Gundry and East Village
Gundry Avenue, Signal Hill.
The Hillside View development is one of the projects that demonstrates RPP’s ability to think innovatively. The site planner envisioned a small-town feel in the middle of an urban area. The eleven single family homes create a streetscape as no other in Long Beach. The hillside homes gently cascading down Gundry Avenue are unified by scale and concept of elevations, and yet, custom details and roof lines provide colorful diversity. Walking down the street brings to mind the famous streets of San Francisco. The homes are facing the open space of a golf course range, above which home owners can admire a view of downtown Long Beach and the hills of Palos Verdes.
The site design inspiration originated from the dynamic interaction between the client, the surrounding residential neighborhood, the site planner, and the city planners, which resulted in the integration of site engineering, view impact mitigation, street improvement, and small lot subdivision. RPP Architects conducted several community meetings, planned commission presentations, and were successful in obtaining approvals for the specific plan and land entitlements for eleven residences, with approximately 3,000 Sq. Ft. of floor area each, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and over-sized garages.
This development of single family homes provides entry level housing. The project was developed for the City of Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency.
Although “entry-level” is associated with cost-effective, modest, and modern architecture, this development proves that the right design can provide a sophisticated feeling to the homes. The Mediterranean-inspired urban houses gently blend into the existing neighborhood, with elevations rendered in refined detail and classic proportions.