The Sofia Lofts create lasting sustainability with a LEED Platinum rating and mid-century modern inspired design
By Dani Neiley
When it comes to LEED certification, Platinum is the highest and most coveted rating. According to the USGBC, more than 1,080 projects across the United States have achieved a Platinum rating and they exist as the greenest buildings in the world. One Platinum project in particular stands out due to its guiding principles on sustainability for the community, as well as the striking design.
The Platinum Certified Sofia Lofts, designed and built by Nakhshab Development & Design, is located near downtown San Diego, Calif. Nestled in the Golden Hill neighborhood, the Sofia Lofts are close by Balboa Park, South Park, and other downtown attractions. With a weekly farmer’s market, quaint local business, and beautifully tree lined streets in the neighborhood, it’s the perfect place to live for anyone looking for sustainable modern living.
“Sofia Lofts is a community within a community with a strong sense of place,” said Soheil Nakhshab, Principal of Nakhshab Development & Design. “The philosophy behind creating the environment at Sofia Lofts was to create a living environment in which residents are encouraged to interact with one another.”
The lofts consist of 16 studio, one- and two-bedroom rentals, with prices ranging from $1,400 to $3,000. The lofts were not built from a bare plot of land; in fact, the lofts were constructed around an existing, historic three-bedroom house. In that way, the lofts have become a micro community inside of a community. Residents have access to a central courtyard, which allows access to a few parking spots, but the geometric landscaping gives it a friendly atmosphere along with the BBQ, fire pit, and picnic tables. There’s even a monthly movie night that allows residents to gather and socialize with each other while watching a movie on the large screen in the courtyard.