El Paseo Studios SRO, San Jose, California

El Paseo Studios is a 98 unit Single Room Occupancy [SRO] Apartment Complex for individuals who earn 30-55% of the Area Median Income [AMI]. It is located on a one half acre, triangular site at the apex of two arterial Streets in the Westgate Shopping Area of San Jose. The retail/entertainment surroundings, and available transit, make this site a perfect location for workforce Housing.

El Paseo

Over 45% of Paseo residents work in the area. All residents receive free “Eco Passes” for County-wide buses and light rail. Local Planning regulations required a .5 parking ratio or 49 parking spaces for the 98 units.

Each unit has a kitchenette, built-in storage and closets, a certified maple bed and a complete bathroom. The units range from 285SF to 310SF and have individual heating and air conditioning controls. The floors are recycled content carpet with linoleum in the bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen cabinets and built in shelving are made from non-urea formaldehyde “medite” and finished with a three coat no-VOC, water based lacquer. These “green” amenities ensure a higher level of indoor air quality.

El Paseo Hallway

Amenities include: an outdoor courtyard, computer room, vending room, laundry room, first floor lounge and small gym. Hallways have fully glazed end walls allowing natural daylight to flood the hallways.

Paseo Studios has been recognized with AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter Merit Award for architectural design as well as a Gold Nugget Merit Award 2004 for Sustainable/Green Project of the year and the 2004 “Excellence in Design” Runner-up award from the Environmental Design + Construction Magazine.

Development Details

Name: El Paseo Studios SRO
Units: 98
Year Completed: 2003
Architect: Office of Jerome King
Contractor: Branagh, Inc.
Telephone: 408-370-1144
Website: www.elpaseostudios.org


4980 Hamilton Ave
San Jose, CA 95130

Development Highlights

  • Outdoor courtyard
  • Computer room
  • Vending room
  • Laundry room
  • First floor lounge and small gym

Awards & Honors

  • The American Institute of Architects 2005, The AIA Housing and Residential Design Knowledge Community and the AIA Center for Communities by Design Certificate of Recognition For Design Excellence in Affordable Green Housing
  • Gold Nugget Merit Award 2004 Sustainable/Green Project of the Year
  • Excellence in Design Honorable Mention 2004, Environmental Design + Construction Magazine
  • Featured by Global Green USA – The Making of a Green Developer, December 2003
  • Featured in an article by Alan Hess, Architectural writer for the San Jose Mercury News, November 2003
  • AIA/Santa Clara Valley Chapter Merit Award, 2001
  • NALHFA 2004 Meritorious Achievement Award
  • AIA/East Bay, Exceptional Residential, Bay Area Regional Design Award, 2004