354-Unit Multifamily Project Planned at Lake Los Serranos in Chino Hills

Chino Hills, Rancho Cielito, Lake Los Lake Serranos Club, Lake Los Lake Serranos, Architects Orange, Chino Hills State Park, East Village, West Village

By Catherine Sweeney 

A 48-acre gated apartment community with 354 residential units is being planned for Chino Hills. Plans for the project were submitted by a local family developer, associated with Jack Greening, and if approved, would be completed by 2026.

The project site is located just north of Los Serranos Boulevard and Valle Vista Drive. With 18.87 acres currently occupied by Lake Los Serranos, the apartments would be built around the water and feature a number of walking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

The project would exist across three parcels, with the 166-unit East Village apartments on approximately 13.2 acres. The West Village apartments would consist of 188 apartments on approximately 3.3 acres. A third parcel would contain two clubhouses as well as a leasing/management office. Apartment layouts would include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom options. Additionally, East Village would provide 427 resident parking spaces and the West Village would provide 480 parking spaces. 

According to City documents, the Rancho Cielito name is based on historical records dating back to the late 1880s. The name was registered with the State of California for the dam containing the waters of what is now Lake Los Serranos. Making the lake a main feature of the property, the project would offer ample outdoor opportunities, including walking trails, playgrounds, neighborhood barbeque areas, a fitness center, picnic areas, lakeside seating, designated fishing areas and more. The East and West Villages would also each have a clubhouse with a swimming pool, shade trellises and recreation areas. 

The property is being designed by Architects Orange. Renderings show residential units spread across several buildings, with heights ranging from seven to ten stories. The buildings feature strong, slanted roof lines, with all units offering private front porches or decks. 

The property is located near a number of single family residences and townhomes as well as Lake Los Serranos Club, a mobile home park. The property also maintains easy access to much of the rest of Southern California through State Roads 71 and 141 and is in close proximity to Chino Hills State Park. 

Should the project be approved, construction is to roll out in phases, beginning in 2022. East Village would be constructed first, with West Village to begin shortly after in 2024. 

Neither the Greening family nor Architects Orange responded to requests for comment.