New luxury apartment complex opening in Torrey Hills area of Carmel Valley

By Karen Billing

The Torrey Hills community will welcome many new neighbors this year.

Ocean Air Apartment Homes, new for-lease luxury apartment townhomes on West Ocean Air Drive, will begin pre-leasing next month with the first residents moving in by October.

Representatives from the developers MBK Homes gathered on the site recently for a hard hat tour of the construction rumbling on the ocean view site; the future home of 100 three-story townhomes and flats next door to the new Torrey Gardens apartment community (Torrey Gardens is set for its first occupants next month).

The Ocean Air project represents MBK Homes’ first apartment community under its new division, MBK Rental Living. Tim Kane, president of MBK Homes, said they found 4.6 acres of land that they really liked and created a project to fit into the space — a “family-oriented, high-quality, for-rent project with views out to the ocean, nestled into a great community close to schools and employment centers.”

“This is something we’re really excited about, it’s really unique. Normally you don’t get apartments this size in this configuration,” Kane said of the large units. “This project is designed to cater to people with children — the school districts here are some of the best in San Diego.”

Craig Jones, vice president of apartment acquisitions and asset management, said they expect a wide variety of people to be drawn to Ocean Air Apartment Homes, as it has high-quality amenities and is a more intimate development than other local developments.

“It’s an opportunity for future renters to live in an A-plus location with coastal breezes and views where otherwise they would have to purchase to enjoy this kind of location and floorplan,” said Rick Fletcher, vice president of sales and marketing.

The units will be one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes, ranging in size from 1,067 to 1,630 square feet. Fletcher said each unit would be built with the expertise of a home-builder as if it were a for-sale product.

The units will feature open-concept living areas with 9-foot ceilings, wood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, stone slab countertops in the bathroom, built-in USB charging stations and energy-efficient full-size front-loading washers and dryers. Each unit will have its own one- or two-car garage and community-wide amenities will include an outdoor kitchen and fire pit, barbecues, a pet wash station and an automated package delivery system.

“We’re offering something that’s really not available in this market,” Fletcher said.

MBK Homes and Garden Communities, the developer of Torrey Gardens next door, are working together on a park between their two projects that will serve not only their residents but the Torrey Hills community as a whole.

The one-acre Ocean View Park is expected to open at the end of the year and tentative plans include a tot lot, walking path and exercise stations.