Community Profile: Lennar’s The Palisades at the San Francisco Shipyard

Lennar’s newest collection of townhomes provide a fully automated sanctuary for those seeking relief from the crowded city

by Shea Costales

Few places in the U.S. are as expensive to live, yet as attractive to buyers, than San Francisco, California. Part of the lack of affordable housing is thanks to the smallness of the city, which is only about 46 square miles in size. To try and accommodate over 17,000 residents per square mile, high-rise luxury apartment buildings are popping up across the city, but many people still desire a single-family home living experience.

Enter the Palisades at the San Francisco Shipyard, a new 66-unit townhome collection by Lennar. The Palisades is the only new construction development in the city that will feature townhomes instead of condominiums or apartments, setting them apart in a highly competitive market. All townhomes will contain three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, with either 1,510 or 1,522 square footage.

The property’s unique waterfront location in the Southeast corner of the city helps to attract buyers seeking a respite from the towering skyscrapers and constant noise of the booming metropolis. FivePoints, the Master Developer, plans to make the SF Shipyard a small city of its own, allocating mixed-use property space for local restaurants, small businesses, and artist studios. A general store will carry locally sourced and crafted products. Art installations and unique architecture will enhance the community aesthetically.

Even though their target buyer is the couple or family seeking a peaceful oasis away from the bustling urban jungle, the Shipyard realizes that most people will still need to commute into the city for work. The community’s location is a premier one for ease of travel, just a few miles away from the main downtown area and near quick routes to the Silicon Valley and the rest of the mainland. They also offer a community shuttle to several important San Francisco locations. For commuters who prefer biking, the site is close to acres of public parkland with bike paths.

One challenge the project team ran into when planning the development was the abnormal lot size. Brady Smith from LPAS said, “The individual building lot lines are approximately 16’ – 6” wide. In order to get functional and furnishable plans, the buildings were elongated to approximately 45’ deep. The buildings length required the construction of a Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining wall along the rear to extend the area.” This resulted in long, narrow buildings that maximized the available space with three stories. Two balconies and a rooftop courtyard were added to provide private outdoor space and ensure residents can take advantage of their amazing view of the Bay.

In such an urban, innovative, and high-tech city, any development needs something to set them apart from the competition. For the Palisades, that something is Lennar’s brand new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home DesignTM. Each home comes equipped with high-speed, wireless Internet, making sure homeowners are always connected to their virtual needs. In addition, Emser Tile is the exclusive tile partner on Lennar projects, ensuring homebuyers huge selections on interior finishings.

Massive partnerships with Amazon and Samsung’s SmartThings, permit Lennar to outfit every room in the townhomes with cutting-edge smart home technology. Garrett Chan, VP of Sales & Marketing for Lennar Homes, explained, “With the help of Amazon’s Alexa, Palisades homeowners can control devices with just their voice—play music, place orders, and manage their home effortlessly. Not at home? They can remotely control sound, lights, television, temperature and their front door. It’s all part of the Everything’s Included® package designed to provide a connected lifestyle that’s easy, with home automation technology from today’s trusted brands, providing homeowners more control and convenience than ever before.”

As San Francisco welcomes the nationwide emergence of Millennial homebuyers, energy-efficient construction and appliances become increasingly popular. Many of the same buyers that demand smart home technology also expect their housing to be sustainable. The city has created and implemented their own building code, which requires construction projects to cut back on energy and water use, divert waste from landfills, encourage alternate modes of transportation, and strive to ensure the health and comfort of residents.

Lennar has worked hard to meet these codes. “Each residential unit meets the City of San Francisco’s Green building requirements and is 15 percent more energy efficient than the 2008 Title 24, part 6,” said Chan. The homes will include Moen WaterSense faucets, low-e windows, and low-VOC paints.

Once the Palisades townhomes are completed, with first deliveries scheduled for summer 2018, and full build out expected by spring 2019, Lennar does not plan on slowing down in the Bay Area. Phase Two of the San Francisco Shipyard will begin construction soon and will add 404 additional units to the community, including more Lennar townhomes. Chan added, “We will also be building housing on Candlestick, the SF Shipyard’s sister community.”

Homes in the Palisades at the San Francisco Shipyard will start at $1.4 million. With such unique offerings available with these beautiful townhomes, buyers are sure to flock to their seaside refuge.

Shea Costales is an Assistant Editor at Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at

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