Our places change us.
Great places change us
for the better.

Welcome to Somers West

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We create positive impact for our community stakeholders, the planet and the quality of everyday life

At Somers West, we believe development should help address our most pressing social and environmental issues. And we focus our work in California and Hawaii, where these pressures are most acute. We’re a full-spectrum real estate developer that breaks from the traditional mindset. Innovatively taking on challenges that range from housing affordability to climate change. Always with respect for the land and local culture. Somers West is based in Sacramento, California, and has owned land for more than 40 years. Our senior management team brings more than three decades of expertise in developing prominent master-planned communities in California and across the country.

Nature’s best work inspires our own

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An image of the beautiful, green landscape of Waikoloa

Our guiding principles

These four principles define the Somers West approach to development.

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Balanced impact

Innovative problem-solving that balances social, environmental and economic goals. This practical approach leads to a meaningful difference — and long-term value.

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Design innovation

Redefine what’s possible through holistic design thinking. Collaborate early with the best minds in community development, technology, mobility and sustainability for enduring success.

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Mixed use, mixed income

Create healthy, comprehensive ecosystems for working and living, for people of all incomes and life stages. Design cohesive environments that integrate residential, commercial, retail, education and recreation.

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Connected community

Design places and programming that inspire a profound sense of community and human connection.

OUR COMMUNITIES

WE BELIEVE A HEALTHY COMMUNITY IS
A SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITY

We value great design and collaborate with local stakeholders and world-class teams to develop integrated mixed-use communities of scale that are walkable, bikeable, dynamic places where people want to be. Inclusive of a wide range of incomes. Connected to nature. And committed to all levels of sustainability, from social well-being and economic growth to the protection of habitats and ecosystems. Deep, stable capital allows us to be thoughtful and innovative in our developments, balancing near-term needs with long-term outcomes.

BRADEN

Sacramento County, CA

Since the property’s purchase by Somers West nearly two decades ago, Braden has seen Sacramento’s robust growth reach its borders. Now fully approved, Braden’s town center is the initial phase of this 2,600-acre community — a rare first phase that includes not just housing, but a holistic town ecosystem with a full spectrum of uses, including work, home, school, entertainment and protected open spaces. All within 10-minute reach by EV shuttle, e-bike and foot power. It’s a radical new way to work and live in California. For Braden, Somers West has assembled a best-and-brightest team that includes world-renowned planner Peter Calthorpe of HDR/Calthorpe and award-winning Lake Flato Architects.

An illustration of the Braden community near Sacramento
An illustrated map of Braden, which shows the segments of land that are devoted to commercial, residential and open space.

2,677 ACRES

8,000 RESIDENTIAL UNITS

1.3M SQ FT COMMERCIAL (OFFICE + RETAIL)

936 ACRES OF PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND PRESERVES

75 MILES OF TRAILS AND BIKE LANES

SCHOOLS: 3 ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL COMBINED CAMPUS

6 MOBILITY HUBS

AMBITIOUS CLIMATE ACTION PLANNING THAT FORECASTS ONLY A FRACTION OF OTHER MAJOR CITIES’ GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS PER CAPITA

MORE ABOUT BRADEN
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WAIKOLOA HEIGHTS

Kona, HI

Nestled into the hillside, with dramatic views of the ocean and mountains and connected by miles of walking and biking trails, this community will welcome everyone with resort-like living. The community’s first phase is underway. The plan thoughtfully integrates a range of housing with the natural landscape parks, open spaces and other amenities that encourage healthy outdoor living.

867 ACRES

1,750 RESIDENTIAL UNITS (APPROXIMATE)

VILLAGE CENTER

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, POOLS AND TRAILS

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Hanamaulu

Lihue, HI

In the early stages of planning and entitlement, this community-to-be is envisioned as a model for sustainability, mixed-use and mixed-income living. The development plan is designed to enhance its extraordinary location with water on three sides and provide new public spaces and access to the water as well as connection to the regional bike trail.

466 acres

To be rezoned

Mixed-use, mixed-income community

Land development

Our current portfolio of non-master planned community properties, in development.

Montelena

Rancho Cordova, CA

Montelena is located in the fastest growing city in Sacramento County. Buildout of this neighborhood is being completed by Premier Homes, Pulte Homes and Richmond American Homes.

252 acres

77 acres of wetland preserve and open space

806 home sites

14 acres mixed-use commercial site

16 acres of parks

Riolo vineyards

Placer County, CA

Located in Northern Sacramento, this project features single-family living. Residents will enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, surrounded by 55 acres of open space, parks, trails, wetland preserve and agricultural areas.

160 acres

398 home sites (Paper Lot/Blue Top Program)

3 acres of parks

28 acres of preserve and open space

24 acres of dedicated agricultural land

Land holdings & forward planning

Somers West owns additional land holdings in Northern and Central California, with a future pipeline of more than 1,700 acres.