Trailblazing: Bahia Vista Townhomes
New, Affordably Priced San Diego Townhomes
Jonathan Swift, the 18th-century writer of Gulliver’s Travels said, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
Today, when we stand on Ada Street in Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego and gaze up at our newly built, Mediterranean-style townhomes just a mile from the coastline, we scarcely recall the formerly empty one-acre lot. When we acquired the parcel in May 2013, we saw beyond an empty space and envisioned new, well-constructed townhomes with quality finishes and thoughtful floorplans located in an area undergoing significant revitalization.
Now complete and branded as Bahia Vista Townhomes, the project contains 21 three and four-bedroom townhomes ranging from 1,600 to 1,800 square feet featuring private balconies and front entryways, direct access two-car garages, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, custom cabinetry and, from many units, ocean, bay and mountain views. The community features a private drive with a secure, gated entrance, a “tot lot” and a barbecue and picnic area. Since closing escrow on our first unit in late January, we have sold out the project and raised prices several times.
Bahia Vista is located in Chula Vista’s marina district, a focal point for several economic development and revitalization initiatives, which have fueled the area’s rapid growth. In recent years, Chula Vista has experienced an increase in residential development, significant improvements in commercial and retail corridors and improved infrastructure along the streets and trolley lines. The area is also poised for a major revitalization of the coastline and marina district through the $1 billion Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. The 535-acre plan is intended to transform the Chula Vista waterfront into a world-class destination by means of a convention center, park, open space and recreation and cultural areas. The project is expected to create more than 2,200 permanent jobs and nearly 7,000 construction jobs. Bahia Vista is located just three miles from the pending Bayfront redevelopment.
In light of such exciting growth in the community and the success of Bahia Vista, we recently purchased the parcel two lots to the west for the development of 16 additional townhomes. We have received our grading and improvement permits from the City and commenced grading work this spring. We expect to receive a building permit and to commence construction this summer with completion anticipated next spring.
A vision now realized, Bahia Vista Townhomes foreshadows the future success of its sister project and reminds us of the importance of seeing opportunities that may not always be plainly visible.