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Front ViewKalos, meaning “beautiful, noble, all that is good,” is CHW’s newest rental community in the increasingly popular North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

Located just two blocks east of Park Boulevard and within walking distance of high-use transit lines, major employment centers and neighborhood amenities, Kalos’ eighty-three (83) new apartment homes are a welcome addition to North Park.  Kalos is a sustainable community with LEED Platinum Certification. CHW offers residents a multi-purpose community room, after school classroom and computer center, providing both high quality rental homes and services to residents.

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Fast Facts

Location: 3795 Florida Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Developer: Community HousingWorks

Architect: M.W. Steele Group

General Contractor: 2505 Congress

Civil Engineer: Nasland Engineering

Landscape Architect: McCullough Landscape Architecture

Public Art: Stone Paper Scissors

Construction Period: Fall 2011 – Winter 2012

AmenitiesReading Room

  • Multipurpose community room and kitchen
  • After-school learning classroom/center with computer room
  • Two courtyards
  • Off-street parking
  • Bike storage room
  • Elevators and central open stairways
  • Close to four major transit lines
  • Located in close proximity to downtown, Balboa Park, and Mission Valley employment centers


Originally approved for seventy two luxury condominiums, CHW was able to get this one acre site at the beginning of the recession and used the Density Bonus ordinance to put eighty-three apartments while still reducing the height of the building which preserved neighboring views. The buildings are wood frame built over one concrete floor of parking. The “panelized” construction method had all the wood wall sections put together off-site which shave months off the construction schedule and was better for this urban site that offered little space on which to stage construction. This $27 million development was cited in a study released by the San Diego Housing Commission for its cost effectiveness. A $4.9 million acquisition loan from the Housing Commission allowed CHW to acquire the land, and a $550,000 advance from the Redevelopment Agency allowed CHW to demolish the existing blighted buildings which contained many substandard, illegal units, and relocate those residents in advance of full construction finance. CHW will return surplus funds to the public agencies due to construction cost savings and an attractive, favorable pricing provided by Union Bank.

Sustainability and Green Features


  • LEED Platinum Certification
  • On-site solar thermal (solar hot water) and photovoltaic energy production
  • High-density transit-oriented design
  • Healthy, durable and sustainable materials choices
  • Formaldehyde-free and low-volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials, adhesives and paints, and no chloroflurocarbons (CFCs)
  • Energy-efficient lighting with adjustable lighting controls
  • Low water use
  • Increased ventilation for improved air quality

Water Efficiency

Conserving water is everyone’s responsibility. In response to San Diego’s desert climate, Kalos uses 56% less water than a typical residential community through low water use landscape, efficient irrigation systems, and low‐flow plumbing fixtures.

Energy and Atmosphere

We like natural light and air. Multiple light wells and open breezeways allow plenty of light, air and views into the building. Building orientation is designed to maximize pass through cooling by indigenous coastal breezes. And, Kalos achieves more than a 40% energy savings above local code requirements (Title 24). We do this with a combination of rooftop solar collectors and an all‐LED exterior lighting package resulting in vastly reduced common area gas and electrical use.

Materials and Resources

Our materials and finishes are carefully selected. We paid special attention in the selection of all materials and finishes, incorporating highly renewable materials in all the flooring, installing products that are locally made and harvested, and investing in high‐quality, durable finishes, such as manufactured stone countertops, sustainable wood cabinetry and long‐lived furnishings.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Kalos is a healthy and livable environment. Mechanical systems are calibrated to provide a constant flow of fresh air and all ducts and vents have been tested to ensure minimal leakage. Dwelling units are highly insulated and sealed to keep out pollutants and keep in fresh air and a comfortable living atmosphere. Kalos is also a Smoke Free Environment and even the barbecue deck is strategically located to minimize smoke intrusion into common areas and dwelling units. Walk‐off mats are placed throughout the site to ensure a clean and safe walking environment.

Awareness and Education

We inspired a 360°Green Curriculum. Our resident education programs focus on green and sustainable living habits, teaching children and adults best practices for living harmoniously with the environment.