Colonial House Apartments

Colonial House Apartments

CLIENT: Aldersgate Homes, LLC & The Pacific Companies


TYPOLOGY: Ground Up | Mixed-Use | Re-development

STORY: The Colonial House Restaurant and Motel on California Highway 1, founded by local developer Martin V (Bud) Smith stood as a landmark for decades welcoming the citizens of Oxnard and nearby towns to its family-friendly location. However, after several misfortunes and fire, the current owners decided it was just too much and closed their doors. Unfortunately, it sat vacant for years and because an eye sore and ready for redevelopment.

Coastal Architects began working with Aldersgate Homes to prepare a large-scale mixed-use apartment design for review by the City of Oxnard Planning Commission. The project presented was a concrete podium housing an expansion, grade level parking lot with two primary vehicle entrances, and a series of small tenant spaces along the North edge. Above, the 2-story wood-framed structure includes 44 apartment flats and a large free-standing community building surrounding a beautiful children’s playground and activity lawn.

The design is transitional contemporary using brick and plaster with large windows and private balconies for all residents. The original Colonial House was a partial brick building and the new residential design hints at the history of what stood before. The roofing is metal with both flat and curved surfaces to highlight the individual units to break up the massing of the project.

The project received a LEED for Homes Platinum level award from the United States Green Building Council for its 90% net-zero energy design and received several national and local awards.

PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use 100% Affordable Family Housing

SERVICES: Architectural Design, Planning Entitlements, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering.

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 188,000 sq. ft.



  • Jeffrey Zook – Principal
  • Michael Sanchez – Principal Planner, Designer
  • Sean Armstrong – Managing Principal, Redwood Energy
  • Ramon Garcia – RGSE Engineers


American Planning Association Central Coast Section, 2015 Award of Excellence, Innovation in Green Community Planning Award