This infill site in the Midway District brings residential closer to shopping and transportation, which is a good thing. The style is hip and feels appropriate for the demographic using contrasting materials and colors. The courtyard style layout insulates the residents from the crummy commercial across the street. But they didn’t forget about the street by having front doors and patios out facing. Nice addition to Point Loma.
The Californian, designed by Stephen Dalton Architects, consists of 80 apartment homes with sleek 1, 2 and 3-bedroom floor plans with attractive interior layouts. The exterior of the building is a design-lover’s paradise. The combination of materials gives the building a dynamic presence on the street. Diagonal timber beams create a screen that allows you to peek into the retail spaces and draw your eye to the building’s entrance. Corten (weathered) steel wraps around the upper levels of the building while Shou Sugi Ban (charred wood) welcomes you into the entrance of the lobby.
The Californian is located in the Midway District adjacent to big box retail, medical offices and educational facilities. This fine-grain, pedestrian scale building repairs the blighted corner and brings the concept of mixed-use architecture to an area where you wouldn’t expect. The integration of commercial and residential was an innovative choice for the area. Ground floor retail spaces include a local cafe and gym, engaging the street and providing amenities for tenants. A landscaped courtyard with a pool, furnished fire pit, and BBQ/outdoor kitchen creates an internal focus away from the commercial neighbors.