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I.V. Development Projects To Result in Premium Apartments

Isla Vista is slated to offer a variety of high-end housing options such as The Loop, Icon UCSB and The Plaza Lofts by Fall Quarter 2012.

The Loop, located on 6533-39 Trigo Rd., will offer 48 separate units including single studio apartments and six-person lofts for $900 to $1,400 per person. Icon UCSB boasts 21 luxury apartments at 6545-47 Trigo Rd. with prices ranging from $979 to $1,349, while The Plaza Lofts provides 18 exclusive studio and suite-style apartments — prices unlisted — conveniently located next to Keg-N-Bottle Market.

Neil Dipaola, CEO and managing partner of Mesa Lane Partners — which operates The Loop — said the $18 million project provides close access to local shops and amenities.

“The Loop was designed, conceived, developed and funded by UCSB alumni who lived in Isla Vista and remember what it was like and the types of things Gauchos care about,” Dipaola said.

Units at The Loop come furnished with twin-sized beds, flat screen TVs, private bathrooms and stainless steel appliances. The center’s facilities include a private bike entrance and storage area, outdoor gym, rooftop sundeck and fire pit in addition to an 8,000-square-foot retail and dining center on the ground floor.

According to Dipaola, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded The Loop a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

“We set out to build the greenest building that Isla Vista has ever seen; we want to put our environmental studies degrees to good use and push the boundaries for sustainability,” Dipaola said.

The Loop is scheduled for completion by Aug. 1, with the first group of residents moving in by Sept. 15. The 48 units are available for pre-leasing.

Icon UCSB residents will also have access to a rooftop sundeck, 24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi and on-site parking, as well as retail businesses operating on the building’s ground floor. Icon UCSB is scheduled to open by September 2012 and pre-leasing has begun at the company’s temporary leasing office at 6522 Seville Rd.

According to Icon UCSB co-manager Billy Ruvelson, the $9.3 million project provides students the option of modern, high-quality housing close to campus.

“There has not been new housing in Isla Vista for years, and we are excited about what we have to offer,” Ruvelson said in an email. “The community of Isla Vista has never experienced luxurious living like Icon UCSB.”

According to The Plaza Lofts website, the 909 Embarcadero del Mar location will offer highly-insulated luxury apartments, many including decks, complete with free Wi-Fi and cable as well as dual-pane sound-dampening windows. Services including housekeeping and pickup and delivery for laundry are also available for additional charges.

For more information, visit www.theloopiv.com, www.iconucsb.com and www.plazaloftsiv.com.

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