Construction work has topped out for the Winchester Apartments, a seven-story apartment complex rising at 500 Charles Cali Drive in San Jose. The development is part of a larger master plan from Pulte Group to replace the former Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Park across from the Winchester Mystery House and Santana Row. The Hanover Company purchased the apartment project from the Pulte Group last year.
The 15.7-acre master plan by Pulte will be developed with 688 units and an over three-acre public park. The overall housing will include 90 four-story row homes, 158 units of four-story condominiums, 72 units of four-story flats, and 368 units in the apartment building.
The seven-story project will span just 3.45 acres. Unit sizes will vary from studios to three-bedrooms, and parking will be included for 515 cars and 368 bicycles.
KTGY is responsible for the design. The project is a typical podium-style design. Facade materials include stucco, metal accents, and tile veneer along the first floor. Civil Engineering Associates is the civil engineer, and VanderToolen Associates is the landscape architect. Property amenities will include several courtyards, private and communal rooms for interaction, a fitness center, podium-capping pool, dog run, screening room, cafe, and co-working areas.
The building is rising directly across from one of San Jose’s most active tourist destinations, the Winchester Mystery House. In designing the Winchester Apartments, KTGY writes that the massing creates “a respectful relationship with the neighboring Mystery House, with the nothern facing side of the massing humbly melting into the mansion’s gardens.” KTGY goes on to share that “the building’s natural color composition is enhanced with a stylized and transparent skin-style frontage and glassy front entrances…”
Speaking at the groundbreaking event, Fred Metzger, director of design at KTGY, stated that the final design is “a thoughtfully designed community that seamlessly blends historic elements with modern touches and a desirable, protected gem for residents to live, work and play.”
The Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Park had occupied the property. Before the 111 mobile homes were demolished, an agreement was reached with Pulte Homes to offer 60 of the new condominiums for existing residents at the same rental price and provide the remaining tenants with relocation packages that include moving costs, fair payment, and a year-long subsidy of rent on the future home.
Pulte purchased the site in May of 2021. Two months later, Hanover purchased the 3.45-acre site for the proposed apartment complex. Pulte has mostly built out the four-story homes.
Hanover was able to break ground on the apartment complex in late August after a $127.1 million investment from Canada-based Otera Capital Investments, according to reporting by Silicon Valley Business Journal reporter Ryan Fernandez.
The project is expected to finish by next year.