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Marina’s Sea Haven housing development adding fuel to an already hot market

Marina >> Another player is about to join the hottest market for new home construction in the Monterey Bay region.

The frames of four model homes are currently going up at Sea Haven housing development, formerly known as Marina Heights. The 248-acre development on former Army base land joins nearby East Garrison and the Dunes On Monterey Bay, both of which keep adding more units on their way to build-out.

“There are three new home communities being built by two home builders now — Wathen Castanos Homes, out of the Central (San Joaquin) Valley, and Renasci from Agora Hills” in Southern California, said Glen Yamamoto, project manager with the Chadmar Group, the developer of Sea Haven.

The development boasts views of Monterey Bay, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz. It sits about a mile from the ocean bordered by California Avenue to the west, Imjin Parkway to the south and Carmel Avenue to the east, and will comprise 1,050 units when fully completed.

The first phase of development will consist of 300 housing units of market rate ($500,000 to $800,000) and affordable homes.

The current models from Wathen Castanos Homes represent the market rate Layia homes of one- and two-story plans for 1,850- to 2,700-square-foot homes with three to five bedrooms, 2½ to four bathrooms, and sitting on at least 5,000-square-foot lots.

“They are ‘alley-loaded’ projects with garages at the rear of the residences,” said Yamamoto. The models are scheduled to be open for viewing the first quarter of 2017.

The second model offerings, called Villosa, will be ready to break ground in the next few weeks and will be bigger with 2,400 to 3,400 square feet of living space, three to six bedrooms, 2½ to four bathrooms, two- and three-car garages, and built on 6,000-square-foot lots. Those models will be open for viewing by the second quarter of next year, said Yamamoto.

Renasci Homes will build the third models, called Larkspur, and will be ready for foot traffic about the same time or later as Villosa.

Larkspur will offer 1,500- to 1,900-square-foot, two-story homes of three to four bedrooms and 2½ baths on smaller 2,650-square-foot lots, some of which will represent an “affordable” component of the development and make up the workforce, moderate income and bridge housing parcels on the Sea Haven development.

Larkspur will have 25 to 30 units of “affordable housing.”

The affordable Larkspur units will be smaller — 1,100 to 1,400 square feet — and will be based on income qualifications and come with restrictions, according to Yamamoto.

The Sea Haven development has been in existence for over a decade, gone through an extensive approval process involving multiple regulatory agencies on the federal, state and local levels, and has water apportioned through the Fort Ord Reuse Authority which will be managed by the Marina Coast Water District.

Sea Haven and neighboring Abrams Park will be linked by trails — 98 percent of which connect to existing trails outside the development — and streets, with no plans for gates or walls. Phase I of the development also includes a half-acre pocket park and another 1½-acre park, which are part of the total 35 acres of parks, greenbelts and open space within the development.

Phase I also surrounds a city-owned, 18-acre park in which the Chadmar Group will invest $1.5 million to help fund.

“We’re working with the city toward completion to see what we can do to develop the park,” said Yamamoto. “It will be a great amenity to the city, and us, and we’d like to see it come online sooner rather than later.”

Though Sea Haven does not yet have a sales office open, Wathen Castanos Homes will be putting in an on-site sales pavilion in January. The development also has a website at

James Herrera can be reached at 831-726-4344.

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