Aptos Blue and Castro House  / Aptos Blue is a 40-unit affordable-housing project anchored conceptually and physically by the historic Castro House, a farmhouse built in the mid-1870s. Strategically located near services and transportation, the project's design process included extensive community outreach, sensitive design revisions, and agency presentations to reach consensus. The residential cottages were designed to complement the Castro House's character—landscape features include apples trees, an enclosed community garden with raised beds and barbecue, and grape stake fencing reminiscent of the site’s rural character and history. A central lawn provides space for family play and recreation, including a play structure, while native and regionally-adapted plant species both screen neighbors and provide continuity within the project. A range of effective stormwater management techniques and BMPs, including bioswales, is located throughout the site and serves to protect adjacent riparian areas.
       
     
  Client : MidPen Housing  Location : Aptos, CA  Dates : 2010-2014  Size : 2.2 acres  Cost : $22 million  Architect :  Hunt Hale Jones Architects   Civil Engineer :  Ifland Engineers   Contractor :  Kent Construction   Landscape Contractor : Landscape Innovation, Inc.
       
     
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  Aptos Blue and Castro House  / Aptos Blue is a 40-unit affordable-housing project anchored conceptually and physically by the historic Castro House, a farmhouse built in the mid-1870s. Strategically located near services and transportation, the project's design process included extensive community outreach, sensitive design revisions, and agency presentations to reach consensus. The residential cottages were designed to complement the Castro House's character—landscape features include apples trees, an enclosed community garden with raised beds and barbecue, and grape stake fencing reminiscent of the site’s rural character and history. A central lawn provides space for family play and recreation, including a play structure, while native and regionally-adapted plant species both screen neighbors and provide continuity within the project. A range of effective stormwater management techniques and BMPs, including bioswales, is located throughout the site and serves to protect adjacent riparian areas.
       
     

Aptos Blue and Castro House / Aptos Blue is a 40-unit affordable-housing project anchored conceptually and physically by the historic Castro House, a farmhouse built in the mid-1870s. Strategically located near services and transportation, the project's design process included extensive community outreach, sensitive design revisions, and agency presentations to reach consensus. The residential cottages were designed to complement the Castro House's character—landscape features include apples trees, an enclosed community garden with raised beds and barbecue, and grape stake fencing reminiscent of the site’s rural character and history. A central lawn provides space for family play and recreation, including a play structure, while native and regionally-adapted plant species both screen neighbors and provide continuity within the project. A range of effective stormwater management techniques and BMPs, including bioswales, is located throughout the site and serves to protect adjacent riparian areas.

  Client : MidPen Housing  Location : Aptos, CA  Dates : 2010-2014  Size : 2.2 acres  Cost : $22 million  Architect :  Hunt Hale Jones Architects   Civil Engineer :  Ifland Engineers   Contractor :  Kent Construction   Landscape Contractor : Landscape Innovation, Inc.
       
     

Client: MidPen Housing
Location: Aptos, CA
Dates: 2010-2014
Size: 2.2 acres
Cost: $22 million
ArchitectHunt Hale Jones Architects
Civil EngineerIfland Engineers
ContractorKent Construction
Landscape Contractor: Landscape Innovation, Inc.

5-Aptos Blue_20141114_25.jpg
       
     
6-Aptos Blue_20141114_09.jpg
       
     
4-2012-02-08_Community Garden Sketch.jpg