December 1, 2003
Residents moving into Hagar Court Condominiums
Neighborhood to be a mix of faculty and staff
By Louise Donahue
Hagar Court Condominiums, UCSCs newest on-campus housing for sale,
are expected to have nearly equal numbers of faculty and staff residents.
The condominiums represent the first large inventory of housing for
sale since the campus altered its housing policy.
|New homeowner Free Moini, above,
takes a look around from his patio. Below, Jennifer Zukovsky, who
is married to UCSC computer engineer Roberto Manduchi, pauses a
minute in her new kitchen. Photos: Louise
The first homeowners were handed their keys on November 21, and two
others have moved in since, in what is expected to be a steady process
Hagar Court Condominiums are being converted from apartments in two
phases. Twenty-two units are opening during the first phase, with 28
more expected to be ready in late December or early January.
Im glad its finally over, and I can move in,
said Free Moini, the first staff member to take possession. Moini, a
principal budget analyst for Planning and Budget, moved into one of
the one-story units. He had been renting near downtown and is a first-time
home buyer. Its like a little secluded community,
he said of his new neighborhood. You dont even know youre
The first faculty couple, Jennifer Zukovsky and Roberto Manduchi, an
assistant professor of computer engineering, also picked up their keys
on November 21. I was thrilled to be with the college community,
said Zukovsky, a floral designer. Its a beautiful site.
Everyone was very helpful.
Zukovsky and Manduchi are also first-time home buyers.
Steve Houser, Faculty and Staff Housing manager, said it appears that
25 faculty members and 25 othersstaff members and academics who
are not in the Academic Senatewill be living in Hagar Court when
sales of all the Hagar units are finalized.
While in theory both faculty and staff were eligible to buy or rent
on campus in the past, Academic Senate faculty had top priority.
Limited supply and high faculty demand meant that few employees other
than Senate faculty had the opportunity to purchase housing. Under the
new Housing Access Policy, a fixed allocation of available rental and
for-sale units is to be distributed under this formula: Academic Senate
faculty, 80 percent; staff, 15 percent; and non-Academic Senate academics,
Houser said the conversion of the condominiums from apartments included
major interior and exterior changes. Inside, the kitchens feature new
maple cabinetry and new tile countertops, new windows have been installed,
and new flooring and carpet has been installed throughout. All appliances
except refrigerators, which homeowners provide, are new. Outside, roofs
have been replaced, landscaping has been redone, and new picket fences
are being built for the backyard areas.
Generally speaking, people seem pleased with the choices,
Houser said, noting that lighter paint, carpeting, and tile have been
used to brighten and modernize the look of the condos.
It has been a long process since staff members and non-Senate academics
submitted their names to be drawn in UCSCs first housing lottery
July 15. The housing office drew 100 staff members names that
day, and later decided to expand the waiting list, drawing the rest
of the applicants names when demand for the two-bedroom Hagar
Court Condominiums was not as strong as anticipated.
Many applicants were unprepared to purchase immediately, were not interested
in purchasing price-restricted units on campus, or interested only in
purchasing units with three bedrooms or more, Houser said. He said he
recently offered a staffer who was number 147 on the list (out of 203)
a chance to buy a condo.
Looking around Hagar Court Condominiums as carpentry and landscaping
work continued nearby, Houser pronounced himself satisfied with the
process. Its nice to actually see results after all this
work. I think this has been a great accomplishment for the campus.
Earlier stories on UCSC housing include:
holds first housing lottery
housing forum coming up
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