WMA’s Market Rate & Affordable Communities Help Meet Demand

WMA’s Market Rate & Affordable Communities Help Meet Demand

Representatives from Withee Malcolm Architects joined their clients and community leaders across southern California as they welcomed the openings of three new projects—17 West-The Gallery, The Place and Rosena Fountains.  Together these developments will add 288 units of much needed housing to the market—177 market-rate residences and 69 affordable apartments. 

17 West—The Gallery opened in Costa Mesa offering three, for sale housing choices sited along landscaped corridors. Developed by Meritage Homes, three-story live/work units, four-story loft models and three-story live/work detached homes are among the 131 units. The community connects to the existing network of city streets and is organized around a central park through a network of paseos. Designed in the spirit of the coastal town, the architecture is beach house modern with updated clapboard siding in sunny colors, with trellises and balconies.

A part of the 17 West Community Plan, The Place, developed by Intracorp, opened bringing 42 market rate townhomes to Costa Mesa’s Westside. The collection of detached, contemporary residences in five floorplans, with two- to three-bedrooms, range in size from 2,051 – 2,379 square feet. The homes feature the Sky Suite, a true outdoor room encompassing the entire 4th floor and spanning up to 819 square feet with a 360-degree view. 

17 West and The Place are examples of an innovative housing model, pioneered by Withee Malcolm Architects, that has been successful in urbanizing underutilized sites in the region. Although dense by SoCal standards, the model provides a better quality of space as opposed to more square footage. The layouts are more open. The quality of the interiors, with more natural light and better flow, help to create an emotional sense of space. In addition, the roof decks are really extra rooms large enough for entertaining. 

The Related Companies and The City of Fontana celebrated the opening of Rosena Fountains, a 69-unit development for low-income families.  Developed by Related in partnership with LaBarge Industries, Housing Partners I, and Fontana Housing Authority, the development consists of six, three-story buildings with flats and townhome units with 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, and a community building with a computer lab. The craftsman-style community features tot lots, picnic area, swimming pool and plenty of surface and carport parking.  

“It is gratifying to see the broad range of our work come to market at a time when the need for housing at nearly all income levels is so critical,” said Withee Malcolm Founding Partner Dan Withee, AIA. “We are fortunate to work with forward thinking developers who are as committed as we are to finding new design models and community concepts that improve affordability and quality of life for everyone from our veterans and low-income families to first-time home buyers,” added Principal Dirk Thelen.

Recent and current Withee Malcolm multifamily residential projects can be found from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego County, including market rate apartment projects in Pasadena, LA’s Koreatown, Irvine and Hollywood; for sale projects in Costa Mesa, Carlsbad, San Clemente and Encinitas; and affordable communities across the Los Angeles Metro region.