Rendering of Little Flower Haven | Courtesy Pathfinder Partners LLC and Silvergate Development LLC

Pathfinder JV Buys Former Convent Property for MF Build

Carrie Rossenfeld Multifamily

Pathfinder Partners LLC has partnered with San Diego-based developer Silvergate Development LLC to acquire Little Flower Haven, a 4.1-acre former convent and senior retirement community in east San Diego County’s La Mesa, California, for an undisclosed price. According to Mitch Siegler, senior managing director of Pathfinder Partners, the partners plan to begin developing the site this fall; it is entitled for a 130-unit apartment community, providing much-needed housing in a highly desirable, supply-constrained market.

A downtown La Mesa landmark, Little Flower Haven was originally a convent and an assisted-living facility for the elderly that closed in 2015. Plans include preserving the most historic part of the existing 1930s-era, mission-style structure, including an existing bell tower and chapel. The remodeled original structure and new east and west wings to be constructed on either side will include 50 apartments and a number of indoor amenities including a recreation room with kitchen and a fitness facility overlooking the exterior decks and pool area. This building will include 39 units served by elevator. In addition to the historic centerpiece of the project fronting La Mesa Blvd., there will be six new three-story residential buildings with convenient tuck-under parking, arranged around the outdoor amenities throughout the site.

Siegler says the development site is appealing on many levels. “The new community will be located two blocks from the charming La Mesa Village, the historical center of the neighborhood and home to numerous restaurants, cafés, boutiques and art galleries. Residents will enjoy a walkable, urban community in a family-friendly area just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego and major employment centers.”

The property will have 68 one-bedroom/one-bathroom units, 55 two-bedroom/two-bathroom units, and seven studios, averaging 777 square feet. Each unit will feature solid-surface counter tops, stainless-steel appliances, new flooring, in-unit washer/dryers, and central heat and air conditioning. Most units will contain a large private patio or balcony.

Little Flower Haven will also have a variety of community amenities including a fitness center, swimming pool and spa, BBQs, electric vehicle-charging stations, bike lockers, resident storage areas, covered parking, and a bark park.

The transaction was brokered by Austin Dias from Duhs Commercial, Inc., who represented the buyer, and Eric Knowles from Kidder Mathews, who represented the seller.

Little Flower Haven is Pathfinder Partners’ seventh development project in the San Diego market, with additional projects including Paseo Village Townhomes in Ramona, Bahia Vista I and II Townhomes in Chula Vista, Vista Creekside Apartments, and Breeze Hill Apartments in Vista.