Bonterra provides affordable family housing in a garden-style community located in Brea, CA. The property encompasses seven buildings arranged around a central courtyard and linked by tree-lined, pedestrian friendly walkways. The Spanish-influenced architecture features tuck-under garages for each apartment, along with additional surface parking areas for residents and guests. Bonterra includes a large community recreation center for use by residents, as well as landscaped community spaces for outdoor recreation.
Bonterra is within the new Blackstone master-planned community, an 800-acre area located along the 57 freeway that includes seven new neighborhoods, a new City sports park, and extensive preserved open space. It is ideally situated for Bonterra residents, as it is located near major retail, entertainment and employment centers. Residents also have exceptional views of surrounding cityscape and open space, including Wildcatter’s Park located across the street from the community. A central landscaped paseo connects the neighborhood’s residential buildings and community center to the main thoroughfare, Santa Fe Road.
Comprehensive onsite resident services for families foster learning for students and promote healthy living for families and build community among neighbors to enrich quality of life. Brea’s location complements its sustainable design with proximity to services, employment, education and transportation opportunities that further increase affordability for residents who have limited affordable options in the Brea marketplace, especially for larger families.
Jamboree, the City of Brea, investors and property management work together to ensure the long-term affordability of this community. This is especially important given the jobs-rich landscape of Brea – twice as many people work there than live there.
Bonterra is an integral part of Blackstone, an upscale 800-acre master-planned community built on a hillside with nearly 50 formerly active oil wells. When complete, the master-planned community will include seven neighborhoods, a city sports park, and 560 acres of preserved open space in the City of Brea. This affordable housing property seamlessly integrates with other housing choices in this jobs-rich area of Orange County.
Jamboree transformed a recovered oil field into Bonterra, a high quality affordable housing community that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Gold certified. Features of the exceptional sustainable profile at Bonterra include water efficiency in all homes and an outstanding landscape irrigation system, as well as the development’s overall project density that preserved open space for the adjacent parcel of land as a preservation habitat for Gnatcatcher birds. Homes offer exceptional views, high-quality, eco-friendly finishes/materials and energy-saving features.
The development of Bonterra required an extensive and unusual public/private partnership with exceptional vision and flexibility from multiple and diverse funding sources that spanned nearly a decade. It required that Jamboree provide local infrastructure for Blackstone’s master developers. Under an agreement with these market-rate developers, Jamboree paid the upfront costs to build out the site and the surrounding infrastructure to support it – roads, sewers, traffic signals, etc.
Bonterra moves forward the City of Brea’s long-term commitment to provide a full spectrum of housing, especially given the City’s jobs-rich landscape. Twice as many people work in Brea as live there. Bonterra exemplifies a unified vision of a resourceful public/private partnership between Jamboree and the City of Brea. It exemplifies a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly design solution to the creative use of land for a challenging site, and creates a vision of a higher design standard in Southern California to complement neighboring market-rate, multifamily properties.