670 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Number of Units
50; 24 studios; 26 one-bedroom apartments
Alcantara Court — modern living for seniors
Alcantara Court is a 50 unit apartment complex for seniors built by Mission Housing Development Corporation in 1998. The builder was James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corporation General Contrators. The designers were architects Daniel Solomon, Anne Torney, and John Ellis of Solomon E.T.C.
The 20,000 square foot site consists of two 4-story buildings around a mid-block courtyard. Amenity spaces — a large multi-purpose community room with kitchen, a physical therapy room, a library, and a community garden — were located on circulation routes. This arrangement encourages seniors to come out of their units and participate in the social life of the building. Laundry facilities and a parking garage are also found on the premises. The landscaped open areas of the complex feature planted areas with palms and columnar trees, and a central garden courtyard accessible to all residents for outdoor gatherings and casual seating. Residents find gardening in the smaller planting areas is therapeutic.
Mission Housing staff provides supportive services, in-house case-management and referral to a full range of partner agencies. Residents also participate in a monthly calendar of activities and community meetings.
Alcantara Court is a senior low income housing apartment subsidized by the HUD 202 program from the Housing and Urban Development Division of the federal government. Capital financing sources included the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing.