Espaira & Luminaira – Work Started on Two Affordable Housing Projects in Irvine

September 12, 2016

Two new residential rental communities have been started in Irvine by a venture between FivePoint, Related California, Riverside Charitable Corporation and ETHIC Housing (El Toro Housing Initiative Collaboration). FivePoint is the master developer of Great Park Neighborhoods.

The new projects, Luminaira at Beacon Park and Espaira at Beacon Park, will be the first two affordable family communities located in Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods. The developments were designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning. They are expected to be completed in 2017.


Neighboring Solaira at Pavilion Park, which celebrated its grand opening last November, was the first affordable-housing community for seniors in Great Park Neighborhoods – and the first to open in Irvine in 20 years. Solaira, a 221-unit senior apartment community, is LEED Gold certified and was a collaboration between FivePoint, Related California and Riverside Charitable Corporation. KTGY was also the design architect for Solaira as well.

According to KTGY Principal David Obitz, the design of Luminaira at Beacon Park and Espaira at Beacon Park was inspired by the architecture of Irving Gill and boasts clean lines and a neutral color palette, welcoming residents and guests with arched entries that establish a sense of arrival. The stacked-flats feature tuck-under garages to maximize outdoor space and community areas as well as provide additional parking for guests. There is also electrical vehicle parking.

“The primary goal of the architecture was to create a sustainable neighborhood that is indistinguishable from market-rate housing,” said Obitz. “The design is modern and continues a California legacy of simple, clean lines and an efficient structure with elegant proportions.”

A total of 166 new, energy-efficient affordable apartments for low-income families will be built on approximately 10.7 acres in Beacon Park. Residents will have access to a social services center, complete with kitchen, media lounge, computer center, mailroom and play area. Other amenities will include a pool, dog run, barbeque area and picnic pavilion. On-site supportive services will include after school programs and educational classes.

These communities will provide top-tier sustainable living at an affordable price and offer families access to schools in the award-winning Irvine Unified School District, community services and entertainment. Luminaira and Espaira are conveniently located to the 133, 241, 5 and 405 freeways

Both communities offer spacious two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from approximately 809 sf to 1.1k sf. Each apartment home features a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with Energy Star refrigerator and dishwasher, solid-surface counter tops, hardwood plank-style flooring, ceiling fans, large closets, some paid utilities, and outdoor private space.