135-acre mixed-use plan for 4,500 apartments, hotel rooms, retail, additional commercial space, and of course, a plethora of public open space.
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