With the development of 935 new homes surrounded by parks and opens space, the planning and design of Oak Knoll draws its inspiration from the surrounding high-quality residential communities designed by renowned historic figures such as Julia Morgan, Bernard Maybeck, Walter Ratcliff, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the partnership of Mason McDuffie. Along with prominent housing and business development, the community will provide striking views of the surrounding foothills and the Bay Area's breathtaking vistas. By blending history with innovation, Oak Knoll will provide a unique setting for the growth of livable, sustainable, and attractive neighborhoods.
Restoration of a Creek – Natural Beauty Revealed
After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the United States Navy realized that existing medical facilities on the west coast could not meet the demand WWII would create. To help solve this problem, the Oak Knoll Golf Course was chosen as an ideal location for a new naval hospital to help treat wounded soldiers. At that time medical facilities were quickly built to provide care for veterans returning from war. This was done at the expense of the natural environment and included covering portions of the creek traversing the property.
Through the public meeting process and consultation with the community and surrounding neighborhoods, SunCal plans to uncover and restore the natural creek that once flowed through this property to its original state, and will expand its access by creating an adjacent trail. Outdoor enthusiasts and residents will enjoy the new shaded walkways, cycling and running paths that will flank the restored creek.
Evolving Lifestyle – Homes for all Stages of Life
World-renowned land planning firm Hart Howerton has been contracted to design a truly unique and sought after community. The 187-acre Oak Knoll community will feature a variety of home styles, built to cater to residents at all stages of life. Oak Knoll will include estate homes on the ridge, single-family homes and townhomes – all built to the highest quality and controlled by architectural and landscape design guidelines.
Hart Howerton has successfully executed numerous community design and land-planning projects imbedded in existing communities in and around the Bay Area. Over the past 20 yrs, they have been the lead Planner and Architect for the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre conservation based community south of Carmel Valley. More recently, they have designed infill housing and community facilities for Spirit Rock and San Francisco Theological Seminary in Marin County.
Open Space & Trails Allow Access for Everyone
SunCal understands the conveniences of living in an urban area while still having easy access to outdoor activities; the Oak Knoll community will be designed to provide both. Nearly one-third of the Oak Knoll community property will be preserved as public open space linked through a series of trails, designed to flow with preserved and manufactured native and natural landscaping, flowers, grasses and shrubs, and aligning with the restoration and conservation of the riparian corridor. With approximately four miles of hiking and biking trails, homeowners will be able to enjoy the natural open space just steps from their front door. The pedestrian friendly walking community will have pathways that connect homes with the lifestyle center, parks and the Leona Regional Open Space; part of the East Bay Regional Parks system.
Club Knoll is badly deteriorated from years of vandalism and neglect, and as a result of two studies we commissioned, we believed it was beyond rehabilitating and of limited historic value. However, at the urging of the Oakland Planning Department and Oakland Heritage Alliance, we’re protecting it from benign neglect and now proposing to possibly save it. We’ve been working on measures to protect the Club’s roof from further damage as the plans for the new community make their way through the entitlement and EIR process. In January 2016, SunCal installed a specially fabricated protection system to block rainwater from the large holes that exist in the rotted and damaged roof.
We decided to take another look at the Club after our conversations with the City and OHA, and we‘re carefully reviewing the structure’s condition and studying ways to possibly preserve it. We now believe that it could be integrated into Oak Knoll so that it might one day return to service as a community center.
A community center would be available for events for residents as well as the general public. The center would be at the heart of the community and offer space for all community members to use for events such as birthday parties, weddings and social gatherings.
To pay tribute to the entire Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, veterans groups and all those connected to the facility’s long history, SunCal desires to construct a Monument Park that will be a place for quiet contemplation and reflection to honor those who served at Oak Knoll and for our country.
In addition to the Oak Knoll Community Center, the proposed lifestyle center will encompass approximately 72,000 square feet of retail space that will serve Oak Knoll community residents and the nearby local community. The Center will provide retail specialty shops and restaurants, as well as the daily needs. The planned lifestyle center will serve Oak Knoll and create a focal point for neighbors to relax and mingle outdoors. A plaza and village green will provide space for seasonal activities for children and families to gather.
Community information, including facilities, uses, availability and amenities, are subject to change at any time without notice or obligation. Illustrations, photographs, square footages and features are approximate for illustration purposes only.