Riverwood Place
Santa Clara, CA


Riverwood Grove is a large single-room occupancy (SRO) and part of a two-phase, transit-oriented housing development. The winner of a Gold Nugget Award of Merit from the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference and a Builder’s Choice Award of Merit from Builder Magazine, Riverwood Place provides partially-furnished efficiency studios with a kitchenette, bed and dresser. Residents enjoy many amenities and ample community space for organized activities including meetings and classes, bright reading nooks on each floor, and three private, landscaped courtyards with tables and seating. The project is situated with access to local shopping centers, a busy business district, universities, an amusement park and a local park. Bus and light rail service stops directly across the street from the community.

The SRO included three stories of studio units over a concrete podium and parking. The unusual shape, which followed an adjacent curving street, had four extensions, allowing for three separate and secure exterior courtyards for the use by the tenants.


MidPen Housing

Construction Type

Type V / I

Construction Cost

$7 Million

New / Renovation



2004 Builder’s Choice Award of Merit, Builder Magazine; 2004 Gold Nugget Award of Merit, Pacific Coast Builders Conference




146 / Efficiency Studios, SRO

For Sale/Rental

Rental (50% AMI)


126 (0.85:1)

Site Area

1.69 acres (88 units per acre)

Building GSF

98,000 GSF

Community Outreach

City of Santa Clara


J.R. Roberts Construction


Veronica Hinkley Reck was the project manager and lead designer for the schematic design through bidding phases while at Berger Detmer Architects.

Funding Sources

City of Santa Clara, MTC Transportation for Livable Communities, State HCD MHP funds, CalHFA SRFFP, Various Banks