De Anza courts - project overview


Executive Summary

De Anza Courts Mixed Use Project is a 2.7-acre development on Ventura Avenue in the Westside community of the coastal city of Ventura. Currently a lemon orchard, the property is located approximately one mile from the Pacific Ocean and Downtown Ventura.  It is adjacent to the Ojai Freeway Highway 33 as well as the Ventura Freeway Highway 101, which situates it just 25 minutes south of Santa Barbara and 25 minutes north of Thousand Oaks. The town of Ojai is 25 minutes inland via Highway 33.  The Ventura River Bike Trail located just west of the property connects Downtown Ventura to Ojai and the ocean.  The temperate climate is typical of California costal towns.

Project Description

De Anza Courts will be Ventura’s newest and most exiting mixed use community, located on Ventura’s Westside two blocks north of Stanley Avenue. This site has excellent visibility and marketability.  The property lies just one mile from the Ocean and two blocks away from Sycamore Village, a project completed in 2003 consisting of 215 detached and 77 attached dwelling units.  That project was fully entitled, designed, constructed and managed by the principals of New Urban Ventures.

As proposed, the project consists of 80 residential units with 1,779 square feet of grade level retail along Ventura Avenue.  There will be a total of three buildings; two consisting of a ‘podium’ form 2 level parking structure, with 2-1/2 stories of ‘flat’ and ‘townhouse’ style units in Mediterranean and Coastal architecture styles.  The third building will contain retail space with 4 flex units located above.  These four units will provide a flexible live over work opportunity that is a core principle of New Urban housing design within cities.

‘Walk-up’ one, two and three bedroom units have been designed to provide a rich interior environment, appropriate to the local market.  Each spacious and well designed unit will come equipped with central HVAC systems, a washer and dryer, and will have either a private patio or balcony, oriented to provide picturesque views of the landscaped open spaces within the complex and surrounding hills.  Each of the two large building will have a 2 level podium style subterranean parking structure with security gates. 219 total parking spaces are provided at a generous ratio of 2.13 spaces per residential unit.  Each unit will have at least one covered stall with additional spaces provided on an availability basis.  The project may also include an exercise facility as part of the retail building along Ventura Ave.

De Anza Courts is to be built to very high quality condominium standards with an underlying subdivision map.  The project’s approved tentative tract map allows flexibility in the final form of the project, whether built as apartments or condominiums, based on possible market conditions.

There are numerous nearby recreational opportunities such as the beach, public swimming pools, Ventura River Bike Trail, Grant Regional Park, Ventura County Seaside Park, and Ventura Harbor.  Most are within one mile of the project.  Buyers can avail themselves to the nearby beaches and parks or charming downtown Main Street for shopping and restaurants.  The specific plan for the area calls for pedestrian corridors, parks and a large community pool located within walking distance of the project.

The project has been designed to take advantage of the residential and commercial redevelopment occurring on the Westside of Ventura, which is in mid transition from light industrial and agricultural uses.

De Anza Courts with its classic Mediterranean and Coastal architectural motifs has been carefully designed to offer the best in luxury, convenience and security.

Additional Project Description

The proposal by New Urban Ventures, LLC for De Anza Courts is for a higher density residential/commercial mixed use project in compliance with the Westside Revitalization Plan (WRP) and the City Council adopted 2005 General Plan Diagram, Commerce designation.  The Commerce designation of the 2005 General Plan is consistent with the WRP designation for the subject property, Mixed Use NEW (30.6 Dwellings per acre, including retail and office uses).  De Anza Courts embodies the principles of New Urbanism emphasizing the public realm, pedestrian friendly streets and blocks, a diversity of uses and a diversity of building types to generate a sense of neighborhood identity.  The project is within the five minute walking pedestrian shed of Sycamore Village, which forms the neighborhood hub of the area.

Area Description

Just west of Los Angeles, Ventura County is one of California's most beautiful, family-friendly locales. Often referred to as the Gold Coast, the county is home to the majestic 860 square-mile Los Padres National Forest, forty-three miles of pristine coastline, seven and a half miles of public beaches and 411 acres of State Beach parks.

Gateway to the beautiful Channel Islands National Park, Ventura County also offers endless opportunities for golfing, hiking and surfing, plus a wealth of great shopping, dining and cultural activities. And with its reputation as one of the country's safest places to live (Ventura County towns consistently rank at the top on the annual list of safest cities in the nation) Ventura County is clearly one of Southern California's best places to live and raise a family.


80 unit mixed-use project, ventura, california

Another infill development by New Urban Ventures!