Award-winning builder introduces townhomes offering dense urban living with a family-home feeling to San Jose
By Zack Johnston
It’s no secret that today’s builders need to deliver fresh and innovative developments in order to stay competitive in new and expanding markets. While it may not be necessary to fully break the mold, it is wise to follow the timeless trends as well as the newly emerging ones to create a fantastic built environment.
Nestled in the heart of downtown San Jose lies SP78, an urban townhome development that offers residents a traditional home experience rich in value, but at a competitive price that expands its potential buyer market. This community embraces an exciting Silicon Valley experience in a setting with all the comfort of a traditional single-family home.
Award-winning California builder Trumark Homes developed SP78, and KTGY Architecture + Planning served as the architect. The companies have collaborated on multiple projects that have earned awards for community of the year, including SP78.
The San Jose location is one filled with a rich history and culture where “you find early 20th century homes sandwiched between skyscrapers,” said Christina Ball, Marketing Director for Trumark Homes.
It’s clear from SP78’s dichotomous design execution that the location itself serves as an inspiration.
Development began in October 2017 with intentions to create a dense urban community with an aesthetic design and suburban features. It includes 78 vibrant townhomes, each with three floors and featuring layouts ranging from about 1,300 square feet to over 1,900 square feet.
The tricky aspect of producing this kind of development was finding the right balance of density and domesticity. Designers looked to minimize the ground-level footprint, while maximizing the upper-floor space. Incorporating features such as a front setback of two feet allowed for things like greater bedroom space. It was through clever design ploys like this that SP78 developers were able to achieve, according to a KTGY press release, approximately 33 units per acre. The design of SP78 makes the most of its stacked configuration in such a way that any owner would be happy to call home.
Three Floors of Delight
According to a press release, SP78 represents a first for the San Jose downtown district: having this kind of multifamily residential developments available to own. Residents can choose from two distinct layouts: two bedrooms with two-and-a-half bathrooms and a one-car garage; or the three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Each of these layouts includes an entryway connected to the garage, a second floor great room with ample living and dining space, and well thought-out bedroom arrangements. A ground-floor bedroom is available with the three-bedroom townhome option.
SP78 is a perfect abode for young professionals seeking urban lifestyles, small families wanted to feel settled, or anyone else looking for a unique, higher-density living environment in the beautiful San Pedro Square district at a reasonable cost.
New SP78 homes start in low $900,000 range, making these townhomes an enticing value with their exceeding design qualities, sought-after location, and an array of smart, efficient technology.
Behind each Wayne Dalton® steel garage door is an electrical vehicle charging conduit as well as a tankless water heater. The home’s air is controlled with a Honeywell® Wi-Fi programmable thermostat, along with radiant barrier roof sheathing and Low-E glass vinyl-framed windows which help save energy.
Each home is protected by a Schlage® Connect touchscreen deadbolt installed in the entry door, along with stylish glass detail and satin nickel handlesets.
Entertaining is made into a breeze with the help of SP78’s modern kitchens which include, “GE stainless steel appliances, frameless flat panel contemporary cabinetry, [and a] deep stainless steel kitchen sink,” according to Ball. Residents can utilize the abundant granite slab countertop space with a six inch backsplash throughout.
A few other design highlights include oversized windows, which are accommodated by the 10’ ceilings, ensuite bathrooms finished with Kohler sinks and faucets, and recessed LED lighting in select homes.
Bay Area Bastion
Trumark prides itself on developing in locations bursting with opportunity. SP78 is no exception. Not only is it a short distance for some of the world’s largest technology companies, it is also located in vibrant urban environment full of activity.
SP78 residents are a short walk away from San Pedro Square Market, one of Downtown San Jose’s best spots to find great dining and shopping. There is a variety of 20 unique vendors offering anything from a fresh cup of coffee to a fresh haircut.
Guests can make their way through the Market’s three separate interior spaces, enjoying all the aromas of the different foods available, or take a stroll through the market’s open-air plaza and sidewalk cafe. With an excellent assortment of options like sushi, wood-fired pizzas, and craft cocktails, this place is a foodie’s paradise.
The Market also provides entertainment every week, catering to all different types of audiences. You can break a mental sweat with Brainstormer’s trivia, let the kids loose at the Music and Movement performance, sing your heart out at Treatbot Karaoke, or relax and enjoy some live music Thursdays through Sundays.
History buffs will also find excitement within downtown San Jose at the historic Peralta Adobe, the oldest building in San Jose, where you can also find more lovely outdoor seating to be enjoyed by San Jose residents.
With such a remarkable location and impressive built environment, it’s no wonder Tumark and KTGY are drawing in prospective buyers left and right. SP78 is expected to be fully complete by July 2020.
Zack Johnston is an Assistant Editor for Builder and Developer Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org