Manzanita Family Apartments

  • Napa, California
  • Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Manzanita Family Apartments provides 100 percent affordable, workforce rental housing for families in a diverse area with limited rental inventory and where most jobs are in hospitality, service and agriculture.

This three-story, elevator-served building features materials in character with the surrounding Napa wine country neighborhood including horizontal lap siding, stucco frames that emphasize the first two floors, and natural wood accents that provide warmth and texture. Leveraging the favorable climate, the design emphasizes indoor/outdoor relationships by providing a private balcony or patio for each unit, along with multiple common outdoor spaces on all levels including a rooftop deck and a community room that opens into the expansive courtyard of play and community gardens. Plenty of secure bike storage encourages riding.

Fronting onto a curved street, the building is articulated by stepping with the bend of the road to maintain its street presence while tucking the parking behind. Three color schemes alternate at each step, enhancing the articulation. The resulting L-shaped building is broken into two sections connected by a bridge, allowing the building to fold back and create an entry plaza with natural wood curved arbor and seating as well as shielding the courtyard from street noise.

Proximity to services, amenities, and public transit include a grocery store, pharmacy and public park within a half-mile; a major regional hospital, shopping center, three major grocery chains, and a Target within 1.5 miles; and bus service to downtown.

Project Specs

Site Area:1.8 acres
Building Area:57,883 sqft total
Number of Units:51 apartments
Density/FAR:27.6 du/ac


2023 Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best Affordable Housing Community, under 30 du/ac

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