Located in the hills of charming San Juan Capistrano, The Oaks Farms by Davidson Communities is preserving the historic character of the region and creating a seamless experience that blends history with the existing local landscape.
One of the primary goals for Land Concern was to bridge the presence of a world-class equestrian facility with a brand new residential community, while celebrating the integrity and qualities that make each special. Previously owned by Joan Irvine Smith, the existing area was once a home to her horse breeding program and is considered an important part of the region. A unique connection between the historic San Juan Capistrano Para Adobe and the English Riding aesthetic was fused with local materials to become the guiding design principles for the site. Through the strategic placement of landscape features like adobe inspired monuments, natural stone walls, relocated site artifacts, and reclaimed materials, views looking into the equestrian facility were created and highlighted while also reflecting a refined rustic Southern California style for the 32 new homes in the community.
One of the most beautiful features of the site is the mature Coast Live Oaks and California Sycamores gracing the property. Great care was taken to gauge health, inspect and catalogue each one in hopes of preserving or safely transporting them to work around the new construction and landscape design. It was a significant opportunity to be able to work with so many mature trees, which dramatically enhance the sense of place.