Extraordinary Projects Augmenting California Life

 

Led by founder and Chief Executive Officer Darius Anderson and President Bill Hooper, Kenwood Investments focuses on real estate development, tourism and high-tech industries. Distinguished by exceptional managerial and political expertise, Kenwood Investments is based on San Francisco and has a track record of developing extraordinary projects that augment the cultural fabric of our California community. We navigate the complex path of public policy, land entitlements and pre-venture capital funding.

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Environmentally Friendly, Technologically Advanced

 

Led by Kenwood Investments, the Treasure Island Community Development project is one of the most complicated land entitlements to take place in a major U.S. city. The plan calls for 8,000 new residential units, 250,000-square-feet of retail space, 2,000 permanent jobs, up to 350 new hotel rooms, public parks, and 300+ acres of open space, as well as an 20-acre organic farm, 410-slip marina, wind farm, new ferry terminal, and three residential neighborhoods attracting as many as 13,000 residents. Groundbreaking is slated for late 2015 or early 2016, and the $1.8 billion development is scheduled to be completed by 2022. Kenwood Investments has partnered with Wilson Meany Sullivan and Lennar Urban. The master architectural and engineering plan was developed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP.

In addition to being a complicated and ambitious project, Treasure Island is an environmentally friendly and technologically advanced urban development. Its five skyscrapers are green LEED-certified. The use of a parking system and the close proximity of each residential neighborhood to the ferry terminal is designed to encourage car-free living on the island.

 

400-Slip Marina Project Currently Underway

 

Kenwood Investments acquired the exclusive right in 2000 to develop a new, 400-slip marina at Treasure Island with an 11-0 vote of approval from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Treasure Island Marina will be constructed in phases, with approximately 100 new slips built in each of four phases. Total projected construction cost is estimated at approximately $34 million.

Kenwood Investments has commenced the final building permit process, with final permits expected in 2016. The first phase of the new marina is expected to be constructed and completed in 2017.

 
 

Your Wine Country Event Destination

Kenwood Investments purchased Ramekins Culinary School, Events and Inn – a premier Sonoma-based hospitality business – in 2009. After acquiring Ramekins, Kenwood Investments invested in facility improvements, sales and marketing to grow the overnight stays and events business of this six-room inn. Since Kenwood Investments assumed the business, room nights have more than doubled and the event facility has become one of the top wedding destinations in California's wine country, hosting more than 70 weddings per year.

In addition, Kenwood Investments purchased the historic General’s Daughter and 5th Street Farm buildings to augment the opportunities of Ramekins. Ramekins is also becoming one of the North Bay’s premier catering businesses.

Banner photo above by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

 

Enhancing The Experience of Ramekins

 

In conjunction with its purchase of Ramekins and the General's Daughter, Kenwood Investments also purchased and owns 5th Street Farm. This organic garden is overflowing with fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. Grown exclusively for Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn in Sonoma, the produce from this garden is nurtured by chefs dedicated to producing small batches for unique seasonal qualities.

 

A Picturesque Part of Sonoma History

 

Kenwood Investments purchased the General’s Daughter property – an historic home that now serves as a unique event venue – to augment the opportunities of next door's Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn.

A beautiful, historic building surrounded by lush gardens and fruit trees, the General's Daughter is located at the base of oak-covered hills in downtown Sonoma. The 1864 Victorian was once the home of General Mariano Vallejo’s daughter and her husband, the founder of California’s first winery.

Today, the General's Daughter offers a Sonoma Valley venue for corporate events, holiday parties, and fundraisers featuring seasonal, local and organic menus.

 

Allow Your Finest Passions To Collide

 

Kenwood Investments is nearing completion of Wing and Barrel Ranch, a 1,000-acre private pheasant club located in Sonoma, California. The project began with the process of entitling an existing hay farm for private hunting.

After succeeding at developing the club’s operating infrastructure, Kenwood Investments targeted sportsmen worldwide with an interest in hunting and wine. Wing and Barrel Ranch will open its new member clubhouse in 2016 for the exclusive use of its anticipated 400 members.

 

A Unique Destination In Wine Country

 

Kenwood Investments acquired Cornerstone Sonoma, also known as Cornerstone Gardens and Event Center in 2014. The business includes 23,000 square feet of retail space on 40 acres of vineyards and gardens. The venue also includes event sites that serve weddings and corporate events throughout the year. Kenwood Investments has invested in the expansion of the events business by building an additional events site and retail space on site, as well.

By the end of 2016, the events and wedding business will more than double on the property. Kenwood Investments recently announced that Sunset Magazine will relocate its Menlo Park test gardens and outdoor kitchen to Cornerstone. Kenwood Investments' pursuit of the Sunset Gardens will increase visitor traffic and expand its retail business. The Ramekins events team will provide much of the catering services for the Cornerstone event venues.

 

Wine Country Events In The Perfect Location

 

The Barn at Tyge William Cellars, recently opened, offers a rustic yet modern space for weddings and special events at Kenwood Investments' Cornerstone Sonoma property, featuring the gorgeous wines of Sonoma County's Tyge William Cellars. In 2009, Darius and Sarah Anderson established Tyge William Cellars, named for their firstborn.

Their first foray into sauvignon blanc highlights a special little vineyard in nearby Yountville, California, with other wines – including their flagship cabernet sauvignon – have found their provenance in the soils of their hillside home vineyard, located just outside of the township of Sonoma.

 

Unique French Shop at Cornerstone Sonoma

 

Darius Anderson and his wife, Sarah Anderson, own Chateau Sonoma. Sarah regularly travels to France to find unique, antique items for the shop formerly located on West Napa Street in Sonoma, and newly located at Cornerstone Sonoma. Items found at the shop range from French 18th-century through the 1920s.

In an article in the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sarah said she looks for unique pieces that are “showstoppers” to bring back. France, she notes, is unique in its attention to detail in all aspects of life. “I’m looking for something that is going to stand out in a living room, that will set a certain mood,” Anderson said.

 

Protecting, Restoring and Inspiring

 

In 2006, Kenwood Investments purchased The Aquarium of the Bay, located at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Kenwood Investments worked closely with the venue's landlord, the Port of San Francisco. During Kenwood Investments' operation and ownership of The Aquarium, the business’s profitability and value grew substantially. In 2010, Kenwood Investments transferred its ownership to the Bay Institute, a San Francisco non-profit in a private merchant banking transaction.

Kenwood Investments worked closely with the Port, the San Francisco mayor’s office and the Board of Supervisors, as well as a myriad of federal, state and regional agencies and organizations to help save this landmark business.

 

Success In Local and Regional Publishing

 

Kenwood Investments formed Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, in 2012. Under Kenwood Investment’s management, an investor group was formed to acquire and operate the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, North Bay Business Journal, Sonoma Index-Tribune, and Petaluma Argus-Courier. This constitutes the largest publishing business in the North Bay, succeeding at turning a once struggling operation into a growing and profitable business.

 

Full-Service Hotel On The Historic Sonoma Plaza

 

Kenwood Investments is currently completing the entitlements and final design for a 62-room full service hotel on the historic Sonoma Plaza. Hotel Project Sonoma is scheduled to break ground in the summer of 2016. The hotel will provide four-star level services and will include an 80-seat restaurant featuring one of wine country’s top chefs. The project includes a spa, outdoor pool and meeting space.

Kenwood Investments has been working on the design and entitlements for this project for several years, working closely with local elected officials and city agencies on the entitlements. Some of that work has included active participation and understanding of Sonoma’s historic character. Kenwood Investments used its own private capital to finance the acquisition, design and environmental documentation for the Hotel Project Sonoma in amounts that exceeded $1,000,000. Darius Anderson is the manager of Kenwood Investment’s ownership of this project.

Artist conceptual drawing by Sonoma artist Keith Wicks.

 

Working In Partnership To Retain Professional Sports

 

Darius Anderson personally worked with noted California developer JMA Ventures, LLC, to help put together the partnership that acquired the land for the new Sacramento Kings basketball arena in downtown Sacramento. Anderson, working closely with Mayor Kevin Johnson and the NBA, succeeded at preventing the team’s move to Seattle. In 2016, the Sacramento Kings will open their new arena with JMA continuing to own the surrounding retail center.

 

One-Of-A-Kind Waterfront Hotel and Theatre

 

Kenwood Investments was granted the exclusive right to design, entitle, construct and operate a one-of-a-kind, first-class hotel and theatre along the San Francisco waterfront, located at the intersection of The Embarcadero and Broadway Street. The project consists of approximately 180 boutique rooms in a four-story hotel with a 25,000-square-foot theatre for Teatro ZinZanni. ZinZanni is an award-winning San Francisco and Seattle dinner theatre that has successfully operated in both cities for more than a decade.

The return of ZinZanni in a permanent home is widely supported among neighborhood and civic groups, and approximately 60,000 guests per year are anticipated. Entitlements are expected to be completed in spring 2016, with construction taking place over a 16- to 18-month period.