The Mill on Brown Is Nearly Done

For months now, every time I’ve walked down Mount Diablo Road in downtown Lafayette, I’ve noticed a big housing development going up.

The Mill on Brown is one of several major housing projects in downtown Lafayette that are either planned or underway. A series of high-end condos on the West side of town kicked off the trend, and a wide variety of new housing options are coming to downtown soon.

The Mill on Brown is among these. The development consists of 13 “industrial modern townhouses” featuring faux brick facades and lots of exposed steel. Each is about 1800 square feet, with two bedrooms. Prices haven’t been announced yet, but they’re likely to be substantial, given the downtown location, proximity to BART, and rarity of new houses in the Bay Area.

The development was slated to finish construction in 2022.

On a recent stop by the construction site, they indeed look nearly done, with the structures in place and work proceeding on the homes’ facades. I’d believe that the development will hit its 2022 opening timeframe.

Stay tuned for more as I keep an eye on the Mill on Brown. Would you buy a townhouse in Lafayette? Let me know in the comments section.

The Mill on Brown is a great example of a development built near transit, which is happening a lot in the Bay Area. It’s a big reason why you don’t need a car to visit San Francisco or many other local cities.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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