Property Description

Hana Gardens provides senior housing while honoring the area’s Japanese heritage. The community has two four-story buildings and a single-story stone-faced former florist shop that was preserved and transformed into a resident community room. A second community room opens onto an outdoor courtyard garden with raised planters, a picnic area and benches. Other features include a fitness room, a computer lab, laundry facilities and bike storage. Half of the homes are fully accessible to people with disabilities. The El Cerrito Senior Center is conveniently located on the ground level—with transit, and safe bicycle and pedestrian paths nearby.

Hana Gardens also has a beautiful public plaza honoring the Japanese influence on the flower industry, with historical narrative panels and a timeline along the sidewalk. Eden partnered with the Japanese American Citizens League and the El Cerrito Historical Society on this project.

Property Details

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Green Features

Certified Green Point Rating of 115, Solar Panels reduce common area electric costs by 70%, Solar Hot Water Panels reduce building’s gas requirements by at least 50%, Exceeds Title 24’s energy and resource efficiency thresholds, Low VOC paints, renewable materials, and high efficiency light fixtures and appliances

Development Details

Year Built



Van Meter William Pollack Architects

General Contractor

Midstate Construction

Financial Partners

City of El Cerrito – land donation, Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), California Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG), U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Wells Fargo Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG), Contra Costa County Dept. of Conservation and Community Development, Housing Authority of Contra Costa County, Project-based Section 8 Vouchers (100%)

Property Management

Eden Housing Management, Inc.