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Tropicana Student Housing Wins Goleta Valley Beautiful Award

Tropicana Student Housing and Kitson Landscape Management Winners of Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Multi Family Residential Category

Goleta, CA –– Tropicana Student Housing and Kitson Landscape Management are proud to announce that Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall for UCSB Students has been named winner of the 2012 Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Multi-Family Residential Category for an outstanding contribution to Goleta’s beauty. Tropicana Del Norte is a three story Residence Hall located adjacent to the UCSB campus on El Colegio Rd between Embarcadero Del Norte Road and Stadium Road, just outside the West Gate.

“We are honored by the recognition of Goleta Valley Beautiful,” said Tropicana Student Housing Executive Director, Dave Wilcox. Since our acquisition of the property last year we have worked very hard to make it beautiful for our UCSB student residents by painting and re-landscaping. We would like to thank our friends at Kitson Landscape Management for a job well done.”

Tropicana’s Kent W. Dunn and Sarah Kitson, of Kitson Landscape Management, accept the Goleta Valley Beautiful Award.

Major landscape renovations at the residence hall for UCSB students recently completed included conversion from traditional spray irrigation to a drip system, smart controllers implemented, and water saving MP rotators installed for the small amount of lawn that remained. A large variety of palms and cycads were utilized, along with succulents, black Mexican beach pebbles at entries, bamboo accents on walls, large urns, and a tropical paint scheme on the building.

“This was a very fun and exciting project, said Sarah Kitson, President of Kitson Landscape Management, Inc. “The combination of textures, variety of colors, and overall theme played out very well while the overall goal of sustainability and resource conservation was achieved.”

Kitson Landscape Management, Inc. is a family-owned landscape maintenance business with 97 employees headquartered in Goleta, California. Kitson currently maintains more than 275 major commercial properties in the Goleta and Santa Barbara area. Kitson Landscape Management, Inc is a Santa Barbara County Certified Green Business, an active contributor to the community and the recipient of many awards and recognitions.

Tropicana Student Housing offers private residence halls and apartments for students attending University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC).Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall is located directly adjacent to the UCSB campus, close to lecture halls and athletic venues. Home to a small, diverse community of UCSB students, its convenient location, comfortable suite-style units, excellent food and resort-style amenities (such as heated pool, fitness room, movie theater, recreation room, tanning booth and on-site café), makes it a favorite among incoming UCSB freshmen.


Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing

Tropicana Student Housing, 805-968-0351


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