Monteverde Senior Apartments

Architect: Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Owner: Eden Housing

Location: Hayward, California

Category One:  Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award

Monteverde Senior Apartments is a 67-unit community providing much-needed affordable, age-qualified housing in Orinda. The development is an architectural feat, located on a hillside with more than 17 percent slope, a 40-foot grade increase—challenging for building a residence for seniors. Its contemporary design melds with the existing structures, working well with the multi-tiered site and meandering paths designed to connect with the surrounding community.  A transit-oriented development, the location links residents to BART and downtown Orinda services. The building is also designed with a Green Point Rated score of 150+, with sustainable features including solar hot water and photovoltaic systems. As the first new senior affordable housing development in three decades, all units were leased within weeks of opening, demonstrating the need for affordable senior housing in the area. The community is the first of hopefully many more senior affordable housing opportunities for those most in need.

Additional information

Contractor: Oliver & Company Inc.  

Developer/builder: Eden Housing

Interior designer: HKIT

Engineer (mechanical & plumbing):  Engineering Network

Engineer (electrical): Esfahani Consulting Engineers  

Engineer (structural): L.S. Mason & Associates

Land planner: Dahlin  Group Architecture Planning

Landscape architect: The Guzzardo Partnership      


Katherine Williams, AIA, (Chair) Fifth Generation Holdings, Falls Church, Virginia

Danielle Arigoni, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC

Joe Digrado, AIA, Danielian Associates, Irvine, California

Blake Held, AIA, Blake H. Held Architect, PLLC, Honeoye Falls, New York

Rachelle Levitt, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC

Charles Mudede, The Stranger (Journalist), Seattle, Washington

David Perkes, AIA, Mississippi State University GCCDS, Biloxi, Mississippi

Image credits


Douglas Sterling Photography


Douglas Sterling Photography


Douglas Sterling Photography


Douglas Sterling Photography


Douglas Sterling Photography


Douglas Sterling Photography