We establish desirable destinations to live, work, dine, and recreate, often energizing entire neighborhoods.

Community Building

Our developments enhance the safety, vitality, and resourcefulness of neighborhoods, transforming not only the sites themselves but also the very fabric of the areas that surround them. SDG has built new districts for the Bay Area, including a 64-acre waterfront destination, and significantly contributed to the revitalization of neighborhoods on the verge of transition. We are experts in parks & open space design, infrastructure improvements, job creation, and community planning, all essential components to establishing thriving communities.

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How we build community.


People bring communities to life. Single and multi-family homes are core to many of our developments. We meet the Bay Area’s demand for housing with smart suburban and urban developments.


Our developments are often catalysts for growth, injecting new life into neighborhoods by establishing lively commercial and cultural centers. Brooklyn Basin will be a whole new district for Oakland with a designated shopping and commercial area and we have brought numerous grocery stores, retail, and live/work developments to various Bay Area destinations.


We work with urban planners, councils, and government bodies to design distinctive parks and open spaces for the public to enjoy. Half of Brooklyn Basin’s 64 acres are designated as parks and open space with trails, lawns, and landscaped areas along the waterfront.


We improve the building blocks that make communities livable. Roads, sewer systems, and water detention centers all fall under our scope of work. We redeveloped sites including an abandoned ranch and a neglected vineyard, leaving successful communities in their place.


New developments create jobs for both for the short and long-term. Brooklyn Basin will create approximately 10,000 jobs for Oakland and many of our other developments have a positive impact on the economy by providing spaces for local businesses to flourish.


We choose the right style of development to fit with specific locations. For example, in Lafayette, we built townhomes that mirrored the rustic style of the neighborhood. In Oakland, Broadway Grand brought the first gourmet restaurants to the area–a trend that led the way for the restaurant boom in the area.

Case Study

Catalyzing local business.

Many of the commercial tenants at Signature's Hive development are local businesses founded by Oakland entrepreneurs. The Hive's success laid the groundwork for renewed investment in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, creating new opportunities for local businesses.


Our commitment to community building.


The era of living in isolation is over. In the 21st century, people want to share resources and gather together. They want to exchange information, ideas, and inspiration. It’s a new way of life.

We’re committed to creating spaces that inspire people to come together. For us, building community means more than addressing a social trend. We’re helping to support the very foundations of a healthy, lasting society based on cooperation and collaboration. Key concepts we use to develop strong communities include building for the local market, creating common and open-spaces for residents and tenants to share in, and developing innovative mixed-use buildings that place select amenities near people.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve helped to establish dozens of bustling communities in the Bay Area. Currently, we’re building a community in Oakland anchored by social entrepreneurship, co-working spaces, local business, and multi-family housing, just one of the many examples of our ongoing commitment to community building.

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Oakland, CA
The Hive
Oakland, CA
Brooklyn Basin
Oakland, CA
Kissel Uptown Oakland
Oakland, CA
2424 Webster
Oakland, CA
Oakland, CA
Oakland, CA
The Linden
Oakland, CA
Oakland, CA
Lafayette, CA
The Hylands Collection


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