OCEANSIDE — A 17-unit luxury condominium complex is taking shape on The Strand in Oceanside and is the largest residential construction project under way along the city’s pricey beachfront.
The complex, named 700 South Strand, is about a quarter of a mile south of the city’s iconic pier on a nearly one-acre parcel at the corner of Wisconsin and South The Strand. Construction began early this year and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016.
“I think it’s going to finish out really, really nice,” said Tim McGowan, president of McKellar McGowan LLC, the San Diego-based developer behind the project.
Configured in a two-story building, the complex will have four different floor plans, ranging in size from 1,450 to 2,600 square-feet. Each unit will have two or three bedrooms and one will have four bedrooms, McGowan said.
Each of the homes will have large, beachfront windows and patios with panoramic views of the ocean. The price tag will range from $1.2 million and $2.7 million, the developer said.
The gated community will have covered parking and an underground garage for residents. Each condo will be equipped with gourmet kitchens and high-level finishes, McGowan said.
The condos are now on sale with one of them already sold, he added.
Elsewhere along the city’s shoreline, several small residential projects are in the works, city officials said.
In June, the city approved a plan to demolish an existing single-family home on South Pacific Street just south of Morse Street and replace it with two twin homes of 3,950 square feet each that will be built by KCS Properties LLC.
But the 17-unit complex outstrips them all in terms of size, officials said.
“This (700 South Strand) is the largest project under construction on the beach,” said Rick Brown, the city’s interim development services director. “We have other larger projects in the downtown area but not on the beach.”
As a condition of approval for the project, the developer agreed to help repair a 400-foot section of The Strand damaged by storms in the early 1980s.
In June, the city approved a project to restore the road to its original 27.5-foot width, including a southbound vehicle lane and a wide, paved shoulder for bicyclists and pedestrians. A rock revetment on the west side of the road will be pushed back toward the water to match the rest of the road.
The city agreed to spend $134,000 for the project. McKellar McGowan will contribute an additional $161,000 for a total cost of $295,000.