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In response to regional housing costs that are among the highest in the country, the San Mateo County Community College District has undertaken a number of different initiatives to assist faculty and staff with high housing costs, including building apartments that are rented at below-market rates to District employees and offering very affordable second home loans to first time-buyers.  The District is able build first class, market rate housing and offer below-market rents because 1) it owns the land (land costs do not need to be included in the cost of ownership or operations); 2) it financed the project with a tax-exempt issue; 3) the property is property-tax exempt; and 4) the District does not have a profit motive.  Rents from the project are set at a level that is sufficient to pay back all costs of construction, financing, maintenance and operations and fund a long-term capital reserve.

College Vista New Faculty/Staff Housing at Cañada

College Vista is an award-winning 44-unit rental housing development for faculty and staff, which offers a first-class living environment with rents at half the market average.  College Vista is a craftsman-inspired, two and three-story complex with stunning views of the Bay and south San Mateo County that was built on a 2 acre unused college parking lot.  Units at College Vista are tastefully appointed, including wood entry floors, large windows and sliding glass doors, patios and decks and individual washers/dryers.  Most units have a private garage. College Vista opened in December 2005 and has been fully occupied since its opening.  There are more than 80 employees on the wait list for the College Vista development.


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College Vista Ribbon Cutting
On December 9, 2005 College Vista officially opened!

College Vista Web Cam Archive
View archive of webcam photos.

College Vista Photo Gallery
View gallery of College Vista photos

College Vista Housing Corp Website


The District is currently exploring the possibility of building a second housing community for faculty and staff—this time on an underutilized parking lot at Cañada College.  As part of the planning for this development, the District will seek to de-annex portions of the Parking Lot from Woodside, so that the development can occur within one jurisdiction—Redwood City. The proposed plan includes 60 units in two buildings of two and three stories each.  The plan calls for 30% of the units to be one bedroom; 60% to be two bedrooms and the remaining six units will be three bedrooms (see Final Site Plan below).  There are links below to additional information about the project.  This site will be updated regularly.

June 26 Community Meeting PowerPoint

Map showing Cañada campus and Parking Lot 3 

Initial Study

Final Site Plan

Architectural Rendering of New Project

Changes in the site plan made following neighborhood meetings on June 26; August 21 and September

November 27 Presentation to the RWC Planning Commission

Farm Hill HOA Presentation

Redwood Oaks Presentation

Rendering of Building A

Rendering of Building B










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