Rivermark of Santa Clara

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Rivermark of Santa Clara is a master planned community in Santa Clara, California. built on a 152-acre (0.62 km2) parcel formerly owned by the State of California and previously used by Agnews Developmental Center. The community comprises retail space, parks, school, apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and houses (detached single-family homes). The Rivermark area is an upscale neighborhood, with many young professionals and families as residents.[1]

Area and composition[edit]

The area associated with the master-planned community is bordered on the south by Montague Expressway, south and west by Agnew Road, west by Lafayette Street, north by Hope Drive, and east by the Guadalupe River.[2] The area includes the Rivermark Village retail center, and the housing developments including The Arbors by Centex, The Park by Centex, The Promenade by Lennar, The Greens by Lennar, The Landings by Shea, The Glen by Shea, and 550 Moreland.[3] The Mansion Grove Apartments (on Lick Mill Drive) are not included in Rivermark of Santa Clara.[4]


In 1998 the Agnews Developmental Center closed its west campus, on which site Rivermark was later developed. In September, 2000 the City of Santa Clara approved the Rivermark developers’ plans. In 2002 three builders started building new housing developments on land directly bordering the Guadalupe River in Santa Clara, California as part of the Rivermark Master Plan Development.

Since that time, developers have won several national design awards for their contributions to various facets of the Rivermark master planned community, including Grand Award for Master Planned Project of the Year (2004)[5] and Grand and Merit Award from Builder magazine in 2003.[6]

On March 29, 2009, a home within the Rivermark area was the site of a murder-suicide that was the worst incident of domestic violence in the city's history. Devan Kalathat shot several members of his immediate and extended family, killing three children and three adults and leaving his wife in critical condition, before killing himself.[7]

Rivermark represents a significant portion of the City of Santa Clara's push for growth since 2000, having contributed to the citywide demographic shifts from half white to minority-majority within the following decade.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ING spends $90m in shopping center acquisition". CBS Moneywatch. December 17, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2010. Rivermark Village is located at the entrance to the upscale Rivermark master planned community... 
  2. ^ "City of Santa Clara, California Agenda Report, meeting date August 24, 2004, agenda item 9B-1". August 24, 2004. Retrieved December 3, 2010. Rivermark Master Community plan...located generally north and east of Agnew Road, east of Lafayette Street, south of Hope Drive, west of the Guadalupe River, and north of Montague Expressway 
  3. ^ "City of Santa Clara, California Agenda Report, meeting date August 24, 2004, agenda item 9B-1". August 24, 2004. p. 6. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "City of Santa Clara, California Agenda Report, meeting date August 24, 2004, agenda item 9B-1". August 24, 2004. Retrieved December 3, 2010. The existing Mansion Grove Apartments are not a part of the MCP. 
  5. ^ "Master Planned Project of the Year by Pacific Coast Builders Conference (2004)". Gold Nugget Grand Award - Master Planned Project of the Year, Pacific Coast Builders Conference (2004) - Rivermark Village, Santa Clara, California 
  6. ^ "Grand and Merit Awards: Rivermark". October 8, 2003. 
  7. ^ Matthew B. Stannard; Peter Fimrite; Demian Bulwa (April 1, 2009). "Family dynamics probed in Santa Clara slayings". SFGate.com. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ Joe Rodriguez; Julia Prodis Sulek (March 9, 2011). "Santa Clara's increase in Asian population reflects broader trend". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 

Coordinates: 37°23′53″N 121°57′7″W / 37.39806°N 121.95194°W / 37.39806; -121.95194