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California Home Builders opens 359 apartments at Warner Center

Shawn Evenhaim, CEO of California Home Builders, and a rendering of the Q De Soto project in Woodland Hills (Newman Garrison + Partners, IAC)

A local developer with a group of similarly branded housing projects has opened a 359-unit apartment complex on the edge of the Warner Center in Woodland Hills.

Canoga Park-based California Home Builders is building the seven-story mixed-use complex at 6109 North De Soto Avenue near Pierce College, Urbanizing Los Angeles reported. It replaces an office park below.

The Q De Soto will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 69,600 square feet of office space, retail and dining. The parking lot would serve nearly 600 cars on three underground parking levels.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2025.

The 3.7 acre project, designed by Newman Garrison + Partners based in Costa Mesa, will feature a gray and white resort built atop a podium, with multiple patio decks.

The 290,120 square foot complex will include work apartments between 609 and 1,506 square feet. Common areas will include a 12,400 square foot club room, screening room, panoramic terrace, fitness center, swimming pool and spa.

The Q De Soto marks the third of a California home builders series of “Q” branded luxury apartment complexes at Warner Center. The developer, founded in 1994, shifted to building mixed-use, multi-family communities in 2016, according to its website.

Its 241 mixed-use housing units Q Varial opened in 2020 on Variel Avenue and Erwin Street. Its 347 mixed-use housing units Q Topanga was completed last fall on Topanga Canyon and Victory Boulevards.

Over the coming year, California Home Builders is also expected to build Q Erwin, a 259-unit mixed-use complex located at Erwin Street and Variel Avenue. There are also plans to begin work on the high-rise apartments and offices at 21300 Califa Street.

The push is part of a Warner Center 2035 plan, in which city officials aim to transform the traditional business center into a western San Fernando Valley “downtown” with apartments, dense offices, shops and restaurants.

– Dana Barthelemy