In the California Delta, the glint of sunlight on water announces the beginning of the day, where the soundtrack is made up of the clear trills of the song sparrow, splash of kayak paddles slicing through the water’s surface, and the occasional distant hum of a ski boat engine. Working from home never looked quite so good, or so relaxing.
Though some places in the Bay Area might be considered the old-school version of “bedroom communities,” Delta Coves was designed to shift opinions and perspectives on what a bedroom community is. When home can be both a destination for relaxation and adventure, it offers far more than just a bedroom. It becomes a way of life.
“Delta Coves offers a rich life on water,” said Nick Taratsas, general manager of Delta Coves and executive vice president of DMB Development, the company leading the effort to build 560 waterfront and water-facing houses in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. “It’s a place where you can take your boat out and hike natural trails with your family.”
Here, there’s plenty of personal space, room to breathe, and fresh air. With a home office on the water, instant accessibility to the outdoors means that it’s easier to blend work-style with lifestyle. There’s no need to spend time between home and work driving to the beach or park when you have them both, combined, right out your back door. It changes the meaning of a lunch break or sneaking out early for extra free time.
When you do venture into the Bay Area—whether for work or fun—you’re not far away. Just 10 minutes away is the Antioch BART Station, which makes it possible for people who want to live a waterfront lifestyle within close proximity to the Bay Area. “We’re going to be considered a bedroom community, but at the same time a highly recreational community,” Taratsas said. “Delta Coves will be an ideal place to call home.”
Delta Coves’ prime location on a manmade lagoon sits at the gateway to the Delta’s 1,000-plus miles of waterways and 740,000 acres of natural preserves. The canal-front setting and the region’s warm, Mediterranean-style climate set the stage for an exceptional lifestyle to those who want to experience life on the water.
Due to modest waterfront settlements of early Delta inhabitants being responsive to the local climate, it was important for Delta Coves architects to design modern buildings that match the Delta’s rustic aesthetic. It’s a place where the barrier between inside and outside disappears. Homes here feature board-and-batten siding, and floor plans are designed to funnel guests toward the back, to the lagoon and private docks—the launchpad to the great outdoors.
“One thing we emphasized to the builders is that they needed to make the houses water-centric,” Taratsas said. “We wanted them to pull the living spaces on the ground floor to the back. After all, residents are genuinely there for the water.”