Leasing begins for long-awaited Portside Ventura Harbor
January 08, 2020
After nearly two decades of planning, leasing has begun for the first 56 units of
Portside Ventura Harbor, which ultimately will include 270 apartment homes, 30 live/work
units and 22,000 square feet of retail space.
Created around a public plaza, Portside Ventura Harbor follows “new urbanism” principles
of low-impact development with walkable streets, housing, public spaces and shopping in
This village-like approach helped the project gain approval from the California Coastal
Commission, according to Michael Sondermann, manager of Portside Partners Ventura
Residents can walk or bike to a town center, retail space, pool, spa, tennis court and pet
park, according to a news release from the developers. The developers also dedicated two
acres for a public park as well as a new pedestrian promenade bordering the harbor.
The Mission Colonial architecture of Portside Ventura Harbor was designed by Togawa
Smith Martin Inc. with a density of 11 units per acre.
All of the studio, one-, two-, three-bedroom apartment homes and live/work units averaging
over 1,000 square feet face the street to keep the sidewalks active, according to the
Portside Ventura Harbor will include 270 apartment homes, 30 live/work units and
22,000 square feet of retail space. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PORTSIDE VENTURA HARBOR)
Portside Ventura Harbor also includes a new marina that will have 104 slips to
accommodate vessels up to 80 feet, as well as a 90-foot public paddleboard dock.
According to Sondermann, developers were tasked with creating a neighborhood that
would fit seamlessly into Ventura while stimulating growth “as the new centerpiece” of the
Ventura Harbor Village area.
“The Harbor Commission and the City of Ventura worked tirelessly with us and their
patience and persistence helped us accomplish what no one thought could be done,”
Sondermann said in a news release.
E&S Ring Management Corp. is overseeing residential leasing and the Ventura County
office of CBRE is handling retail leasing.
Ten percent of the units are set aside for low- and moderate-income earners. More than
1,350 people joined a lottery for the 27 affordable units.