The Retreat

Walnut Creek, California

Capital Valley Investors

316 Family Units


The Retreat is a dense garden apartment complex located close to Walnut Creek’s busy downtown. The tightly spaced buildings required a significant update and modernization to allow rentals in a competitive market. All units were upgraded with new laundry facilities and the infrastructure needed to support those installations. As with our Reno project, we were able to reinforce the vertical and horizontal contrasts to great effect. The balconies lost their awkward heavy wood 4x4 railings and gained sleek, low pony-walls capped with horizontal rails. The common areas and resident lounge were also transformed with technology and design that now attracts long term tenants that seem to stay around.