American Communities is proud to announce the May 1st Ground Breaking of The Serrano, a 44-unit affordable housing community, located at 979 S. Serrano Avenue in the heart of the Los Angeles Koreatown Community.
The Serrano will be a LEED Gold certified and ADA compliant building upon completion in 2013. The Serrano is designed as a central courtyard building which features gardens and a community room opening to the heart of the building. The central courtyard will feature lush landscaping, a BBQ area, a children’s play area and sitting areas for the residents to congregate, relax and enjoy the outdoors. To reinforce the connection of the building to the street, an additional community space and lobby entry is prominently placed at the ground level of the Serrano Avenue façade. By using large areas of glazing at the community room and entry lobby we emphasized transparency and connection between interior activity and the community. A patio is also featured off the ground level community space to further reinforce the connection to the street.
The building’s exterior design is a simple modern form. The façade highlights the large private balconies of the residential units which creates their own rhythm in the building. The Serrano’s exterior will feature smooth painted stucco, cement board siding and metal accents in the balcony railings and roof eves.
The units have been generously designed with several amenity features and range in size from one-bedrooms’ of 713 feet, to two-bedrooms’ of 900 feet, and three-bedrooms’ up to 1,145 square feet. All units have private balcony space off the living room. The kitchens contain plenty of storage space and feature energy star rated appliances including; refrigerator, dishwasher and ranges. The 2-bedroom units have an extra half-bath for function and convenience while the 3-bedroom units feature two full baths. The Serrano was financed by City of Los Angeles Housing Department and 9% Tax Credits and, as such, will feature a range of affordably priced units. Income limits will apply and qualification will be required.