The Icon borrows its modern-industrial chic from the historic Carnation/Qualitee Dairy on the site, but bumps it up a few notches. The old building’s clean, geometric façade was preserved and its interiors reconstructed as commercial space and live/work lofts. Rising above it are colorful concrete towers, stepped back from the south to capture sunlight and views. Their window walls are proportionally true to the original building, but scaled up to ­encompass two floors rather than one. A section of townhouses provides a variation on that theme with sawtooth roofs and corrugated metal siding—a nod to the ­area’s warehouses. The Icon’s crisp angles and graphic oversized grids are a new neighborhood landmark, and its uppermost floors offer a bird’s-eye view of the Petco Park sports stadium and San Diego Bay.

This 55,000-square-foot former brownfield now contains 327 units averaging 938 square feet, plus a 400-space underground garage. Constructed at a cost of $325 per square foot, the for-sale units range in price from $400,000 to $1.2 million.

CATEGORY: Condos, for sale
BUILDER: Ledcor Builders, San Diego
DEVELOPER: ICON LLC, Walnut Creek, Calif.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Bruce Jett Associates, Oakland, Calif.
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Rutledge Haro Design, San Diego

Learn more about markets featured in this article: San Francisco, CA.