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Oakwood Senior Apartments


The Oakwood Senior Apartments in Santa Paula, CA, designed by Fountainhead Architects, were completed in March of 2016. McCarthy was hired as the Construction Manager to help the Santa Paula Housing Authority (SPHA) oversee the development and construction of the community.

Through our guidance, we assisted in keeping the project on budget by providing pre-construction (constructability, value engineering and finish selection suggestions) and overall construction management services while overseeing the general contractor. The existing site had an old abandoned and boarded up church building which had to be abated and demolished prior to construction by the SPHA. The removal of abandoned/vacant properties reduces community blight and makes neighborhoods safer. Since opening up the development, public safety officials have without question given “thumbs up” on the positive impact on the neighborhood. The site is 0.38 acres in size and located at 125 South Oak Street, in Santa Paula, CA. On this site, we oversaw the construction of eight 642 square foot one-story senior apartments in two buildings along with one story 614 square foot community building.

Each residential unit has a private rear yard with a concrete patio enclosed with vinyl fencing/gates. The site is landscaped with drought-tolerant plants and trees. The senior residents at Oakwood have an improved quality of life thanks to this development. They have access to a community room on site which is available for health and wellness opportunities, Wi-Fi connectivity to stay connected with current events and a place of connection for social gatherings and interaction which fosters a true sense of community among all residents. Moreover, being active adds dramatically to improving the quality of life for each occupant.

The total budget for this Project was $2,715,000. Our client received loans and grants from the following entities; Ventura County HOME funds ($276,378), Ventura County Housing Trust Funds ($250,000) and a seller carry-back loan ($150,000). Montecito Bank & Trust provided SPHA with a construction loan of $1,138,876 and a permanent loan of $1,138,876 to build this Project.

Architect: Fountainhead Architects