Citing concerns about traffic and building height, amongst other things, a group of Newport Beach residents wanted to see the city council overturn Planning Commission approval of the Santa Ana Avenue Cottages development at the corner of Santa Ana Avenue and Mesa Drive. Instead, the council denied the appeal with a 6-1 vote, clearing the way for the seven-condos project to move forward.

Opponents of the seven-unit development felt the facade of the complex looked like an “Eastern European prison” and would have preferred to see it as a two-story project. The land was already zoned for a three-story structure and no variances or rezoning requests were ever made. 

Developer Adrienne Brandes says they chose to create seven units rather than the potential eleven so that they had the ability to make one of the units ADA-compliant. Each of the three-story residences comes with a two-car garage. Six of them are expected to clock in at 1,402-square-foot, two-bedroom while the seventh will be a 1,935-square-foot, two bedroom.