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Project Profile: Monteverde Senior Apartments

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning 


Location: 2 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA

  • 2015 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Seniors Housing Community, Active Adult/Independent Living
  • 2012 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Seniors Housing Community, On-the-Boards


MMonteverde Apartmentsonteverde  Senior Apartments  is  nestled  on  a  hillside  in  an  idyllic  setting  in  Orinda, California. Situated  on a quintessential infill site conveniently located in the downtown area, this ideal location for a transit-oriented development links seniors to BART and downtown services, the adjacent community church, park, and library. Design of this new 67-unit affordable apartment community connects the City’s carefully executed past to its future design direction, downtown  revitalization, and  provides  much-needed  affordable, age-qualified  housing. Its  contemporary design melds with the existing structures, while working well with the multi-tiered site.

With more than a 17% slope and a 40-foot grade change, the challenging site provided an opportunity for a number of meandering paths connecting residents, students of the neighboring school, and existing residents of the senior community above to the park, downtown, and pedestrian links to other walkable amenities.

Taking advantage of slope, two courtyards were developed to allow for a number of outdoor experiences including community planters, allowing residents to till their own veggie garden or flower patch. Even with steep slope, building and site are completely accessible with each level being connected to an accessible path to neighboring park and into down- town Orinda. Elevators connect the wood-framed podium to the community room, library, lounges, exercise room, salon, units, laundry facilities and a fourth floor computer lab, affording expansive views to the Orinda Valley.Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_08_Image_0002

Designed to achieve a GreenPoint Rated score of 135 points, the development incorporates a number of sustainable features including solar hot water and photovoltaic systems.

With its supportive resident services and highly-sustainable design, this innovative development will support long-term independent living for lower income seniors in a healthy, safe environment.


Architect:              Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Developer:             Eden Housing

Contractor:            Oliver & Company

Interior Designer:    HKIT Architects

Photography:         Douglas Sterling Photography