Affordable rental housing

Casa de los Fuentes in downtown Santa Barbara consists of 42 affordable rental units. (Peikert & RRM Design Group)

In a fresh take on home tours, the American Institute of Architects' Santa Barbara chapter has organized an event Oct. 5 highlighting low-income housing as well as affordable rentals for people with special needs.

The self-guided tour of multi-family housing, single-family urban infill, mixed-use and live-work designs in Santa Barbara includes:

  • Casa de Las Fuentes, a 42-unit affordable housing complex with courtyard style studio and one-bedroom units by Peikert & RRM Design Group.
  • The recently completed Bradley Studios, 52 Craftsman-style studio apartments designed for people with special needs.
  • Ensberg Jacobs Design Architects' addition to a 100-year-old Craftsman.
  • The restoration of the 1926 Vhay-Pedotti Residence and Studio by Peter Becker Architects.
  • Thompson Naylor Architects' Victoria Garden Mews, which incorporates green systems. 
  • AB Design Studio's adaptive re-use of old warehouse-style buildings in the Funk Zone.
  • A 1,500-square-foot house on a narrow lot on Carrillo Street designed by James Gauer, with Bildsten + Sherwin as architect.
  • The live-work Yanonali Lofts by TCMC/Mayer Architects. 
  • El Carrillo, 61 single-occupancy affordable apartments for the formerly homeless and near-homeless by Cearnal Andrulaitis. 
  • The Loop, an award-winning, mixed-use student housing project near UC Santa Barbara, by DMA/Mayer Architects. 
  • A classic 1920s Spanish-style bungalow remodeled by Ensberg Jacobs Design.
  • Antioch University Urban Campus, designed by Kupiec Architects. 
The Urban Living Santa Barbara tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 5. Tickets are $55 and $65. 

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