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Sofia Lofts

Nakhshab Development & Design brings historic Golden Hill to a sharply new wave mid-century modern, distinctively community- oriented approach to urban living. Appealing Mid-Century Modern design and forward-looking sustainability features (including on-site electric vehicle chargers and an innovative bike-sharing program) underline how Sofia Lofts deliberately creates an environment meant to foster both multi-generational living and an “age in place” concept intended to allow residents to move to larger and smaller units with a range of amenities over the decades, as their needs require.

A total of 16 studio, one and two-bedroom rentals have been constructed around an existing, historic three- bedroom home. The “community within a community” objective is achieved by a layout in which all units surround an intimate common area with a BBQ grill, a lounge area, a space for showing movies outdoors and other shared activities. The idea is for all residents to mingle and interact, very much like a large family of several generations. The “age in place” concept is served by attracting young residents with inexpensive studios, and older residents with larger units, of which five are two stories. At Sofia Lofts, everyone who values Golden Hill’s setting as a quiet neighborhood that enjoys close, ultra- convenient proximity to San Diego’s stellar educational, cultural attractions never will need to leave.

The unit amenities and development highlights, as is true of all Nakhshab Development & Design projects, are community-oriented and as environmentally progressive as current technology allows. Earning LEED Platinum certification, Sofia Lofts combine a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic and a generous helping of historic charm to create a micro- community that both reflects and enhances the surrounding neighborhood. Solar PV will off-set electricity usage, and the many “green,” passive design elements include high-density floors, floor-to-ceiling glass that floods units with natural light and windows placed for optimum natural ventilation. High-efficiency Energy Star appliances, low-usage lighting and low-flow water designs are integral to Sofia Lofts’ careful design. The expansive balconies and patios will allow residents to enjoy the breezy, shady and very hip Golden Hill setting even more.

Nominated for the Urban Land Institute’s Global Excellence Award.

  • Project Awarded

    Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    3051 Broadway

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Soheil Nakhshab

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Soheil Nakhshab / Soheil@nddinc.net

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Soheil Nakhshab


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P.O. Box 122228
San Diego, CA 92112-2228
Federal Tax ID: 95-3513927

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