An artist’s rendering of a 53-unit apartment complex and play area at 1482 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. (Eden Housing)

Last updated: March 2024

Project name: Tabasa Gardens

Location: 1482 Freedom Blvd. 

Freedom Boulevard and Atkinson Lane in Watsonville.


  • Construction is complete and residents are expected to move in in March 2024, an employee of Eden Housing said. A waitlist has closed. Building inspections continued in February.
  • Construction began in May 2022 and finished in 2023. The Watsonville City Council approved the project in February 2021.


Hayward-based affordable housing developer Eden Housing.

Project description

  • Affordable units: All 53 units would be affordable.
    • Rent could range from $580 to $1,240 for a one-bedroom, developer representatives said in 2022. All units would be affordable for people with “very low incomes.” That means there would be four units for households who make 25% or less of area median income, 13 units at 30% area median income, 19 units at 40% and 16 units at 50%. One unit would be for the manager.
  • Height: The complex would include two three-story buildings on 1.8 acres with 53 rental apartments with 26 two-bedrooms and a mix of one-bedroom and three-bedroom units.
  • Details:  The complex will not have balconies or patios. It is expected to have children’s play areas, barbecues, outdoor common areas, a community room, computer classroom, a dedicated Santa Cruz Metro bus stop and a parking area covered by solar panels. 
    • Six of the apartments would be set aside for adults with developmental disabilities.

An empty lot stands at 1482 Freedom Blvd in 2022. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local)

An artist’s rendering shows an affordable housing project on Freedom Boulevard. (Eden Housing)

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