Long Beach Senior Arts Colony
Long Beach, CA
Catalyzing Neighborhood Revitalization Through an Affordable Housing and Senior Community
Project Details


Long Beach, CA

Practice Theme

Housing For All

What We Did

Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Affordable Housing


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The Senior Arts Colony (SAC) is a 200-unit senior affordable housing community which marks the northern gateway into downtown Long Beach.

Following completion, the SAC has become a catalyst for revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood. As a result of the SAC’s success, several market-rate, mixed-use housing developments have been completed nearby and the City has initiated a program to assist in renovating neighboring commercial storefronts, attracting a diversity of retailers including a brewery and rock-climbing gym directly across the street.

Considered a Transit Oriented Development, the project is immediately adjacent to light rail and the most heavily used bus corridor in the city, which provides access to educational, medical, retail, and employment centers. The SAC’s design, amenities, and programs are geared toward active, income-qualified seniors aged 55 years and over with a passion for the arts. The community promotes “healthy aging” emphasizing creativity, wellness, lifelong learning, and independence.  In addition, SAC residents have become influential community stakeholders, successfully petitioning the city to improve a park one block away.

The Annex

Part of a transit-oriented master-planned development, this 39-unit very affordable housing project is part of phase one of a mixed-use, mixed-income, multi-generational development. Located in a pedestrian-active, high-density residential neighborhood, the ground, and second-floor parking levels are lined with amenity spaces along 12th Street to create a lively and inviting storefront.

The building is inspired by its proximity to the beach and employs playfully painted siding, large balconies, and a tower element inspired by lifeguard stations. Building amenities include a community room, computer lab, convenient bicycle storage, barbecue area, and raised garden to grow vegetables and flowers.


LABJ Commercial Real Estate Gold Award, Multi-Family (Los Angeles Business Journal)

NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award, Best 50+Affordable Rental Community


Sage Project of the Year

NAHB Pillars of Industry, Finalist, Best Affordable Multi-Family Community

AIA LB SB Honor Award for Excellence in Design

Multi Housing News Gold Award, Best New Development: Seniors

Multi Family Executive Project of the Year, Grand Award, Affordable

Gold Nugget Grand Award, Best Senior Housing Community


Best of 50+ Housing Awards, Gold Winner, Best Affordable Rental – On the Boards


Gold Nugget Grand Award, On the Boards


SAGE On the Boards Award

Arts-Oriented Seniors Housing Completed in Long Beach

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