the charmer, san diego

The Charmer, a 19-unit rental housing development in San Diego, looks to historic California courtyard communities as a model.

A model of The Charmer.

The project's lower level floor plan.

A floor plan of the main level.

The third level of The Charmer.

The Charmer’s top level.

A diagram showing the development's massing.

A section drawing of The Charmer.

Jonathan Segal, FAIA, and Matthew Segal used asphalt shingles as siding to create a soft, unexpected texture.

The project steps down a sloping site and contains 5,000 square feet of retail on its east side. Plaster fins deflect sounds from the nearby freeway.

Permeable paving in the parking courtyard assists with stormwater drainage.

In addition to the main courtyard, patios and balconies help residents spend as much time as they please enjoying San Diego's balmy climate.

Some of the units overlook the courtyard, providing a natural form of built-in security.


Stucco, glass, and metal join asphalt shingles as The Charmer's main exterior materials.

Open-plan interiors make the most of each unit's square footage.

Another interior view.

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