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Nuevo Amanecer

Pajaro, CA

Nuevo Amanecer
Nuevo Amanecer
Nuevo Amanecer
Nuevo Amanecer

Nuevo Amanecer

Pajaro, CA


South County Housing


Pajaro, CA


Affordable Townhomes | Flats | Workforce Housing


  • Density: 25 du/ac
  • Unit Plan Sizes: 607-1,195 sq. ft.
  • Number of Units: 63 du
  • Site Area: 2.55 ac
  • Number of Stories: 3
  • Parking: 120 spaces (1.89 sp./unit)
  • Construction Type: V
Sustainable Design Program:
  • Infill
  • Photovoltaic panels create a netzero for common use areas
  • Indoor air quality
  • High efficiency water boiler


2007 Best in American Living HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence

  • Category 18 - Best Rental Development Up To & Including 4 Stories

2007 Builders Choice Awards

  • Category 4G - Affordable Housing Community (Merit Award)

2007 Gold Nugget Awards

  • Category 13 - Best Affordable Project - Under 30 du/ac (Merit Award)


The Nuevo Amanecer apartment community is an affordable workforce-housing development built for farm workers in the Salinas Valley. This environmentally-friendly development replaces the derelict housing formerly occupying the site. While being larger than the surrounding buildings, the development integrates well by drawing inspiration from the surrounding agricultural buildings. Simple massing and standard detailing make this building economical and echoes the utilitarian nature of the surrounding farm buildings. Active solar panels offset electricity costs and provide emergency backup for lighting common areas. Energy savings exceed Title 24 by 20 percent. The Center for Community Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley selected Nuevo Amanecer as a finalist for the 2009 I. Donald Terner Prize, a biennale award that recognizes successful and innovative affordable housing projects and their leadership teams.


15 Salinas Road
Pajaro, CA 95076