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Marco Sessa Sessa: “Once you’ve designed the inside of the unit, it’s repetitive, but amenities have a life of their own.”

SAN DIEGO—Providing amenities that satisfy all residents’ needs and that are cost effective can present challenges in luxury multifamily community development and management, Sudberry Properties’ SVP Marco Sessa tells Globest.com. West Park, Sudberry’s new 612-unit luxury apartment community in Civita, was the top winner in San Diego Building Industry Association’s recent Icon Awards. The community was honored as “Attached Community of the Year” and won the top awards for architecture, landscape architecture, leasing environment and advertising/digital marketing. Designed by Newman Garrison + Partners, West Park was honored in the “Best Architectural Design–Multifamily Residences” category and was praised for its stylish contemporary design, extensive recreational amenities and park-like setting. The property was also honored for “Best Landscape Design–Multi-Family Residences.” Lifescapes International Inc., designed West Park’s resort-like landscaping that includes a trio of pool areas, a private park, a half-mile jogging trail and exercise stations.

We spoke exclusively with Sessa about outdoor amenities in luxury communities and some of the mistakes from which he and his firm have learned.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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