Situated in the Fashion Valley area of San Diego, these garden-style apartments were overdue for a makeover in order to keep up with the growing nearby new housing under construction. Consisting of 224 units on 12.1 acres, the project at the time was called The Bluffs. Built in 1974 and remodeled in 2000, this project needed a total rework to keep it current. Heavily planted with water needy trees, shrubs, ground covers and massive areas of turf, a cultural shift in planting style was necessary to meet current water conservation requirements.
Topia staff studied the situation and conceived a plan where native plants, grasses and succulents replaced turf grass. Large areas of ivy ground cover were also swapped out for drifts of natives and perennials to achieve a more harmonious, natural landscape. New outdoor amenities for the residents were added such as outdoor kitchens, putting greens, bocce ball as well, further activating the spaces. The recreation facility was renovated and upgraded, along with the tennis courts.
Every aspect of the exterior was studied and revised by Topia including project imagery, signage, lighting and building colors and materials.