The posh hotel that flourished during the '30s and '40s on a bluff overlooking the Pacific fell into disuse after Interstate 5 bypassed the area. Purchased by the Lutheran Services of San Diego in the early '50s, the hotel was converted into a retirement community. But subsequent seismic requirements led to the decision to demolish the old building and replace it with a modern facility, while still retaining the distinctive early California look, with red tile roofs and arched windows. The old hotel's historic entry facade, complete with the circular driveway, was faithfully reconstructed, but that is where similarity ends.
The structure includes a skilled nursing care facility on the east end, with more than 100 residential units stepping down toward the ocean. The center was built on five separate levels and covers 223,000 sq. ft. Four elevators were installed, each rising from the below-grade parking garage to the top floor of the nursing facility.
The west end of the facility opens on to a central courtyard overlooked by a curved patio that runs toward the ocean between flanking residential units. This luxurious community includes a swimming pool with adjustable current, computer room, high-end finishes throughout such as granite, custom woodwork, and plush carpeting.
DPR also constructed a separate complex with six additional premium apartments on a bluff leading down to the ocean. This site, just across the street from the present complex, required more complex underpinnings, including foundation piers buried in the ocean bedrock.