Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Sierra Bonita, an affordable housing development in West Hollywood, is the facade-integrated solar array that powers most of the peak load electricity demand for the common areas. The building also has a solar-powered hot water heating system, but beneath the clearly visible green technology is a modern building with apartments fully adaptable for its disabled residents.
Sierra Bonita cost about $20.3 million to build, according to the developer, West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation. The five-story project has a non-profit commercial space component on the ground level and 42 one-bedroom units above.
Every apartment has abundant natural lighting, energy-efficient appliances, and high-speed internet access, while some of the apartments are fully accessible with roll-in showers.
The project struck such a chord in the community that the developer received 2,000 applications for residency and fully leased the building through a lottery, according to Curbed LA.
Sierra Bonita has courtyard gardens, a roof deck garden, shady bamboo clusters, and drought-tolerant landscaping. It was designed by Tighe Architecture; Parker/Sarg Industries was the general contractor.
Credits: Curbed LA.