Lifescapes International

The Veranda

The landscape architecture at the 375,000 sq. ft. open-air, mixed use plaza, The Veranda, in Concord, CA, complements a multi-functional space where the community can come together, shop, dine, relax and play among high quality finishes and design elements.

The property is themed in an authentic mission revival style, reinforced by the formal main entry experience, featuring marching palms, canopy trees and custom pottery. Climbing vines on lattice structures and pre-cast concrete pavers in herringbone pattern support the Spanish mission experience.

Many patios weave through the property offering covered seating areas. Decorative perimeter railings with hanging planters, stone veneer pilasters with pottery, and built-in wood banquettes add to the charm. Central to the plaza, food and beverage pavilions include large overhead trellises to offer shade. Built-in counters, fire pits, and porcelain faux wood-tile paving enhance the user experience.

The wine garden is surrounded by large olive trees and overhead festoon lighting, creating an intimate space which can be closed off for private events. A dedicated fire table, heat lamps & pre-cast concrete pavers in ashlar pattern add warmth.

The musically choreographed water feature serves as the centerpiece of the main plaza and park (Designed by Lifescapes and built by Outside the Lines). To further the mission style, themed tile veneer was used on the basin surround. The built-in benches allow seating and viewing of the water show, while the beautiful London plane tree, southern live oak and camphor trees bring comfort and shade to the area.

A mix of canopy trees and medjool date palms surround a large play area and shade the tiled, built-in benches and picnic tables nearby. Here, parents and guests can relax and watch children play on the innovative play feature designed by Luckey Climber.

The main lawn is perfect for community gatherings, including summer concerts and monthly “Yoga in the Park.” Lawn games such as bean bag toss and badminton are provided for guest enjoyment. During the holidays, the temporary ice rink, Santa’s house and a 40’ decorated Christmas tree ring add to the holiday spirit.